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Cheap Way To FCA?  
User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3716 times:

I'm in the VERY early stages of planning a trip to Glacier National Park next summer, and I've discovered that flights to FCA are pretty expensive. That's actually OK, as neither my wife nor I has traveled very extensively in that part of the country, and we're thinking of renting a car and driving up to 300 miles or so to get there.

My question is this: what airports in that radius tend to have the cheapest flights? This question is complicated a bit by the fact that we're not sure where we'll be living then, but we'll likely be flying from BDL, BNA, or STL-- all WN cities with a good selection of legacy service. WN to GEG seems like something we should check, but what about others, like MSO? Thanks for your help...


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User currently offlineBurnsie28 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 7564 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3711 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Thread starter):
WN to GEG seems like something we should check, but what about others, like MSO? Thanks for your help...

Each of those are quite a drive from fca



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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3710 times:



Quoting Burnsie28 (Reply 1):
Each of those are quite a drive from fca

Yup, and as I said, that's totally fine. We wouldn't mind driving a little and seeing a bit more of Montana (and, perhaps, Idaho and Washington) than we'd see if we flew to FCA.



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User currently offlineRW717 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3679 times:

I used to work at FCA and you are right it can be quite expensive. The cheapest airline is going to be Allegient, but that is only from LAS. MSO is only about 120 miles and is a very pretty drive, but not going to be much cheaper. GEG will be cheaper but is about a 250 mile drive, but also very pretty. Maybe you can get a cheap flight on WN to LAS and then catch Allegiant, I don' t know how much that would save you though.


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User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3676 times:



Quoting RW717 (Reply 3):
Maybe you can get a cheap flight on WN to LAS and then catch Allegiant, I don' t know how much that would save you though.

I've always wanted to try G4, but my wife might not approve... too bad.



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User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3674 times:

I used to live in FCA (I was about 12 at the time so I dont remember much. Check on prices going into Helena HLN. I'm sure its probaly a longer drive than GEG but you can drive into FCA throug the east side of Glacier Park. I'm not sure you might have to drive through some ranchland but when you get to the park its all worth it. Driving through the park was one the childhood memories I'll never forget, I'm going to go back someday.


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User currently offlineRW717 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3650 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 4):
I've always wanted to try G4, but my wife might not approve... too bad.

I think your wife would be pleasantly surprised by G4, you have to pay for everything, but then again you have to pay for everything on many airlines these days like US, and the G4 crews tend to be nicer.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 3646 times:

Probably not cheaper but you could also consider flying to YYC and renting a car. Glacier National Park is on the Canadian border. A Canadian national park called Waterton Lakes is on the Canadian side and is worth a visit. It's had close connections with Glacier Park since 1932 when the Waterton/Glacier International Peace Park was established. Waterton is about 165 miles or a 3.5 hr drive south of YYC.
http://www.pc.gc.ca/pn-np/ab/Waterton/natcul/inter_e.asp


User currently offlineCubsrule From United States of America, joined May 2004, 23302 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3638 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 7):
Probably not cheaper but you could also consider flying to YYC and renting a car.

Thanks; we hadn't even thought of that, and working Canada in a bit is actually sort of attractive. Is it difficult to take a rental car between the US and Canada?



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 26005 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3632 times:



Quoting Cubsrule (Reply 8):
Is it difficult to take a rental car between the US and Canada?

I don't think that's a problem but best to confirm. The only restriction I'm aware of is a Canadian customs regulation that prohibits Canadian residents from bringing U.S.-licensed vehicles into Canada (rental or otherwise) but that wouldn't affect you. Many tourists cross the border with rental cars without any problem.


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