The cheapest times to fly from MLE to ORD are

  • January 29th to April 15th (except the week of April 2nd)
  • April 30th to August 5th
  • October 8th to December 2nd (except the weeks of October 15th and November 19th)

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 MLE to ORD is early to mid October. Prices can be as high as $2521 for Saturday flights during early January, or as low as $1318 for Tuesday flights around early to mid October.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Male (MLE) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $1353 to $1854 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid October with an average ticket price of $1338. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early January, with an average price of $2246. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $908 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1398 can be considered a good price for a round-trip MLE to ORD flight.

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

MLE to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the MLE to ORD flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Malé. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.1, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Chicago, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Malé. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $104 (7%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1430. Return trip prices are from the ORD to MLE flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from MLE to ORD can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 17 hour 15 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking MLE to ORD

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 MLE to ORD — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Hong Kong (MLE > HKG > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $1182
  • Average savings: $217 (15.49%)

See MLE to KUL flights

Hack #2: Kuala Lumpur (MLE > KUL > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $1275
  • Average savings: $124 (8.83%)

See MLE to HKG flights

Hack #3: Bangalore (MLE > BLR > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $1311
  • Average savings: $88 (6.26%)

See MLE to BLR flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from MLE to ORD? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 24 major airlines flying this route most often: Air France, Air India, Alitalia, American, Austrian, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Eastern, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad, Finnair, Gulf Air, Iberia, KLM, Korean Air, LOT, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Saudia, SriLankan, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Velana International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9038 miles or 14545 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from MLE to ORD?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop MLE to ORD flight is about 17 hour 15 minutes.

How many flights go between Male and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 9 available flights from MLE to ORD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code MLE
Origination airport name Velana International Airport
City Male
Country the Maldives
Latitude 4.2
Longitude 73.5

Return Airport

Destination code ORD
Destination airport name Chicago O’Hare International Airport
City Chicago, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 42
Longitude -87.9


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