The cheapest times to fly from GTF to IPL are

  • July 23rd to November 18th (except the week of November 5th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from GTF to IPL is mid to late September. Prices can be as high as $1058 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $372 for Tuesday flights around mid to late September.


When to Fly to El Centro

Flying from Great Falls, MT (GTF) to El Centro, CA (IPL) will usually cost between $408 to $782 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid to late September with an average ticket price of $429. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $765. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $335 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $512 can be considered a good price for a round-trip GTF to IPL flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the GTF to IPL route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

GTF to IPL Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the GTF to IPL flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Great Falls. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.31, which is in the normal range for a flight.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to IPL. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly to El Centro. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $66 (11%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $475. Return trip prices are from the IPL to GTF flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from GTF to IPL can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 2 hour 51 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from GTF to IPL while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: San Diego International Airport (SAN) in San Diego, CA

  • 94 miles (151 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 35.94% less expensive than IPL
  • 1-layover flights available

See GTF to SAN flights

Destination alternative #2: Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Ontario, CA

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 30.76% less expensive than IPL
  • 1-layover flights available

See GTF to ONT flights

Destination alternative #3: John Wayne-Orange County Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, CA

  • 144 miles (232 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 26.17% less expensive than IPL
  • 1-layover flights available

See GTF to SNA flights

Destination alternative #4: Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) in Palm Springs, CA

  • 87 miles (140 km) away from IPL
  • Usually 14.06% less expensive than IPL
  • 1-layover flights available

See GTF to PSP flights


Flight Hacking GTF to IPL

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from GTF to IPL — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Los Angeles, CA (GTF > LAX > IPL)

  • Price for both tickets: $441
  • Average savings: $72 (13.96%)

See GTF to LAX flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from GTF to IPL? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 4 major airlines flying this route most often: Alaska, American, Mokulele Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Imperial County Airport to Great Falls International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1036 miles or 1667 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from GTF to IPL?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop GTF to IPL flight is about 2 hour 51 minutes.

How many flights go between Great Falls, MT and El Centro, CA?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 15 available flights from GTF to IPL.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination codeGTF
Origination airport nameGreat Falls International Airport
CityGreat Falls, MT
Countrythe United States

Return Airport

Destination codeIPL
Destination airport nameImperial County Airport
CityEl Centro, CA
Countrythe United States


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