The cheapest times to fly from ORD to PLZ are

  • January 8th to March 18th
  • April 9th to May 27th
  • August 27th to September 23rd
  • October 29th to December 9th (except the week of 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 PLZ is late January. Prices can be as high as $3672 for Friday flights during late December, or as low as $1009 for Tuesday flights around late January.


When to Fly to Port Elizabeth

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Port Elizabeth (PLZ) will usually cost between $1084 to $2171 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 $1113. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2658. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1545 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1330 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to PLZ flight.

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

ORD to PLZ Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to PLZ 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 $0.09, 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 $207 (13%) 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 $1361. Return trip prices are from the PLZ 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 PLZ can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 16 hour 56 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking ORD to PLZ

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 PLZ — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Johannesburg (ORD > JNB > PLZ)

  • Price for both tickets: $908
  • Average savings: $422 (31.73%)

See ORD to JNB flights

Hack #2: Cape Town (ORD > CPT > PLZ)

  • Price for both tickets: $1157
  • Average savings: $173 (13.01%)

See ORD to CPT flights

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1263
  • Average savings: $68 (5.08%)

See ORD to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 13 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, British Airways, Delta, Ethiopian, Finnair, Iberia, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, South African, SWISS, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8864 miles or 14265 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to PLZ flight is about 16 hour 56 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Port Elizabeth?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 15 available flights from ORD to PLZ.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination codePLZ
Destination airport namePort Elizabeth International Airport
CityPort Elizabeth
CountrySouth Africa


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