Few places east of the Mississippi River have round trip airfare under $300 from California. Atlanta $328, Miami $396 and Orlando $381 are under $400 round trip. Boston $429, New York $462 and Washington D.C. $431.
Chicago stands out as a low fare summer destination at $228 round trip from Los Angeles flying Frontier Airlines in July. American $244, Virgin America $250, and United $267 offer other low fares.
American Airlines Los Angeles LAX – Houston IAH – Chicago ORD July 15
Chicago ORD – Oklahoma City OKC – Los Angeles LAX July 23
$243.20 July 15-23
Nonstop flights between LAX and ORD are as low as $285 round trip for these dates.
San Francisco also has low fares to Chicago with Virgin America at $271.20 round trip for nonstop flights in July.
Virgin America San Francisco – Chicago ORD
$271.20 July 15-23
Delta $284 and United $268 have similar fares for Tuesday and Wednesday flights, however, American Airlines only has a couple of July dates at $134 from San Francisco.
Chicago is a city I enjoy visiting and I am someone who does not really care for too many cities.
View from Hancock Tower of Lake Michigan shorefront of Chicago.