Las Vegas is notorious for stripping people away from their hard-earned cash. Whether those dollars are lost over gambling or at the strip clubs, over drinks at the nightclub or fine dining at the restaurants, the fact of the matter is what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas … especially when it comes to your money.
That said, there really isn’t a good reason to pay full price when it comes to Las Vegas. From the minute you start planning and throughout your vacation in Las Vegas, you’ll have access to coupons and discounts that can make your trip cheaper, if you’re a smart spender. Use these discounts to your advantage and you’ll walk away a winner, whether you go home with extra cash or not.
This is one of the few cities where paying a hotel’s rack rate is almost never necessary. If you just show up in the lobby and ask for a room or if you call the toll-free number listed on the website, most Las Vegas hotels will quote you the highest price they can with the hope that you’ll pay it.
But look around … the choices for accommodation in Las Vegas are incredible. With almost 150,000 hotel rooms in the city, you better believe that, for the most part, resorts are vying for your business. Business is ultra-competitive and as long as you are flexible, you should be able to find a better rate at a similar hotel. That said, Las Vegas does fill up on holiday weekends and during conventions, so don’t expect to find the same good deals during those times.
We keep an updated list of Las Vegas deals that includes cheap hotel rates as well as discounts on vacation packages and airfare. You are also welcome to use the widget below to search for the best deals in Las Vegas.
If you prefer to book directly through a specific hotel, make sure you inquire about available packages. It is common for hotels to offer discounted room rates, coupons for shows or meals, free drinks and spa credits.
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One of the highlights of a Las Vegas vacation is checking out one of the many shows on the Strip. From Cirque du Soleil to stand-up comedy, there really is something for everyone here, but it comes at a price. For the most part, these shows are not cheap.
But this, too, can be remedied. Though not a coupon per se, one of the best ways to get cheap show tickets is to take advantage of Tix 4 Tonight, which offers severely discounted tickets for several shows on the day of the performance. At that point, the goal is simply to fill seats, so if you are flexible regarding what show you’d like to see, consider standing in line at one of the valley’s ten locations and see what you can get.
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Eating and drinking can be expensive in Las Vegas, and for the most part, there is no way around that. If you can, take advantage of happy hour specials, which not only include drink specials but usually appetizers and small plates as well.
Another way to save big money on dining is with Restaurants.com, which allows people to pre-buy dining certificates for as little as $2.00 or $3.00. There is usually some sort of catch with these coupons that require people to spend a certain amount of money before cashing one in, but if you’ll be traveling with a big group or plan on spending big bucks at a particular restaurant, they are certainly worth the splurge.
The basics are covered with accommodations, dining and shows, but then there are the spa treatments, tours, souvenirs, conventions and other activities in Las Vegas that rack up the bill. If you don’t mind filtering through some not-so-relevant deals, then consider signing up for Groupon, which offers a Las Vegas-specific special every day. Everything from Grand Canyon tours to spa treatments pop up in a daily email, delivered right to your inbox.
There are a few other websites that offer deep discounts on shows, attractions, tours and other assorted services that are worth checking out. Vegas4Locals.com is not actually confined to locals. Check it out for the latest specials available on the Strip. SmarterVegas.com also offers a variety of promos so dig in to see where you can save money. Finally, SaveLV.com offers information about free and discounted concerts, shows, events and activities throughout the Las Vegas valley. You can also take a look at products that have lumped activities together for one low price (such as the Las Vegas Power Pass) if you plan on fitting in as much as possible during your Las Vegas vacation.
Also, don’t be afraid to grab those tacky coupon books that are hanging around the concierge desk or in the stands with free magazines as well. A lot of the content might be irrelevant, but occasionally you’ll find coupons for buffets, drinks and gaming chips. Of course, the goal of any of these coupons is to get you in the door so that you’ll continue to spend money beyond that free pull or bottle of beer, but if you remain mindful of where your money is at and where it’s going, there’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of these free or discounted offerings and then moving on.