Las Vegas is the most popular destination for travelers flying out of Philadelphia. Not only is the Philadelphia-to-Vegas route almost always less than $300, Vegas is also a warmer destination to visit during the cold Philly months. Plus, the Nevada city attracts business travelers with annual trade shows and conventions a weekly occurrence. Whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, Vegas knows how to entertain both the professional and leisure travelers with endless restaurants, clubs, casinos and live entertainment. Visitors will be able to find ways to spend money at any hour of the day, which is why finding a cheap flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas is key. Here are some tips from Hopper that will help you stay within your travel budget.
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Planning your trip to Las Vegas 50 days in advance can save you up to $140. The most important thing, however, is that travelers book their flights at least 10 days prior to departure, as that's when prices really start to rise. Luckily for business travelers, annual conferences are often planned a year or so out, allowing you plenty of time to book your ticket. That savings from simply planning ahead can earn you a seat at a Britney Spears concert. Pay extra for a VIP Package, and you may even get the opportunity to meet her. (Don't act like you're not at least kind of interested.)
Travel to Las Vegas any time during the second half of the year and you could save up to $75. Plus, late summer and fall are some of the best months for weather, as temperatures tend to be in the low 80s. That savings could be used towards one of the city's blowout Halloween parties. MGM Grand's Hakkasan night club, for instance, has parties all Halloween weekend long. Just don't forget to bring your glow sticks.
Visiting Vegas for work? Departing on a Tuesday could save you up to $43 and will get you just in time for some of the city's biggest trade shows to start. Plus, that savings will allow you to buy a round of drinks for colleagues or clients at Minus5° Ice Bar inside Mandalay Bay. The bar is set at 23 degrees Fahrenheit, and guests are given insulated jackets, gloves and boots to enter the bar, decorated with walls, sculptures and seating all made out of ice.
Wait to leave Vegas until Wednesday and you could save up to $72. That's about the same price to see Vegas frontrunners Donny and Marie Osmond. Their 90-minute variety show highlights the duo's 40-year career as they sing classic hits, updated versions of Osmond Brothers classics and mash-ups of today's popular music. A little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll, the show appeals to a wide variety of audience members.
US Airways offers the best overall prices for non-stop flights from Philadelphia to Las Vegas, as tickets average about $261. Spirit Airlines offers comparable prices (sometimes as low as $243), but the airline also charges carry-on fees that can make the flight price considerably more expensive for travelers. Make sure to factor in whether or not you are bringing a carry-on bag before booking. One key way to do that is by using Hopper's Airline Fees calculator.
Airlines offering direct flights from Philadelphia to Las Vegas:
- Spirit makes the journey in 5.5 hours for $244 round trip, on average.
- US Airways makes the journey in 5.5 hours for $262 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Philadelphia to Las Vegas:
- Delta makes the journey in 7.5 hours via Minneapolis or Detroit for $303 round trip, on average.
- United makes the journey in 7 hours via Denver or Chicago for $357 round trip, on average.
US Airways customers that have saved 25,000 frequent flier miles can use them towards a round-trip ticket to Vegas. By booking essentially a free flight, that savings can be used towards a room at one of Vegas' more high-end resorts. Bellagio Las Vegas, for instance, offers rooms for about $250 a night. Plus, the Fountains of Bellagio in front of the hotel are a sight to see with the water, music and lights offering free entertainment to visitors.
Travelers looking for the best deals from Philadelphia to Las Vegas will want to do some research on Hopper's When to Fly and Buy Reports. The search engine helps visitors to the site search prices for the specific dates they wish to travel to Vegas; however, flights are sometimes less expensive if travel dates are flexible. If you don't have much time to do a thorough search, you can opt to create a price alert, which will send you an email when prices for the specific Philadelphia-to-Vegas route get cheaper.
As previously mentioned, some airlines (such as Spirit) have hidden fees that customers don't realize until the day of their departure. That's why Hopper created its Airline Fees Calculator to help customers calculate the true cost of their tickets. The calculator will help customers understand at the time of booking exactly what a plane ticket will cost (whether fees are hidden or not). Airlines that require customers to pay for carry-on luggage can add charges of anywhere between $25 and $100 depending on how much luggage is being carried.
A good price for a flight from Philadelphia to Las Vegas is in the $244 area. Because the flight is so popular, there are hundreds of tickets sold each week that fluctuate on any given day. Some lucky travelers have found ticket prices as low as $199. The cheapest round-trip flights in the last six months were priced from $220 for flights with stops and $198 without stops. That said, if you find a flight for about $244, just book it, as it's a pretty good deal.