The cheapest times to fly from ORD to CPT are
- January 8th to May 20th
- October 8th to December 9th (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 ORD to CPT is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $1929 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $819 for Wednesday flights around late January and early February.
When to Fly to Cape Town
Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Cape Town (CPT) will usually cost between $859 to $1500 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 $901. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1651. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $750 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1002 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to CPT flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the ORD to CPT route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the ORD to CPT flight is priced close to the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.07, which is far below average.
Flight Prices by Day of the Week
Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CPT, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into ORD. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Cape Town, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Chicago. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $162 (13%) 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 $1039. Return trip prices are from the CPT to ORD flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from ORD to CPT can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 19 minutes may not be realistic.
Flight Hacking ORD to CPT
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 ORD to CPT — but Champion Traveler does!
- Price for both tickets: $912
- Average savings: $90 (8.99%)
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from ORD to CPT? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 22 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air France, American, Austrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Delta, Emirates, Ethiopian, Etihad, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, Kenya Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from Cape Town International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 8517 miles or 13707 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from ORD to CPT?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to CPT flight is about 16 hour 19 minutes.
How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Cape Town?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 70 available flights from ORD to CPT.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Chicago O’Hare International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||Cape Town International Airport|
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