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Big-name carrier pricing varies when it comes to economy traveling. While certain airlines may offer cheap flights to Las Vegas, others may offer better accommodations for a little more money. Some may offer cheap flights but charge for luggage, where others could offer a great deal for minors traveling solo or a variety of options for traveling pets.

To give you an idea, here are the domestic airlines that offer flights to and from Vegas at various times throughout the day and their guest accommodations, listed in order of what we found to be the cheapest way to get to Las Vegas.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines LogoWith a month’s notice and depending on where you’re coming from, Southwest was among the cheapest flights if you’re traveling to Las Vegas for a week and leaving on a Thursday. The cheapest you could get your round trip ticket for is $209, as of 2011.  If you have issues with tickets for kids this airline is the flight for you. If luggage is something you can’t seem to skimp on, this is the airline for you.

Bags:
Only allowed 1 baggage 50 pounds or less free, but anything over 50 pounds $50 fee.

Food:
Non-alcoholic drinks and small snacks are complimentary, meals are not offered.

Pets:
Small Dogs or Cats $75 each way. (no large animals)

Minor traveling:
Ages 5-11 are considered an unaccompanied miner (um), charged $50 each way when accompanied by an adult 12+.
Air Tran

Airtran LogoWith a month’s notice and leaving for a week on a Thursday, Air Tran offered the best deal to and from Las Vegas through its online booking option. As of 2011, if decided to go a round trip to Las Vegas through air tran airways the cost is $244 up to 6 days max prior to your date, then prices vary from $284-$446 in 7 days or more.

Bags:
It takes 30-45 minutes for baggage check so air tran airways suggest you be there 90 minutes prior to departure. First baggage is $20 is under or minimum of 50 pounds second is $25, and any baggage after is $50.

Food:
Beverages are complimentary, but premium beverages, such as juice water and milk are $2, meals are not offered.

Pets:
Small dogs, cats and birds are accepted, but must be in ventilated carrier on both sides and must be leak-free. For the round trip on pets it cost $69, and they do count as a "baggage" for you.

Minor traveling:
Children under the age of 12 have a fee of round trip costing $118, but if two minors travel together, the cost still stays the same as you were paying for one.
Spirit Airlines

Spirit AirlinesFor a weeklong trip to Las Vegas and leaving on a Thursday with a month’s notice, Spirit didn’t do too badly in our search for cheap flights. In 2011, spirit airlines flights raise from $300-$400 for a round flight, but check in is 3 hours prior to make sure you get there early before any of the cluster comes in.

Bags:
First bag is free, second bag is $15 if you're a member and $25 for non-members, but the first bag to hit 30 pounds over the max of 50, is charged $50 automatically.

Food: Snacks and beverages are complimentary, meals are not available.

Pets:
Small pets are allowed for the fee of $200 round trip.

Minor traveling:
Provide supervision for minor traveling in ages 5-11, not accepted towards many children under the age of 2.
Northwest Airlines, Delta and U.S. Airways

NWA, Delta & US AirwaysThese 3 airlines all brought in roughly the same results for roundtrip flights to and from Las Vegas with a month’s notice and leaving on a Thursday. In 2011, the round trip flight ranges from $300-$450, they give good deals and seem more acceptable towards pets, they do ask you be present 1 hour prior to departure.

Bags:
The first bag for the flight is free, second bag is $50, any over weight bag exceeding the max pounds, 51-70 is $90, and 71-100 is $175. On these airlines, they allow passengers to have a max of 10 bags but only 4 are able to travel on same flight.

Food:
Snacks are complimentary, meals rage from $3-$8, all varies by what the choice in food decision-making may be.

Pets:
All family household pets are allowed, but pets must be at least 8 weeks old, no exception. They all must fit comfortably underneath the seats in a kennel, $125 one-way, so $250 round trip.

Minor traveling:
There will be a service assistant for children ages 5-14, there is a $100 fee, and it applies up to 4 children.
Continental and American Airlines

American Airlines & Continental AirlinesNeither of these 2 airlines had the best deals on flights in 2011, but both seemed to follow the same trends as other popular carriers.

Bags:
If arrived 4 hours early before flight, you are unable to check bags at that point, and the minimum time frame to be there and get baggage checked is 45 minuets before departing. 1st bag is free, 2nd is $25, any extra baggage after that is automatically $50.

Food:
Beverages and snacks are complimentary, besides alcoholic beverages, which are $6 and and extra $2 with sprinter. Meals range from $4-$8.

Pets:
$250 for pets round trip, unless you would like just a one-way type flight, its $125. Only one pet is allowed per passenger, and the pet must be 8 weeks or older.

Minor traveling:
Airline supervision is required for children travelers ages 5-14 yers old. There is a fee of $100 per child.

All the listed airlines provide luggage, pet, food, minor traveling and seating details and restrictions on their Web sites. A two-bag carry-on rule applies to all. And every listed carrier offers cash beverages. Upon booking be sure to review offered accommodations either online or over the phone before getting to the airport. There is much to be read in the fine print.

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