Whether you need to fly to Phoenix for business or pleasure, you’ll be pleased to know that finding a cheap flight from Chicago to Phoenix is very easy. There are three airlines which offer direct flights and the fares don’t differ much from carrier to carrier.

Airport choices

When you need to fly into Phoenix, you’ll be landing on Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. It is the largest airport in Arizona and one of the largest in the entire Southwest of the United States. The airport is the homebase for US Airways and hub for Southwest Airlines.

When a tourist needs to flying out of Chicago, the first choice is, usually, O’Hare International Airport. It is the busiest airport serving Chicago, although, in some cases, flying from Midway would save you some money. O’Hare is located just 17 miles from downtown Chicago. The airport is the largest hub for United Airlines and the second largest hub for American Airlines. The city is also served, as mentioned, by Midway International Airport. This airport is located 10 miles south of downtown Chicago and serves as hub for Southwest Airlines.

Best airline choices

The following airlines offer direct flights from Chicago to Phoenix:

  • US Airways
  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines


Typical prices

The ticket prices for flights from Chicago to Phoenix typically are higher during the peak travel season (summer, winter holidays, and National holidays). As long as you avoid traveling during those periods, you’ll be able to find good deals.

The fares are about the same regardless of which airlines you choose. The prices don’t change much from month to month either, so if you need to fly in September, expect to pay about $248 for a round trip ticket on a direct flight. Indirect flights are also available and the fares are compared to those for the direct flights (but you’ll be spending twice the time traveling). The prices don’t change much if you plan to fly during October either.

Money saving tips

Although there are quite a few choices when it comes to finding an airlines flying between the two cities, it’s still recommended to start looking at discount websites such as Travelocity, Expedia, Hotwire, and Priceline, especially since they list the latest deals.

Try flying during the weekdays but avoid Mondays and Fridays. You’ll be able to get a cheaper ticket than if you fly during the weekends. Also, if possible, avoid the high tourist season (summer, winter holidays, and National holidays). Plus, autumn is probably the best time to visit Phoenix anyway. And the temperatures are nice in spring as well, which means off-season travel both a way to save money and enjoy the city.

It’s a good idea to book your flight in advance but make sure to stick to a 2-8 weeks period before departure. Although you won’t pay too much if you book very close to your departure date either.