Save Over $100 on Your Trip to Las Vegas

Patrick Surry - Jan. 31, 2016

Summary

  • Las Vegas is the most popular destination in the US, and popularity is highest January through July
  • To save $50, depart for Las Vegas on Tuesday and avoid Thursdays and Fridays
  • You can save $80 by returning on Wednesday and avoiding Sunday
  • Book your travel at least 14 days in advance for best prices
  • You can book your tickets any day of the week, because there is little price variation
  • See the report for tips for more detailed tips for specific Las Vegas origins or use Hoppers interactive map.

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Table 1: Summary of best and worst days for visiting Las Vegas

Las Vegas Popularity and Pricing

Las Vegas is the most popular destination in the United States.  As summer weddings are coming up, Hopper put together a list of tips that will help you save money your trip to Vegas.

The location is popular all year round, but popularity is slightly higher in December through March (Figure 1) .  Prices are the highest in February, March and, June.    The most popular origins for travel to Vegas are New York, Chicago, and Newark.  The top 10 list can be seen in Figure 2.

Figure 1: Average popularity and prices for travel from anywhere in the US to Las Vegas

_Figure 2: Top 10 most popular origins for Las Vegas _

Days to Buy, Depart, and Return

The day you book your ticket makes almost no difference in the price (Figure 3).  Tuesday is the cheapest day to depart, while Thursdays and Fridays are the most expensive (Figure 4).   Wednesdays and Tuesdays are the best days to return from Vegas (Figure 5), but avoid returning on Sunday if possible because prices are almost $80 higher.  The last section of this report shows day to book, depart, and return tips for the top 10 origins to Vegas.

Figure 4: Best day to book flights to Las Vegas

Figure 5: Best days to depart for Las Vegas

Figure 6: Best days to return from Las Vegas

Advance Booking Required

Prices to Vegas increase as departure date approaches (Figure 6), so book at least 20 days in advance.  Because our initial analysis groups all origins to Vegas and finds an average best advance purchase date, we also broke the markets out into categories to provide more detailed guidance (Figure 7).  The top 10 origins that fall in each category are shown in Table 2.

Figure 7: Price as a function of advanced booking (all US to Las Vegas)

Figure 8: Price as a function of advanced booking grouped by prices and flexibility (all US to Las Vegas)

Low Prices, Flexible Booking

Low Prices, Book Early

High Prices, Flexible Booking

High Prices, Book Early

BOI

BOS

FNT

JFK

SAN

SJC

CHS

ROC

FLL

SEA

SYR

MIA

DEN

BWI

TPA

LIT

LAX

SAT

MKE

GSP

PIT

SMF

HNL

DCA

BLI

BNA

DAY

JAX

TUS

IND

MCO

IAD

OAK

PHL

GSO

IAH

SNA

BUF

Table 2: Top origins to Las Vegas that fall in each of the 4 advanced booking categories

Alternate Routes for Most Expensive Origins to Vegas

Alternate routes, with an intermediate stop, can also help save money on your flight to Las Vegas.  Table 3 shows possible alternate routes for the top 10 most expensive origins to Vegas along with the amount of potential savings.  While the savings are not large, they can still make a difference, especially if booking multiple tickets.

Origin

Intermediate Airport

Savings

DCA

LGB

$41

HOU

DEN

$18

IAD

LAX, LGB, OAK

$46

MIA

LAX

$38

Table 3: Alternate routing and corresponding savings for the most expensive origins for Vegas

Market Details

This section shows the best days to book, depart, return, and how many days in advance you should book, for the overall US to Las Vegas market and for the top 10 origin cities.

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Figure 9: [JFK](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-JFK/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.21.46 AM.png Figure 10: [ORD](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-ORD/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.23.23 AM.png Figure 11: [EWR](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-EWR/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.24.06 AM.png Figure 12: [LGA](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-LGA/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.25.01 AM.png Figure 13: [MSP](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-MSP/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.26.11 AM.png Figure 14__: [DTW](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-DTW/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.28.16 AM.png Figure 15__: [BWI](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-BWI/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.28.57 AM.png Figure 16__: [DFW](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-DFW/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.29.56 AM.png Figure 17__: [PHL](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-PHL/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.31.55 AM.png Figure 18__: [LAX](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-LAX/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_ Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 9.33.10 AM.png Figure 19__: [SFO](http://www.hopper.com/flights/from-SFO/to-LAS/research.html?utmsource=ODReport&utmmedium=CTR&utmcampaign=ReferralsfromODReport)_

Data and Methodology

The data presented in this analysis comes from Hopper’s combined feed of Global Distribution Service (GDS) data sources which includes about 10 million queries and 1 billion trips per day.  Demand is represented as the number of queries not actual ticket purchases, and is calibrated across all GDS sources for each market.  Lowest fare is represented by the 10th percentile prices.  For example if the 10th percentile price is $800 dollars it means that only 10% of trips are priced at or below this price.

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