The cheapest times to fly from ORD to SNA are

  • January 1st to March 4th
  • April 23rd to May 6th
  • August 13th to November 18th

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 SNA is early November. Prices can be as high as $781 for Sunday flights during late July, or as low as $246 for Tuesday flights around early November.


When to Fly to Santa Ana

Flying from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Santa Ana, CA (SNA) will usually cost between $292 to $475 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early November with an average ticket price of $301. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late July, with an average price of $469. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $168 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $352 can be considered a good price for a round-trip ORD to SNA flight.

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

ORD to SNA Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the ORD to SNA 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 $0.13, 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 $96 (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 $320. Return trip prices are from the SNA 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 SNA 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 SNA while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles, CA

  • 36 miles (58 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 37.22% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to LAX flights

Destination alternative #2: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 76 miles (122 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 11.51% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to SAN flights

Destination alternative #3: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 30 miles (48 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 10.51% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to ONT flights

Destination alternative #4: Long Beach Airport (LGB) in Long Beach, CA

  • 19 miles (31 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 0.71% less expensive than SNA
  • 1-layover flights available

See ORD to LGB flights

Destination alternative #5: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Palm Springs, CA

  • 79 miles (127 km) away from SNA
  • Usually 4.55% less expensive than SNA
  • Nonstop flights available

See ORD to PSP flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from John Wayne-Orange County Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1722 miles or 2771 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop ORD to SNA flight is about 4 hour 5 minutes.

How many flights go between Chicago, IL and Santa Ana, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 56 available flights from ORD to SNA.


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 SNA
Destination airport name John Wayne-Orange County Airport
City Santa Ana, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 33.7
Longitude -117.9


Late and Early Flight Data

Flights from ORD to SNA tend to depart as late as the average flight. According to our recently updated data, 29% of flights departed 5 or more minutes late, and 11% of flights left 5 or more minutes early. On average you can expect to leave SNA heading for ORD about 14 minutes late. This does significantly impact arrival time, as the average landing time in Santa Ana, CA is about 7 minutes late. The numbers below show a recent average of take-off times versus the scheduled departure flight:

  • American: 13 minutes late
  • United: 15 minutes late
  • Some airlines not reporting


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