8 Tips to Find Cheap Flights from San Diego to Las Vegas

Follow these 8 tips from Hopper to find cheap flights from San Diego to Las Vegas and you could save up to $272 per round-trip ticket!

Hopper Editors - Oct. 26, 2017

So you've set aside the surfboard and honed your poker skills, shunned the Cali sun and packed your party shoes ready for a jaunt along the strips of Sin City, and now all that's left is to do is to grab that bargain flight, strut your stuff and try your luck at the tables! Well never fear, because Hopper is here to help you find the cheapest flights from San Diego to Las Vegas, armed to the teeth with data from more than 6 million searches sourced from right across the internet and ready to share the love with information on bargain flight deals, best departure dates, up-to-date fare statistics, booking tips and much much more. See you at the Bellagio!

See the great deals travelers are finding right now on flights from San Diego to Las Vegas on the Hopper Flight Explorer.


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1. The cheapest time to book a flight from San Diego to Las Vegas is 10 days in advance, saving up to $150

Our statistics show that average flight prices on routes from San Diego to Las Vegas begin to rise sharply in the days immediately before departure, but remain generally steady and low before that. With peak fares increasing by 150% in the 10 days prior to takeoff, fliers looking to stash away as much cash as possible for the tables would do well to book in advance, making a possible saving of up to a whopping $150. Now that's a jackpot!

2. The cheapest day to fly from San Diego to Las Vegas is on a Tuesday, saving up to $48

Arrive early for the weekend shenanigans of Sin City, and be sure not to miss the best that the city has to offer amid the showrooms and theater halls of its glitzy strip by opting for a Tuesday arrival, which brings with it the added bonus of avoiding weekend-to-weekend crowds at the airport and a possible saving of up to $48 on average. Just think how many chances that'll buy you on the one-armed-bandit!

3. Save up to $65 by returning on a Wednesday

After a week spent risking chips at the tables and spending money on the machines, we know that most travelers will want to save as much as possible on the flight back from Vegas to San Diego, which is why we can recommend midweek Wednesday departures, which bring with them a possible saving of up to $65. That should leave some bucks for a recovery surf in Trestles or Oceanside once you're back at home!

4. The cheapest day to buy a flight from San Diego to Las Vegas is on a Tuesday, saving up to $9

Why not skip your Tuesday afternoon surf, reschedule that skate in Mission Bay, or shun that run along the Coronado prom and look for flights to Las Vegas instead, because we've discovered that booking on the second day of week can help travelers save up to $9 on their fares. Granted that may not sound like your ticket to fortune, but remember, you'll be heading to Las Vegas, where just one dollar could mean a jackpot!

5. Spirit has the cheapest direct flights from San Diego to Las Vegas

As the only airline offering direct flights from the San Diego International Airport to Las Vegas' McCarran International, it's hardly surprising that Spirit comes up trumps on the budget front, boasting average round-trip fares of just $94. In fact, the next cheapest option is likely to be United Airlines' indirect route to Sin City via SFO, which totals at an average of $153 return.

Airlines offering direct flights from San Diego to Las Vegas:
- Spirit makes the journey in 1 hour for $98 round trip, on average.

Airlines offering connecting flights from San Diego to Las Vegas:
- United makes the journey in 4.5 hours via San Francisco for $152 round trip, on average.
- Virgin America makes the journey in 4 hours via San Francisco for $201 round trip, on average.
- Delta makes the journey in 3 hours via Los Angeles for $204 round trip, on average.
- US Airways makes the journey in 4.5 hours via Phoenix for $221 round trip, on average.

6. Check out Hopper's When to Fly and Buy Reports for up-to-date information

If you're looking to squeeze as many dollars as you can out of your flight fares, perhaps to stash away for those gondola rides through The Venetian, or jaunts to the Red Rock Canyon park, then be sure to head over to Hopper's when to fly and buy page, which gives one of the most comprehensive breakdowns of every statistic and variable affecting ticket prices on the internet. After all, it is sourced from more than 6 million separate flight search queries all made within the last month on the San Diego to Las Vegas route!

Check out Hopper's latest when to fly and buy report for flights from San Diego to Las Vegas for up-to-date information

7. Take a look at Hopper's Airline Fees Calculator to get the real cost of your ticket

If you're heading to Vegas on business, for an extended stay or just want to look your best from the get go, then it may be that you'll be needing extra baggage on the way. Maybe you want to hit the ground running, with a meal in your belly and a few cocktails up your sleeve. Whatever extra service it is you may require from your airline, Hopper's Airline Fees Calculator has got you covered, providing a simple visual breakdown of every carrier's hidden charges and fees. It's especially useful for travelers flying with Spirit, as the budget carrier is notorious for its add-ons.

8. Keep in mind that a cheap flight from San Diego to Las Vegas is $95 round trip

If you can't seem to find any of those super-bargain flights for as low as $79 on the route from San Diego to Vegas, but keep coming up with fares in the region of $95 to $100, then we think that's still a great deal and definitely worth the buy. Yes, some people do manage to grab mega bargains on the route, but they represent a small minority of passengers on each plane (less than 10%), while it's worth remembering that most people will be paying upwards of $130 for their seat!

Distribution of economy round-trip prices quoted for nonstop flights from San Diego to Las Vegas. Great deals are the best 10% of prices, good deals are the top 25% of prices, and average deals are the best 50% of prices found in flight searches.Search for flights from San Diego to Las Vegas for $95 round trip or less on Hopper, right now

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