In the last four weeks an average of 546 people every day searched for flights on the route between Anchorage and Las Vegas, making Sin City the number one most coveted destination out of any from the Ted Stevens International Airport. But, between the glitzy strips, the twirling roller coasters, the soaring high-rises, the dusty sun-kissed canyons, shimmering swimming pools, luxurious hotel complexes and opulent casinos, we really can’t blame any Alaskan local for their Vegas vice. In fact, we’d even like to offer our help with getting into town, with this selection of 10 tips for securing the cheapest flights from Anchorage to Las Vegas. Hide that excitement — keep that poker face!
By looking at nearly 2 million searches for flights on the route between the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and the McCarran International every month, we’ve been able to plot average fares against time before departure. It’s shown us that anyone looking to keep prices low should be sure to book their flight 21 days or more before they mean to leave, because this is when the cost begins to skyrocket from around just $400 return, to more than $800 return on the day before take-off.
We know that summers up north in Alaska can sometimes be very short and very cold affairs indeed, which is why these $165 savings on flights to Vegas in August may come as a real welcome bonus to passengers looking for a dose of soaring desert heat. In fact, September onward tends to be a pretty low-cost option for travelers out of Anchorage, leaving plenty of room for locals to escape the shivering winter. Perhaps that’s why flights in December are the most popular of the lot!
If you think you can forgo just one Saturday night on the famous Vegas strip, then why not fly into town on a Sunday instead, cashing in on a possible reduction of up to $30 along the way? Not only is it one of the easiest savings to make on your flights, but it also means avoiding the most popular arrival days at the McCarran International, cutting down queue times and all the hustle and bustle related to airport transfers and the like.
Heading back home on a Thursday can be a great way to cash in on some extra savings on your flights, with our stats showing that leaving just before the weekend means fares are lower by an average of almost $39. Granted it does mean missing out on another weekend of festivities in Sin City, but then there’s also the bonus of leaving on the least popular day—meaning a much smoother airport experience, which may be for the best in the wake of those Vegas hangovers!
As demand for flights on the route between Anchorage and Las Vegas fluctuates throughout the week, so too do the fares, which means certain days are optimum booking days, while others see soaring prices and unnecessary additional premiums. Our stats have shown that Thursday is both the most popular day to search for flights into Sin City and the cheapest, offering travelers a possible saving of up to $16. In general, try to avoid weekend and early-week bookings, because this is when demand falls and prices go up.
As the only airline offering direct connections between Anchorage and Vegas, it’s hardly surprising that Alaska Airlines dominate the market in that field, however, they also command more than 39% of the market share when it comes to indirect flights, making them an extremely popular option all-round. We think it’s to do with the fact that their prices are some of the cheapest overall, with direct flights coming in at around $378 and flights with stops at $439.
Airlines offering direct flights from Anchorage to Las Vegas:
- Alaska Airlines makes the journey in 6 hours for $378 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Anchorage to Las Vegas:
- Alaska Airlines makes the journey in 10 hours via SeaTac Airport for $439 round trip, on average.
- Delta Air Lines makes the journey in 8 hours via LAX Airport for $395 round trip, on average.
- United Airlines makes the journey in 8 hours via Denver International Airport for $395 round trip, on average.
- US Airways makes the journey in 9 hours via PHX Sky Harbor Airport for $448 round trip, on average.
Ever thought how much extra cash you’d have to splash in the bars and casino halls if your flight to Vegas was totally free? Well, it may be worth contemplating, because anyone signed up to Alaska Airlines’ loyalty program could bag a return trip seat on the route from Anchorage for as little as 25,000 air miles this year, paying just airport taxes, any extra fees and a standalone charge of $12.50 each way. What’s more, those looking to go first class can opt to pay double (50,000 air miles) to secure their ride in style.
Why not combine your mathematical training for the poker tables and roulette wheels with a little bit of research into flight prices and airlines? Head over to Hopper’s Fly and Buy Reports page for a look at our comprehensive breakdown of everything affecting the cost of flights between Anchorage and LAS. It’s formulated from nearly 2 million pieces of data each month, and provides up-to-date stats that can really help you get the lowest fares going.
We at Hopper know it can be really disappointing when, just as you think you’ve bagged that eye-popping, mind-blowing bargain flight, airlines tag on extra fees, sending the total cost of the ticket spiralling skywards. That’s why we’ve put together our Airline Fees Calculator, which will help any would-be passengers between Anchorage and LAS keep a tab on which services will cost them what and with whom—including everything from checked baggage to in-flight pets.
Yes, we have seen some lucky fliers steal seats on the route between Anchorage and Vegas for as little as $359 return, but we’d also like to stress that such super-cheap prices are typically reserved for less than 9% of passengers, meaning they can be extremely difficult to secure. Generally it’s best to think of any fare at or around $417 return to be a bargain, because we can guarantee it’s a far better price than most people sitting on your plane will have had!