Airfare from Chicago, Illinois, USA
Cheap Travel Advice: Tickets not as cheap as you want? Airfare from Chicago will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into cities near your destination. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through a major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
The most expensive air tickets from Chicago are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of events or festivals, which can cause limited availability and ticket prices to rise.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier instead of the national airlines.
When booking your ticket, also consider how to get to the airport. If you plan on driving, you can reserve your spot at the airport’s parking lot before you get there and get a guaranteed spot !
At the airports, ORD boasts dozens of retail and dining establishments. Notable services include the Children’s Museum, Interfaith Chapel and UCI Medical Center. The ‘Concession Triangle’ at Midway includes Chicago-based Potbelly sandwiches, Ben and Jerry’s and ethnic cuisine. Shop at Wilson’s Leather, Spirit of the Red Horse and bookstore/gift shops.
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