Flights to Montana overview
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Going found the most deals with travel dates in October.
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Going found the least deals with travel dates in July.
Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Montana
Book in the Goldilocks Window
While we maintain that there’s no specific day of the week when airline tickets drop, we do have recommendations on how far in advance of a trip you should look for your tickets to find the best deals. We call it the Goldilocks Window––not too far in advance of a flight but not too close to your departure date. For domestic flights, that means booking 1–3 months before a trip. For international flights, it’s about 2–8 months ahead of a trip.
For anyone planning a trip during a busy travel season, though, we recommend planning even further in advance. If, for example, you want to visit Montana in July for a hiking trip, you might want to start looking for flights around March.
Finally, don’t wait around for last-minute deals. They’re few and far between during peak travel seasons. We see fares rise at the 21-, 14-, and 7-day points before a trip, so book before those dates if at all possible.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
Our Greek Islands Trick is most often used for––you guessed it––the Greek islands. However, the same principle can be applied no matter where you’re traveling. The Greek Islands Trick means getting as close to your final destination as possible, then looking for a cheap regional flight or other mode of transportation for the last leg.
So, if you want to fly from Boston to Montana for a ski trip but fares are out of your price range, look for flights to Denver or Salt Lake City instead. From there, you can look for a cheap budget airline flight. If you have time, you could even look for nearby airports and then rent a car. It takes more work and coordination, but in some situations, it could save you a few hundred bucks.
Search alternative departure airports
This is like the Greek Islands Trick but on the front end of your departure journey. If you live in Portland, Maine, for example, prices to Montana in July could be $600 or more. Instead, look for flights out of Boston. If you see a deal for $400 or less, it’s likely worth the drive. Depending on where you live, play around by looking at departures from airports within driving distance. We see deals from airlines big and small all the time, so don’t discount an airport before you check.
Fly when it’s cheaper
Summer and winter are both busy seasons in Montana, packed with campers and skiers. Of course, tons of visitors flocking to the state at the same time means airlines can charge more for flights. It’s simple supply and demand.
We like traveling during shoulder seasons, the periods just before and after a high season. That’s April, June, October, and November in Montana. The weather will be nice, but you’ll have fewer crowds and lower prices than during high season.
Whenever you visit, keep in mind that the cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Avoid Fridays and Sundays, the most expensive days to fly, if you can.
Set alerts for specific trips
One of the easiest ways to find cheap flights is to not even look for them. Set up fare alerts, and they’ll do the searching for you. Set up alerts for your travel dates––making sure to add a few if your dates or departure cities are flexible––and you’ll get an email when prices fall by a significant amount or into your price range. We recommend doing this before the Goldilocks Window so you can see deals roll in during that time.
Montana’s airports are small in relation to the rest of the country’s, but they are decently served by major cities around the US. Most US travelers can reach Montana with one stop or less. There are no nonstop flights to Montana from outside of the US.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Montana
When is high season in Montana?
Montana has two high seasons, depending on the type of travel that you’re interested in. December to March gets busy for ski season, and July to September is busy with hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
When is the best time to visit Montana?
Montana’s high seasons are busy for a reason. If you’re wanting to ski, snowboard, or partake in other winter outdoor activities, December to March is the best time to visit for reliable snow. If you’re planning to hike or camp at Glacier National Park or in another area of Montana, July to September is the best time to visit. By July, most hiking trails have opened up, as has the Going to the Sun Road, a popular scenic mountain road, which can be closed even into early June due to snow.
How many airports are there in Montana?
There are nine main commercial airports in or around Montana: Billings Logan International Airport (BIL), Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), Bert Mooney Airport (BTM) in Butte, Great Falls International Airport (GTF), Helena Regional Airport (HLN), Glacier Park International Airport (GPI) in Kalispell, Missoula Montana Airport (MSO), and Yellowstone Airport (WYS). It’s also common for travelers to access Montana via Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), which is technically located in Wyoming.
The airport in Bozeman is the busiest in Montana. From there, visitors can reach the city of Bozeman and Yellowstone National Park.
Which city in Montana is the easiest to get to?
Bozeman is the easiest city in Montana to reach from most places in the US, as it has the most direct flight options.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to Montana?
If you’re visiting Montana from elsewhere in the US, there are no restrictions on bringing your pet into the state. That said, sometimes airlines and airports set their own rules, so it’s best to check with your airline or airport before flying. If you’re visiting from outside the US, you will need a health certificate, vaccinations, and other requirements.
How long is the flight to Montana?
The flight to Montana depends on where you’re coming from. If you’re visiting from the Northeast a direct flight is 5–6 hours. From Atlanta it’s 4.5, and from Chicago and cities in Texas it’s 3.5. From Denver and elsewhere in the West it’s around 2 hours, and from Los Angeles it’s 2 hours and 45 minutes.
There are no direct flights to Montana from any city outside of the US, so if you’re visiting from elsewhere you’ll likely have to make a connection in New York, Atlanta, LA, or elsewhere. Your flight time could range from 7–24 hours.
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