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Most popular time to fly
6%
expected price increase
Average Price:
$324
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$218
or less (round trip)

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Book at least 1 week before departure in order to get a below-average price.
High season is considered to be February, March and April. The cheapest month to fly is September.
Morning departure is around 15% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
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FAQs for Booking Chicago O'Hare International to San Diego Flights

How long does a flight from Chicago O'Hare International to San Diego take?
An average nonstop flight takes 4h 30m, covering a distance of 1720 miles.
How many flights are there between Chicago O'Hare International and San Diego?
There are 373 (nonstop) flights between Chicago O'Hare International and San Diego per week, averaging 53 per day.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Chicago O'Hare International to San Diego?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Spirit Airlines ($101), Multiple Airlines ($160) and Frontier ($174).
Do I need a passport to fly between Chicago O'Hare International and San Diego?
No.
Which airlines fly most frequently between Chicago O'Hare International and San Diego?
United (9 times daily), Air Canada (7 times daily), American Airlines (6 times daily) are the most frequent flyers on this route.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Chicago O'Hare International to San Diego?
For Chicago O'Hare International to San Diego, Tuesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Wednesday is the most expensive. Flying from San Diego back to Chicago O'Hare International, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Thursday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Chicago O'Hare International to San Diego (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Chicago
$101
only
$101
Destination
San Diego
$101
only
$101
Tue, Mar 6
ORD
SAN
4h 30m
Wed, Mar 7
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 2 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 188 reviews
Overall
5.7
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.6

Nothing interesting to share or comment on this

Sprit Airlines has charged me additional $52 for cabin luggage, which is very high when compare to other airline operators. The service is very poor even for water it is charged, for such a long trip from Chicago to San Diego. Seating are very bad ....

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

That I missed a flight

ORD
SAN
Okay 4.3

I wish I had known that they charge BOTH for carrying on AND for checking a bag. I probably would have spent more money to fly a different airline in more comfort. I wish Kayak had made that a little clearer.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.6

I had a two hour delay. Baggage fees were ridiculous. Seating was very uncomfortable, you can't adjust them

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit doesn’t have screens at the airport to tell you which gate they are flying out of - must cost too much - only American airlines has them and i thought they were for the whole airport - how can you tell? so i went to the gate that said san diego - the only one. waited in line. find out as near the last one to board that i was at the wrong gate.

had to run to my flight leaving at the same time about 10 minutes away in an by running. Didn’t make it and Spirit only flies to San Diego once a day. So i miss Thanksgiving dinner with my family. So i have to go back to my apartment, an hour by subway, and come back tomorrow. First and last time flying with Spirit.

Tue, Feb 20
ORD
SAN
4h 30m
Wed, Mar 21
SAN
ORD
4h 04m
Trip: 29 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Apr 11
ORD
SAN
5h 53m
Tue, Apr 17
SAN
ORD
21h 46m
Trip: 7 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33843 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
BUF
MCO
Good 7.3

Flight was great. Checkin etc was great

ORD
RSW
Good 6.0

Crew was super nice

Delayed 3 hours, boarded and was told would be another 30minutes because of mechanical issues.

TPA
LAS
Okay 4.3

Very reasonable price.

You literally have to pay for even the basic things, including for seats to recline. Cushion on seats thin and seats don't recline. 5hrs flight and No entertainment, no tv, no radio, no complimentary food...they offered a cup of water.

PHL
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

This is actually almost a funny question because Frontier is the worst Airlines well actually that's not true spirit is the worst Airlines the seats are uncomfortable it takes about an hour and a half to just put your bags and baggage drop and then when you get on the plane They don't serve you anything they have no entertainment your crowded in can't move people are rude worst hairlines ever

Every single thing

ISP
MIA
Excellent 10.0

Great flight from Islip to MIA. Looked at another review about water on flights and I was told by the crew that water is FREE!

Seats are small but newly redesigned.

Tue, Feb 27
ORD
SAN
6h 28m
Tue, Mar 6
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 8 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 188 reviews
Overall
5.7
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.0

The snack selection on the flight and food package options were reasonably priced, and there were quite a few good options.

We arrived at the airport and were through security over an hour prior to our flight's takeoff. We decided to grab breakfast at a restaurant approximately 2-3 gates down from our gate. We arrived back at our gate 17 minutes prior to the departure time and the door to the entryway was already closed. No spirit attendants remained at the gate to assist or inform us about who we should speak to regarding this matter. We sat at the gate and watched our flight take over 15 minutes to pull away from entryway with no one available to direct us. After the plane pulled away, a few Spirit staff members came back out the door to the gate, and when we inquired as to why our names were not called throughout the airport (as we heard many other names called while sitting at the airport) they informed us we would have to talk to the customer service desk if we had an issue. We went to the customer service desk and they put us on another flight, which did not depart until late that day. We went to the customer service desks of 3 other airlines attempting to find a sooner flight, and when we explained Spirit closed the gates 17 minutes early, each airline stated that the industry standard is 10 minutes. Not only does Spirit not follow the industry standard, but they also shut the gates 2minutes prior to Spirit's standard which is 15 minutes before the flight. Additionally, no effort was made to call our names prior to the flight, as is customary with all airlines. Two days later, we went to board our return flight, which a week prior to our trip we paid $585 to change to that day, and when we went to check in we were not scheduled to be on that return flight. We showed proof of switching our flight and luckily the attendant was able to get us on that flight, however, we were extremely rushed getting through security and due to Spirit's mistake almost missed this flight as well. If no seats would have been available we would not have been able to get home despite paying to switch the flight a week in advanced. Overall, we were very disappointed with our experience traveling with Spirit and would not recommend the airline to anyone. We are frequent travelers for both business and recreation and have never experienced such poor customer service.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

That I missed a flight

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.6

I had a two hour delay. Baggage fees were ridiculous. Seating was very uncomfortable, you can't adjust them

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit doesn’t have screens at the airport to tell you which gate they are flying out of - must cost too much - only American airlines has them and i thought they were for the whole airport - how can you tell? so i went to the gate that said san diego - the only one. waited in line. find out as near the last one to board that i was at the wrong gate.

had to run to my flight leaving at the same time about 10 minutes away in an by running. Didn’t make it and Spirit only flies to San Diego once a day. So i miss Thanksgiving dinner with my family. So i have to go back to my apartment, an hour by subway, and come back tomorrow. First and last time flying with Spirit.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.3

I did not like be charged for every little thing. I can't believe that even water was $3. The airline claims to offer lower rates, but they get you in the end with all the extra charges for seats, carry ons, beverages.

Tue, Feb 20
ORD
SAN
6h 28m
Tue, Feb 27
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 8 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 188 reviews
Overall
5.7
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
ORD
SAN
Okay 5.6

No way to contact wheelchair assistance when being dropped of to begin flight. Waited 30 minuted for a wheelchair. Had to ask Amer.Air agent for help. Other airlines are far more attentive. Seats need 2 more inches, felt squished. Very costly baggage policy, charge for carry- ons.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit doesn’t have screens at the airport to tell you which gate they are flying out of - must cost too much - only American airlines has them and i thought they were for the whole airport - how can you tell? so i went to the gate that said san diego - the only one. waited in line. find out as near the last one to board that i was at the wrong gate.

had to run to my flight leaving at the same time about 10 minutes away in an by running. Didn’t make it and Spirit only flies to San Diego once a day. So i miss Thanksgiving dinner with my family. So i have to go back to my apartment, an hour by subway, and come back tomorrow. First and last time flying with Spirit.

ORD
SAN
Okay 4.3

I wish I had known that they charge BOTH for carrying on AND for checking a bag. I probably would have spent more money to fly a different airline in more comfort. I wish Kayak had made that a little clearer.

ORD
SAN
Okay 4.0

Terminal at Chicago was disorganized, crowded,. Flight left late. Even arriving in Chicago was crazy as as getting off the plane we had to take a long detour winding through barricades on the runway, through two buildings, up a flight of stairs, before finally reaching an almost standing room only boarding area.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.3

I did not like be charged for every little thing. I can't believe that even water was $3. The airline claims to offer lower rates, but they get you in the end with all the extra charges for seats, carry ons, beverages.

Tue, Feb 20
ORD
SAN
4h 30m
Wed, Feb 21
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 2 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 188 reviews
Overall
5.7
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

That I missed a flight

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.6

I had a two hour delay. Baggage fees were ridiculous. Seating was very uncomfortable, you can't adjust them

ORD
SAN
Good 6.6

Boarding went smoothly, flight was only 35 minutes delayed, plane looked clean.

They don't offer any free beverages. You even have to pay $3 for water. Word of advice, come prepared! Bring snack/drinks, there is nothing complimentary offered. Also be sure to check in, buy any luggage, and print your ticket ahead of time. Otherwise the fee's are nuts!

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.0

The snack selection on the flight and food package options were reasonably priced, and there were quite a few good options.

We arrived at the airport and were through security over an hour prior to our flight's takeoff. We decided to grab breakfast at a restaurant approximately 2-3 gates down from our gate. We arrived back at our gate 17 minutes prior to the departure time and the door to the entryway was already closed. No spirit attendants remained at the gate to assist or inform us about who we should speak to regarding this matter. We sat at the gate and watched our flight take over 15 minutes to pull away from entryway with no one available to direct us. After the plane pulled away, a few Spirit staff members came back out the door to the gate, and when we inquired as to why our names were not called throughout the airport (as we heard many other names called while sitting at the airport) they informed us we would have to talk to the customer service desk if we had an issue. We went to the customer service desk and they put us on another flight, which did not depart until late that day. We went to the customer service desks of 3 other airlines attempting to find a sooner flight, and when we explained Spirit closed the gates 17 minutes early, each airline stated that the industry standard is 10 minutes. Not only does Spirit not follow the industry standard, but they also shut the gates 2minutes prior to Spirit's standard which is 15 minutes before the flight. Additionally, no effort was made to call our names prior to the flight, as is customary with all airlines. Two days later, we went to board our return flight, which a week prior to our trip we paid $585 to change to that day, and when we went to check in we were not scheduled to be on that return flight. We showed proof of switching our flight and luckily the attendant was able to get us on that flight, however, we were extremely rushed getting through security and due to Spirit's mistake almost missed this flight as well. If no seats would have been available we would not have been able to get home despite paying to switch the flight a week in advanced. Overall, we were very disappointed with our experience traveling with Spirit and would not recommend the airline to anyone. We are frequent travelers for both business and recreation and have never experienced such poor customer service.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.6

Nothing interesting to share or comment on this

Sprit Airlines has charged me additional $52 for cabin luggage, which is very high when compare to other airline operators. The service is very poor even for water it is charged, for such a long trip from Chicago to San Diego. Seating are very bad ....

Wed, Feb 21
ORD
SAN
4h 30m
Tue, Mar 27
SAN
ORD
4h 04m
Trip: 34 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Apr 18
ORD
SAN
5h 53m
Tue, May 1
SAN
ORD
6h 14m
Trip: 14 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33843 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

The crew was rude to the passengers. They charge form 9$ to 40$ for seat selection. Charge for a Carry on bag (anything that doesn't fit under your seat). The flights had maintenance issue, hence delayed. I will absolutely avoid traveling with frontier in the future.

ISP
MIA
Excellent 10.0

Great flight from Islip to MIA. Looked at another review about water on flights and I was told by the crew that water is FREE!

Seats are small but newly redesigned.

MCO
CLT
Mediocre 3.3

The flight was ok

First of all the check in lady was rude and unprofessional. The company lost y luggage resulting in extra charges When I was looking for assistance mr Prince was extremely rude, rolling the eyes and not providing support, I was lost and seeking for guidance and I had to figure it out by myself

TPA
LAS
Okay 4.3

Very reasonable price.

You literally have to pay for even the basic things, including for seats to recline. Cushion on seats thin and seats don't recline. 5hrs flight and No entertainment, no tv, no radio, no complimentary food...they offered a cup of water.

DEN
ORD
Excellent 9.6

They left me alone.

Fold down tables are tiny

Tue, Mar 6
ORD
SAN
4h 30m
Wed, Mar 7
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 2 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 188 reviews
Overall
5.7
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.3

I did not like be charged for every little thing. I can't believe that even water was $3. The airline claims to offer lower rates, but they get you in the end with all the extra charges for seats, carry ons, beverages.

ORD
SAN
Okay 4.8

Flight left somewhat on time, was somewhat cheaper than a United flight, and landed successfully. Buying the fast pass through security saved me no time, because the security lines were short as is.

New-style seats on this flight were the least comfortable I have ever experienced. Not reclining is one thing, but this style provides minimal padding and minimal legroom to ensure as many people can be crammed onboard as humanly possible. I'm an averaged sized guy in his 20's, and when I got off the plane I felt like a 60 year old with chronic back issues.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.6

I had a two hour delay. Baggage fees were ridiculous. Seating was very uncomfortable, you can't adjust them

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit doesn’t have screens at the airport to tell you which gate they are flying out of - must cost too much - only American airlines has them and i thought they were for the whole airport - how can you tell? so i went to the gate that said san diego - the only one. waited in line. find out as near the last one to board that i was at the wrong gate.

had to run to my flight leaving at the same time about 10 minutes away in an by running. Didn’t make it and Spirit only flies to San Diego once a day. So i miss Thanksgiving dinner with my family. So i have to go back to my apartment, an hour by subway, and come back tomorrow. First and last time flying with Spirit.

ORD
SAN
Okay 4.3

I wish I had known that they charge BOTH for carrying on AND for checking a bag. I probably would have spent more money to fly a different airline in more comfort. I wish Kayak had made that a little clearer.

Tue, Mar 6
ORD
SAN
4h 30m
Wed, Mar 21
SAN
ORD
4h 04m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Apr 24
ORD
SAN
13h 06m
Wed, May 2
SAN
ORD
5h 37m
Trip: 9 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33843 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
DEN
ORD
Excellent 9.6

They left me alone.

Fold down tables are tiny

BUF
MCO
Good 7.3

Flight was great. Checkin etc was great

TPA
LAS
Okay 4.3

Very reasonable price.

You literally have to pay for even the basic things, including for seats to recline. Cushion on seats thin and seats don't recline. 5hrs flight and No entertainment, no tv, no radio, no complimentary food...they offered a cup of water.

ORD
RSW
Good 6.0

Crew was super nice

Delayed 3 hours, boarded and was told would be another 30minutes because of mechanical issues.

DEN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

The crew was rude to the passengers. They charge form 9$ to 40$ for seat selection. Charge for a Carry on bag (anything that doesn't fit under your seat). The flights had maintenance issue, hence delayed. I will absolutely avoid traveling with frontier in the future.

Sat, Mar 3
ORD
SAN
15h 04m
Wed, Mar 7
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 5 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Apr 25
ORD
SAN
5h 53m
Tue, May 1
SAN
ORD
21h 40m
Trip: 7 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33843 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
TPA
LAS
Okay 4.3

Very reasonable price.

You literally have to pay for even the basic things, including for seats to recline. Cushion on seats thin and seats don't recline. 5hrs flight and No entertainment, no tv, no radio, no complimentary food...they offered a cup of water.

BUF
MCO
Good 7.3

Flight was great. Checkin etc was great

DEN
SFO
Mediocre 2.0

The crew was rude to the passengers. They charge form 9$ to 40$ for seat selection. Charge for a Carry on bag (anything that doesn't fit under your seat). The flights had maintenance issue, hence delayed. I will absolutely avoid traveling with frontier in the future.

BUF
MCO
Mediocre 3.3

The service was Ok, but our flight was 4 hours delayed and it wasn't mechanical or weather related delay, the airline made a scheduling error, we almost missed our car rental and we didn't get to our destination til really late at night when it should been there in the daytime. Overall, won't fly with them again

DEN
ORD
Excellent 9.6

They left me alone.

Fold down tables are tiny

Tue, Feb 27
ORD
SAN
6h 28m
Wed, Mar 7
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 9 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 188 reviews
Overall
5.7
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.0

The snack selection on the flight and food package options were reasonably priced, and there were quite a few good options.

We arrived at the airport and were through security over an hour prior to our flight's takeoff. We decided to grab breakfast at a restaurant approximately 2-3 gates down from our gate. We arrived back at our gate 17 minutes prior to the departure time and the door to the entryway was already closed. No spirit attendants remained at the gate to assist or inform us about who we should speak to regarding this matter. We sat at the gate and watched our flight take over 15 minutes to pull away from entryway with no one available to direct us. After the plane pulled away, a few Spirit staff members came back out the door to the gate, and when we inquired as to why our names were not called throughout the airport (as we heard many other names called while sitting at the airport) they informed us we would have to talk to the customer service desk if we had an issue. We went to the customer service desk and they put us on another flight, which did not depart until late that day. We went to the customer service desks of 3 other airlines attempting to find a sooner flight, and when we explained Spirit closed the gates 17 minutes early, each airline stated that the industry standard is 10 minutes. Not only does Spirit not follow the industry standard, but they also shut the gates 2minutes prior to Spirit's standard which is 15 minutes before the flight. Additionally, no effort was made to call our names prior to the flight, as is customary with all airlines. Two days later, we went to board our return flight, which a week prior to our trip we paid $585 to change to that day, and when we went to check in we were not scheduled to be on that return flight. We showed proof of switching our flight and luckily the attendant was able to get us on that flight, however, we were extremely rushed getting through security and due to Spirit's mistake almost missed this flight as well. If no seats would have been available we would not have been able to get home despite paying to switch the flight a week in advanced. Overall, we were very disappointed with our experience traveling with Spirit and would not recommend the airline to anyone. We are frequent travelers for both business and recreation and have never experienced such poor customer service.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.6

I had a two hour delay. Baggage fees were ridiculous. Seating was very uncomfortable, you can't adjust them

ORD
SAN
Okay 4.8

Flight left somewhat on time, was somewhat cheaper than a United flight, and landed successfully. Buying the fast pass through security saved me no time, because the security lines were short as is.

New-style seats on this flight were the least comfortable I have ever experienced. Not reclining is one thing, but this style provides minimal padding and minimal legroom to ensure as many people can be crammed onboard as humanly possible. I'm an averaged sized guy in his 20's, and when I got off the plane I felt like a 60 year old with chronic back issues.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

That I missed a flight

ORD
SAN
Good 6.6

Boarding went smoothly, flight was only 35 minutes delayed, plane looked clean.

They don't offer any free beverages. You even have to pay $3 for water. Word of advice, come prepared! Bring snack/drinks, there is nothing complimentary offered. Also be sure to check in, buy any luggage, and print your ticket ahead of time. Otherwise the fee's are nuts!

Mon, Mar 5
ORD
SAN
15h 04m
Wed, Mar 7
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 3 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, May 1
ORD
SAN
13h 07m
Wed, May 9
SAN
ORD
5h 37m
Trip: 9 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33843 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MKE
TPA
Mediocre 2.0

the flights and attendents were good ,flight was delayed almost 2 hours on my return flight

didnt have to pay for luggage on first flight put under seat on return flight the girl at ticket counter was rude to me and charged me 45.00 for my bag i put under my seat and she was not a pleasant person to deal with, i wouldnt fly frontier again

DCA
DEN
Excellent 8.0

Friendly staff

Didn't like I wasn't offered a cup of water and they nickel and dime you for EVERYTHING!

IAD
SAT
Mediocre 3.6

The crew was helpful and apologetic.

They purposefully understaffed the check in counter, which you have to use. They charge for every little thing, even carry on bags and snacks. The seats might as well be lawn chairs. They are so close together everyone onboard will die from head injuries if there's an accident. I'll fly Southwest from now on.

TPA
LAS
Okay 4.3

Very reasonable price.

You literally have to pay for even the basic things, including for seats to recline. Cushion on seats thin and seats don't recline. 5hrs flight and No entertainment, no tv, no radio, no complimentary food...they offered a cup of water.

ISP
MIA
Excellent 10.0

Great flight from Islip to MIA. Looked at another review about water on flights and I was told by the crew that water is FREE!

Seats are small but newly redesigned.

Wed, Feb 28
ORD
SAN
6h 28m
Wed, Mar 7
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 8 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 188 reviews
Overall
5.7
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
ORD
SAN
Mediocre 3.0

The snack selection on the flight and food package options were reasonably priced, and there were quite a few good options.

We arrived at the airport and were through security over an hour prior to our flight's takeoff. We decided to grab breakfast at a restaurant approximately 2-3 gates down from our gate. We arrived back at our gate 17 minutes prior to the departure time and the door to the entryway was already closed. No spirit attendants remained at the gate to assist or inform us about who we should speak to regarding this matter. We sat at the gate and watched our flight take over 15 minutes to pull away from entryway with no one available to direct us. After the plane pulled away, a few Spirit staff members came back out the door to the gate, and when we inquired as to why our names were not called throughout the airport (as we heard many other names called while sitting at the airport) they informed us we would have to talk to the customer service desk if we had an issue. We went to the customer service desk and they put us on another flight, which did not depart until late that day. We went to the customer service desks of 3 other airlines attempting to find a sooner flight, and when we explained Spirit closed the gates 17 minutes early, each airline stated that the industry standard is 10 minutes. Not only does Spirit not follow the industry standard, but they also shut the gates 2minutes prior to Spirit's standard which is 15 minutes before the flight. Additionally, no effort was made to call our names prior to the flight, as is customary with all airlines. Two days later, we went to board our return flight, which a week prior to our trip we paid $585 to change to that day, and when we went to check in we were not scheduled to be on that return flight. We showed proof of switching our flight and luckily the attendant was able to get us on that flight, however, we were extremely rushed getting through security and due to Spirit's mistake almost missed this flight as well. If no seats would have been available we would not have been able to get home despite paying to switch the flight a week in advanced. Overall, we were very disappointed with our experience traveling with Spirit and would not recommend the airline to anyone. We are frequent travelers for both business and recreation and have never experienced such poor customer service.

ORD
SAN
Okay 4.8

Flight left somewhat on time, was somewhat cheaper than a United flight, and landed successfully. Buying the fast pass through security saved me no time, because the security lines were short as is.

New-style seats on this flight were the least comfortable I have ever experienced. Not reclining is one thing, but this style provides minimal padding and minimal legroom to ensure as many people can be crammed onboard as humanly possible. I'm an averaged sized guy in his 20's, and when I got off the plane I felt like a 60 year old with chronic back issues.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit doesn’t have screens at the airport to tell you which gate they are flying out of - must cost too much - only American airlines has them and i thought they were for the whole airport - how can you tell? so i went to the gate that said san diego - the only one. waited in line. find out as near the last one to board that i was at the wrong gate.

had to run to my flight leaving at the same time about 10 minutes away in an by running. Didn’t make it and Spirit only flies to San Diego once a day. So i miss Thanksgiving dinner with my family. So i have to go back to my apartment, an hour by subway, and come back tomorrow. First and last time flying with Spirit.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.6

Nothing interesting to share or comment on this

Sprit Airlines has charged me additional $52 for cabin luggage, which is very high when compare to other airline operators. The service is very poor even for water it is charged, for such a long trip from Chicago to San Diego. Seating are very bad ....

ORD
SAN
Good 6.6

Boarding went smoothly, flight was only 35 minutes delayed, plane looked clean.

They don't offer any free beverages. You even have to pay $3 for water. Word of advice, come prepared! Bring snack/drinks, there is nothing complimentary offered. Also be sure to check in, buy any luggage, and print your ticket ahead of time. Otherwise the fee's are nuts!

Wed, May 2
ORD
SAN
6h 00m
Tue, May 8
SAN
ORD
21h 40m
Trip: 7 days
5.7OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.7 Okay
Based on 33843 reviews
Overall
5.9
Boarding
6.4
Comfort
5.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.7
MKE
TPA
Mediocre 2.0

the flights and attendents were good ,flight was delayed almost 2 hours on my return flight

didnt have to pay for luggage on first flight put under seat on return flight the girl at ticket counter was rude to me and charged me 45.00 for my bag i put under my seat and she was not a pleasant person to deal with, i wouldnt fly frontier again

PHL
DEN
Mediocre 2.0

This is actually almost a funny question because Frontier is the worst Airlines well actually that's not true spirit is the worst Airlines the seats are uncomfortable it takes about an hour and a half to just put your bags and baggage drop and then when you get on the plane They don't serve you anything they have no entertainment your crowded in can't move people are rude worst hairlines ever

Every single thing

MCO
CLT
Mediocre 3.3

The flight was ok

First of all the check in lady was rude and unprofessional. The company lost y luggage resulting in extra charges When I was looking for assistance mr Prince was extremely rude, rolling the eyes and not providing support, I was lost and seeking for guidance and I had to figure it out by myself

BUF
MCO
Good 7.3

Flight was great. Checkin etc was great

ISP
MIA
Excellent 10.0

Great flight from Islip to MIA. Looked at another review about water on flights and I was told by the crew that water is FREE!

Seats are small but newly redesigned.

Wed, Apr 18
ORD
SAN
5h 53m
Wed, May 2
SAN
ORD
3h 55m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Feb 27
ORD
SAN
6h 28m
Wed, Apr 11
SAN
ORD
4h 05m
Trip: 43 days
5.6OkayShow reviews
Overall 5.6 Okay
Based on 188 reviews
Overall
5.7
Boarding
6.0
Comfort
5.3
Crew
6.4
Entertainment
4.5
Food
4.6
ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

Spirit doesn’t have screens at the airport to tell you which gate they are flying out of - must cost too much - only American airlines has them and i thought they were for the whole airport - how can you tell? so i went to the gate that said san diego - the only one. waited in line. find out as near the last one to board that i was at the wrong gate.

had to run to my flight leaving at the same time about 10 minutes away in an by running. Didn’t make it and Spirit only flies to San Diego once a day. So i miss Thanksgiving dinner with my family. So i have to go back to my apartment, an hour by subway, and come back tomorrow. First and last time flying with Spirit.

ORD
SAN
Okay 4.0

Terminal at Chicago was disorganized, crowded,. Flight left late. Even arriving in Chicago was crazy as as getting off the plane we had to take a long detour winding through barricades on the runway, through two buildings, up a flight of stairs, before finally reaching an almost standing room only boarding area.

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.6

Nothing interesting to share or comment on this

Sprit Airlines has charged me additional $52 for cabin luggage, which is very high when compare to other airline operators. The service is very poor even for water it is charged, for such a long trip from Chicago to San Diego. Seating are very bad ....

ORD
SAN
Mediocre 2.0

That I missed a flight

ORD
SAN
Good 6.6

Boarding went smoothly, flight was only 35 minutes delayed, plane looked clean.

They don't offer any free beverages. You even have to pay $3 for water. Word of advice, come prepared! Bring snack/drinks, there is nothing complimentary offered. Also be sure to check in, buy any luggage, and print your ticket ahead of time. Otherwise the fee's are nuts!

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Chicago O'Hare International to San Diego Flight Information

Avg. Flight Duration 4h 17m
Flights Arrive in San Diego
Flights Depart from Chicago O'Hare International
Flight Price $101
Distance 1720 miles
Airlines Spirit Airlines, Frontier
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