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Friday, July 3rd 2015

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Abbotsford to Las Vegas - $197 to $225 roundtrip including taxes | Oct, Nov, Dec

WestJet just announced a new route, introducing non-stop flights between Abbotsford (YXX) and Las Vegas starting in October 2015.

As is sometimes the case when WestJet (or any airline) starts a new route, there's some great prices to help fill the plane.

It looks like Thu-Sun flights in October, November, and early December are currently priced at $225 CAD, roundtrip including taxes.

Sun-Thu flights are slightly cheaper, at $197.

Let's see how that compares to the other 2 choices a person from Vancouver would in terms of non-stop flights to Vegas:

(prices from Bellingham are converted to $CAD)

Vancouver (YVR) to Las Vegas (YVR)

Current bottom price for Thu-Sun flights in Oct/Nov/Dec : $428 (Air Canada Rouge)

Current bottom price for Thu-Sun flights in any of the next 12 months: $376 in July/August (Air Canada Rouge)

Bellingham (LAS) to Las Vegas (YVR)

Current bottom price for Thu-Sun flights in Oct/Nov/Dec : $237 + nickle and dime fees (Allegiant )

Current bottom price for Thu-Sun flights in any of the next 12 months: $237 + nickle and dime fees (Allegiant )

Allegiant does sometimes slash their prices into the $100s, but that's typically for the weekday flights (eg: Mon-Thu).

Overall, it's a pretty great introductory price, comparable in price to flying out of Belingham, without the border crossing, and, well, Allegiant.

How to find and book these flights

You can either go to WestJet.com and search, or start with a search like this on Google Flights...


... and then click the little bar graph icon below the return date. Browse the available date combinations and click through from Google Flights to WestJet's website to complete the booking.

Update 1 @ 10:45 AM PST - Prices already seem to be creeping up. All of the Thu-Sun flights were $225 when I first posted this. Now Nov 19-22 and Dec 03-06 are the only ones still showing this price. The rest seem to be hovering between $238 and $249.

Update 2 @ 10:49 PM PST - Nov 19-22 now seems to be the cheapest Thu-Sun flight remaining, at $249.

Update 3 @ 8:05 AM PST - WestJet just loaded some more Abbotsford (YXX) - Las Vegas (LAS) flights for $190 CAD roundtrip including taxes AND they're Thursday-Sunday flights ! To find them, go directly to WestJet.com and search for Thu-Sun flights in December. (It looks like these can actually be had for $165 CAD if you purchase them through Priceline, see Update 4 below)

screenshot of Dec 03 to Dec 06 :

Update 4 @ 8:14 AM PST - If you purchase these through Priceline.com they can be had for $135 USD which will work out to $168 CAD after exchange when using a Canadian credit card.

Note: You may need to specify that you want Priceline to display prices in $USD, and not $CAD. When they are displayed in $CAD, they will come up as $195 CAD. $135 USD is a better deal. Even after your credit card adds their 3% foreign exchange fee it should still work out to $168 CAD total that is charged to your credit card. If you look at the top right of the Priceline website you'll see a way to set the currency if you need to.

screenshot from Priceline.com (Dec 03 - Dec 06)

Other Thursday-Sunday date combinations that are coming up as $135 USD / $168 CAD on Priceline.com

Oct 29 - Nov 01 -- Halloween in Vegas anyone? Oct 31 is a Saturday this year.
Nov 05 - 08
Nov 12 - 15
Nov 19 - 22
Nov 26 - 29
Dec 10 - 13
Dec 17 - 20

Remember: These are from Abbotsford (YXX) ... not Vancouver (YVR) :)

Update 5 - May 9 @ 9:40 AM PST - The prices seem slightly higher today. Most date combinations on Priceline are showing at somewhere between $148 and $161 USD roundtrip including taxes.

Update 6 - May 22 @ 10:00 AM PST - Some more dates have opened up for this deal, including over New Years! Try Dec 31 to Jan 03 on Priceline.

screenshot from Priceline.com

Many other dates in December and April are now available too! Here are just some examples...

Dec 20 (Sun) - 24 (Thu)
Dec 24 (Thu) - 27 (Sun)
Dec 27 (Sun) - Jan 3 (Thu)
Jan 7 (Thu) - 10 (Sun)
Feb 25 (Thu) - 28 (Sun)
March 10 (Thu) - 13 (Sun)
Mar 17 (Thu) to 20 (Sun) - St. Paddy's Day in Vegas... madness.
April 7 (Thu) - 10 (Sun)

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