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Tips and tricks to help you find cheap flights from Chicago to Los Angeles

Favorite airline: American Airlines
Most travelers looking for flights on the route from Chicago to Los Angeles decide to book flights with American Airlines.
American Airlines
20 %
United Airlines
10 %
Spirit Airlines
9 %
Direct flights are cheaper
Compared to direct flights, flights with a stopover on this route are on average 31 % more expensive.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
04h 23min
08h 04min
12h 18min
The favorite connection is non-stop
55 % of all bookings on the route Chicago to Los Angeles are for non-stop flights.
Direct flights
04h 23min, from $139
55 %
1 stopover Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport, MN
07h 30min, from $208
8 %
1 stopover San Francisco International Airport, CA
07h 23min, from $333
7 %

Useful information about the flight from Chicago to Los Angeles

Flights from Chicago to Los Angeles

Flights from Chicago to Los Angeles It takes about 4 hours from the time you leave the windy streets of Chicago (CHI) to reach the star studded ones of Los Angeles (LAX). In that short flight time you will have only covered 2800 miles, yet you will have entered a whole new world. Not only a world of glitz and glamor, but given the massive size of LAX airport, it could quite possible qualify as its own world . Airlines offering a direct route include: United, American, Virgin American, Spirit, Alaska, US Airways, Southwest, averaging around 25 a day.

Cheap Tickets

The best way to save money on your air ticket is by taking a connecting flight, which can shave $30 to $100 off the price. Be sure to take the usual precautions when searching for a low cost flight: making sure to avoid holidays, weekends and of course, try to book far in advance.

Destination Los Angeles

Los Angeles is well known to be expansive. This is great,. However, travelers should take care when choosing which of the 5 airports in the Greater los Angeles area to fly to. LAX, the most populr, is also the largest  - and this means that there are frequent traffic jams on the way from airport to downtown. However, neither does public transport seem like a real alternative. There is no train service directly from the airport but buses run to the Metro Green line at Aviation Station. Cabs into downtown LA will cost around $45.00, taking half an hour if traffic is good. in the rush hour, traffic can be painfully slow and the ride will cost a lot more. Hollywood and Disneyland are the city's saving grace and make up for all these inconveniences.

Flight details Chicago - Los Angeles
  • Flight duration: min. 04:25 / max. 11:25
  • Distance: 2826 km
  • Flights per week: 235
  • Return flight duration: min. 03:50 / max. 07:15