The cheapest times to fly from ORD to FTE are

  • January 15th to June 3rd (except the weeks of February 19th, March 26th, April 2nd, April 30th, and May 7th)
  • August 13th to October 28th (except the weeks of September 24th and October 8th)

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 FTE is early September. Prices can be as high as $2697 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $1138 for Tuesday flights around early September.


When to Fly to El Calafate

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to El Calafate (FTE) will usually cost between $1261 to $2111 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early September with an average ticket price of $1311. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $2243. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $932 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1457 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to FTE flight.

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

ORD to FTE Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to FTE flight is slightly more expensive than the average and costs slightly more than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.14, 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. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $406 (21%) 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 $1379. Return trip prices are from the FTE to ORD 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 ORD to FTE can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 12 hour 35 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking ORD to FTE

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 FTE — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Buenos Aires (ORD > AEP > FTE)

  • Price for both tickets: $1259
  • Average savings: $198 (13.59%)

See ORD to AEP flights

Hack #2: Ezeiza (ORD > EZE > FTE)

  • Price for both tickets: $1311
  • Average savings: $146 (9.99%)

See ORD to EZE flights

Hack #3: New York, NY (ORD > JFK > FTE)

  • Price for both tickets: $1410
  • Average savings: $47 (3.23%)

See ORD to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, American, COPA, Delta, LATAM, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 6445 miles or 10372 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to FTE flight is about 12 hour 35 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and El Calafate?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 14 available flights from ORD to FTE.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code FTE
Destination airport name El Calafate Airport
City El Calafate
Country Argentina
Latitude -50.3
Longitude -72.1


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