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Santa Barbara to Chicago Flight Information

Flights Arrive in Chicago
Flights Depart from Santa Barbara
Flight Price $253
Distance 1,812 miles
Airlines United Airlines

Good to Know

Average Price:
$461
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
Good Deal:
$292
or less (round trip)

When to Book Flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago

Estimated round-trip price
Flight prices as travel date approaches
-1 day
-2 days

Top Tips for Finding a Cheap Flight

Looking for a cheap flight? 25% of our users found flights on this route for $292 or less.
The cheapest flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago was found 53 days before departure, on average.
Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
Morning departure is around 29% cheaper than an evening flight, on average*.
*Average of the lowest prices shown in KAYAK’s search results for departures within the next 30 days

FAQs for Booking Santa Barbara to Chicago Flights

How long does a flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago take?
There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 5h 33m.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on United Airlines ($253) and Multiple Airlines ($316)
Do I need a passport to fly between Santa Barbara and Chicago?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Santa Barbara to Chicago?
For Santa Barbara to Chicago, Saturday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Tuesday is the most expensive. Flying from Chicago back to Santa Barbara, the best deals are generally found on Wednesday, with Saturday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Santa Barbara
$253
only
$253
Destination
Chicago
$253
only
$253
Sat, Jan 19
SBA
Santa Barbara
ORD
Chicago O'Hare International
5h 48m
Tue, Jan 22
ORD
Chicago O'Hare International
SBA
Santa Barbara
6h 33m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 60,474 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
ORD
DSM
Good 7.6

Cons: Wi-Fi, as usual, was not working. Plus, there were no screens in the seat, so passengers have to rely on their own smartphones/tablets/magazines/books to keep entertained.

SFO
PDX
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Boarding, service, staff attitudes, on time and deplaning

EWR
ORD
Excellent 8.6

Pros: In my opinion, United has one of the most corteous crews among all airlines. I’ve never had any problems with their flight attendants being rude or grumpy.

ORD
PDX
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Not much

Cons: Uncomfortable seats, no leg room, no outlets for charging, only two restrooms for economy and no aboard carry on. It was overall very uncomfortable and unenjoyable. Alaska is much better

SFO
BZN
Excellent 10.0

Pros: Love this direct flight! So nice!

Sun, Dec 2
SBA
Santa Barbara
ORD
Chicago O'Hare International
19h 43m
Wed, Dec 5
ORD
Chicago O'Hare International
SBA
Santa Barbara
18h 50m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Nov 20
SBA
Santa Barbara
ORD
Chicago O'Hare International
5h 33m
Sat, Nov 24
ORD
Chicago O'Hare International
SBA
Santa Barbara
6h 15m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 60,474 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.5
IAD
DAY
Good 6.0

Cons: Delayed multiple times

LAX
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Pros: The help

Cons: Nothing

EWR
ORD
Excellent 8.6

Pros: In my opinion, United has one of the most corteous crews among all airlines. I’ve never had any problems with their flight attendants being rude or grumpy.

ORD
PDX
Mediocre 3.6

Pros: Not much

Cons: Uncomfortable seats, no leg room, no outlets for charging, only two restrooms for economy and no aboard carry on. It was overall very uncomfortable and unenjoyable. Alaska is much better

FLL
IAH
Mediocre 2.0

Pros: Nothing

Cons: It’s a united flight so any expectation of being treated like a customer that actually pays for a ticket is a bridge too far.

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