The cheapest times to fly from ORD to MSY are

  • August 6th to February 11th (except the week of 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 ORD to MSY is late January. Prices can be as high as $734 for Sunday flights during early to mid May, or as low as $109 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to New Orleans

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to New Orleans, LA (MSY) will usually cost between $146 to $444 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 $156. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid May, with an average price of $442. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $286 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $261 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to MSY flight.

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

ORD to MSY Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to MSY 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 $0.19, which is 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 $102 (31%) 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 $222. Return trip prices are from the MSY 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 MSY can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 29 minutes may 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 a nonstop flight from ORD to MSY while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Mobile Downtown Airport (BFM) in Mobile, AL

  • 138 miles (222 km) away from MSY
  • Usually 35.51% less expensive than MSY
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to BFM flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, Iberia, JetBlue, Qantas, Qatar Airways, SAS, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 838 miles or 1349 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to MSY flight is about 2 hour 29 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and New Orleans, LA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 81 available flights from ORD to MSY.


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 MSY
Destination airport name Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
City New Orleans, LA
Country the United States
Latitude 30
Longitude -90.3


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to MSY tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 28% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 21% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave MSY heading for ORD about 17 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in New Orleans, LA is about 14 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 35 minutes late
  • United: 6 minutes late
  • Republic: 6 minutes late
  • Spirit: 11 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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