Flights to Portland (PDX) overview
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Top tips for finding a cheap flight to Portland (PDX)
Book in the Goldilocks Window
People ask us all the time if there’s a day of the week that’s best for finding cheap flights. There’s not. However, there is a window when flight prices are generally cheapest. We call it the Goldilocks Window because it’s not too close to your departure date and not too far away. This sweet spot is about 1–3 months before a domestic trip and 2–8 months before an international trip.
If you plan to travel during peak travel season, though, it’s best to book even a little earlier. So for a July trip to Portland, start looking for flights around March. Last-minute deals are unfortunately few and far between during high seasons. In fact, prices reliably jump at the 21-, 14-, and 7-day points out from a trip, so book before those dates if at all possible.
Use the Greek Islands Trick
The Greek Islands Trick is one of our favorite ways to game the system and find cheap flights to expensive destinations like Santorini. Luckily, it can work just about anywhere. The idea is to get as close as you can to your final destination on the cheapest flight you can find. From there, you can take a regional flight, train, ferry, or drive the last leg.
In Greece, this often means flying into London and taking a regional flight to the islands. In Portland, it could mean looking for flights to Seattle or Sacramento. If you find a great deal to one of those cities or somewhere else nearby, it could be worth taking a second short flight from there to Portland. Sometimes, it can pay to be creative with your itinerary.
Search alternative departure airports
Similarly, you can save lots of money by flying out of an airport outside of your home city. If you live in Madison, Wisconsin, for example, flights to Portland might be out of your price range. Instead, try checking flights out of Chicago or Minneapolis. If you see a cheap flight, it could be worth driving or taking the bus to one of those airports. Yes, it’s more work and time, but it could save you a few hundred bucks on a summer vacation.
Fly when it’s cheaper
One of the easiest ways to save money on flights is to travel during the off season. That’s from around November–February in Portland. If you don’t mind cold weather and either aren’t visiting for outdoor activities or are visiting for winter activities (i.e. skiing on Mt. Hood), this is a great way to save on flights.
We also love traveling during shoulder seasons, the periods on the edge of a destination’s busy season. April, September, and October are shoulder months in Portland, when you’ll have nice weather but avoid the summer crowds and price hikes.
If traveling outside the peak season isn’t an option, try to at least fly on what are generally the cheapest days of the week: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Fridays and Sundays are the most expensive.
Set alerts for specific trips
No matter how diligently you’re tracking airfare, work and life sometimes get in the way, meaning you could miss a good deal. You can avoid this if you set up fare alerts. Simply enter your dates and airports (being sure to set up multiple alerts if your dates or airports are flexible), and wait for an email telling you prices have dropped. All you have to do is book. We recommend setting up alerts before the Goldilocks Window we talked about above so you can see deals that pop up during that time.
PDX is the largest airport in Oregon. Fifty US cities—as well as several cities in Canada, Europe, and Mexico—offer nonstop flights to Portland; non-US cities that fly nonstop to Portland include Amsterdam, Calgary, Frankfurt, Guadalajara, London, Puerto Vallarta, Toronto, and Vancouver. Most visitors can reach Portland with one connection.
Frequently asked questions about flying to Portland (PDX)
What is the airport code for Portland International Airport?
The airport code for Portland International Airport is PDX.
When is high season in Portland?
High season in Portland runs from June to August, when kids are out of school and many families take vacation. The city and surrounding area have tons of outdoor activities, making summer a good time to take advantage of hiking, outdoor breweries, and nice weather.
When is the best time to visit Portland?
Summer, from June to August, is one of the best times to visit Portland. You’ll get sunny, warm weather, outdoor markets, festivals, and lots of flowers. The Portland Rose Festival takes place each year in late-May and early-June, and in July, there are several events, like a blues festival, brewery festival, and several neighborhood festivals.
September–October can also be a great time to visit. It’s not as busy as summer, but the weather is still generally nice and you can see gorgeous fall colors. While the winter does tend to be pretty gloomy, Mt. Hood is an easy drive away, making Portland a great base for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.
Does PDX have its own on-site hotel?
The Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel is located on the airport grounds and operates a 24-hour shuttle. It has free wifi, 24-hour room service, a 24-hour fitness center, and a pool. Rates start at $150 per night.
What lounges are available at PDX?
- Concourse B: Alaska Airlines Lounge (near concourse entrance)
- Concourse C: Alaska Airlines Lounge (near Gate C5), Capers Cafe Le Bar
- Concourse D: Capers Market, Delta Sky Club
- Concourse E: United Club
Alaska Airlines operates two lounges in PDX. The lounge in Concourse B has snacks, beer, wine and spirits, flight monitors, and free wifi. The Concourse C lounge is larger and also has premium food, business services, and TVs. Alaska Lounge members; first class passengers; those with Alaska MVP Gold, Gold 75K, and Gold 100K; and some status holders on other OneWorld airlines have access to the lounge. Non-members can purchase a day pass for $60.
The Capers Cafe Le Bar is a restaurant owned by Priority Pass. There’s a sit-down restaurant area, a grab-and-go counter, and a wine bar. The restaurant is open for all visitors, but Priority Pass members receive a $28 discount. The Capers Market, a grab-and-go concept, operates the same way.
The Delta Sky Club lounge has snacks, a bar, newspapers, TVs, flight monitors, and free wifi. Delta Sky Club members with a same-day boarding pass; Delta One passengers, first, or business class passengers; Delta Diamond, Platinum, and Gold members; SkyTeam Elite Plus customers; and Diamond Medallion members can use the lounges.
The United Club also offers snacks, a bar, flight monitors, TVs, and free wifi. United Club members; United Polaris business class passengers; United business class passengers on international flights; United Premier Gold or Star Alliance Gold status customers; Air Canada Maple Leaf Club members; and first class passengers on a Star Alliance airline can use the lounge for free. Active US military in uniform can also use the club. Day passes are available for $59 with a same-day United boarding pass.
What are the rules for traveling with pets to PDX?
All animals traveling through the Portland airport, with the exception of service animals, must be kept in their carriers inside the terminal and on leashes outside the terminal. The airport recommends checking with your airline about additional airline-specific restrictions. Passengers entering from outside the US must follow USDA guidelines, including vaccinations and additional medical certificates.
How far is Portland International Airport from Portland?
PDX is about 10 miles from Downtown Portland; it takes around 40 minutes by train or 20–40 minutes by car.
What are the transportation options for getting from PDX to Portland?
There are a few options for getting from PDX to Portland. - By rideshare or taxi: The drive from PDX to Downtown Portland takes 20–40 minutes depending on traffic. The average taxi fare is $35, and the average rideshare price is around $40. - By public transportation: The MAX Light Rail Red Line takes 38 minutes to reach downtown from the airport. The fare is $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for youth. The station is located on the lower level next to the south baggage claim area. Trains run all day, from 4:45am–11:50pm.
How long is the flight to Portland?
The flight time to Portland depends on where you’re traveling from. If you’re visiting from the West Coast, the flight time will be one hour for places like Seattle or up to 3 hours for places like LA or Phoenix. From Chicago, the flight time to Portland is 4.5 hours, from Atlanta it’s 5.5 hours, and from the East Coast it’s around 6.5 hours.
If you’re flying from Europe, a nonstop flight is around 10 hours. There are direct flights to Portland from numerous US cities, as well as a few cities in Canada, Mexico, and Europe. From elsewhere in the world you’ll have to make a connection, and your flight time could range from 12–20 hours.
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