It takes around four hours to fly from the crossroads city of Cincinnati across the very heart of the United States - Missouri, Kansas, Colorado - before touching down among the neon lights and dry desert heat of Las Vegas. And once you’ve arrived, you’ll want as much cash as possible to take advantage of the city’s myriad opportunities for gambling thrills and sensual pleasure. Following these eight tips to find cheap flights from Cincinnati to Las Vegas, calculated by Hopper analysts from over four million airfare searches, will help you knock up to $528 off your ticket costs - a decent wad to take for a spin on the floor of a Vegas casino.
If you want to swap the winter cold enveloping Cincinnati for some desert-ringed decadence, then it’s worth doing a little forward planning. Airfares decline substantially the further in advance that you book, starting at around $650 and falling more or less steadily to reach $400 when tickets are booked three weeks in advance. At this point, prices flatline, so there’s no need to concern yourself with booking flights any more than 21 days before your departure date.
Perhaps understandably, there’s something of an exodus from Cincinnati to Las Vegas every January, when visitors to the City of Sin can catch the play-offs in swanky sports bars and lounge in the winter sun in heated hotel pools. January is both by far the most popular month to fly between the two cities and, correspondingly, is also the most expensive. Travelling any other month in the year can save you up to $50, so if you’re keen to escape those winter blues, consider delaying your trip until February or March to save a few bucks on your airfare.
For many destinations, flying out on a Monday would leave you a little lacking in late-night activities to celebrate the first night of your vacation. Not so with Las Vegas - the Strip is throbbing with neon and noise whatever night of the week you hit it. So if you can escape the shackles of the work week, consider flying out on a Monday - doing so could shave a pretty hefty $100 from your ticket price.
Another $128 could be knocked off your airfare if you schedule your return flight for a Wednesday, touching back down by the banks of the Ohio River in the middle of the week. Even if Wednesday doesn’t quite work, returning on either a Monday or a Friday could still knock as much as $120 off your ticket - money that can be better spent among the high-rollers in Vegas’ casinos, or on one of the city’s many crazy attractions.
Frontier Airlines currently has by far the best deals on the Cincinnati-Las Vegas route, flying travelers across the center of the USA for significantly cheaper than any other airline. This holds true across direct flights, which last about four hours, and indirect flights, which take around seven. At the time of writing, Frontier’s direct flights cost as little as $200 for a round-trip, which is a terrific deal. All this is liable to fluctuate frequently, however, as flights to Vegas from any major US city are a competitive business, with airlines continually undercutting and outpacing each other in the race for customers.
Airlines offering direct flights from Cincinnati to Las Vegas:
- Delta Air Lines makes the journey in 4 hours for $400 round trip, on average.
- Frontier Airlines makes the journey in 4 hours for $231 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Cincinnati to Las Vegas:
- American Airlines makes the journey in 12 hours via Charlotte Douglas Airport for $393 round trip, on average.
- Delta Air Lines makes the journey in 9 hours via Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for $367 round trip, on average.
- Frontier Airlines makes the journey in 6 hours via Denver International Airport for $285 round trip, on average.
- United Airlines makes the journey in 7 hours via Chicago's O'Hare Airport for $380 round trip, on average.
Many of the conclusions and recommendations stated in this article, while true at the time of writing, are fragile and liable to change, especially in the quixotic climate of the Vegas flight market. It might be a good idea, then, to check out Hopper’s When to Fly and Buy Report on the route for up-to-the-minute data that will enable you to save every cent possible on your next flight booking. The reports also contain a link to a technical summary which outlines how we’ve conducted the analysis, for those of you who like to get your nose into the mechanics of how things work.
Don’t allow yourself to be blinded by the bright lights of Vegas: when booking your flight tickets, bear in mind all the additional fees that the airline might try and slip on top of your fare. Extra legroom, seat selection, free wi-fi, food and drink, baggage - all these and more can be used to surreptitiously extract a few more dollars from your pocket before you board the plane. To make this easy, we’ve designed an Airlines Fee Calculator that outlines all the potential fees and costs associated with your specific flight, giving you a clear idea of the total cost of your plane ticket.
Nonstop airfares on this route are pretty reasonable, with over 50% of passengers in the last year managing to find round-trip tickets for under $300. There is a reasonable chance of finding tickets down to around $260, but any lower than this and the competition becomes fierce and tickets are whipped away at a frantic rate. As a result, we’d recommend that if you see a ticket for under $265, you should consider this cheap and jump on it - really, it’s damn good value for two four-hour flights across the heart of the United States.