The cheapest times to fly from HLN to FSM are

  • April 16th to May 13th (except the week of April 30th)
  • June 18th to August 5th (except the week of July 2nd)
  • October 29th to November 18th
  • December 3rd to February 4th (except the week of December 10th)

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 HLN to FSM is early August. Prices can be as high as $2500 for Sunday flights during mid to late November, or as low as $497 for Tuesday flights around early August.


When to Fly to Fort Smith

Flying from Helena, MT (HLN) to Fort Smith, AR (FSM) will usually cost between $530 to $1473 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early August with an average ticket price of $707. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is mid to late November, with an average price of $1093. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $386 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $785 can be considered a good price for a round-trip HLN to FSM flight.

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

HLN to FSM Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the HLN to FSM flight is cheaper than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Helena. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.41, which is a bit above average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $615 (49%) 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 $620. Return trip prices are from the FSM to HLN flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from HLN to FSM can generally find a 2-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 8 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 HLN to FSM while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Tulsa International Airport (TUL) in Tulsa, OK

  • 104 miles (167 km) away from FSM
  • Usually 30.83% less expensive than FSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See HLN to TUL flights

Destination alternative #2: Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Fayetteville, AR

  • 65 miles (105 km) away from FSM
  • Usually 29.30% less expensive than FSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See HLN to XNA flights

Destination alternative #3: Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) in Springfield, MO

  • 143 miles (230 km) away from FSM
  • Usually 29.04% less expensive than FSM
  • 1-layover flights available

See HLN to SGF flights


Flight Hacking HLN to FSM

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 HLN to FSM — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Salt Lake City, UT (HLN > SLC > FSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $652
  • Average savings: $134 (17.01%)

See HLN to SLC flights

Hack #2: Minneapolis, MN (HLN > MSP > FSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $653
  • Average savings: $132 (16.82%)

See HLN to MSP flights

Hack #3: Austin, TX (HLN > AUS > FSM)

  • Price for both tickets: $692
  • Average savings: $93 (11.85%)

See HLN to AUS flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from HLN to FSM? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from Fort Smith Regional Airport to Helena Regional Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1199 miles or 1930 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from HLN to FSM?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop HLN to FSM flight is about 3 hour 8 minutes.

How many flights go between Helena, MT and Fort Smith, AR?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 10 available flights from HLN to FSM.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code HLN
Origination airport name Helena Regional Airport
City Helena, MT
Country the United States
Latitude 46.6
Longitude -112

Return Airport

Destination code FSM
Destination airport name Fort Smith Regional Airport
City Fort Smith, AR
Country the United States
Latitude 35.3
Longitude -94.4


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