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  • dan28
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    • 8th Jan 19, 1:25 PM
    • #2
    • 8th Jan 19, 1:25 PM
    GETTING THERE



    Las Vegas is 5235 miles from London, with direct flight times in the region of 10 hours.

    You can book a package from pretty much any high street travel agent or online agent (Expedia, Ebookers, Opodo, etc.) which includes flights and hotels. However this is a money saving site so we can sometimes beat those package prices by booking flights and hotel room separately. Do your research and try out a variety of bookings: sometimes an all-in-one package (with Expedia, Ebookers, etc.) can work out cheaper than booking flights and hotel room separately, but the opposite can be true too.

    If you are booking in advance there might not be a deal for your hotel yet, but you should be able to get a reasonable idea of prices by looking at current deals. Factors such as public holidays, sporting events (particularly boxing) and big conventions can increase the price of hotel bookings (see further down).

    ESTA

    You will need to obtain an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) to board a flight to the USA. You can find info and apply for an ESTA here. ESTAs used to be free, but now cost $14 per person. Before booking you should check that you qualify for entry to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). An ESTA lasts for 2 years (no matter how often you travel), or until your passport expires, whichever comes first.

    Read the MSE guide to ESTAs.

    FLYING DIRECT

    You can fly direct to Las Vegas from the UK:


    • British Airways operates direct flights to Las Vegas from London Heathrow (LHR), as do American, Finnair and Iberia
    • British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic also have Las Vegas flights taking off from Gatwick (LGW)
    • Virgin Atlantic and Thomas Cook Airlines operate direct 2019 flights to Las Vegas from Manchester (MAN)


    Upgrade at the airport: it is unlikely that you will be able to upgrade your booking from Economy to Premium Economy, or Premium Economy to Upper Class. However it is not unheard of: well-dressed, polite requests are more likely to be successful, after all you won't lose anything by asking. However a more active frequent flyer/membership status is more likely to result in success.

    FLYING INDIRECT

    Flying indirect (i.e. with a stop over / change at another airport) often works out cheaper than direct flights.

    Should you consider flying indirect there are many choices available, and far too many to cover here, but please be sure you know what you are letting yourself in for. Flying times are 12 hours+ involving 'changing' at another airport during the journey (for example Amsterdam or Atlanta).

    To save money, you can also consider flying to Los Angeles. The drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas is a very simple simple journey (265 miles), so it might be worth checking out flights to Los Angeles + cost of car hire/drive to Las Vegas (see the Car Hire & Driving post further down the page).

    Getting a good fare is not straightforward, factors which can see you getting that good fare are:


    • Flexibility: be prepared to travel mid week not at the weekends like everyone else.
    • Preparation: look into you flight upto 11 months before you fly if you can.
    • Time of year: most Brits like to take holidays June-September.
    • Research: asking advice to regular posters on this site.
    • Risk: great fares can be had if you a prepared to wait till very close to your chosen dates.
    • Airline Sales and Offers: airlines know when people start thinking about booking trips, keeping very regular tabs on the airlines websites for sales and fare reductions is a good idea. Some airlines offer reduced fares for frequent flyers and members of there flying clubs. MSE members have found good fares by booking before Christmas for the following year: when Christmas is over lots of people start planning their holidays.


    Useful flight price comparison websites:
    Skyscanner.net
    Google flights

    ARRIVAL

    Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is pretty much next to The Strip, only about a 3 mile drive.

    • Shuttle Buses operate to all the main hotels
    • Taxi is by far the most popular way to get to your hotel though. You can find a good estimate of the fare to your hotel here
    • Uber or Lyft are good MSE alternatives to licensed taxis. If you've not used Uber or Lyft before, they usually offer introductory credit, so your ride may be even cheaper!


    MSE TIP: Generally, ask the taxi driver to "NOT take the tunnel" - this is a route which is slightly longer and therefore more costly. However for some hotels, this can be a more efficient route, taking into account traffic, etc.
    Last edited by dan28; 08-01-2019 at 2:23 PM. Reason: fixed broken links
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