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Budget or No-Frills Airlines

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1. Posted by zanif (Full Member 113 posts) 10y

Can anyone tell me any budget or no-frills airlines in USA? Particularly the ones that travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
Narrow it down to the cheapest and the best airlines.


2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Frankly, for the distance between LA and Vegas, I'd think you're better taking a bus. It's only 250 miles between them, and should only take 4-5 hours. Given the amount of time needed to do security checks and get to and from the airport and everything, that's about the amount of time you'd spend trying to fly there.

The bus is around $20 one way, or $35 return.

If you REALLY want to fly, check out America West or Southwest.

3. Posted by MikeW (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

I ditto the choice of Southwest or America West. Keep in mind that America West brought US Air and changed it's name to that airline. So you can look under US Air.

Having said that I go to Vegas all the time and I absolutely hate to fly into McCarren airport. It's so big and crowded, especially on weekends that I think it's easier to just take a nice drive and have a car available.

If you do fly be aware that some hotels, such as MGM Grand, let you check in and get your key right at the airport. The cheapest taxi service are small vans that pick up a number of people and deliver them to their hotel for a fixed price. You'll see them right out the door of baggage claim. But some hotels have their own shuttle so check before arriving.

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 1, 2006 10:11 AM by MikeW ]

4. Posted by zanif (Full Member 113 posts) 10y

I've been checking the ticket prices of these so-called budget airlines on their websites and it seems to me that the prices are no different from commercial airlines. Aren't they supposed to be cheaper? Am I checking this correctly? Flight tix from LAS to LAX costs USD 249 to USD 429 one way per person, is this for real?

Here in Malaysia, budget airline ticket is at least RM 250 cheaper than commercial airlines tix. I'm a bit confused.

5. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Lots of competition in the USA as the regular commercial services compete with the budget airlines. It's hard to pick out just one airline that cheaper than all the others. Sometimes you get really amazing deal on the regular carriers - I once got a flight from Toronto to San Antonio for $150 return on Continental. Usually that flight goes for $500 or more!

Seriously, think about the bus. It's a MUCH better deal.

6. Posted by adv3nture (Budding Member 49 posts) 10y

The US doesn't really have any "budget" airlines in the traditional sense. What started out as budget airlines now compete head on with the commercial airlines such as Continental, Delta, etc.

Price wise they compete with each other so sometimes it is cheaper to fly with a "budget" airline such as Southwest, and sometimes it is cheaper to fly with a larger airline such as Delta.

It depends entirely on the route and the travel dates.

7. Posted by MikeW (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y

Checking 3rd party sites such as Travelocity or Orbitz can yield great discounts. I found a flight from LAX to Germany for around $857 on Lufthansa using one of these sites. The exact same flight at the airline web site was over $3100.

8. Posted by jonnydonny (Budding Member 23 posts) 10y

just been america and try travelocity for flights. seems the cheapest. didnt really think it was that cheap to fly paid £195 from ny to vegas return and £145 from vegas to san francissco.