The best times to get hotel deals in Vegas

Want to book a great hotel – without the expensive price tag? Traveling to Las Vegas doesn’t have to break the bank. One good way to save money on your accommodations is to plan your trip when the number of visitors is likely to be at its lowest. Here are five tips on the best times to do that. Besides paying less, you’ll enjoy a more laid-back atmosphere.

Low season equals low cost. 

So exactly when is peak season in Las Vegas? With an average of 320 days of sunshine annually, there really isn’t an off-season. However, the city is swelling with visitors from mid spring through Labor Day weekend. You’ll find that crowds are smallest and room rates are hugely discounted in the month of November, during the days leading up to Christmas and throughout the latter halves of January and February.

Weekends equal high cost.

Generally speaking, you’ll find cheaper room rates on stays occurring between Mondays and Thursdays. Weekend pricing, particularly for Fridays and Saturdays, is going to be the most expensive.

Las Vegas on New Year's Eve (Photo courtesy of Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun)

Las Vegas on New Year's Eve (Photo courtesy of Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun)

Stay home during the holidays.

The highest room rates in Las Vegas are racked up over the holidays. If you don’t want to shell out a fortune, then celebrate New Year’s Eve at home. That is the busiest night in town, hands down. Some other holidays you should give a wide berth to include the Fourth of July, Halloween and most three-day weekends (like Memorial Day and Labor Day). But don’t despair. There are a few holidays that experience drops in room rates – such as Easter, Thanksgiving, Veteran’s Day and Christmas.

Watch major sporting events on TV.

Motor racing fans snap up rooms when NASCAR rolls into town in early March. Likewise, Las Vegas is packed with rodeo fans during the National Finals Rodeo in early December. Football fans pour in to place their bets for the Super Bowl in early February or to watch the newly rebranded Maaco Bowl, an NCAA post-season tournament, in mid December. Runners abound during the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in early December. Plus, championship boxing bouts as well as UFC, MMA and WWE matches will attract hordes of fans. Room rates are certain to be higher during all of these sporting events.

Attendees previewing the latest gadgets in the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2011 International CES

Attendees previewing the latest gadgets in the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2011 International CES

Steer clear of conventions.

Heavily attended conventions are sure to drive up hotel rates. That’s bad news for penny-pinchers. Although Las Vegas has a busy convention schedule year-round, you’ll find the biggest ones occur in the first half of the year. Here are a few to sidestep: the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January, the MAGIC Marketplace in both mid February and late August, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in mid April, the International Council of Shopping Centers in late May, the Interbike Expo in late September, the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in early October, the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in late October and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in early November. In addition, the World Market Center in downtown Las Vegas hosts big winter and summer shows in early February and August, respectively.

One final tip: Use as a starting point for your deal searching. You’ll come across price cuts, discounts, last-minute offers and more on rooms along with shows and tours throughout the year. Just click on the “Deals” tab!


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.