Some come to wallow in the year-round sun. Some to sip coffees in the company of stars. Others come to ride the surf swells of the American Pacific or cycle their way through the boulevards of Santa Monica to the fun-loving promenades of Long Beach and Huntington Beach. Whatever your reason for wanting to hit LA, we at Hopper can’t blame you, because it’s unquestionably one of America’s coolest and most happening metropolises.
But LA is also one of America’s most accessible cities, with an airport that’s home to more arrivals and departures from nonstop flight routes than anywhere else in the world! This means LA is the kingpin of a web of continental flight connections, linking it with other American cities as far-flung as Boston. Here is a list of the major American cities that offer direct flights to Las Vegas.
Photo by Bonito Club/Flickr.
In the summer why not trade in the dizzy humidity of Georgia for a dose of the West Coast sun and sea? In the winter, what about some wave chasing on the surf swells of the Pacific or a spot of Celeb-hunting at the Oscars? Whatever your reason for wanting to hop over from Atlanta to LA, Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airways are at hand to help, with regular non-stop flights into LAX for as little as $298 for the luckiest passengers and ones just upwards of $308 for most others.
Travelers looking to jump the continent from Boston in the Northeast to LA in the west have plenty of options when it comes to non-stop flights. No fewer than four carriers (Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue) connect these two cities regularly, with ticket prices lingering at an attractive $368 or so for most of the year. Just think, you could walk the Freedom Trail by morning and cruise Sunset Boulevard by night. Perfect.
Just a single carrier (US Airways) connects the city of Charlotte in North Carolina with Los Angeles in the west, which means ticket prices tend to be a little higher from here than from other metropolises in the region. However, they’re far from ridiculous, with returns hovering between $474 and $568 throughout the year and some lucky passengers even grabbing seats for as little as $258. This makes this route the perfect option for those looking to vacate the Queen City for a furlough in hip and stylish LA.
Today, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin America all run non-stop flights from Chicago to Los Angeles, connecting one of America’s great cultural melting pots with another. Travelers who do take the route, on which tickets go for anywhere between $266 and $287, will quickly discover just how many things these wildly independent and unlikely cities actually have in common; the creative gastronomic array; the endless kaleidoscope of cultures and creeds; the heady nightlife; the zealous sporting scene. It’s all there.
It’s hardly surprising that direct connections to Los Angeles run regularly from Dallas Fort Worth International. Not only is it one of the largest airports in all of America, but it’s also one of the busiest on the planet by airplane movement, not to mention the North American headquarters of American Airlines. It’s perhaps also not surprising then that it’s AA who run some of the cheapest routes to Los Angeles here, with returns going for between $195 and $268. Close in tow, Spirit, United and Virgin America also offer nonstop flights.
For centuries the American pioneer struggled westwards through the rugged and unforgiving highlands of Colorado, scaling the great divide of the Rocky Mountains, desperate for a glimpse of the Promised Land in the west. Today, all Denver locals need do is hop on one of these United or Frontier Airlines connections to LAX, relaxing for just shy of two hours while their plane cruises over the massifs and plateaus of the west. Of the two carriers Frontier remains the cheapest, with some passengers managing to scoop seats for just $138!
Surfers looking to hop the Pacific and join the LA riders in the swells of Santa Monica, Malibu and Long Beach are in luck, because today no fewer than four individual airlines (American, Delta, Hawaiian and United) connect Honolulu with Los Angeles’ LAX. Return prices on the route can cost anything between $439 and $557, while some lucky travelers from the Aloha State have got fares as low as $383!
Houston, we have a problem: Flight deals from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Los Angeles’ LAX are just too darn good! That’s right, this three-hour connection from Texas’ largest metropolis can cost as little as $227 return, with plenty of other passengers scooping fares for under $246! What’s more, travelers get the pick of American Airlines, Spirit and United, and can even save a whopping $79 on midweek departures. Ready? Three. Two. One. Blast off!
While on the map it may look like a short hop, skip and jump down Interstate 15 from the glitzy palaces of Las Vegas to the City of Angels, the drive can actually be a stuffy four hours in the desert wilds between Nevada and south Cali. Much better to hitch a lift with American Airlines, Spirit, United or Virgin America, who all run direct connections from McCarran International to LAX. The flight takes just over one hour and can cost as little as $72!
Believe it or not even Miami locals — with their year-round sun and tropical beaches — sometimes yearn for a taste of the Wild West. But you don’t have to take my word for it, because the airlines speak for themselves. All of American Airlines, Delta and even Alaskan Airlines fly the route regularly, offering bargain fares for the five-hour flight at around just $353! What’s more, ticket prices hit their year-round low between September and October, when the stifling humidity of tropical Florida finds its peak.
Ah, the Big Apple and the Big Orange. It’s tempting to see these two great American cities as rivals; the yin and yang of the United States; one sprawling, the other tight-knit, one riddled with gleaming new builds, the other laden with classic art-deco facades. But if travel has shown us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t be so quick to judge. And quite right, because today JetBlue, Delta, United and Virgin America all connect these two metropolises on a daily basis, transporting New Yorkers across the continent for as little as $312!
The good news about heading straight down the spine of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles is that you won’t have to shed any eccentricity along the way. The bad news is, well, there isn’t any bad news! Perhaps that’s why frivolous San Francisco shares so much with its brother to the south, and why Cali locals love making the trip between these two flagship cities of the state. Either way, for just $138 return and with no fewer than four airlines making the regular trip, it’s hard not to be tempted.
Before American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Virgin America and United all started flying between the state of Washington and LA, Seattle locals would have to make the whopping 17-hour journey down the Pacific Coast highways. Back in the day it may have been something of a rite of passage for young travelers looking to explore the wild and rugged lands that run from Oregon to south Cali, but today it’s entirely traversable in under three hours by air. What’s more, return tickets cost anything in the region of just $197-207, while some lucky fliers have scooped seats for as little as $157.
It’s difficult to imagine two American cities more different that formal Washington DC and cool, quirky, hip Los Angeles. This means that those from the capital who take the non-stop connection to LAX can expect a taste of something totally offbeat: Salty pacific breezes, mouth-watering Tex-Mex, boho-bars and bio cafés to boot. A good price for a return ticket on the route will cost anything below $353, while the cheapest fares are around $333.