The cheapest times to fly from ORD to SMA are

  • January 8th to March 18th
  • April 23rd to May 27th
  • June 18th to July 22nd (except the week of July 9th)
  • October 1st to December 2nd (except the weeks of November 5th 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 SMA is early to mid May. Prices can be as high as $6191 for Tuesday flights during early to mid September, or as low as $3519 for Sunday flights around early to mid May.


When to Fly to Santa Maria Island

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Santa Maria (SMA) will usually cost between $3520 to $4966 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early to mid May with an average ticket price of $3623. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid September, with an average price of $5021. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1398 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $4161 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to SMA flight.

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

ORD to SMA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to SMA flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Chicago. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.79, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Sunday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SMA, and Wednesday the cheapest day to fly back into ORD. Tuesdays 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 $696 (15%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Sunday and returning a week later will cost an average of $3931. Return trip prices are from the SMA 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 SMA can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 6 hour 54 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 SMA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Ponta Delgada Airport (PDL) in Ponta Delgada

  • 61 miles (98 km) away from SMA
  • Usually 72.71% less expensive than SMA
  • 1-layover flights available

See ORD to PDL flights


Flight Hacking ORD to SMA

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 SMA — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Lisbon (ORD > LIS > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $673
  • Average savings: $3488 (83.83%)

See ORD to LIS flights

Hack #2: Barcelona (ORD > BCN > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $852
  • Average savings: $3309 (79.52%)

See ORD to BCN flights

Hack #3: Faro (ORD > FAO > SMA)

  • Price for both tickets: $876
  • Average savings: $3285 (78.95%)

See ORD to FAO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 7 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, American, Azores Airlines, Delta, SAS, Tap Air Portugal, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 3288 miles or 5292 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to SMA flight is about 6 hour 54 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Santa Maria?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 29 available flights from ORD to SMA.


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 SMA
Destination airport name Santa Maria Airport
City Santa Maria
Country Portugal
Latitude 37
Longitude -25.2


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