We plan to visit Las Vegas and the S. Rim in April. Should be fly RT into Las Vegas or into Vegas and out of Phoneix?
It is cheaper to fly in and out of the same airport. Also, rental cars have a significant drop off fee for dropping off in a different location from the pick up. When I researched this particular route it was about an extra $100. Vegas has some good rates. I'd go in and out of Vegas. On the way back to Vegas you could swing through Valley of Fire if you have time. Interesting red rock formations.
With Southwest Airlines, it really does not matter if you book a RT or One Way. I looked at dates in April, it was withing $5 if you book RT in and out of Vegas or into Vegas, out of Phoenix. Also sign up for Ding! on the SW Airlines website. You get some great deals on flights!
Car rental fees may be what stops you from flying into one place, and departing out of another. Look at prices carefully.
I had family fly in a few years ago, they flew to Vegas, spent a few days there, saw the casinos, drove over the Hoover Dam, spent a few days at the Grand Canyon, then came down to Phoenix, and spent a few days visiting and seeing this area.
They flew on US Airways, and the flights were exactly the same price flying in/out of Vegas or in Vegas, out of Phoenix. And they didn't pay a dropoff fee for their rental car either. For most larger rental companies, Vegas and Phoenix are in the same zone, and they normally don't charge a fee.
I checked on Kayak to see if things had changed since last year with regard to renting in one location and dropping in another . I had researched this route extensively and make travel decisions due to price. All rental cars charged a fee to drop in another location in the month of April 08 and utilizing Las Vegas and Phoenix Airports. One company hid some of the fees and charged an extra 100 to rent the car as well as fees. The fees ranged from a low of 50 (for one of the highest priced companies) to over 200. Average was 100-130. These days you have to figure in the price of gas too before making a final decision. If you are not on a budget, great!
No dropoff charges between California and Nevada and between airportlocations in California and Arizona. Las Vegas-Phoenix also $ 100,-- fee.
Thanks to everyone for your help. The flight is not a cost issue due to SW, but the car could be an issue. I checked National and they don't list a drop off cost, but they show a 32 cents per mile (not unlimited mileage) if you rent in Las Vegas and return in Phoneix. I'll check other providers.
We did this last January. We flew into LV, drove to GC, then flew out of Phoeniz. The rental car company charged a $100 drop off fee. This came after months and months of research. The drop off charges didn't show up until the end of my booking.
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