The cheapest times to fly from TRI to ORD are

  • January 8th to March 4th
  • April 16th to July 22nd (except the weeks of May 14th and June 18th)
  • October 15th 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 TRI to ORD is late May to early June. Prices can be as high as $589 for Sunday flights during late March, or as low as $196 for Tuesday flights around late May to early June.


When to Fly to Chicago

Flying from Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN (TRI) to Chicago, IL (ORD) will usually cost between $198 to $394 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late May to early June with an average ticket price of $239. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late March, with an average price of $419. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $180 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $285 can be considered a good price for a round-trip TRI to ORD flight.

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

TRI to ORD Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the TRI to ORD flight is much cheaper than the average and costs much less than the average flight leaving from Bristol. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.37, which is a bit above 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 $78 (24%) 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 $248. Return trip prices are from the ORD to TRI 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 TRI 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 1 hour 51 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 TRI to ORD while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: General Downing – Peoria International Airport (PIA) in Peoria, IL

  • 130 miles (209 km) away from ORD
  • Usually 5.96% less expensive than ORD
  • 1-layover flights available

See TRI to PIA flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 3 major airlines flying this route most often: American, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

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

The distance between the two airports is roughly 480 miles or 772 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop TRI to ORD flight is about 1 hour 51 minutes.

How many flights go between Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN and Chicago, IL?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 70 available flights from TRI to ORD.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code TRI
Origination airport name Tri Cities Airport
City Bristol/Johnson City/Kingsport, TN
Country the United States
Latitude 36.5
Longitude -82.4

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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