More than 36 million people visited Las Vegas in 2009, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Association. Free shows, excellent food, plush hotels and the sites and sounds of Vegas bring many people to the city for vacation each year. Though Vegas isn’t as inexpensive at it once was, savvy travelers can still find plenty of bargains.
Save Money on Las Vegas Lodging
- The best bargains in lodging are off the Strip. Hotels a short shuttle ride away from the Strip sell rooms for discount prices. Visitors who don’t mind not being in the center of the action can save a lot of money.
- Find last minute deals. In order to fill unsold rooms, even the top Las Vegas Strip hotels will offer discounts to last minute shoppers, who could save $100 a night on rooms.
- Use points. Airline points, hotel points, or points earning gambling at other properties owned by a casino chain to score cheap or even free hotel rooms.
Save Money Gambling
- Sign up for the casino’s rewards cards. Rewards cards entitle new members to a certain amount of free slot play. The card may also include matching play for table games.
- Look for money-saving coupon books. These books often include coupons for free slot play, matching table game bets and other ways to make your dollar go further at the gambling tables.
- The best way to save money gambling is to limit the amount fed to the slot machines and wagered on table games. Savvy gamblers set a budget and stick with it.
Save Money Eating Out
- Take advantage of coupons. Visitors to Las Vegas can pick up free coupon books in the airport, from hotel concierges and in casinos. These books include coupons for discounts on meals, drinks, gambling and much more.
- Show your rewards card. Casino rewards cards sometimes entitle holders to specials on restaurants, including Vegas’s famous buffets.
- Venture off the Strip. Away from the Las Vegas Strip, restaurants still offer the $1.99 shrimp cocktails and $9.99 steak dinners that made Vegas famous.
Save Money on Las Vegas Entertainment
- See the free shows. Las Vegas is home to spectacular free entertainment. From the Fremont Street Experiment light show downtown to the Sirens of TI extravaganza, visitors to Las Vegas can enjoy multiple free shows. Visitors guides will list the times for the Mirage Volcano, the Bellagio Fountains, Circus Circus acts and more. Strolling the malls, the luxurious hotels and the casinos is always free in Vegas, as well.
- Use coupons. Those coupon books also include discount passes to many of the most popular Vegas shows, as well as attractions such as the wax museum, auto show and others.
- Buy half-price tickets to shows. Tix 4 Tonight has eight locations on the Las Vegas strips where visitors can purchase deeply discounted shows for that evening’s performances. From one of several Cirque du Soleil to visiting comedians and award-winning musicals, savvy shoppers can enjoy top entertainment at discount prices.
One of the best ways to find deals in Las Vegas is to ask. Vacationers can save money by asking hotels for the best deals, for coupons and for special breaks. Many money-saving bargains are available just for the asking.