It's sure to come as no surprise to New Yorkers that the New York to Las Vegas route is a popular one. High rolling gamblers, city boys on the hunt for the most legendary bachelor party, gorgeous NYC girls heading to Vegas for the glitz and glam of the club scene, and everything in between – it seems like everyone in the Big Apple wants a piece of Sin City. It's a mere five-hour plane ride between America's most famous city and its most notorious one, but a trip to Las Vegas can add up to an expensive vacation if travelers don't keep an eye on the extraneous expenses. After all, the Strip is infamous for – among other foibles – its ability to bleed wallets dry. So of course vacationers will want to save money while they still can, and the cost of a flight is the ideal place to trim off some extra dollars. Follow our easy tips to find cheap flights from New York to Las Vegas when booking your trip and you could save hundreds that will be better invested in the gleeful debauchery that is Las Vegas.
The popularity of this route means you really don't want to leave booking your flight until the last minute. Sure, Las Vegas on a whim is impulsive, exciting and perhaps even romantic – but a $300 plus premium isn't quite so alluring. Prices are steady in the months before departure so the well-organised travelers have nothing to be concerned about. However, in the last 20 days before your departure date the round-trip price of a New York to Las Vegas flight soars by the hundreds. Travelers booking their flight on the day of departure can expect to pay a premium of around $370 more than those who've booked 21 days or more in advance.
Although January and February are both popular times to travel between New York to Vegas, these are two of the cheapest months to do so. If you're planning a getaway to brighten up those extra dreary tail-end winter months, what better excuse to use than to appeal to the fact that you'll be saving on a typically expensive route? After all, we love a good January deal.
Flight prices vary quite significantly depending on the day of the week you'll be traveling. Predictably, the days around the weekend are high, but Tuesday is a steal at a full $25 less than the most expensive days. Leaving on a Tuesday is a great excuse to extend what would have been a weekend vacation into a full week. Spend the week days seeing the sites and trying your hand at the Blackjack tables before the busy weekend kicks off. Then, having seen and done plenty of the tourist bits and even caught a few cheap weeknight shows, indulge fully in the Vegas weekend folly.
A return flight leaving Las Vegas on Wednesday is significantly cheaper than many other days of the week, with a potential saving of over $60. Traveling on a Wednesday is a great way to break up that working week and combat mid-week blues. Plus, you'll have an excuse to spend that little bit extra on the slots before you leave, safe in the knowledge that you booked your flight wisely.
The day of the week that you choose to book your flights won't have a huge impact on the overall round-trip cost. However, if you want to be fastidious – and why not? It doesn't take very much effort to book on one day rather than another! – booking on a Tuesday is the best option. It's a very simple way to save a potential $8 on the overall cost of your flight.
New Yorkers are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to fly from. Other than JFK, there are of course the options of Newark (EWR) and LaGuardia (LGA), both of which are perfectly accessible. So why have we chosen JFK? Our numbers indicate JFK is the cheapest option on the New York to Las Vegas route. Good deals out of EWR are about $50 more than those from JFK and good deals from LGA are about $10 more expensive.
Travelers are spoiled for choice with several airlines offering great deals on this very popular route. American Airlines and Virgin America offer consistently good deals between JFK and Las Vegas but Delta and Jet Blue's best deals are closely comparable. So, your decision will come down to personal choice – or, if you want some incentive to choose one over the other, read more about our Airline Fees calculator below.
Airlines offering direct flights from New York to Las Vegas:
- American makes the journey in 4.25 hours for $326 round trip, on average.
- Virgin America makes the journey in 4.25 hours for $326 round trip, on average.
- Delta makes the journey in 4.25 hours for $331 round trip, on average.
- JetBlue makes the journey in 4.25 hours for $331 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from New York to Las Vegas:
- Sun Country makes the journey in 6 hours via Dallas or Chicago for $282 round trip, on average.
- US Airways makes the journey in 6 hours via Dallas or Chicago for $282 round trip, on average.
- United makes the journey in 6 hours via Dallas or Chicago for $282 round trip, on average.
On a well-served route like that of New York to Las Vegas, travelers are likely to find several airlines competing for their business. It's tricky to know which one to choose if you're looking for a good deal, when the prices can all seem very similar. Of course, what you see isn't always you get, and many airlines have hidden or added fees for basic services. Hopper has taken the mystery out of hidden fees with the Airline Fees Calculator. Input the services you need or expect on your flight and see how much these extras will set you back with each airline. This can often be where you see huge discrepancies in pricing between airlines, and this is typically where the hidden value is to be had.
We're constantly updating our Fly and Buy Reports based on the latest information. Current data on trips between JFK and Las Vegas are based on a huge 18 million flight prices pooled from airfare searches each month. To get the most accurate and current information on your best value option, always check the Fly and Buy Reports before you lock down your flight reservation.
As we've seen, the prices between New York and Las Vegas are volatile at best, and there are huge savings to be made from booking wisely. A good deal on the JFK to Las Vegas route is around $331, while the very lowest price – i.e. the best case scenario – is a flight at $252. Remember that booking at the last minute will be the most expensive option by a margin of hundreds of dollars, so be prepared to book in advance in order to secure an easily accessible good deal on your New York to Vegas flight.