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October Best time to beat the crowds with an average 22% drop in price.

High season

December Most popular time to fly with an average 20% increase in price.

Average price round-trip

$369 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal round-trip

$254 or less

Good deal one-way

$158 or less

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  • Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $158 or less one-way and $254 or less round-trip.
  • The cheapest flight from Chicago to Santa Barbara was found 31 days before departure, on average.
  • Book at least 3 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be November, December and January. The cheapest month to fly is October.
  • Morning departure is around 15% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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Top 3 airlines serving Chicago to Santa Barbara

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

8.3
Alaska Airlines
Overall score based on 29,258 reviews
8.5
Boarding
8.3
Comfort
8.8
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "WiFi sucked"

Cons: "A little more room."

Cons: "It was a little chilly."

Cons: "Late departure"

Cons: "Better snacks. No cost for checked first luggage"

Cons: "Nothing. I've flown on worse."

Pros: "Alaska is a great airline."
Cons: "Free food would be awesome."

Pros: "Average"
Cons: "Seat back screens. More space."

Cons: "Equipment problem that delayed our departure"

Pros: "Timing-Fasrer than scheduled"

Pros: "Great! Decent."

Cons: "Delayed. Flue season folks. If your sick just don’t travel!"

Pros: "Everything went smooth and was great besides the boarding."
Cons: "Boarding seemed to take quite quite awhile, not sure what the deal was but once we were boarded they kicked it into high gear"

Cons: "Dog allowed to sit next to me. It should be ina crate or at least on the lap of the owner"

Pros: "All good"

Cons: "Delayed"

Cons: "The delay due to mechanical failure and not being compensated"

Pros: "Promptness."
Cons: "Only beverages. Perhaps a little something, like nuts"

Pros: "I love Virgin America and was surprised I was getting on one of their planes. I later found out Alaska bought VA out. The moon lighting and easy access to food/drink choices on touch screen is a plus."

Pros: "Nice movies Comfortable seats"
Cons: "Noisy air con Seat not reclining Headphone jack not working No storage space"

Pros: "The staff was so helpful and *human*... all of my interactions with them were absolutely wonderful."
Cons: "Cabin could have been a little cleaner. There was some candy/gum stuck to my seat and my tray table had juice spilled on it."

Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Comfort and quality of the airline is top notch, like its sister company Virgin."
Cons: "A little hard to get onto the WiFi, but once on, it was fine. Hey ... it’s free so overall, still great"

Cons: "The USB charger on my seat was broken"

Pros: "Excellent experience all around on all flights."

Pros: "Professional flight attendants"
Cons: "N/A"

Pros: "The flight attendants went above and beyond!"

Pros: "Great flight. On time, good weather"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Left early and arrived early. Bags were at baggage claim when I arrived."

Pros: "Love the amount of space availabile for my legs!!"

Pros: ",'"
Cons: "90 minutes late returning"

Pros: "Friendliness"

Pros: "My stewardess was amazing!"

Pros: "Plane had a delayed boarding and no explanation for the delay eas given"

Cons: "I will never fly with Alaska again."

Pros: "Efficient and comfortable"

Pros: "The plane was new but with no bells let alone whistles."
Cons: "No monitors/screens at all on plane."

Pros: "Very accommodating staff"

Cons: "We were asked to exit the plane at Tarmac and I was traveling with 2 little children. There were a lot of stairs to get off the plane and then walk back to terminal and then a lot of stairs were there to get back to terminal. I was hurting in my knee and my kids ears were hurting badly because the pressure was not controlled while landing. It was a very bad experience and I will definitely think twice about flying Alaska again."

Pros: "New equipment"
Cons: "Sparse food."

Pros: "Great service and extremely friendly staff. Brand new plane. More economy legroom then other carriers"

Cons: "This flight was first delayed, then not listed on the reader board. Then the flight added a stop over in Seattle for the the only reason that the crew was maximizing their allowed time to work. This delayed arrival at final destination. They could have brought on a fresh crew in Chicago but they did not do that."

Cons: "A child crying the whole trip behind my seat. No effort by mother to stop child from crying"

Cons: "Should not have to pay for movies other air lines they are free"

Pros: "Got there earlier than expected. Staff didn't charge me for one drink"

Pros: "Exelet"
Cons: "Exelente"

Pros: "Friendly, caring, and knowledgable staff"
Cons: "No hot food choice on 6+ hour flight."

Pros: "Boeing plane was so comfortable and modern and new."

Pros: "Clean environment of the terminals and the speed of the shuttle."
Cons: "no comment."

Pros: "It took off on time and life was good."

Pros: "Great service!"

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Same as previous response."

Pros: "The entertainment was amazing"
Cons: "We were delayed multiple times and landed extremely late"

Pros: "Very affordable! Traveling can be difficult, especially from Chicago O'hare - one of the busiest airports in the country - but everything was made easy for me and was a breeze!"
Cons: "No complaints here!"

Cons: "bag got lost checking it at the gate in dtw, bag went to santa barbara, completely wrong airport. huge inconvenience"

Pros: "Almost always on time, captain keeps us updated, friendly airline staff"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "On time"

Pros: "Everyone was polite, helpful, and courteous."

Pros: "There were too many gate changes ."

Pros: "I like that they have complimentary snacks"

Cons: "Delay boarding and then dropped us off at a remote runway and had to wait 45 minutes for a bus to main terminal!"

Cons: "Due to the delay which caused us to miss our connection we had to get a hotel, which we had to pay for. It also caused me to miss work the following day."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "4 hora de retraso ni una cortesía empleados bien carnepuercos"

Pros: "Price space, time"
Cons: "Waiting.. but better to be early than late"

Pros: "Everything was pretty decent.. Best part was the price.. Boarding was good staff was good"
Cons: "Wasn't enough room.. kind of tight.. Couple more inches all around would have been perfect though"

Pros: "Ease of travel"

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "No dislikes"

Pros: "No complaints"

Pros: "N/A"
Cons: "The flights were delayed multiple times. No communication at your gates. Oh and I think my favorite was changing terminals and gates 5 TIMES within 1 hour at DFW! RIDICULOUS AND UNACCEPTABLE. NEVER AGAIN!"

Pros: "All personnel where polite,helpful, and respectful. Greg to have wifi and power chargers."
Cons: "There was no real entertainment on the screens. No movies."

Pros: "Everybody was nice my ride was comfortable and they treat me with respect"
Cons: "I like everything"

Pros: "On time."

Pros: "very good no problems.."
Cons: "all good thanks much"

Pros: "My back is probably even more worst than what it is ,I had poor back support...u had to sit up the wholetime and no pillows.Wish you all had reclining seats and a Lil pillow or something.Everytime I travel I'm never comfortable sleeping,if the trip is far."
Cons: "The seats,no cushion ,no pillows."

Pros: "The ride was smooth the airplane was the food was OK the stewardess were kind"
Cons: "The ride was smooth the airplane was the food was OK the stewardess were kind"

Pros: "Staff friensly"
Cons: "Multiple delays and gate changes the last when we were already were to start boarding Aircraft seating had some issues."

Pros: "I loved the entertainment options"
Cons: "I did not like"

Pros: "It was a good nice ride. The employee was nice."

Cons: "No AC or USB charging ports, no individual entertainment screens."

Cons: "We wait to long for the connection"

Pros: "Rough landing"

Pros: "Everyone was friendly and helpful"

Pros: "Price no delays"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Customer service was great"
Cons: "The landing to New York was very scary,"

Cons: "Out of certain food items that should have been available"

Pros: "The chairs where comfortable and there was a free movie"
Cons: "The sound for the movie didn't work, the atenders dI'd not do any thing tI make uo for it. There was no complimentary snack. Loading on was a mess, not organized well."

Pros: "Everything"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "We had a small technical glitch and the pilot kept us updated. Nothing is more difficult than not knowing what is going on."

Cons: "I don't know, I've yet to actually make it to Fort Lauderdale!"

Cons: "Horrible delays and many gate changes"

Cons: "There's no room for non skinny people. It was awful"

Cons: "They have taken all the joy out of flying. Cramming more seats on planes, makes them uncomfortable for anyone over 5'9""

Cons: "Decided to have a glass of wine -- had to ask the F.A. twice for my change. Dont feel they( F.A.s) were especially friendly."

Pros: "All OK!"

Cons: "Delayed as well!!!"

Pros: "Great service."
Cons: "Seats to small lol"

Cons: "We were not allowed to check bags because our booking had less than an hour between flights! We were going on a 12 day trip from Chicago to Italy and at the airport we're advised we can bring our luggage!"

Pros: "Associates were nice and knowledgeable. The airplanes were comfortable. Love the onetime performance of scheduling."
Cons: "Unite Airline performance wasn't the good. Also, there was nobody in Chicago to help us with the transferring process."

Pros: "Staff"
Cons: "Delays, multiple gate changes"

Pros: "same as above"
Cons: "same as above"

Cons: "Plane too small"

Cons: "Why does the airport have so many flights coming in at the same time that you can't deplane as soon as you touch the ground? Feels like someone doesn't know what they are doing! Very frustrating! I was late to my event due to this!"

Pros: "Clean comfortable, friendly service"

Pros: "I liked that the attendant suggested that anyone who wished, could move to unsold seats! Nice!"

Pros: "Friendly staff"
Cons: "Uncomfortable seats"

Cons: "Again all of it was poor"

Cons: "I do not like those head rests.. I wish the were detachable."

Pros: "Plane was on time"

Cons: "It was delayed a day"

Cons: "all"

Cons: "My bag was misplaced after being gate checked, it ended up going to baggage claim, not a huge inconvenience, but after all our trouble with United, it was frustrating and we were tired and not interested in waiting for our bags (which is why we took carry on only in the first place)."

Pros: "Stuardis"

Pros: "Airline personnel were friendly and smiling"

Pros: "Service"
Cons: "Old plane..."

Cons: "The Chicago to LA portion unfortunately was on United. A stark comparison to the SAS portion. Unorganized boarding, marginal service and attendants in business that seemed disinterested. Charging business $4.99 for wifi that is free on other airlines. Some things never change!"

Pros: "Not much. Stewardesses were pleasant."
Cons: "Late arrival congested- cattle car... 3 flights out of one gate. Poor announcing."

Pros: "Excellent service and friendly staff"
Cons: "Absolutely not enough room to stretch your legs"

Pros: "same as above"
Cons: "same as above"

Pros: "Getting to Charlotte"
Cons: "Plane dirty. Windows dirty. Extremely bumpy. Seats clostraphobic. Sat too long leaving"

Pros: "ontime"
Cons: "At least one check-in baggage should be free for the price."

Pros: "Overall service."
Cons: "Impolite Lady Gate Agent."

Cons: "Too cramped, fligjt delay of over an hour"

Pros: "Great service"

Cons: "They do not inform reason why it is late"

Cons: "lost our bag, crying babies, uncomfortable plane"

Cons: "Delayed almost an hour."

Pros: "Everything was on time"

Pros: "Overall fine"

Cons: "It would have been helpful if hanging a garment bag were available, which was the case on my return flights to DC on American Airlines."

Pros: "On point"
Cons: "Excellent"

Pros: "The process was good"
Cons: "Wish there were more morning flights"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Outlets don't work. The African American stewardess was rude. Seat didn't recline"

Pros: "Very good"
Cons: "Comfortable"

Pros: "I was comfortable and I didn't die."
Cons: "N/A"

Cons: "Why should I have to pay to watch tv? I know you don't have to pay on Southwest, Virgin America or Jet Blue. Not sure that a very (and I mean VERY SMALL) snack can be considered food"

Pros: "On time, gates were close together"

Pros: "Comfy environment, not completely booked plane"
Cons: "The price for one little bottle of Rum, highway robbery I say."

Cons: "The plane was delayed."

Pros: "Newer plane. Very nice staff"
Cons: "Floor around seat was dirty. Lot of exaggerated braking. Suggested a new pilot perhaps?"

Pros: "Getting from point a to point b."
Cons: "Lack of good free snacks. Not getting free bag checked."

Cons: "Deverted to Newark to get to portland"

Pros: "Good"

Cons: "Never made it so I can't rate it"

Pros: "Everything went smoothly"

Pros: "Large plane very comfortable"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "Staff was great"
Cons: "Second delay in a row"

Cons: "Delays both ways"

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