Las Vegas continues to be one of the most affordable destinations in the United States, from most all home cities around the country. Package deals are offered frequently; meals and drinks are less expensive than many other parts of the country; and there are a myriad of things to see and do that don’t cost a dime. You don’t have to be a gambler to love Vegas. Las Vegas has something to offer most any traveler. Below are just a few ways to make your trip there more affordable:
1. Take advantage of the free attractions
Las Vegas is loaded with free attractions. You can see the nightly water and music presentation at the fountains in front of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. You can venture downtown to Fremont Street for the hourly electronic sound and light display and explore Las Vegas history at the Neon Museum nearby. You can indulge your chocolate craving at the Ethel M Chocolate Factory tour, located just outside of town. Or, you can marvel at the aquatic life on display at the 117,000-gallon aquarium at the Silverton Hotel. These are just a few of the free things to do in Las Vegas.
2. Sign up for the players clubs
Virtually all casinos have players clubs that reward casino players for their loyalty. And, you don’t have to be a high roller to reap the benefits. Even quarter slot players can qualify for free meals and other perks. Of course, it makes sense to concentrate all of your play at one casino to maximize the rewards, just like you do with grocery store reward programs. To sign up, check with the casino customer service desk before you drop that first quarter.
3. Book a package deal
Las Vegas packages abound from almost every region of the country and generally are a better price than if you book your airfare and hotel rooms separately. This is especially true if the package features a chartered flight. Not only are these flights more convenient (they are usually non-stop), but since everyone is headed on vacation, rather than a business meeting, they have a festive, jubilant air. In my part of the country, popular Las Vegas wholesalers include Funjet Vacations and Apple Vacations. Check the Sunday travel section or a travel booking site like Expedia or Orbitz for packages from your home city.
4. Travel mid-week
Las Vegas hotel rates rise dramatically on Saturday night. Arrive on Sunday or Monday and avoid this weekend surcharge. This applies even if you book a package deal. If you book your air and hotel separately, you’ll generally spend a little more on your flight, but you’ll more than make it up with the hotel prices. An added bonus: Vegas is less hectic on weekdays than on the weekend.
5. Get half price show tickets at Tix4tonight
Tix4tonight is to Las Vegas what the TKTS booth is to Times Square. With five locations in and around Las Vegas, this company offers same day tickets for up to 50 percent off of the face value to see revues and name entertainers all over town. They also often offer tickets to popular, otherwise sold out shows. Tix4tonight locations include the Fashion Show Mall, Circus Circus and the Four Queens in downtown Las Vegas.
How do you save money on your trips to Las Vegas?