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The cheapest times to fly from MDW to SAW are

  • September 3rd to March 18th (except the weeks of December 17th and December 24th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from MDW to SAW is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $6824 for Saturday flights during early to mid April, or as low as $893 for Wednesday flights around late January and early February.

 

When to Fly to Istanbul

Flying from Chicago, IL (MDW) to Istanbul (SAW) will usually cost between $966 to $6749 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $963. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid April, with an average price of $6768. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $5806 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1480 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MDW to SAW flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the MDW to SAW route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

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MDW to SAW Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MDW to SAW flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.17, which is below average.

 

Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SAW, and Saturday the cheapest day to fly back into MDW. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Istanbul, and Sundays are the most expensive days to return to Chicago. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $221 (7%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $2760. Return trip prices are from the SAW to MDW flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

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Return Trip Prices by Day

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Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MDW to SAW can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 10 hour 53 minutes may not be realistic.

 

Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from MDW to SAW while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ataturk Airport (IST) in Istanbul

  • 27 miles (43 km) away from SAW
  • Usually 36.05% less expensive than SAW
  • 2-layover flights available

See MDW to IST flights

 

Flight Hacking MDW to SAW

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from MDW to SAW — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Barcelona (MDW > BCN > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $752
  • Average savings: $728 (49.19%)

See MDW to BCN flights

Hack #2: Copenhagen (MDW > CPH > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $796
  • Average savings: $684 (46.22%)

See MDW to CPH flights

Hack #3: Stockholm (MDW > ARN > SAW)

  • Price for both tickets: $808
  • Average savings: $672 (45.41%)

See MDW to ARN flights

 

Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MDW to SAW? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: Alitalia, Delta, KLM, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Chicago Midway International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 5501 miles or 8853 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MDW to SAW?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MDW to SAW flight is about 10 hour 53 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Istanbul?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 35 available flights from MDW to SAW.

 

Airport Location Info

 

Departing Airport

Origination codeMDW
Origination airport nameChicago Midway International Airport
CityChicago, IL
Countrythe United States
Latitude41.8
Longitude-87.8

Return Airport

Destination codeSAW
Destination airport nameSabiha Gokcen Airport
CityIstanbul
CountryTurkey
Latitude40.9
Longitude29.3

 

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