The cheapest times to fly from ORD to PTG are

  • January 8th to May 20th (except the week of April 2nd)
  • September 3rd to September 16th
  • October 22nd 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 PTG is mid January. Prices can be as high as $3205 for Friday flights during mid December, or as low as $1203 for Saturday flights around mid January.


When to Fly to Polokwane

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Polokwane (PTG) will usually cost between $1342 to $2453 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid January with an average ticket price of $1374. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid December, with an average price of $2527. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1153 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1481 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to PTG flight.

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

ORD to PTG Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to PTG 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 $0.11, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Saturday is usually the cheapest day to fly to PTG, and Tuesday the cheapest day to fly back into ORD. Fridays are the most expensive days to fly to Polokwane, and Saturdays are the most expensive days to return to Chicago. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $201 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Saturday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1654. Return trip prices are from the PTG 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 PTG 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 36 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking ORD to PTG

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 PTG — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $1074
  • Average savings: $407 (27.46%)

See ORD to JNB flights

Hack #2: New York, NY (ORD > JFK > PTG)

  • Price for both tickets: $1371
  • Average savings: $110 (7.43%)

See ORD to JFK flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 12 major airlines flying this route most often: Alitalia, American, British Airways, Delta, Ethiopian, Finnair, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, South African, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 8681 miles or 13971 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to PTG flight is about 16 hour 36 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Polokwane?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 12 available flights from ORD to PTG.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination codePTG
Destination airport namePolokwane International Airport
CountrySouth Africa


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