Flights from Los Angeles to Las Vegas are a common occurrence. Where else would Hollywood’s elite go to spend its money? As such, travelers can find some cheap flights to Las Vegas, especially out of LAX. Direct flights make it easy to hop back and forth for a weekend jaunt with friends or even a quick elopement with a loved one. In less than an hour, you can be rolling craps with the best of them. Of course, you’re going to need some serious cash to back up all the bets you might be making. Luckily, Hopper has 10 easy tips for you to save up to $329 when booking a flight to Las Vegas from Los Angeles. Just try not to gamble it all away on your first hand.
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Flying to Las Vegas last-minute may sound like a good idea, especially if you want to make a quick buck or two at blackjack, but booking at least 15 days in advance can save you up to $190. That’s money that could be better used towards placing bets or even on one of the thrill rides at the Stratosphere Hotel.
Luckily, Vegas never sleeps, even during the workweek. You can be drinking a gin and tonic at a poker table at 9 a.m. and no one would judge (because they’re doing the exact same thing). That being said, if your travel schedule is flexible, try departing on a Tuesday. You can save up to $36 if you do so.
That same flexible schedule can help you save even more money (up to $69) if you decide to return on a Wednesday. Plus, the poker tables and slot machines are less crowded during the workweek. Basically we’re staying stay eight days in Las Vegas!
Take a break from your online poker hand and book a flight to Vegas instead. Travelers can save up to $9 by simply taking the time to do it on a Tuesday. That means in between online gambling, you can be planning a trip to test your poker skills with some of the real high rollers at Vegas casinos.
August seems to be the most popular month for L.A. travelers to visit Las Vegas and you can save up to $25 if you decide to go any other month of the year. January has the best rates, likely because no one feels like spending money after the holidays. However, if Santa tends to be good to you, January might be the perfect time for you to go spend some of that holiday cash.
While not always the most convenient, LAX offers serious savings on flights to Las Vegas compared to the city’s other airports: Burbank, Long Beach and Santa Ana. Seriously, LAX offers far better deals, with some ticket prices being as much as $180 cheaper!
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Of the airlines offering direct flights to Vegas, Spirit and Virgin America have the best deals, with rates sometimes up to $35 less than competitors. Because of its contemporary interior, Virgin tends to be the airline of choice, especially for those high rollers looking to fly in style. Spirit, on the other hand, has a lot of extra fees that increase the total costs of its fares. Travelers should consult Hopper’s airline fees calculator before making a choice to fly on Spirit.
Airlines offering direct flights from Los Angeles to Las Vegas:
- Virgin America makes the journey in 1 hour for $92 round trip, on average.
- Spirit makes the journey in 1 hour for $104 round trip, on average.
- American makes the journey in 1 hour for $118 round trip, on average.
- United makes the journey in 1 hour for $344 round trip, on average.
- Delta makes the journey in 1 hour for $160 round trip, on average.
With frequent fliers on Virgin America’s Elevate program banking five points per dollar spent on air fares, we reckon these bargain round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Vegas for just 5,600 points could be on the menu in no time! But that’s not even the best part, because passengers on Virgin also have no blackout dates to deal with and are able to keep their points forever, as long as their Elevate account remains active every 18 months.
Anyone interested in saving money on their flights from Los Angeles to Vegas this year should be sure to head over to our When to Fly and Buy Report page, which offers information on the various stats and variables affecting seat prices right throughout the year. On such a popular internal US route, it’s hardly surprising that we’ve managed to collate data from no fewer than 33 million flights from LAX to LAS in the last month alone!
Using Hopper’s Airline Fee Calculator to pre-empt any additional costs to your flight ticket is a great way to maximize spending money for the journey. On this route, we see that Virgin America is well cheaper than Spirit when added fees are included. Virgin America offers a free carry-on bag and seat selection, while just those amenities alone will cost an extra $100 on Spirit.
If you find a ticket from Los Angeles to Las Vegas for $103, you can probably stop looking, as you’ve found one of the best deals possible for this flight route. So don’t stress, just book.
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.