Free flights to Las Vegas: casino owner Derek Stevens gave away 2,000 one-way tickets
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The co-owner of D Las Vegas and Golden Gate announces the reopening of its resorts on June 4 by offering 1,000 one-way flights to Las Vegas from 24 US cities.
The 1,000 flights sold out in less than two hours and another 1,000 were added at 3 p.m. Wednesday. These flights were gone by 4:55 p.m., and there are no more thefts to add.
“We knew there was a great demand for Las Vegas, and seeing these flights sell out as quickly as they did is overwhelming and exciting,” Stevens said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. “Whether people decide to visit my casinos or explore other parts of the city, this is a strong indicator of how quickly Las Vegas can regain its former glory.”
Stevens’ flight plan is nicknamed “Keep America Flying”. It is simply an initiative to stimulate travel across the country, one free trip at a time.
“It’s a way for Las Vegas to be respectful of the airline ticket market,” Stevens said in a telephone conversation Wednesday morning. “The drive-in market is very important, but with what happened to the airlines, this industry has really been decimated. We wanted to come up with something that helps the American airline industry and helps support Las Vegas. “
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The campaign kicked off Wednesday morning on the D Las Vegas website. Flights are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Participating airlines include Allegiant, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines. Eligible cities and airports include Appleton, Wisconsin (ATW); Austin, Texas (AUS); Atlanta (ATL); Boise, Idaho (BOI); Chicago (ORD); Cincinnati (CVG); Dallas (DFW); Denver (DIA); Detroit (DTW); Knoxville, Tennessee (TYS); Louisville, Kentucky (SDF); Memphis, Tennessee (MEM); Milwaukee (MKE); Minneapolis (MSP); Oklahoma City (OKC); Omaha, Nebraska (OMA); Phoenix (PHX); Portland, Ore. (PDX); San Diego (SAN); San Francisco (OFS); Seattle (SEA); Sioux Falls, South Dakota (FSD); South Bend, Indiana (SBN); and Tulsa, Oklahoma (TUL).
Those who click for the D Las Vegas site will be put in touch with a Las Vegas concierge who will make the flight reservation. Obviously, Stevens prefers those who enter the campaign to stay at the D or the Golden Gate. But tourists can also book the flight and stay at another Vegas hotel. The offer does not extend to Stevens’ Circa under construction, which is scheduled to open in December.
“I’m happy if people want to stay with us, obviously,” Stevens said. “But at the same time, if they say, ‘I just want the flight. I stay at the Wynn, the Caesars or the Bellagio. It’s great too. We just have to get people to Las Vegas.
“McCarran Airport is the lifeblood of our community.
Stevens was in talks with the airlines on Tuesday night.
“We were able to book in bulk and were going late at night to book a few more towns,” Stevens said. “We do a lot of business with cities in the Midwest, with the D and the Golden Gate, so we wanted to touch that. But we wanted to get cities across the country that wanted to participate and that had flights. “
“We expect them to be booked fairly quickly,” Stevens said.
Stevens froze rates when demand was at its lowest. The prices Stevens paid for the flights are set, although demand is expected to increase following the June 4 reopening announcement.
When asked how much his company invested in the campaign, Stevens paused, then laughed, “I don’t want to go into specifics, but we got some really good deals.”
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An earlier version of this story said 700 flights were added at 3 p.m.