We’ve made a few early am getaways and generally recommend them. If you’re flight is at 6 am, that means you can stay out partying that night til 4 am or so--then all that’s left for you to do is grab your bag, hop a taxi and pass out on the plane. It’s much better than a 10 am flight which gives you an hour or two to sleep, which is one million times worse than if you had no sleep at all.
A few words of caution:
1. Pack before you go out for the night. Amateur mistake not to. You’ll always forget something if you do it when you’re buzzed and running late (because who can tell time when she’s drunk?).
2. Call to see if your flight is still leaving. True story: last time we flew home from Vegas our 6:15 a.m. flight was canceled. We had to wait four hours at the McCarren airport for the next flight. Drunk. Alone. Tired. It wasn’t pretty. And according to NY Mag, it's likely to happen again, at least if you're flying to NYC.
3. Try to buy smart snacks/a meal at the airport. Because you know when you’re hungover, you know there’s nothing like a greasy breakfast to make you feel better. Even if you’re not hungry, buy a bagel or muffin for the flight. Trust us. Yet another true story: on a flight from Miami to LA we woke up from our alcohol-induced slumber after a night at the Delano to find the only snacks we had purchased were Peanut M&M's and Crispy M&M's (We ate the Peanut ones--more protein, natch!)
Got any early am travel advice to share?