Delta/Northwest matches rivals fares on Los Angeles – Las Vegas route; Southwest not noticeably cheaper

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Source: Las Vegas McCarran

This week Delta/Northwest returns to the Los Angeles – Las Vegas market bringing to five the number of carriers operating on the route. According to OAG data American and Northwest both operate three daily flights, United and US Airways both operate six daily flights while Southwest has 13-14 daily departures in each direction.

This week’s farewatch looks at the cost of a return flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back, assuming that the passenger wants to stay away for two nights. This could correspond to a long business trip or a short weekend break.

Chart: Return fares
Source: aviationanalytics.com via QL2, www.southwest.com
Green shaded areas are Saturdays and Sundays. All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Fares shown are the cheapest available regardless of time of travel and include all taxes. These cheapest fares are remarkably similar for all airlines across all of July. Fares dip slightly if booked at least one, two or three weeks in advance. American with only three daily flights has a spike on each of the next four Fridays which would correspond to those wanting a weekend break in Las Vegas. What may be surprising is that legendary ‘low-fare’ carrier Southwest is not significantly cheaper than its ‘legacy’ rivals on this route.


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