The cheapest times to fly from ORD to SAN are
- January 1st to March 4th
- August 6th to December 16th (except the weeks of November 12th and 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 SAN is late January and early February. Prices can be as high as $805 for Sunday flights during mid May, or as low as $174 for Tuesday flights around late January and early February.
When to Fly to San Diego
Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to San Diego, CA (SAN) will usually cost between $205 to $454 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late January and early February with an average ticket price of $222. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid May, with an average price of $457. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $235 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $312 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to SAN flight.
See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the ORD to SAN route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.
Compared to other flights, the ORD to SAN 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 $0.11, 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 $86 (23%) 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 $286. Return trip prices are from the SAN to ORD flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.
Departing Prices by Day
Return Trip Prices by Day
Nonstop Flights and Layovers
Travelers looking to fly from ORD to SAN can generally find a 0-layover flight. Because there is a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 4 hour 5 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 SAN while comparing.
- 109 miles (175 km) away from SAN
- Usually 29.05% less expensive than SAN
- Nonstop flights available
Flight Questions Answered
Still have questions about flying from ORD to SAN? We’ve got answers.
Which airlines fly this route?
You can find 14 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Europa, Alaska, American, China Eastern, Delta, Emirates, Frontier, JetBlue, Qatar Airways, SAS, Singapore Airlines, Spirit, Sun Country Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.
How far away is it from San Diego International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?
The distance between the two airports is roughly 1719 miles or 2766 kilometers.
How long does it take to fly from ORD to SAN?
The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to SAN flight is about 4 hour 5 minutes.
How many flights go between Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA?
It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 50 available flights from ORD to SAN.
Airport Location Info
|Origination airport name||Chicago O’Hare International Airport|
|Country||the United States|
|Destination airport name||San Diego International Airport|
|City||San Diego, CA|
|Country||the United States|
Late and Early Flight Data
Flights from ORD to SAN tend to depart later than the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 34% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 14% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SAN heading for ORD about 17 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in San Diego, CA is about 9 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:
- American: 22 minutes late
- United: 14 minutes late
- Spirit: 8 minutes late
- Some airlines not reporting
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