Yes, it is easy to connect flights through Las Vegas!

For airline passengers who aren't headed to gamble on Las Vegas' iconic Strip but are passing through Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), the city's primary transportation hub, making a connecting flight is easy.

The airport is relatively small, with only two terminals and plenty of signage and transportation options to get you to the right gate. The good news, especially for those who might experience fear of missing out when in Las Vegas, NV, but not actually in Vegas, is that the airport has its own gambling spots. There's nothing like a round of slots before boarding your next flight.

Formerly McCarran International Airport, the airport is located just a few miles from the Strip. It offers flights through domestic airlines like Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, JetBlue, and Allegiant air, and offers international flights with British Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Aeromexico, and others. In the typical style of Las Vegas, Nevada, the airport is home to thousands of gambling machines, including slot machines and poker.

Airport Terminals

There are four concourse areas and two terminals in LAS: Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The terminals are housed in separate buildings, each with its own parking, check-in area and baggage claim. Terminal 1 is primarily domestic airlines, like Delta and Southwest, while Terminal 3 is mostly international airlines, such as Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic. Terminal 3 is also home to a few domestic airlines since it's the bigger terminal. A complimentary shuttle service runs ‌between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 every 12 to 15 minutes‌. Look for signs with the LAS logo outside each terminal in the ground transportation area on Level Zero. Be sure to give yourself enough time to catch the shuttle when transferring between terminals.

Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 each use LAS Trams to connect to some of the gates from the terminal area. Terminal 1's tram delivers passengers to the C and D gates, while Terminal 3's tram travels to the D gates. Check your boarding pass for your flight's gate, and use the airport map to help navigate there correctly. Signs are clearly marked throughout the airport, so it's not tricky to find your way. The trams come frequently and are short rides, but take that time into consideration when planning a connection.

Making Connections

While there is plenty of direct flight traffic from places like Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) as travelers flock to the casinos of the Las Vegas Strip, there is plenty of connecting travelers.

While Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK) airports often offer direct flights, there is a good chance that you’ll have to make a connection on your way to the casinos of the Las Vegas Strip. If you are connecting to a flight on the same airline and you have checked baggage, it won't be necessary to transfer between terminals. Simply look on one of the automated "Departures" boards for your next flight and head to the new gate. Passengers flying on a different airline need to check if the second flight heads out of a different terminal. If so, use the shuttle bus to transfer from one terminal to the other. Checked bags should be transferred to the next flight automatically; however, it's best to ensure that you don't need to grab them at baggage claim before heading to the other terminal.

Passengers must re-enter TSA security when moving from one terminal to the other. Each terminal has separate security checkpoints, so it's necessary to be screened whenever you enter Terminal 1 or Terminal 3. Be sure to have your new boarding pass and ID ready to go. Most airlines accept mobile boarding passes, so it's easy to keep track of each boarding pass when on connecting flights. If you don't have cellphone service or you can't load your boarding pass, head to the airline's check-in desk to print out a new boarding pass before security.

Passing Time

Besides the gambling opportunities, LAS is a well-equipped airport, especially for those who need to kill some time during a layover. Log in for free Wi-Fi in all public areas, or head to one of the airline lounges to unwind. There is lots of shopping and dining in both terminals, with quick sit-down eats like California Pizza Kitchen and Chili's at the ready. Pick up a drink at one of the bars, including the Jose Cuervo Tequileria or the Stella Artois Bar.


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