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Super early or super late flight?

Discussion in 'Getting There & Getting Around' started by sco5123, Jun 14, 2012.

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  1. sco5123

    sco5123 VIP Whale

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    For the past couple of trips, I have been leaving on flights that get into las vegas at 10pm, and I am not too fond of it. But waking up at 4am is just not so nice, even though I like arriving in Las Vegas around 10am BESt!

    What do you pick between these two?
     
  2. raraavis

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    we always choose the earlier flights, even though that usually means spending more because the buses don't run early enough to get to the airport for 7am or earlier flights, so we have to take a car service ($60 extra at least!)! but it's worth it to get into vegas earlier :thumbsup:
     
  3. Joe

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    Usually mornings unless there is a big price difference.
    SWA has a 9:30 AM & 12:30 PM from our airport, both are non-stop and I guess my preference is the 9:30 which arrives in Vegas at 11:30 AM. That requires us to get up around 5 AM to get the dog to the kennel and then drive to the airport.

    I also don't like to be late or rushed, so we always are at the airport 2 hrs ahead of time. Also leaves time for a [STRIKE]cheap[/STRIKE] airport beer. :beer:
     
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  4. nostresshere

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    I like early so we can still make it a day. Hate getting up so early, but what the hell - we're going to Vegas! Arriving before the "official checkin time", we are about 80% getting rooms. And even when we do not - we check bags and hit the bar.
     
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    I fly from the east coast and I love an early flight out and arriving in LV between 10:00am and Noon. That means being at the airport 4-5 am, leaving the house an hour before that, and usually a short night of sleep, if not just a nap. However, that gives me a full day to get to the hotel, unpack, grab a meal and sometimes taking a quick nap. I go exploring, getting munchies and drinks etc.. By the end of the day it is a struggle to stay awake but when I crash, I get a good night's sleep and get accustomed to Pacific time.On the way back I like to take an afternoon flight back which alows me to sleep late in the am, get a leisurely breakfast and get to the airport without having to rush. The rest of the day is all on the plane since flying east I lose 3 hours. I guess it's what works for you and since I'm an early riser, I cannot see arriving late in LV only to enjoy a few hours and then go to bed. Of course, if you are a night person, the opposite would be true so I guess it's what works for you personally.

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  6. Bruinfan1

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    1. Consider jet lag if you're flying in from the east. A 1 AM PT (4 AM ET) start is likely unwise. A 1 AM ET arrival (10 PM PT) is unpleasant, but sets you up for the rest of the week. Vice versa leaving Vegas of course.

    2. If you're getting ready for 8 PM dinners, 10 PM shows, and late night sightseeing, why would you want to start your first day @ 4 AM? It may be comfortable and fit your "work" schedule, but it doesn't seem to line up with your vacation schedule. More so in summer (when the day is very hot); perhaps less so in winter (when you can better justify turning in early).

    I understand the challenge of working all day, getting on a plane and getting into an airport late, tired, trying to figure out where you're going and having zero patience for any inconvenience. Feeling a bit silly paying for a hotel room and spending exactly zero minutes enjoying the city you're in that day. But there are some good reasons to arrive in Vegas late.

    Right answer: try both and see what you're dislike least. Personal preference outweighs all of the good advice above.
     
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    i never plan anything for my first day that requires me to be somewhere at a specific time. you just never know when you'll be delayed along the way. besides, i don't think she was asking for advice; i'm pretty sure she just curious about everyone else's personal preference....:peace:
     
  8. crussader

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    On my first trip to Vegas I made the mistake (for me) of booking an early flight to maximize my time in town. I am not a morning person so I was concerned about not getting up in time to make my flight. That left me up tossing and turning the whole night before hand. Cosequently, I arrived in town early in the morning and facing a long day on no sleep.
     
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    On my trips I typically take Friday and Monday off from work. This means I can either leave late Thursday night or Friday morning. The former gets me to town late and possibly tired, but I'm ready to hit the town on Friday earlier than I would if I waited until Friday to travel. It's a no brainer for me, especially if Thursday night is comped.
     
  10. Nevyn

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    I'm trying to avoid picking either when I can.

    If I can't, I'd usually rather do 10pm, but that is based on usually having a comp room, so an extra night isn't so tough.

    In the old days I would arrive in vegas (from detroit) at 8am and fly back out on a redeye (arriving 6am EST next morning) to maximize vegas time relative to hotel nights and get cheap flights. Fun, but some pretty rough travel days
     
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    Back when we were still working 3-11 PM, we would take the redeye back home. We got back to the house around 7 AM, slept for a few hours and then went to work. Felt like crap all day, but what the hell, we were getting paid, rather than feeling like crap at home.:thumbsup:
     
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    Early flight because the majority of the time they will let you go ahead and checkin. If not, you can always check your baggage then go to the casino til your room is ready.
     
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    I always prefer late flights because that means I don't need to take vacation that day.
     
  14. ken2v

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    Flying w/b I always opt for an early flight; gives you pretty much the whole day in your destination.
     
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    I always pick a flight that arrives in the afternoon. Don't have to wake up early, but arrive in time for a nice dinner.
     
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    Personal preference obviously rules this thread; and unless lopsided prices or other logistics get in the way, I go for the first flight of the day. That gets me into Vegas around 10 AM – almost a full day. I'm a morning person anyway, and leaving for the airport before 6 avoids most of Atlanta's notorious rush-hour traffic and gives me an hour in Delta's Sky Club before boarding.

    Coming back, I usually try for an early afternoon flight. If I've lost, I'm more than ready to go; and if I've had a winning trip, I don't want to risk giving much back in the final hours. Besides, after a week or more, I'm usually anxious to get back to whatever passes for "normal." With a 3-hour time change, the last day is pretty much wasted.

    That said, I've taken late evening flights to Vegas and redeye returns many times, they're just not my preference. I particularly hate being "homeless" until departure; though if I still have a room and can get a little rest before leaving, I'm fine. Otherwise I find redeyes pure hell!
     
  17. Nevyn

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    Not just preference but travel details.

    I have a 2 hr drive to the nearest airport with a direct flight, am meant to arrive 2hrs before takeoff, and there's a 3 hour time difference on a 4 hour flight. That means that for me, the early flights mean I'm getting up at 2am. Which for me usually just means I'm staying up.

    Likewise, the rooms I stay in are cheap so unless I'm hard up for vacation days, I can just add another day to the trip if I'm going to arrive late.
     
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    When I lived in the states I would prefer a mid to late morning flight out if I was taking vacation time. I want as many full days as possible. When I lived in southern New Mexico I could get a SWA nonstop out of El Paso at 1000 and get in at 1040. By the time I got my bags and took a taxi to the hotel I never had issues checking into my room. Return flight left at 1120 and land at 1400 so those were great times for me.

    When I lived in Iowa I had a group of friends I went with over Memorial Day weekend. SWA was not an option and Allegiant had limited days it flew. I usually was on United connecting in Denver. I would try for late morning/early afternoon arival. Departing I would shoot for a 0700 departure and just stay up all night before my flight. I would sleep on the plane and when I got home.

    My trip in 3 weeks has me concerned a little. I leave Frankfurt at 1215 local time and land at 1505. 11 hours and 50 minutes of flight time and -9 hours of time change. My goal is to get some sleep on the flight and just try and power through to midnight the first night and sleep heavy.

    This is my first flight over 8 hours. For the people who fly these long hauls any tips?
     
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    Don't drink alcohol. Hydrate. Get some shuteye on the plane. Move around between catnaps.
     
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    I always take the first flight out of MDW, which is 6:00a (or 6:40a depending on the time of year). I figure like this:

    1. In case there are delays due to crews, weather, etc. I have a better chance of getting out early than having a late flight and it getting canceled to the next day.

    2. The airport (and flight) tend to be less crowded early morning.

    3. I can sleep on the plane and be raring to go once I touch down.

    4. I like to maximize the time during my weeks in Vegas, so full days there are important.
     
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