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Average Price:
$476
(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)
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$377
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The cheapest flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago O'Hare International was found 71 days before departure, on average.
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Morning departure is around 9% more expensive than an evening flight, on average*.
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FAQs for Booking Santa Barbara to Chicago O'Hare International Flights

How long does a flight from Santa Barbara to Chicago O'Hare International take?
An average nonstop flight takes 5h 50m, covering a distance of 1798 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago O'Hare International?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on Multiple Airlines ($261), United ($407) and American Airlines ($432).
Do I need a passport to fly between Santa Barbara and Chicago O'Hare International?
No.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Santa Barbara to Chicago O'Hare International?
For Santa Barbara to Chicago O'Hare International, Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Sunday is the most expensive. Flying from Chicago O'Hare International back to Santa Barbara, the best deals are generally found on Tuesday, with Thursday being the most expensive.

Book cheap flights from Santa Barbara to Chicago O'Hare International (round-trip)

Airports
Origin
Santa Barbara
$261
only
$261
Destination
Chicago
$261
only
$261
Wed, Apr 4
SBA
ORD
7h 20m
Tue, Apr 10
ORD
SBA
8h 21m
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 13
SBA
ORD
9h 10m
Sun, Mar 18
ORD
SBA
8h 02m
Trip: 6 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54764 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
ICN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Food drinks and movies

The seats were comfortable and the plane clean. Take off and landing smooth .

IAD
MUC
Excellent 9.3

United was flexible when I had to change my reservation at the last minute. Good service on board.

SFO
FRA
Excellent 9.0

Entertainment system good. Nice new aircraft 777-300 ER. On-time departure and early arrival.

Vegetarian food choices very limited.

EWR
SJU
Excellent 10.0

EWR gate personnel tried to move things along. Seat was roomie and the flight attendants were pleasant. Flight was on time and landed early. No complaints.

Long TSA lines at EWR, but they moved.

IAD
DEN
Okay 4.0

Never made it on that flight

Wed, Jul 11
SBA
ORD
6h 05m
Wed, Jul 18
ORD
SBA
6h 53m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28416 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
DFW
GRR
Excellent 9.0

Everything worked the way it was supposed to. Bag transfer through customs and transfer to domestic was easy.

Snacks and food in general on US operated airlines is generally sad. American Airlines should learn from Qantas about food quality and service.

ORD
DFW
Excellent 8.6

The customer service/ticket agent skipped her lunch break to get us on the plane. She went way beyond the call of duty. We will be eternally grateful.

IND
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The staff

The snack selection and lack of entertainment

ORD
LAX
Okay 4.0

Packed like sardines; the seats are getting narrower and the seat pockets are ridiculously small.

LAX
ORD
Good 7.6

I liked having the built in screen on the a321. Americans streaming service has lots to offer but the built in screens have more choices. I get why they want to just offer the streaming but I appreciate all the choices! There was a group number enforcer at the gate to make boarding more organized! She was polite but told the mobs that try to use the premium line to wait their turn.

I asked for upgrades to and from Chicago. I’m a gold member and fly for leisure fairly often. There are so many people looking for an upgrade these days that you’re rarely getting the opportunity

Thu, Apr 5
SBA
ORD
8h 59m
Tue, Apr 10
ORD
SBA
8h 21m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sun, Mar 11
SBA
ORD
17h 14m
Sat, Mar 17
ORD
SBA
8h 10m
Trip: 6 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 17011 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
SEA
DEN
Excellent 10.0

i wish Alaska would fly straight to Denver from Montana. I fly from Montana to Denver a lot and it ends up being a whole day of travel instead of a couple hour flight.

SAN
SEA
Good 6.3

Friendly staff, quick to get on the plane after a long wait in the security line. TSA is very inefficient in SAN.

The cabin crew didn’t let us know we got free drinks on the premium seating area. Hey should invite us proactively to order our drinks. The menu does not contain info on what is included on the premium seating purchased. The seats are too narrow.

FAI
SEA
Excellent 9.6

Easy on off and let us sleep

SEA
SJC
Okay 4.6

Flight time

Behavior of Stewardess Barbara extremely rude. I had gone to the restroom at the back of the aircraft at the beginning of service. I went up and wanted to sit on my 7C seat but she refused to move the cart to accommodate me to pass and made me stand at the back of the flight for 2 hour of the 1 hr 45 mins flight time

SEA
SAN
Excellent 9.6

Had no problems and web site no issues.

Flight was late but was airlines fault, no issues with web site

Wed, Mar 14
SBA
ORD
7h 08m
Wed, Mar 21
ORD
SBA
6h 57m
Trip: 8 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Wed, Apr 4
SBA
ORD
9h 01m
Sat, Apr 7
ORD
SBA
8h 00m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Mar 15
SBA
ORD
9h 14m
Sun, Mar 18
ORD
SBA
8h 00m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54764 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
LAX
NRT
Good 7.6

Staff was ind and friendly. Generous

Wish there was better food. It was okay.

IAD
DEN
Okay 4.0

Never made it on that flight

EWR
SJU
Excellent 10.0

EWR gate personnel tried to move things along. Seat was roomie and the flight attendants were pleasant. Flight was on time and landed early. No complaints.

Long TSA lines at EWR, but they moved.

ICN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Food drinks and movies

The seats were comfortable and the plane clean. Take off and landing smooth .

MUC
IAD
Excellent 9.6

Flexibility in changing reservation at the last minute. Excellent service on board, good food.

Sat, Jun 9
SBA
ORD
6h 57m
Sun, Jun 17
ORD
SBA
8h 56m
Trip: 9 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28416 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
SYD
LAX
Excellent 9.0

Premium economy is the way to go for a long haul flight. We were comfortable and able to get some sleep.

The crew on the way to Sydney was a little more present. There was always someone milling in the galley between the business class and premium economy cabin. The crew returning came through the cabin often and were attentive if you asked for them but you had to seek them out.

IND
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The staff

The snack selection and lack of entertainment

ORD
DFW
Excellent 8.6

The customer service/ticket agent skipped her lunch break to get us on the plane. She went way beyond the call of duty. We will be eternally grateful.

DFW
GRR
Excellent 9.0

Everything worked the way it was supposed to. Bag transfer through customs and transfer to domestic was easy.

Snacks and food in general on US operated airlines is generally sad. American Airlines should learn from Qantas about food quality and service.

MKE
PHX
Okay 5.6

The crew was lovely. Really nice, and did a wonderful job with the cart service.

We ended up being deleyed about 30 minutes, in damp weather. It's not like it was snowing. Not sure why it took so long. B/c of baggage charges now everyone brings a carry on. This seems to slow the process of boarding as know passengers are asked multiple times to check baggage (for free, which is the one nice thing) before boarding b/c the overheads will be too full. Group 6 which I was in seemed like it was just the rest of the plane. Super busy, took me forever to get to my seat all the way in the back. Why don't airlines reverse board? People sitting in the back should board first. I feel like this would save so much time.

Fri, Mar 16
SBA
ORD
6h 32m
Mon, Mar 19
ORD
SBA
8h 16m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54764 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
MUC
IAD
Excellent 9.6

Flexibility in changing reservation at the last minute. Excellent service on board, good food.

DEL
EWR
Okay 4.3

The flight was about 9 hours delayed and I didn’t feel like anyone was trying to make up for it

DEN
DRO
Okay 5.2

They were able to get us on an earlier flight to shorten the 5 hour layover

LAX
HNL
Good 6.6

One crew is rude while I was ordering food while she is delivering the beverage after the order time. She simply told me they don't have what I want to order and leave. After 5 mins, I pushed the service button and nobody responded. After half hour, I ordered the food from another crew passed by. After I landed, they suppose to return my stroller set at the airplane gate. But they said it is not there, ask us to wait at the airport gate. We walked outside and they broadcasted again, I didn't hear very clearly but followed most parents to walk out. We wait at the baggage claim for almost 1 hour and finally, the baggage crew came back to the gate and found our stroller.

AMS
IAD
Mediocre 2.0

United's flight was delayed by 6 hours, couldn't make the connecting flight from Washington DC to Denver so they routed me to san francisco, spend the night at the airport there and then travel to Denver in the morning. Fortunately there was a very helpful crew in Schiphol that was able to get us on a flight with american airlines to philadelphia and then on to Denver.

Tue, Mar 13
SBA
ORD
6h 08m
Wed, Mar 21
ORD
SBA
6h 57m
Trip: 9 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Mar 26
SBA
ORD
6h 39m
Fri, Mar 30
ORD
SBA
6h 30m
Trip: 5 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54764 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
EWR
SJU
Excellent 10.0

EWR gate personnel tried to move things along. Seat was roomie and the flight attendants were pleasant. Flight was on time and landed early. No complaints.

Long TSA lines at EWR, but they moved.

DEL
EWR
Okay 4.3

The flight was about 9 hours delayed and I didn’t feel like anyone was trying to make up for it

SEA
DEN
Okay 4.4

Lost bags and every time I called to find out where they were I would get a different story. I was told it would be on the next flight for the next 5 flights.

AMS
IAD
Mediocre 2.0

United's flight was delayed by 6 hours, couldn't make the connecting flight from Washington DC to Denver so they routed me to san francisco, spend the night at the airport there and then travel to Denver in the morning. Fortunately there was a very helpful crew in Schiphol that was able to get us on a flight with american airlines to philadelphia and then on to Denver.

LAX
NRT
Good 7.6

Staff was ind and friendly. Generous

Wish there was better food. It was okay.

Wed, Mar 14
SBA
ORD
8h 44m
Mon, Mar 19
ORD
SBA
6h 02m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Fri, Aug 17
SBA
ORD
7h 45m
Sun, Aug 19
ORD
SBA
6h 46m
Trip: 3 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28416 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
MKE
PHX
Okay 5.6

The crew was lovely. Really nice, and did a wonderful job with the cart service.

We ended up being deleyed about 30 minutes, in damp weather. It's not like it was snowing. Not sure why it took so long. B/c of baggage charges now everyone brings a carry on. This seems to slow the process of boarding as know passengers are asked multiple times to check baggage (for free, which is the one nice thing) before boarding b/c the overheads will be too full. Group 6 which I was in seemed like it was just the rest of the plane. Super busy, took me forever to get to my seat all the way in the back. Why don't airlines reverse board? People sitting in the back should board first. I feel like this would save so much time.

LAX
AKL
Okay 4.0

American wins tge coach torture contest!

CLT
CLE
Okay 5.2

Plane was delayed 1.5 hours. Rental Car reservation was at a location 30 miles from the airport, not the airport rental location. Had to transfer reservations which cost an extra $30...

DFW
GRR
Excellent 9.0

Everything worked the way it was supposed to. Bag transfer through customs and transfer to domestic was easy.

Snacks and food in general on US operated airlines is generally sad. American Airlines should learn from Qantas about food quality and service.

IND
LAX
Excellent 10.0

The staff

The snack selection and lack of entertainment

Thu, Apr 5
SBA
ORD
6h 49m
Sun, Apr 8
ORD
SBA
6h 09m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54764 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
IAD
DEN
Okay 4.0

Never made it on that flight

SFO
FRA
Excellent 9.0

Entertainment system good. Nice new aircraft 777-300 ER. On-time departure and early arrival.

Vegetarian food choices very limited.

LAX
NRT
Good 7.6

Staff was ind and friendly. Generous

Wish there was better food. It was okay.

DEN
DRO
Okay 5.2

They were able to get us on an earlier flight to shorten the 5 hour layover

LAX
HNL
Good 6.6

One crew is rude while I was ordering food while she is delivering the beverage after the order time. She simply told me they don't have what I want to order and leave. After 5 mins, I pushed the service button and nobody responded. After half hour, I ordered the food from another crew passed by. After I landed, they suppose to return my stroller set at the airplane gate. But they said it is not there, ask us to wait at the airport gate. We walked outside and they broadcasted again, I didn't hear very clearly but followed most parents to walk out. We wait at the baggage claim for almost 1 hour and finally, the baggage crew came back to the gate and found our stroller.

Thu, Mar 15
SBA
ORD
9h 14m
Tue, Mar 20
ORD
SBA
6h 17m
Trip: 6 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Sun, Mar 11
SBA
ORD
17h 14m
Thu, Mar 15
ORD
SBA
8h 10m
Trip: 4 days
8.4ExcellentShow reviews
Overall 8.4 Excellent
Based on 17011 reviews
Overall
8.6
Boarding
8.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
8.9
Entertainment
7.9
Food
8.0
SEA
SAN
Excellent 9.6

Had no problems and web site no issues.

Flight was late but was airlines fault, no issues with web site

SEA
SNA
Excellent 9.3

Up and down, no problems

Chocolate and almonds for breakfast snack?

SEA
SJC
Okay 4.6

Flight time

Behavior of Stewardess Barbara extremely rude. I had gone to the restroom at the back of the aircraft at the beginning of service. I went up and wanted to sit on my 7C seat but she refused to move the cart to accommodate me to pass and made me stand at the back of the flight for 2 hour of the 1 hr 45 mins flight time

SJC
SJD
Okay 4.6

poor

SEA
LIH
Excellent 10.0

Flt arrived early. The crew were all very friendly and the service was excellent.

Thu, May 10
SBA
ORD
6h 45m
Sun, May 13
ORD
SBA
8h 45m
Trip: 4 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 54764 reviews
Overall
7.2
Boarding
7.4
Comfort
7.0
Crew
7.7
Entertainment
6.5
Food
6.4
DEN
DRO
Okay 5.2

They were able to get us on an earlier flight to shorten the 5 hour layover

LAX
HNL
Good 6.6

One crew is rude while I was ordering food while she is delivering the beverage after the order time. She simply told me they don't have what I want to order and leave. After 5 mins, I pushed the service button and nobody responded. After half hour, I ordered the food from another crew passed by. After I landed, they suppose to return my stroller set at the airplane gate. But they said it is not there, ask us to wait at the airport gate. We walked outside and they broadcasted again, I didn't hear very clearly but followed most parents to walk out. We wait at the baggage claim for almost 1 hour and finally, the baggage crew came back to the gate and found our stroller.

ICN
SFO
Excellent 10.0

Food drinks and movies

The seats were comfortable and the plane clean. Take off and landing smooth .

SFO
FRA
Excellent 9.0

Entertainment system good. Nice new aircraft 777-300 ER. On-time departure and early arrival.

Vegetarian food choices very limited.

MUC
IAD
Excellent 9.6

Flexibility in changing reservation at the last minute. Excellent service on board, good food.

Sat, Mar 17
SBA
ORD
6h 22m
Tue, Mar 20
ORD
SBA
6h 17m
Trip: 4 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Jul 12
SBA
ORD
5h 50m
Thu, Jul 19
ORD
SBA
8h 48m
Trip: 8 days
7.2GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.2 Good
Based on 28416 reviews
Overall
7.4
Boarding
7.5
Comfort
7.1
Crew
7.8
Entertainment
6.7
Food
6.6
BOS
DFW
Excellent 10.0

Everything is excellent!!

ORD
DFW
Excellent 8.6

The customer service/ticket agent skipped her lunch break to get us on the plane. She went way beyond the call of duty. We will be eternally grateful.

SYD
LAX
Excellent 9.0

Premium economy is the way to go for a long haul flight. We were comfortable and able to get some sleep.

The crew on the way to Sydney was a little more present. There was always someone milling in the galley between the business class and premium economy cabin. The crew returning came through the cabin often and were attentive if you asked for them but you had to seek them out.

ORD
LAX
Okay 4.0

Packed like sardines; the seats are getting narrower and the seat pockets are ridiculously small.

LAX
ORD
Good 7.6

I liked having the built in screen on the a321. Americans streaming service has lots to offer but the built in screens have more choices. I get why they want to just offer the streaming but I appreciate all the choices! There was a group number enforcer at the gate to make boarding more organized! She was polite but told the mobs that try to use the premium line to wait their turn.

I asked for upgrades to and from Chicago. I’m a gold member and fly for leisure fairly often. There are so many people looking for an upgrade these days that you’re rarely getting the opportunity

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Santa Barbara to Chicago O'Hare International Flight Information

Flights Arrive in Chicago O'Hare International
Flights Depart from Santa Barbara
Flight Price $261
Distance 1798 miles
Airlines United, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines
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