Hubby and I just got back from a Las Vegas getaway. We had tons of fun, but we definitely suffered from sticker shock while we were there. Vegas is expensive! But don’t let that put you off the idea. There are lots of ways to save money on your next Las Vegas getaway.
Plan Your Las Vegas Stay During the Week
Weekday stays are significantly cheaper than weekends, so try to plan your Las Vegas getaway for mid-week if you can. Switching from a Friday to Sunday vacation to a Sunday to Tuesday trip can save you hundreds of dollars.
Work Around Large Convention Dates
Like anything else, supply and demand influence hotel prices. Las Vegas is a popular destination for conventions, small and large, and those large conventions can bring thousands or tens of thousands of visitors to town. Hotel prices will go up on those dates to reflect that demand, so avoid those dates if at all possible. Check the Las Vegas Convention Calendar here before planning your trip.
Skip the Hotel Buffet
Hotel buffets are expensive, particularly on the Las Vegas strip. You’ll save a lot of money searching out alternate dining options. Many hotels have their own fast food outlets, or you can look for several chain and 24-hour fast food restaurants along the Strip. If you do want to splurge on the fancy buffet during your stay, ask about any 2-for-1 deals at check-in at your hotel. You may also get 2-for-1 coupon incentives when you sign up for a hotel’s casino rewards program.
Drink for Free in Las Vegas
Did you know you can drink for free at Las Vegas casinos? Servers wander the casino floors and will bring you drinks while you’re sitting at a table or slot machine, even at the penny or nickel slots. Stop by the casino before heading out to the show or club for a drink or two “on the house”. Public consumption of liquor in public and on the street is legal in Las Vegas, so you can take your drink with you, but note that on the Las Vegas strip your drink must be in a plastic cup or container (no glass or aluminum bottles).
Ride Share in Las Vegas
Save money by ride sharing instead of hiring a taxi or shuttle from the airport. Ride share apps Uber and Lyft are both available in Las Vegas. If you sign up for Uber using my promo code olivial4387ue you’ll get a free ride (up to $20 USD).
Take Advantage of Deal Sites
No trip to Las Vegas is complete without going to a show. Las Vegas features an abundance of concerts, Cirque du Soleil shows, magic shows, and performances. But don’t pay full ticket price! Check deal sites like Groupon, smartervegas.com, Vegas.com, and travelzoo.com for deals on Las Vegas shows and attractions. Once in Vegas, check out Tix4Tonite kiosks all up and down the Las Vegas strip for same day deals on shows and buffets.
Avoid the Casino ATMs
Make sure to bring enough folding money with you to Las Vegas. The ATM fees are ridiculous, especially in the Las Vegas Strip casinos. Expect to pay upwards of $5.00 a pop!
And remember if you’re gambling, know your limit and stick within it!