AA/UA LAX/SFO to Chicago $127 round trip for cheap Europe tickets

There is an opportunity today for American Airlines $127 round trip tickets between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Chicago for departures October to March. Frontier has fares down to $117 round trip and United is $132 in January for LAX-ORD. United and Delta do not have sale fares from SFO.

The deal I see is the opportunity to connect in Chicago for a sub-$500 round trip ticket to cities across Europe with any of the major airlines. I spent the last 48 hours planning 5 weeks of European travel for 2017 from California. Flying to Chicago from San Francisco was one of the lowest priced options for winter travel to Europe, but ultimately I paid more per ticket to fly out of San Francisco directly to London and avoid Chicago in winter.

American Airlines   San Francisco SFO – Chicago ORD nonstop

$141.20 round trip  Friday Feb 3 – Sat Feb 11

SFO-ORD AA $142 Feb3-11


American Airlines   Los Angeles LAX – Chicago ORD nonstop

$126.20 round trip Friday Feb 3 – Sun Feb 12

LAX-ORD $126 AA Feb3-12


Delta Airlines  Chicago ORD – New York JFK – Paris CDG – Chicago ORD

$476.86 round trip  Friday Feb 3 – Sat Feb 11

ORD-CDG $477 DL FEb3-11

Google Flights fares Chicago ORD – Europe

Friday Feb 3 – Sat Feb 11

  • Oslo $430
  • Brussels $443
  • Amsterdam $451
  • Copenhagen $465
  • Paris $474
  • Stockholm $490
  • Budapest $492
  • Bucharest $493
  • Frankfurt $504
  • Munich $531
  • London $553
  • Madrid $578

Google Flights ORD-Europe fares Feb 3-11

Many of these cities in Europe are priced $100 to $300 lower for travel from LAX or SFO when buying a cheap ticket to Chicago and flying from there to Europe. Similar low fare deals are available for winter travel to European cities in the $400s and low $500 from Denver and Seattle too.

Icelandair has some high $300s fares Chicago to Oslo, Norway and free stopover in Iceland can be scheduled at time of booking.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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