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CES 2012 and LAS – Las Vegas McCarran Airport Express Bus

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

CES 2012 Las Vegas

Quickaid’s in Las Vegas for the International Consumer Electronics Show “CES 2012”.  Here, the gadget and computer world gathers every January to showcase technology and innovation in thousands of products from some 2700 companies exhibiting here.   This will be QuickAid’s only post from CES 2012 – most of the coverage is over at Technology Report.

One of the challenges in Las Vegas is getting to and from the airport.  Taxi service can be slow and is fairly expensive given the short distances, where the shuttles are reasonably priced at about $5-7 per trip but can take up to an hour depending on traffic and where you are heading.   The airport shuttles generally wait until they are full to go, and then must stop at each venue to drop off the passengers and unload their luggage.

However there’s a fairly new option in LAS service from both the strip and downtown and it’s the “Express Bus” or SDX.   These new speedy double deckers appear to go directly to and from the airport, although I’m still having some trouble confirming exactly how this works.  The signs suggest the bus goes right into McCarran but some of the online info says you’ll need to transfer at the SSTT or “south side transfer terminal”.    I’ll figure this out when I leave town on Friday and post more here.


LAS Airport, Las Vegas McCarran Baggage Claim CES-2010-LasVegas 394

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

LAS Airport, Las Vegas McCarran Baggage Claim CES-2010-LasVegas 394
Originally uploaded by JoeDuck

McCarran Airport in Las Vegas offers some of the smoothest transitions from bags to ground transportation. Take the $7 shuttle to the strip if alone, but if 2 or more probably best to use a taxi for $14-$20 depending on your hotel location. Mandalay Bay, New York New York, Luxor, Excalibur, Tropicana, Hooters, MGM and more are at the McCarran end of the strip while Circus Circus and Stratosphere are at the North End. Wynn, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, CityCenter (Mandarin Oriental, Vdara, Aria) are basically near the Center of the strip though you should always orient yourself with the strip before a trip to Vegas.

Do note that the Shuttle times seem to depend a lot on several factors such as wait time at the Airport which can be as much as 15+ minutes while the shuttles wait for more people and also the location of your hotel on the strip. I suspect but I’m not sure that drivers also tend to drop folks off sooner at the higher end hotels all other things equal.

Walking is almost out of the question for distance (2+ miles to center strip) and security reasons (route is tricky, route is not really designed for walking safely, few other people around).

More Great Fares from Allegiant

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009
Although service is very limited in terms of days and markets, Allegiant offers some amazing fares to and from Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Mesa Arizona.

Here’s an email from them about a special deal:

Offer valid between Los Angeles (LAX) to/from the following markets:
Bellingham, Wash.
begins May 2
Grand Junction, Colo.
begins May 1
Northwest Arkansas (XNA)
begins May 22
Billings, Mont.
begins May 22
McAllen, Texas
begins May 24
Sioux Falls, S.D.
begins May 23
Des Moines, Iowa
begins May 24
Medford, Ore.
begins May 1
Springfield, Mo.
begins May 3
Fargo, N.D.
begins May 23
Missoula, Mont.
begins May 2
Wichita, Kan.
begins May 23
Allegiant Air Home Page
*Allegiant’s $15* one-way fares are extremely limited, are not be available on all flights and are non-refundable. Must be purchased between 3 a.m. PDT and 6 p.m. PDT April 15, 2009 for complete travel by Sept. 30, 2009. Valid only on nonstop flights to/from Los Angeles International Airport to/from select cities. Prices do not include PFC, segment tax or Sept. 11 security fee of up to $10.60 per segment. A segment is one take-off and one landing. A convenience fee of $13.50 per passenger will apply when booked on A convenience fee of $13.50 per passenger, plus $10 per segment, will apply when purchased through Allegiant Air call centers. When purchased at time of booking, a fee of $15 for first checked bag and $25 for second checked bag will apply per person, per segment. If purchased at flight check-in, a fee of $25 for the first checked bag and $35 for the second checked bag per person, per segment will apply. In all cases additional higher fees will apply for three or more checked bags. Fare rules, routes and schedules are subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets.
This is a post-only mailing from Allegiant Air.
Please do not attempt to respond to this message.
Allegiant Air
8360 S. Durango Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89113

Top 20 USA Hotels ranked by most rooms…

Saturday, October 6th, 2007 has a showcase of the USA’s top 20 hotels in terms of the number of rooms. As you’d expect most are in Las Vegas, but remarkable to me is that only 3 of the top 20 are outside of Las Vegas, and I think all of those 17 were on the Las Vegas Strip.

The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, with over 5000 rooms, is the largest in the USA.

Las Vegas Airport – LAS

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airportis the key gateway to the city of Las Vegas, one of the world’s top travel destinations. For more about travel in the city of Las VegasThe McCarran website is a fairly good one as Airport websites go with a fairly simple layout, but is burdened by an odd navigation scheme. Here are some links to relevant travel information at the Las Vegas Airport website “”

Airport Guide

Ground Transportation

Dining Guide – McCarran Airport

Flight Information
(usually best to go directly to your Airline website for specific Airline and flight info)

Click here for more information about Las Vegas Travel