The cheapest times to fly from SMA to ORD are

  • January 8th to March 25th
  • April 23rd to June 3rd
  • June 25th to July 8th
  • October 1st to October 21st

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 SMA to ORD is mid February. Prices can be as high as $5548 for Tuesday flights during mid to late September, or as low as $2728 for Wednesday flights around mid February.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Santa Maria (SMA) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $2781 to $3974 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid February with an average ticket price of $2852. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late September, with an average price of $3843. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $991 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $3126 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SMA to ORD flight.

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

SMA to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SMA to ORD flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from Santa Maria Island. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.59, which is above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to ORD, and Sunday the cheapest day to fly back into SMA. 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 Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $2924. Return trip prices are from the ORD to SMA 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 SMA to ORD 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.


Flight Hacking SMA to ORD

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 SMA to ORD — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $757
  • Average savings: $2369 (75.78%)

See SMA to OPO flights

Hack #2: Porto (SMA > OPO > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $828
  • Average savings: $2298 (73.51%)

See SMA to LIS flights

Hack #3: Barcelona (SMA > BCN > ORD)

  • Price for both tickets: $850
  • Average savings: $2276 (72.82%)

See SMA to BCN flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SMA to ORD? 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 Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Santa Maria Airport?

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

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

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

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

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


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code ORD
Destination airport name Chicago O’Hare International Airport
City Chicago, IL
Country the United States
Latitude 42
Longitude -87.9


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