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Ski-season flight deals to Montana for up to 45% off

Aug. 09, 2022
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It's a skier's dream come true: Flights to Montana from Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle and San Francisco are going for as low as $198.

These deals are for basic fares from now through June 2023, depending on the departure airport. This isn't a sale from one airline, so we have deals from United, Delta, Southwest and Alaska.

If you're interested in snagging these prices, you should be looking to book within the next three days.

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Deal basics

Airlines: United, Delta, Southwest and Alaska.
Routes: Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle and San Francisco to Bozeman, Montana.
How to book: Directly with the airline.
Travel dates: August 2022 through June 2023, depending on your origin airport.
Book by: One to three days.

Related: How to survive basic economy on Delta Air Lines

We were alerted to this deal by Scott’s Cheap Flights. Premium members pay $49 per year (with a 14-day free trial) and receive alerts on deals of up to 90% off. Elite members pay $199 per year and also receive access to premium economy, business- and first-class alerts.

Sample flights

There aren't many airports in this deal to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). However, the ones that are have up to a 45% discount on their typical prices. Some have more availability than others, but we rounded them all up here:

  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) from $196.
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) from $198.
  • San Francisco International Airport (SFO) from $198.
  • Dallas Love Field (DAL) from $270.
  • Midway International Airport (MDW) from $308.

These are all basic fares. For example, with this deal from LAX on United, basic economy does not allow any carry-on bags. If you wanted to upgrade, these would be your options:

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(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

You'd pay $196 for basic economy, which only includes a personal item. You can pay $70 to check a bag or $60 to upgrade to economy with an included carry-on.

The LAX route has the best rates from August through November.

The SFO route is way below its usual price, at $198, but it's also for United's basic economy.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

This route has pretty limited flight options, but for such a great deal we thought it might help someone with flexible travel dates until January.

There are a lot of options from $198 out of Seattle from August through June on Alaska. With this option, a free personal item and carry-on are included.

(Screenshot from alaskaair.com)

Prices out of Chicago start at $308, but with sparse travel dates. That price point is super rare for this route, at up to 36% off typical fares.

If you book the main cabin instead of basic economy with Delta, you receive free changes and full credit for canceled flights (without the fee that you'd have to pay with basic for partial credit).

(Screenshot from delta.com)

Though this deal doesn't have options for all parts of the country, for those lucky enough to be in one of these destinations, you can get tickets to Montana during ski season for a great price point.

Read more: Summer on the slopes: Why you should vacation at a ski resort this summer

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. The Platinum Card® from American Express earns 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year. The Citi Premier® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve earn 3 points per dollar on airfare, and the American Express® Gold Card earns 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 2 points per dollar on travel. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Bottom line

Everyone won't be able to take advantage of this deal. However, for anyone near the airports mentioned, it could make ski season a whole lot more affordable.

If you're traveling from Chicago or San Francisco you may need to have more flexible dates to take advantage of these prices, but the rest of the locations have pretty open availability to Montana for the next few months.

Featured photo by Heath Korvola/Getty Images.

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