Las Vegas is the No. 2 most popular destination to visit from Boston. That's not a big surprise considering Bostonians long-standing history with imbibing (dating back to the Colonial era) and Vegas' notoriety for providing a vast playground for raucous behavior. Bostonians can find a new-found home in the Vegas casinos and nightclubs, where ordering a cocktail at 9 a.m. is encouraged instead of being frowned upon. To keep up with the Vegas party pace, however, you will need some serious funds. Check out these tips from Hopper to find cheap flights from Boston to Las Vegas, so that your money can be better spent making decisions that will hopefully stay in Vegas.
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A quick and easy way to save cash on a flight is by planning ahead. Booking a ticket at least 10 days in advance can save you up to $100. Ticket prices increase dramatically if you try to book your flight within 10 days of your departure. So, while a last-minute Las Vegas adventure sounds appealing, patience may just save you some serious cash that can be used towards a night of poker — if you're good enough.
Ticket prices from Boston to Las Vegas tend to cost more in the month of July. In fact, you can save up to $75 by choosing to visit Vegas during other months. That $75 can be used towards one of Vegas' famous buffets. The 600-seat Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, for instance, costs about $50 for a weekend dinner. The 500-plus dish buffet features nine cooking stations that include everything from lobster chowder to Mexican pork carnitas to Chinese roast duck. For an extra $15.99, you can drink as much wine and beer as you want.
Believe it or not, departing Boston on a Thursday to fly to Las Vegas can actually save you $30 on a flight. It also just happens to be the best day to fly to guarantee a full weekend of fun in Sin City. Several resorts start their first parties of the weekend on Thursdays. For instance, the Bellagio throws a Glitz and Glamour party with George Lopez and Mad Max every Thursday in The Bank. The resort's Italian restaurant, Hyde, also features live entertainment on Thursdays.
Extend the Vegas weekend to a Tuesday, and you can save up to $65 on your flight. That's the same amount as a ticket to go see Vegas! The Show, a musical variety show that showcases the history of the city's greatest entertainers — from the Rat Pack to Elvis to Tom Jones. The show is the perfect Monday-night experience after a long weekend of eating, staying up late and gaming before heading home Tuesday morning.
Take time out of your busy work week (or busy end-of-the-work-week planning) and book your flight to Vegas on a Thursday. You can save up to $30, which is about the same cost as a ticket to ride all three rides — the Big Shot, Insanity and X Scream — at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. All three rides offer an opportunity for thrill seekers to check out some of the best views of The Strip, while of course traveling at breakneck speeds. Just don't book your ticket on the same Thursday as your departure!
A non-stop flight from Boston to Las Vegas is 5 hours and 15 minutes. JetBlue offers the best deals on non-stop flights, with some as low as $397. If time isn't necessarily of the essence, but money is, then Sun Country Airlines might be a better choice. The airline sells tickets for as low as $323 and makes the trip in as little as 7.5 hours. That $74 savings can be used towards a meal for two at one of the city's popular celebrity chef restaurants.
Airlines offering direct flights from Boston to Las Vegas:
- JetBlue makes the journey in 5.75 hours for $397 round trip, on average.
- Delta makes the journey in 6 hours for $404 round trip, on average.
Airlines offering connecting flights from Boston to Las Vegas:
- Sun Country makes the journey in 7.5 hours via Minneapolis for $323 round trip, on average.
- American makes the journey in 8 hours via Chicago or Dallas for $342 round trip, on average
- US Airways makes the journey in 8.5 hours via Philadelphia for $343 round trip, on average
- United makes the journey in 8 hours via Chicago for $379 round trip, on average
- Spirit makes the journey in 8 hours via Chicago for $401 round trip, on average
Hopper's When to Fly and Buy Reports provide the most up-to-date travel deals for those Bostonians with the itch to visit Vegas on the cheap. Being the second most popular flight route out of Boston, there are more than 5,000 searches for flights from Boston to Las Vegas each day. While the report has a search engine for you to research the best non-stop flight deals on the days you wish to travel, visitors to the site can also create a price alert that will email them when prices for the specific route get cheaper.
Because some airlines charge hidden fees for customers who are checking luggage or want early flight-check-ins, Hopper created an Airline Fees Calculator for travelers to calculate the true cost of their tickets. The calculator will help customers to understand upfront exactly what their travel money is being spent on (whether the fees are hidden or not). This is especially helpful if you're flying on an airline that does not tell you the additional flight fees until closer to your travel date.
The Boston to Las Vegas route offers hundreds of flights each week, which is why it is important to remember that a good rate for this flight is about $371 round trip. Tickets average about $312-$363 for flights with stops and $387-$414 for nonstop flights. Some lucky travelers, however, have found rates for as low as $230.