Welcome to Las Vegas
Las Vegas, that glittering city in the Nevada desert, more than earns its self-declared nickname of “The Entertainment Capital of the World.” The fun never stops in Sin City, one of the most popular vacation spots in the world, and there really is something for everyone to enjoy.
Things to know about Las Vegas
- Low Season: Low season in Las Vegas is late June-August, November-February (except Christmas and New Years).
- High Season: High season in Vegas is the week between Christmas-New Years, any three-day weekend, March-May, and September-October.
- Avg price roundtrip: $250-$300 roundtrip
- Avg Scott's Cheap Flights deal price: $72 roundtrip
- Best time to book a cheap flight: In 20201, Scott’s Cheap Flights found the most deals to Las Vegas in February, March, June, and July.
The massive casino-resorts along The Strip are always trying to outshine one another with amenities like celebrity chef-owned restaurants, world-class shows, high-end shopping, and luxurious spas. Some of the resorts even have amusement park rides.
The draws of Vegas go beyond its bright lights, however. Downtown Las Vegas maintains its historic appeal, reminiscent of the Rat Pack era, and visitors shouldn’t miss a tour of the Neon Museum for a unique peek at some of the city’s famous old signage. And the nearby Valley of Fire State Park is an expanse of gorgeous red rock formations that’s only 55 miles from The Strip and feels like another world.
Las Vegas Quick Facts
- Population: 641,903 (city), more than 2.2 million (metro area)
- Weather: Las Vegas is in the Mojave Desert, which has a “subtropical hot desert climate.” It rarely gets very cold in the city, and winters are relatively short. Summers can be blazingly hot, though the humidity typically stays quite low.
- Average flight price: $250-$300 roundtrip
- Airport Code: Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), formerly McCarran International Airport
- Nearby Airports: The closest somewhat major airport to Las Vegas is Palm Springs, CA, at just under 240 miles away. So your best bet is just to fly into Las Vegas itself.
- Airlines Serving: Major airlines such as Air Canada, Aeroméxico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue, KLM, Southwest, and United Airlines, plus dozens of smaller carriers
- Airline Hubs: Las Vegas is not a hub for any airlines, but it’s a focus city for Allegiant, Frontier, JSX, Southwest, Spirit, and Sun Country
- Serves: International and domestic
- Busy Level: Medium
Top 10 Tips for Finding Cheap Flights to Las Vegas
Some of the tips for finding cheap flights to Las Vegas will apply no matter where you’re traveling, but some of them are a little more unique to Sin City. Here’s an overview of some of our recommendations for saving money on airfare to Vegas.
Set an airfare price alert.
One of the easiest ways to stay on top of the constant changes in airfare is by setting up a fare alert. You’ll then get an email when the price on any itinerary you’re tracking drops to a specific range. And, if you set up these alerts several months before you plan to travel, you’ll have a better chance of recognizing a good deal when you see it. If you’re keeping your dates flexible, however, this does mean setting up multiple fare alerts.
Book 1-3 months ahead of your trip.
To get the best deal on a domestic flight, we recommend booking 1-3 months in advance of your trip. If you can’t be flexible with your travel dates, however, we suggest booking even further ahead. The same is true if your trip is during the high season. If you can’t keep your travel dates flexible, just be aware that the cost of tickets can jump at the 21-day, 14-day, and 7-day points, so try to book before those if possible.
Consider alternate departure airports.
Anyone who is lucky enough to live within a reasonable distance from multiple airports should always look at fares from every airport in the area. This is especially true if your closest airport isn’t one of the major U.S. hubs. If, for instance, you live in Milwaukee, you should also look at flights to Las Vegas from Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway airports to see if there are cheaper fares.
Be flexible with travel dates.
This is one of the keys to finding cheap airfare anywhere. If your travel dates are set in stone, your airfare options will naturally be more limited. If you have the flexibility to look at fares over several days—or even a month—you may find a serious airfare bargain.
Avoid Las Vegas’ high seasons.
Las Vegas is one of those places that hardly seems to have a low season, but you’ll save money on airfare if you plan your trip during one of its (relatively) low seasons. That means looking first at a visit from late June through August, or from November through February (except for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve).
Don’t forget to check on Southwest airfares.
Do a search for flights to Las Vegas and you’ll get a list of options so long it could be overwhelming. But don’t forget that there’s a big airline player missing from those lists: Southwest. Their flights don’t appear in OTA lists, so visit the Southwest site directly to compare their fares.
Being charged extra for a checked bag is pretty normal these days with an economy class ticket, and in some cases you may even be charged extra for a carry-on suitcase. To minimize the additional fees airlines like to charge travelers, pack light and stick to carry-on only.
Choose flight search sites wisely.
It may seem like all the OTAs are the same, but there are a few that we use most frequently and recommend. Google Flights is one of our favorites, since it allows searches to include multiple airports in one search as well as flexible date searches. And no matter where we find a good deal, we always double-check it against Momondo, which pulls airfare data from more OTAs than other sites do.
Take advantage of flexible fares.
One of the perks of buying a ticket in a fare class above basic economy is the ability to get a voucher for the price difference if the ticket price drops. It’s not quite the same thing as getting your money back, but it can be a great deal—as long as you can expect to use the voucher before it expires (usually in a year).
Look at the convention calendar.
Aside from the usual holiday calendar, another calendar to consult before a trip to Las Vegas is the convention schedule. There are enormous conventions, trade shows, and other events going on all the time in Vegas, and if you’re not paying attention you could end up planning a trip during something like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January—the biggest convention in the country. Not only does airfare spike a bit for the city’s biggest events, but the availability of other things (like budget-friendly hotel rooms) dwindles, too.
Bonus: Join Scott’s Cheap Flights. We do the airfare searches for you every single day, and you’ll be able to track the prices on flights to Las Vegas regularly. That way, when you see a truly great deal, you’ll not only know it on sight but you’ll be able to buy it right away.
Frequently Asked Questions about Las Vegas
Why are flights to Las Vegas so cheap?
Las Vegas is a major tourist destination and many airlines offer direct and one-stop flights to the city from all over the US. Additionally, the airport is served by several low-cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier. This competition helps keep the prices on the lower side.
How can I find cheap flights to Las Vegas?
There’s only one major airport in or around Las Vegas, but you should look into flying from a different departure airport if your home airport isn’t one of the country’s biggest. Plan your trip to avoid not just the overall high seasons in Las Vegas, but also the biggest conventions and trade shows. We recommend using Google Flights for airfare searches, keeping your travel dates flexible to increase your chances of finding deals on flights, and booking your tickets 1-3 months in advance of your trip.
When are the best times to fly to Las Vegas?
The best times to fly to Las Vegas are during any of the less busy seasons: late June-August, November-February (except Christmas and New Years).
What is the name of the Las Vegas airport?
Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), formerly McCarran International Airport, serves the Las Vegas area.
What are Las Vegas’ Covid rules?
Masks are required for public indoor settings throughout Nevada, including public transportation. Large indoor events may also require proof of vaccination to enter.
How does SCF find cheap flights to Las Vegas?
Scott’s Cheap Flights searches for tickets to Las Vegas (and around the world) all day long, using a combination of advanced technology and a team of Flight Experts. When we find an amazing deal, we let members know so they can book before the price goes back up.
Is there a hotel in Las Vegas airport?
No, there is no hotel inside the Las Vegas airport.
How far is Las Vegas airport from The Strip?
Las Vegas’ airport is about two miles from The Strip.
What time is it in Las Vegas?
Las Vegas is in the Pacific Time Zone, eight hours behind GMT.
How long is the flight to Las Vegas?
- From NYC: 5.75-6 hours
- From Chicago: 3.75-4 hours
- From Dallas: 2.75-3.25 hours
- From Los Angeles: 1-1.25 hours
- From Miami: 5.25-5.75 hours
Which airlines have the most on-time arrivals to Las Vegas?
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the major carriers with the most on-time arrivals to Las Vegas in 2020 were:
- Southwest: 85.08%
- United: 82.42%
- Delta: 84.21%
- JetBlue: 82.79%
- American: 82.38%
- Alaska: 81.59%
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Popular Las Vegas Flight Routes
Chicago to Las Vegas
- Average flight time: 3.75-4 hours
- Airlines offering this route: United, American, Southwest, Spirit
- Best SCF deal: $61 roundtrip
Atlanta to Las Vegas
- Average flight time: 4.25-4.75 hours
- Airlines offering this route: Delta, Spirit, Frontier, Southwest
- Best SCF deal: $117 roundtrip
Dallas to Las Vegas
- Average flight time: 2.75-3.25 hours
- Airlines offering this route: American, Southwest, Sun Country, Frontier, Spirit
- Best SCF deal: $51 roundtrip
Houston to Las Vegas
- Average flight time: 3.25-3.5 hours
- Airlines offering this route: United, Southwest, Frontier, Spirit
- Best SCF deal: $97 roundtrip
Boston to Las Vegas
- Average flight time: 6 hours
- Airlines offering this route: JetBlue, Delta, Spirit
- Best SCF deal: $101 roundtrip
NYC to Las Vegas
- Average flight time: 5.75-6 hours
- Airlines offering this route: United, American, JetBlue, Delta, Spirit
- Best SCF deal: $198 roundtrip
Detroit to Las Vegas
- Average flight time: 4.5 hours
- Airlines offering this route: Delta, Spirit, Frontier
- Best SCF deal: $97 roundtrip
Los Angeles to Las Vegas
- Average flight time: 1-1.25 hours
- Airlines offering this route: United, Delta, American, Alaska, JetBlue, Spirit, Frontier, JSX, Southwest
- Best SCF deal: $39 roundtrip
How to find cheap flights
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