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Do you prefer to Drive or Fly?

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Do you prefer to Drive or Fly?

For those that live in surrounding states where the drive is around 3-4 hours or so, LA in my case, do you guys prefer to drive or just take the short flight there? In my younger days, I use to enjoy the drive up there and being a college student without a ridiculous bankroll, every dollar saved could be spent on the actual gambling and drinking. As I'm growing older now and making some money, I feel like the time wasted driving could be used having fun. Is the drive through the desert overrated? Thoughts?

Edited: 17 October 2013, 17:59
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1. Re: Do you prefer to Drive or Fly?

Personally, I think flying from LA to Vegas is a waste of time. Most people will look at it as a 45 minute flight. I would look at is as the time needed to get to the airport, plus being there 90 minutes early and waiting, plus the 45 minute flight, plus the time to get off the airplane, thru the airport, getting in a cab and getting to the hotel. Depending on the origin and destination, flying would actually take longer.

Using your city as an example, it would be like someone flying from Jacksonville to Orlando. Some people absolutely hate driving and would fly that distance. Others hate flying, and would drive, no matter what.

The desert, well, would get boring. But so would nearly any route one takes over and over again!

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I don't live within driving distance so I don't have a choice, but if I lived with 4-5 hours, I would probably drive unless I got an amazingly cheap deal on the flight. The main reason is that flying has become such a hassle. You have to get to the airport, pay for parking (or get cab/ride) and go through security. Usually I get there an hour or so before, so then you wait and wait. Then you have the flight. Then you arrive and there is the time getting off the plane, collecting bags etc. It adds up to almost as much time. Plus if you fly you have to buy all those tiny bottles of liquids, put them in the plastic bags, take off your shoes and all that. If I drive I can take whatever I want.

Baltimore, Maryland
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Whenever my husband & I are planning a trip the first thing we consider is driving vs flying (assuming no large bodies of water are being crossed). If we can drive in 8 hours or less then we will drive. Eight hours is our tolerance unless we are planning a trip where driving is part of the adventure.

If I could drive to Vegas I would...every other month!

Kenosha, WI
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4. Re: Do you prefer to Drive or Fly?

I understand that you are asking this question for people that already live somewhat near Vegas, however, I will add my 2 cents worth anyway.

Considering the fact that from my home to my hotel in Vegas is about 6-7 hours (Assuming a non-stop flight from MKE), and also the fact that I always rent a car when in Vegas, I would take the option of driving if I lived less than 7 hours away from Vegas. The cost of the gas to and from Vegas should be considerably less than the cost of the flight and rental car, and would give me more money to put towards other things.

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5. Re: Do you prefer to Drive or Fly?

Why do you have Jacksonville if you live in LA?

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6. Re: Do you prefer to Drive or Fly?

I usually drive, but I mix it up, sometimes interstate, sometimes the back ways. I usually like to drive around Las Vegas a bit when there and get a better feel for the city. I always stop at Sam's Town for awhile and go downtown for a bit. Last time I took a while to check out Suncoast and a few little casinos along Boulder Highway.

There are times when I just want to take a quick two day trip and for those I fly JetBlue from Long Beach and a Belltrans shuttle to Harrah's or other strip property and just hang around the strip.

Roswell, New Mexico
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Just drove to Vegas from ABQ. My wife and I take turns, with her getting the last leg. On the last leg, Kingman to LV, I drink beer and smoke cigs readying myself for Vegas. The drive is around 9 hours. The way their is a blast: great conversations, reaffirming our love, and planning our days. On the way back is a longer drive of 9 hours. The cost is around $160 round trip in gas. We usually drive in the summer when we have more time. We will also drive for a spur-of-the-moment trip, as this last one was, due to flights costing around $1200 RT.

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Fly

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9. Re: Do you prefer to Drive or Fly?

We'd drive if we lived closer. Kind of like road trips, seeing the sights along the way and stopping for meals at fun, interesting restaurants. Because of the distance, we fly so we don't have to use so many precious vacation days driving.

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10. Re: Do you prefer to Drive or Fly?

Driving doesn't take much longer, and it leaves my schedule very flexible.