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Insider Scoop: The Best Spring Travel Deals in Montana

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: spring is one of the best times to visit Western Montana’s Glacier Country. During this time of year, the weather is actually pretty nice, there are tons of baby animals and—the granddaddy of them all—there’s basically no one here.
Sidenote: I do need to warn you that Montana’s weather has a flair for the dramatic (no wonder we get along so well) and in spring it can go from snowing to 70 degrees in a few hours. But I always say our weather is just part of our charm. 

A spring view from Montana's National Bison Range.

A spring view from Montana’s National Bison Range.

And truth be told, spring is one of the most awesome seasons for exploring and playing under Montana’s big blue sky and in Glacier National Park. So as a lover of spring—and all things Montana—I’ve rounded up some of the best travel deals in #GlacierMT for spring 2016.
PS: if you book one of these and come to Montana, be sure to tweet us at @GlacierMT. We can tell you all the best places to eat and kick up your heels, Montana style. Don’t believe us? Check out THIS list

Without further ado, meet my top 5 picks for Montana travel deals for spring 2016.

1. 20% off June 2016 at Averill’s Flathead Lake Lodge. Located on the west shore of Flathead Lake, family-owned Flathead Lake Lodge is offering 20 percent off all stays in June. Reasons I love Flathead Lake Lodge: family-style dining in their main lodge, kids can run free (and still be safe), incredibly nice horses and genuine, true Montana hospitality.

Spring at Flathead Lake Lodge.

Spring at Flathead Lake Lodge.

2. Spring into Glacier at the Belton Chalet. Located just outside the west entrance to Glacier National Park, the Belton Chalet has a “Spring into Glacier” travel deal that includes a one-night stay and dinner at the on-site Belton Grill for $180 per couple. Why I love this deal: the Belton Chalet has an incredible history, cozy lodge rooms and I’m a BIG fan of Chef Melissa’s cooking. An added bonus: Glacier National Park is one minute away.

A bird's-eye view of the peaks of Glacier National Park in spring.

A bird’s-eye view of the peaks of Glacier National Park in spring.

3. Glacier Spring Special at Glacier Guides. Just up the road from Highway 2 in West Glacier, Glacier Guides Lodge is offering spring rates on lodge rooms in their eco-friendly lodge for $166.79 from mid-May through mid-June. Reasons I love Glacier Guides Lodge: continental breakfast is included, they have Wi-Fi and they’re two minutes away from Glacier National Park.

Oh hello, Glacier National Park.

Oh hello, Glacier National Park.

4. Pet-friendly Spring Getaway at Laughing Horse Lodge. Situated in Montana’s Swan Valley, the Laughing Horse Lodge has a “We’re Going to the Dogs Spring Getaway” deal on stays from Wednesdays – Sundays from early May to late June that includes a two-night stay, hot breakfasts and gourmet dinners. Reasons I love this package: Laughing Horse Lodge is so cozy, their meals are tasty and their setting is within easy reach of great outdoor recreation in the Swan Valley.

Holland Lake is an easy drive from Laughing Horse Lodge.

Holland Lake is an easy drive from Laughing Horse Lodge.

5. 20% off two-night stays at Meadow Lake Resort. Located in one of the area’s prettiest settings, Meadow Lake Resort has a 20 percent discount on stays that are two nights or more from now through mid-May. Why I love this package: their spa-like lodge rooms are my favorite, the lodge is located minutes from Whitefish and Columbia Falls and I love their outdoor fireplace.

Hello, gorgeous.

Hello, gorgeous.

You can also peruse more Montana spring travel deals here. Happy traveling!


PS: You can also read more spring travel tales in Montana here, here and here.

5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Travel Deals in Montana

Well you guys, it’s official. Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us. And I don’t know about y’all, but I love Valentine’s Day…maybe because I’m a big fan of love. Whether it’s the love between a couple, the love of a mama for her baby or the love of friends, I’m all about it.

One of my loves: Missoula, Montana.

One of my loves: Missoula, Montana.

While I don’t think we need a special holiday to tell people that we love them (I prefer to tell those I love that I totally heart them basically every time we talk), at the same time it’s pretty nice to have a day that’s all about the one that you adore. Sidenote: their birthdays are also all about them, just an FYI. 

Whether or not you celebrate Valentine’s Day with grand gestures, flowers delivered to their work, diamonds or a heartfelt card, I (probably) like your style. Because no matter what, we all—at our very core—want to be loved. And in honor of the world’s biggest, sappiest day of love, I’ve rounded up some Valentine’s Day gift ideas and getaways.

1. Jewelry from Rag and Stone. This is a new discovery for me (thank you instagram) and it’s safe to say I’m obsessed with the work that Ms. Erin Hawley is whipping up in her northwest Montana shop. If your lady loves jewelry and Montana, a piece from Rag and Stone is a safe bet. PS: you can also shop via her Etsy site here.

Steelhead bracelet. Photo via @ragandstone instagram.

Steelhead bracelet. Photo via @ragandstone instagram.

2. Foldover clutches from The Montana Scene. Gentlemen, if you have a lady on your list who loves Montana, just buy her one of these clutches. I’m pretty sure she’ll love you forever.

Obsessed. Photo via @themontanascene instagram.

Obsessed. Photo via @themontanascene instagram.

PS: ladies, The Montana Scene also has lots of gear for that hunky man in your life, including T-shirts, hoodies and hats.

3. Mountain home necklace from Made Of Mountains™. Created by the same Montana mama from Poisonberry Jewerly, Britt is also the lady behind Made of Mountains. Plus, she has a line of “Mountain Mama” tops that are adorable for the mama in your life. Shop here.

Mountain home necklaces. Photo courtesy of @madeofmtns instagram.

Mountain home necklaces. Photo via @madeofmtns instagram.

4. A winter getaway to the Belton Chalet in West Glacier. It’s no secret that I love the Belton (read about my obsession with their Sunday brunch here). And as someone who’s had the pleasure of staying there, this girl thinks that a weekend getaway (that conveniently falls over the Valentine’s Day weekend) may be just what the doctor ordered for you and the one you love. This weekend, the Belton has two specials: a one-night Valentine Dinner + Lodging Package (for $199) and a two-night Romance + Rendezvous All-Inclusive Weekend (for $399).

Winter at Montana's Belton Chalet.

Winter at Montana’s Belton Chalet.

5. Sweetheart Package at the Bitterroot River Bed-and-Breakfast. If you’re looking for a quiet, low-key getaway, this cozy B&B may be the perfect place. They’re offering the Sweetheart Package (starting at $99/night) through February 29 with code WINTER99. Sidenote: if you go to Stevensville, be sure to make a dinner reservation at Mission Bistro or The Catered Table.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day!


A Montana Thanksgiving + Great Vacation Deals

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is almost upon us. For me, that means heading to my childhood home on Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front and eating all the turkey and prime rib my dad has cooked, as well as trying my hand at baking pies. (Let’s just say pie baking is not my strong suit, but I’m working on it).

Thanksgiving along Montana's Rocky Mountain Front.

Thanksgiving along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.

But in case you’re going to be in Montana and would rather leave the cooking to someone else (which is kind of awesome), I’ve rounded up some of the Thanksgiving events, buffets and happenings throughout Glacier Country.

Thanksgiving Buffet at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake: Whitefish
The Boat Club Restaurant in The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is serving a Thanksgiving buffet and à la carte menu from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 406.863.4040. Cost: $41.95/guest; $21.95/children 12 and under

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort: Paradise
Located along the St. Regis-Paradise Scenic Byway, Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort is offering a Thanksgiving dinner feast from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. For dinner reservations, call 406.826.3150. Cost: $25.95/adult; $19.95/children.

Thanksgiving Dinner at Grouse Mountain Lodge: Whitefish
Logan’s Bar & Grill at Grouse Mountain Lodge will be serving their special Thanksgiving menu from 2 p.m. to close. Reservations are not required, but recommended. Call 406.862.3000 to reserve. Cost: $32.95/adults; $12.95/children 12 and under; $12.95/senior citizens (65 and older).

The Montana Club: Kalispell and Missoula
The Montana Club will be serving a scratch-made Thanksgiving dinner at their Missoula and Kalispell locations from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Cost: $17.99 – $24.99/adult; $13.99/kids and seniors.

The Good Food Store: Missoula
Missoula’s Good Food Store has a holiday special order menu, with dining options that include a traditional turkey dinner, ham dinner and a variety of à la carte menu items. Dinner for four starts at $68.

Along with those Thanksgiving buffets, there are also some great November and December travel deals in Western Montana’s Glacier Country. I’ve included my top picks below…

Black Friday Special: Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn and Suites
From November 26 – 29, Flathead Lake Inn and Suites (located just south of Kalispell) is offering 10% off on all rooms. Rates include newspapers (complete with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday ads), hot breakfast and 24-hour pool and hot tub. Book here or call 888.226.1003

Holiday Shopping: Guest House Inn, Suites – Outlaw Convention Center
Sitting on the southern end of Kalispell, Guest House Inn and Suites has a $56 holiday shopping special that’s valid now through Thursday, December 31. Book by calling 406.755.6100

Fall Special: Glacier Ridge Suites
For the entire month of November, Kalispell’s Glacier Ridge Suites is offering 50% off their normal nightly rate. To book, call 406.752.4333 and mention “fall special.”

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!


Fall Getaways + Travel Deals in Montana’s Glacier Country

I’m a summer girl, through and through. But I’ll tell ya what, autumn is really trying to make me fall in love with it. Which leads me to this: I think I’m actually falling for fall.

Fall in downtown Missoula. Photo: Taylar Robbins

Hello you little charmer (fall in Missoula). Photo: Taylar Robbins

During these last few days in Montana, I’ve been able to see, feel and smell fall and the fact of the matter is this: it’s beautiful and delicious. It’s also still kind of a big secret. 

Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Jesse Hansen.

Bowman Lake in Glacier National Park. Photo by Jesse Hansen.

Western Montana hasn’t really been thought of as an autumn destination, but I’m here to tell you that fall in Montana is perfection. And along with that perfection comes some pretty sweet travel deals. Check out my top fall travel deals below…

Izaak Walton Inn: Essex
This September, the Izaak Walton Inn is offering rooms starting at $89/night. To book, call 406.888.5700 and mention “local appreciation.”

Glacier Guides Lodge: West Glacier
From September 23 – October 14, rooms at Glacier Guides Lodge are $144.45/night (a savings of more than 25%). Book by calling 800.521.7238.

Belton Chalet: West Glacier
The historic Belton Chalet has a “Fall into Glacier” package for $180/couple. The package is valid from September 25 – October 3 and includes a one night stay and dinner for two at the Belton Grill Dining Room. Call 406.888.5000 to book.

Glacier Park Lodge: East Glacier Park
This month, Glacier Park Lodge is offering a “local rate” that has rooms starting at $115/night. Call 406.892.2525 to book and ask for the local rate.
Sidenote: this special is available for all residents of Montana, Idaho, Washington, North Dakota, Wyoming, Alberta and British Columbia.

Glacier Ridge House: West Glacier
From October 3 – 18, Glacier Ridge House (a vacation rental) is offering 25% off nightly or weekly rates. Book here.

Running Horse Inn: Huson
Valid September 14 – 30, the Running Horse Inn has a special fall package that includes appetizers, specialty drinks, a full home-cooked breakfast and a box lunch.

You can also check out more travel deals throughout Western Montana here.


A Montana Girl’s Love Letter to 2013

Well, another year has come and gone. And to be honest, I can hardly believe it! It’s like the older I get, the faster time seems to go. (Side note: I’m beginning to sound like my mama!)

While time continues to sprint away from me, I can say with much satisfaction that 2013 was a wonderful year…one I’ll remember fondly. From start to finish, it was full of adventures, celebrations and spectacular Montana moments.

Here’s a look back at some of my favorite moments of 2013…

January, February & March

Winter beauty in the barrow pit.

Winter beauty in the barrow pit.

Exploring one of my new favorite places--Kerr Dam in Polson.

Visiting one of my new favorite places–Kerr Dam in Polson.

Exploring the Swan Mountains.

Exploring the Swan Mountains.

Dog sledding (my first time!) on Swan Lake.

Dog sledding (my first time!) on Swan Lake.

April, May & June

Marveling at the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Marveling at the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Visiting my hometown. Go Elks!

Visiting my hometown. Go Elks!

Celebrating the 80s with these lovely ladies.

Celebrating the 80s with these lovely ladies.

Soaking up the beauty of Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.

Soaking up the beauty of Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge.

Meeting this sweet nephew.

Meeting this sweet nephew.

My favorite view...in May.

Having my breath taken away by the Mission Mountains in St. Ignatius.

Hiking to Avalanche Lake in the rain.

Hiking to Avalanche Lake in the rain.

Striking our best "Bridesmaids" pose at a perfect summer wedding.

Striking our best “Bridesmaids” pose at a perfect summer wedding.

Taking in a small town rodeo.

Taking in a small town rodeo.

July, August & September

Catching the sunset at Placid Lake.

Catching the sunset at Placid Lake.

Eating as many Flathead and Rainier cherries as possible.

Eating as many Flathead and Rainier cherries as possible.

Visiting Waterton Lakes National Park with my baby brother.

Visiting Waterton Lakes National Park with my baby brother.

Celebrating a Missoula wedding.

Celebrating a Missoula wedding.

Soaking up the grandeur of Glacier National Park.

Soaking up the grandeur of Glacier National Park.

October, November & December

Exploring a Montana backroad.

Exploring a Montana backroad.

Spending time on the Blackfeet Nation.

Spending time on the Blackfeet Nation.

Kissing my newest nephew as much as possible.

Kissing my newest nephew as much as possible.

Taking in a bird's eye view of Western Montana.

Taking in a bird’s eye view of Western Montana.

Welcoming winter.

Welcoming winter.

My first rod.

My first fly rod.

Ending the year in St. John, with my 406 hat.

Ending the year in St. John, complete with my Montana-lovin’ 406 hat.

As for 2014? I can’t wait to see what this year brings.

Wishing you all love, joy and happiness as you journey through 2014.


Montana Now Serving: Winter

Your order is ready.

Oh what’s that, you didn’t order fluffy white powder, sunny blue skies, cute towns, affordable lift tickets and some sweet travel deals? Not to worry, I put the order in for you. (You’re welcome). The catch? You’ve got to come to Western Montana to pick it up.

Here’s what’s waiting for you, RIGHT NOW, in Glacier Country…

Six Ski Areas
With nearly 7,000 acres of terrain between six ski areas (including Whitefish Mountain Resort, Lost Trail Powder Mountain, Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area, Montana Snowbowl, Blacktail Mountain and Turner Mountain), you have plenty of room to roam. Plus, we guarantee there are untracked lines waiting just for you.

Meet your huckleberry at Lookout Pass.

Travel Deals
$99 room rate, Grouse Mountain Lodge
The crew at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish is currently offering $99 room rates. Call the lodge at 406.892.2525 and ask for the “Northern Friends Special.” Sidenote: You don’t have to be Canadian to receive this rate, you just have to say those three magic words.

Soak in Paradise
Quinn’s Hot Springs Resort (literally located in Paradise, Montana) is offering a Ski, Soak & Stay special for $136.50. The package (for two) is good for double occupancy at Quinn’s, use of the hot mineral pools and breakfast at Harwood House Restaurant. Plus, show your lodging confirmation at Lookout Pass and receive 30% off lift tickets.

Winter Fun
Seeley Lake’s Double Arrow Lodge is offering a Winter Fun package that includes lodging (for two), breakfast and dinner, as well as complimentary use of cross-country skis and snowshoes. Plus, snowmobile rentals are available in the town of Seeley Lake with more than 350 miles of accessible groomed trails nearby.

Glacier National Park
While it still seems like kind of an (awesome) secret, Glacier National Park is open year-round. Which means that now is a serene time to explore the park.

My suggestion? Take a drive to Apgar Village inside the park’s west entrance and stand at the southern shore of Lake McDonald. The site is truly spectacular. And if you’ve got time on your hands, drive up the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Lake McDonald Lodge (be sure to pack your snowshoes) and have yourself a walk along the shore. Or, if cross-country skiing is more your style, try one of the trails that parallel the road.

Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy: Glacier National Park Fund.

So…see you soon?

Update: To find more current travel deals visit GlacierMT.com.

Fall: Montana’s Bashful Season

Last week, I mourned the loss of summer. This week, I’m embracing fall in Montana’s Glacier Country. I can’t help it. You see, autumn in Montana has its own distinct feeling and personality that is perhaps best described as the perfect combination of a charming bashfulness, a dash of showmanship and of course, all things delicious.

Maybe it’s the mixture of apples, homemade scarecrows, cutesy small towns or the ravishingly beautiful waters set against changing fall colors that is so riveting. Or maybe it’s the fall fly-fishing, hay rides and uncrowded roads leading into our region’s hidden corners.

Scarecrow Festival in Stevensville - Photo courtesy Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism

Hello, pretty. Photo courtesy Donnie Sexton/Montana Office of Tourism

Whatever it is, I dig it.

Happy autumn.

PS: To read more on fall in Montana, check out this article from gonomad.com (published last year). And if you want to come see it for yourself, peruse vacation deals, created specifically for Montana’s bashful season.

Montana May: Events & Travel Deals

It’s officially May in Montana and that means: summer is on the way!

While typically a quiet time of year, it’s also a pretty prime month to visit. Sure, you can expect showers and cooler days but there are also fewer crowds, a quiet peacefulness and the distinct clean smell that means spring has arrived.

May. Even the Grizzly Bears love it! Photo by Tony Bynum - www.tonybynum.com

And please, don’t let May’s temperamental nature fool you. While she is a bit rough around the edges, you’ll find that under her layers, cloud cover and sporadic snowstorms, she’s hiding sunshine, the most brilliant blue sky you could ever lay your eyes on, Glacier National Park (open year-round) and some absolutely stellar events and vacation deals.

May Events
International Wildlife Film Festival
-Held annually in Missoula, the film festival (May 7 – May 14) brings award-winning wildlife films to downtown with showings at the Wilma Theatre and special events at the Roxy Theater.

Glacier Outdoor Center: Spring Boat Swap & Tent Sale
-Looking for a new raft, kayak or inflatable? On May 14 – 15, head to West Glacier’s Glacier Outdoor Center for fresh May deals on boats, rafting accessories, flies, clothing and cabin home furnishings.

St. Regis Annual Flea Market
-Each Memorial Day weekend (May 28 – 30), St. Regis hosts Montana’s largest flea market, with more than 200 vendors selling treasures. Warm up your casting arm for summer by bringing your fishing pole and trying your luck on the waters of the Clark Fork River.

Fresh Vacation Deals
Play Dirty in May
-Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish has a special package that’s valid through the end of this month. Their “Play Dirty” package includes two night’s accommodations, dinner for two (with a Mud Pie Dessert!), two muddy martinis and more. Check out the full package details here.

Spring’s On Sale
-Marina Cay, located in the adorable town of Bigfork on Flathead Lake, is offering a 25% discount when you make your reservation online. The offer’s valid from May 6 – June 9. Book online here. Enter promotional code: SPRING.

And just for fun, check out local Missoula musician John Floridis and his song “Late May Moon.”

Happy May!

Save Money on your Flight with Glacier Raft Company

Want to know what I like? Discounted flights. Want to know what else I like? Telling you about discounted flights to Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) near Kalispell.

Here’s the lowdown…

Our friends at Glacier Raft Company have partnered with Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air to provide an even easier way for visitors to come to the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park during May and June.

As part of the promotion, the airlines have given Glacier Raft Company a link and promotional code that provides a 20% discount on flights to FCA between May 1 and June 30. (Are you loving this?! We totally are).

To take advantage of the promo, click on www.glacierraftco.com , follow the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air link on their home page and input the promo code provided.

Sidenote: Travel must be booked by May 1, 2011.

And if receiving 20% off an airline ticket isn’t awesome enough by itself, Glacier Raft Company is also offering “Two for One” raft trips as part of this promotion. When you book your trip with Glacier Raft Company, be sure to mention you’re traveling with Alaska/Horizon and bring your boarding pass when you check in for your rafting trip. For more details, click here.

You look like you're having fun

PS: May and June (we heart June) are great times to visit Northwest Montana. Plus, they provide a quiet time to explore the park…you’ll even have much of it to yourself!

Ah, Glacier

Hope to see you here soon.

Portland + Montana=Direct Flights

We got some exciting news this week: Alaska Airlines announced that it is adding seasonal DAILY, DIRECT flights from Portland, Oregon to Missoula, Montana. The flights will start June 5 and continue through August 27. Can we get a woohoo? (woohoooo!)

We’re completely tickled about this new offering! Not only will it allow Montana residents to jump a quick flight to Portland and the beautiful Oregon cost, but it will provide Portland area residents with a short, direct flight before they’re out exploring Western Montana.

And as an added bonus, passengers in either direction will be flying Horizon Air’s Q400 turboprop. This plane is one of the most environmentally friendly regional aircrafts, burning 30 percent to 40 percent less fuel than comparable jets. Very cool.

Because we’re so stoked about the this new flight, we’ve put together a list of 10 Not-To-Be-Missed Western Montana Activities & Attractions.

1) Check out our breweries. Portland is a great beer city and we’d love for you to taste some offerings from our local craft breweries. Plus, we dig the the names of our brews: Golden Grizzly Ale, Moose Drool, Dancing Trout and Old Stache Porter. (Yep, there’s a mustache on the bottle).

Image from www.tamarackbrewing.com

2) Rub elbows with smokejumpers at the Smokejumper Visitor Center in Missoula. During the summer, the smokejumpers train here before being called out to fires, most often found in remote mountainous terrain. (Hands down, one of my favorite attractions in all of Missoula).

3) From Missoula, you’re within easy reach of three blue-ribbon trout streams. Whether you’re looking to cast a line or float the waters, check out the Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers. Take a rafting or kayak trip with 10,000 Waves Raft & Kayak Adventure. For fishing guides in the area, click here.

4) Hike the M. This short hike on Mount Sentinel is one of the most popular in the state. It also provides a beautiful view of the Missoula Valley. After you’re done, reward yourself with ice cream from The Big Dipper.

Enjoying the view from the top.

5) Eat a Nap’s burger. These burgers make my mouth water just thinking about them. Located in Hamilton (about an hour’s drive south of Missoula), they are totally worth the drive. Trust me.

6) Visit the National Bison Range. This range is one of the oldest in the nation and is home to 300 – 500 head of bison, as well as black bears, antelope, deer and more. Plus, the views are serenely beautiful.

The view from Red Sleep Mountain Drive.

7) Visit Flathead Lake. Take a boat cruise on The Shadow at KwaTaqNuk Resort in Polson, wade in the water or pick up perfectly ripe Flathead Cherries to snack on during your travels.

8) Ride the zips at Whitefish Mountain Resort. The resort offers tours on the “Original 4” or the full “6 Zips.” The 6 zip tours has an 1,800-foot long line that takes zippers 300 feet above the ground. If you have little ones? Take them down the Alpine Slide. They’re sure to love it!

A happy toddler.

9) For a quiet and beautiful drive, travel through the Seeley-Swan Valley. It’s home to countless lakes, charming little towns and endless outdoor recreation. One of my favorite activities: rent a canoe in town and paddle the Clearwater River Canoe Trail.

10) If you’re coming to Western Montana, Glacier National Park is a definite must see. The park has more than 700 miles of trails, plenty of lakes for water fun, boat tours, wildlife and historic lodges. Numerous outfitters also offer guided tours in and around the park, from red bus tours to trail rides and helicopter tours to rafting and fishing trips.

Red bus tour in Glacier National Park.

For more travel ideas, visit glaciermt.com.

Let’s hear it for direct flights!