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For most air travelers, the only game in town is Las Vegas International Airport, officially known as McCarrarn International Airport, or by its call sign "LAS." With a convenient location just five miles south of the city center, the airport see more than 750 domestic and international flights arrive through its two terminals each day. Terminal 1 focuses on domestic flights, while Terminal 3 is internationally oriented. Terminal 3 is where you can find ticketing and baggage claim for the majority of both domestic and international airlines at McCarran International Airport.
Las Vegas' second-busiest airport is North Las Vegas Airport, also known as VGT. North Las Vegas Airport focuses primarily on sightseeing flights to nearby destinations like the Grand Canyon, private charter flights to Las Vegas, and general aviation. If you use a helicopter at any point during your Las Vegas vacation, it may depart from or arrive at North Las Vegas Airport, which is also an important base for the aerial branch of Las Vegas' police department. Henderson Executive Airport, code HSH, serves predominately as a hub for general aviation pilots and enthusiasts, but also operates a limited number of air taxi routes to destinations throughout the surrounding desert region.
If you're headed to Las Vegas by air, you're in luck. More than a dozen airlines offer nonstop cheap flights to Las Vegas, from domestic carriers like American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines, to international players such as British Airways and Korean Air. Fly one of the many low-cost carriers that offer Las Vegas flights. Search for Jet Blue flights to Las Vegas, or fly one of the local hub carriers like Allegiant Air or Southwest*, to ensure not only that you get a great fare, but the most convenient flight schedules.
Few other airports in the United States offer more nonstop destinations than Las Vegas, which connects more than 42 million passengers annually to major air destinations like Dallas-Ft. Worth, Miami, and Atlanta, as well as secondary cities from Indianapolis, to Providence, to Omaha, Nebraska. Las Vegas also offers a full house of international flights, with scheduled service to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports in London, the South Korean capital of Seoul, and European cities from Frankfurt, to Madrid, to Zürich.
The only thing more constant than Las Vegas' hot, sunny, dry weather is its universal popularity, which means that terms like "low season" and "high season" are mostly irrelevant for Las Vegas travelers. There isn't a particular time of year to visit that's better for finding cheap flights to Las Vegas than another, but since Las Vegas' dozens of airlines compete for passengers from all around the world, your odds of finding a winning deal are just as good today as they'll be tomorrow.
If you're feeling lucky, you might bet it all on finding last-minute flights to Las Vegas, which can sometimes be surprisingly cheap. Since many travelers spontaneously decide to visit Las Vegas, from eloping couples to money-minded casino goers, you've got a good chance of winning big when you spin the roulette wheel for last-minute flights. Maximize your savings on flights departing soon by bundling them together with hotels and rental cars, whose prices tend not to fluctuate as much as airfare when you are traveling on short notice.
There are almost as many ways to get around Las Vegas as there are casinos and hotels, so it's important to know which is best suited for your budget and travel style before your flight lands. Take a public bus operated by Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to save the most money for your favorite casino games. Routes 108, 109, and the Westcliff Airport Express are your best non-stop bets to the airport, while the "Strip and Downtown Express" service can take you anywhere you need to go once you arrive in the heart of Sin City.
Another way to save money on transportation in Las Vegas is to take a shuttle from the airport. Choose a big-name commercial shuttle such as SuperShuttle for the convenience of on-demand pick-up and drop-off, or take advantage of the complimentary shuttle transport offered by certain Las Vegas strip hotels – calls yours in advance to see if a shuttle is available. Once you're on The Strip, take advantage of the Las Vegas Monorail for safe, affordable public transport or, if the weather and your energy level permit, walk so you can take in the sights, sounds, and smells at your own leisurely pace.
The most convenient way to get around Las Vegas is by renting your own car, both in terms of travel from the airport into the heart of the city, as well as traveling onward to destinations just outside of it. Splurge on limousine service if you're a real high roller, whether you hop into one of the on-demand limousines waiting in the arrivals area, or book in advance to score custom rides, from stretch Hummers and Escalades, to chauffeured cars whose drivers can help you with all of your travel needs.
When you score cheap Las Vegas flights, you aren't just ensuring affordable airfare to casinos, nightclubs, and shopping malls – you're cashing in on winning fares to the whole desert southwest. Most notably, Las Vegas is less than 200 miles to the Grand Canyon, a natural treasure whose timeless beauty and massive size is the perfect counterbalance to the manmade grandeur of the Las Vegas Strip. See the canyon in Las Vegas style by booking a sightseeing flight from Las Vegas at North Las Vegas Airport.
Death Valley sits on the opposite side of Las Vegas, about half of the way from Sin City to Los Angeles, California's proverbial City of Angels. The beautiful desolation of Death Valley is the perfect place to dry out your bad luck, while the lush oasis of Palm Springs, just beyond it, is great for quenching your thirst for the luxury your newfound winnings afford you. Then again, you don't need to leave Nevada to marvel at the splendor of the desert that Las Vegas sits in. Hike through Red Rock Canyon, which sits just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, to appreciate the gorgeousness of the American desert on a day trip from your glitzy, glamorous gambling vacation destination.
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