However, there are some differences with the LAS-LAX flights than with other Virgin America flights throughout the country.
First off, the flight is so short (about an hour) that the food ordering system through the seatback TVs is not in service. Instead, the crew came through the aisle with complimentary bottled water and cranberry juice. Also, because of the short flight time, the WiFi does not work.
Despite all that, the experience of flying into Las Vegas has been majorly updated. Usually we fly Southwest which goes out of an older terminal at LAX to a seemingly older one at LAS where you're greeted by the sight of folks taking hits of oxygen at the oxygen bar and confusion about how to get to baggage claim. Do you need to take the tram or could you walk? (Take the tram, it's quicker.)
But with Virgin America, we have the option of killing time at LAX inside their new LOFT Lounge (free for elite members of their loyalty program or $40 a day). Then, upon landing in Vegas, we're inside the large new terminal at McCarran Airport where everything is shiny and new (even though it looks like a giant food court) and there's plenty of room for people to spread out. It's almost as if we're flying into the Vegas of the rather near future which we talked about the other day.
Hmmm... when we think about it this way, we might actually miss our old Southwest flights and the people getting high at the oxygen bar. But, since Virgin America now flies to all the other cities we visit on a regular basis (SF, Fort Lauderdale, NYC and Newark, NJ), we'll be racking up more frequent flier miles (actually called Elevate points) with them more than any other airline.
Virgin America flies from LAX to LAS three times a day. Flight times are 11:30 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. and 7 p.m. out of Los Angeles and 1:20 p.m., 5:05 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. out of Las Vegas. Flights are higher on the weekends (around $166 and up), but we found tickets in the middle of the week for $59 each way.
[Disclosure: We flew from LAX to LAS as guests of Virgin America, but all opinions here are our own.]