The cheapest times to fly from ORD to IPL are

  • January 8th to February 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • September 10th to November 11th

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 IPL is late January. Prices can be as high as $727 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $326 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to El Centro

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to El Centro, CA (IPL) will usually cost between $340 to $620 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January with an average ticket price of $360. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $630. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $270 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $415 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to IPL flight.

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

ORD to IPL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to IPL flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.16, 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. Sundays 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 $123 (24%) 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 $388. Return trip prices are from the IPL 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 IPL can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 55 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 ORD to IPL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 24.94% less expensive than IPL
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to SAN flights

Destination alternative #2: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 24.10% less expensive than IPL
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to ONT flights

Destination alternative #3: Yuma MCAS/Yuma International Airport (YUM) in Yuma, AZ

  • 58 miles (93 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 19.88% less expensive than IPL
  • 1-layover flights available

See ORD to YUM flights

Destination alternative #4: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Palm Springs, CA

  • 87 miles (140 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 19.04% less expensive than IPL
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to PSP flights

Destination alternative #5: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 15.18% less expensive than IPL
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to SNA flights


Flight Hacking ORD to IPL

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 IPL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (ORD > LAX > IPL)

  • Price for both tickets: $346
  • Average savings: $69 (16.63%)

See ORD to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 6 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Mokulele Airlines, Singapore Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1635 miles or 2631 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to IPL flight is about 3 hour 55 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and El Centro, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 18 available flights from ORD to IPL.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeORD
Origination airport nameChicago O’Hare International Airport
CityChicago, IL
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeIPL
Destination airport nameImperial County Airport
CityEl Centro, CA
Countrythe United States


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