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Summer deal alert: Round-trip flights to Vegas from California starting at $78

April 29, 2022
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Southwest Airlines is offering some tempting fare prices to Las Vegas this summer. If you live on the West Coast or even in the Southwest, this is the time to start planning your summer vacation to the Vegas Strip. There is widespread availability for round-trip flights from various California cities for less than $100. If your travel schedule is rather flexible, you can find some routes for as low as $78.

Cities like Seattle and Salt Lake City even have routes that will cost you less than $200. And remember that Southwest gives you two free bags, so no worries about having to live out of a backpack.

The sale is for travel from May through November. And unlike most of these sales, there are a few routes on sale that include the July 4th holiday and Thanksgiving. Die-hard sports fans know that the long Thanksgiving holiday, with its loaded slate of NCAA and NFL football, is a fantastic weekend to be in Vegas.

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Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for making us aware of this latest deal. Its basic membership is available for $49 per year. The Elite tier option is available for $199 per year, and that provides you with access to deals on premium economy, business-class and first-class tickets.

Deal basics

Airline: Southwest.
Routes: Fresno, California; Los Angeles; Oakland, California; Salt Lake City; San Diego; San Francisco; Seattle; and other cities to Las Vegas.
How to book: Book directly through the airline at Southwest.com. No code is needed.
Travel dates: Availability from May through November, with the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving included on some routes.

Related: How to use the Southwest Companion Pass

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Sample flights

To book these fares, go to Southwest's website and start with the Low Fare Calendar page. Choose your departure city, set Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) as your destination, pick your preferred travel month and start searching for flights.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

We found lots of great prices from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Vegas all summer. Midweek trips can be had for $98 round-trip ($97.96 to be exact). Note that the cheapest flights are typically the earliest so if you're not an early bird, it may be worth spending a few more bucks for a later flight.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

This November itinerary from LA to Vegas costs $20 more, but still a nice discount.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

I'm a major Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) fan so I wanted to see if a flight out of the best little airport in America would save a few bucks. It turns out it would: There were numerous itineraries in the fall from Burbank to Vegas under $120. We even found one round-trip in October for only $88.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Vegas in October can be booked for only $98.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

Flights from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to the desert are also widely available for less than $100 round trip. We even found a few midweek itineraries for just $78.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

Fares from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Vegas are under $200, although availability for this route was rather limited.

(Screenshot from southwest.com)

Related: Book this, not that: Las Vegas points hotels

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases