Yes, I just said that Las Vegas can be a great place to visit if you are on a budget!
I have been able to visit a few times over the last few years on a budget of less than $1,000, so it is possible. Many people think that Las Vegas has to be super expensive, but that is just plain wrong.
Yes, it can be extremely expensive. You could spend $100,000 on a bottle of alcohol if you wanted to. However, you can also experience the city on a much smaller budget if you wanted to.
Here are my tips to do Las Vegas on a Budget.
Price check hotels.
Hotels in Las Vegas can easily be a few hundred a night. However, if you check around, you can save a lot of money. You should try to compare prices between discount booking sites (such as Expedia) and directly on the hotel’s website.
Also, there are cheaper hotels on The Strip. Hotels such as The Flamingo, Circus Circus, Monte Carlo and others often have amazing deals, you just have to look for them.
Also, if you don’t want to stay on the Strip, you can usually find better deals off the Strip such as on Fremont Street. There are often deals on hotel rooms at less than $100 a night.
Travel during a slow week.
In Las Vegas, there is almost always something going on – it could be a holiday weekend, a fight night, a convention week, or something else. If you can pick a week where nothing is really going on, then you can usually find much cheaper hotel stays and everything else.
For example, staying a hotel on the night of a fight may cost $400, whereas a non-fight night may only be $150. That is a huge difference, and you probably don’t even care about the fight!
Have a rewards card.
If you don’t have a rewards card for the hotel chain that you plan on staying at, I recommend that you try getting one before you leave for your trip. If you have a casino near you, then it may be in the same chain as the hotel you are staying at (such as if you have a Harrah’s near where you live). This can save you a lot of money such as 10% on select purchases, cutting the check in line (and these can be LONG – I’m talking an hour or more longer just to check into your hotel room), waiving of certain hotel fees, and more.
A casino/hotel rewards card may even give you comped rooms if you are active enough, which can be a big savings. I have seen many people get weekday rooms for free or extremely discounted very easily.
Do the $20 trick.
Have you ever heard of the $20 trick? This is when you slip a $20 bill between your license and your credit card when you check into your hotel. You then ask the employee if they have any upgrades available. This can be a cheap way to get a nicer room for cheap!
Stay tuned for Part 2!
How do you try to save money when you are in Las Vegas?
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