10 ways to save money in Vegas

It’s a new year and one of the top resolutions people make is to save money. Just because you’re watching your wallet doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time in Vegas. We’ve come up with 10 tips and tricks that will help you save some cash while you’re in town.

1)      Get a player’s card: Most resorts offer the opportunity to join their player’s club for free. The card basically tracks your gambling at the casino. You insert the card into a slot machine when you play or hand it to the dealer when you’re at a table game. The more you play, the more points you earn and those points are then translated into rewards like free food, show tickets, hotel  rooms, gifts and more. Some hotels will also allow you to earn points not only by gambling but by eating at their restaurants or purchasing other things at the hotel.

Bacchanal Buffet

2)      Be flexible on your dates when booking: When you want to book a trip to Vegas and you want to get the best room rates available, be flexible about when you come. Instead of traveling on a weekend, try a weekday and you’ll probably see a cheaper rate. Avoid the big holidays like New Year’s Eve or Memorial Day weekend and big convention times and you’ll also avoid the higher hotel rates.

3)      Take advantage of dining deals:  Buffets are a Vegas institution for a reason. They often cost less than a meal at a regular restaurant, plus you can eat all that you want. Go at lunch time and eat a big meal. It’s cheaper than the dinner price but with many of the same food items. You can also try a Buffet of Buffets pass, which is good for 24 hours of unlimited access to any of seven buffets at participating Caesars Entertainment properties. Las Vegas also has many dining specials, happy hours and late-night bargains. For more information, click here.

Big Bus Tours

4)      Share a limo or a town car: If you’re flying into Vegas and looking for transportation to your hotel, you might want to check into limo or town car prices. If you have a group of several people and you split the cost, it can sometimes be more economical than taking a taxi.

5)      Take the bus: Las Vegas has a good public bus system and it can get you up and down the Strip as well as downtown to Fremont Street for very little money.  The Strip route features a double-decker bus called The Deuce, which runs 24/7. For more information, click here. Or if you’d like to take a tour bus and learn some fun facts about Vegas while you ride, you can try the Big Bus Tours, a London-style double-decker bus. The bus departs every 30 minutes between 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and you can hop on and off at several points to sightsee or shop and then rejoin. The price starts at $26.

6)      Buy a dinner and show package: If you want a nice night out on the town in Las Vegas it often involves going to dinner and a show. If you bundle the two together in a package it can definitely save you money. Shows like Blue Man Group, Jersey Boys, Rock of Ages and more have ticket packages available that include a meal before the show. Find more information here.

Jeff Civillico

7)      Ask about military specials: Many hotels and other attractions in Vegas will offer a discount to former and current military personnel. Just be sure to ask and you may be pleasantly surprised with a cheaper hotel, show ticket or even wedding!

8)      Keep an eye out for deals and specials: There are always deals to be had in Vegas. Sometimes when you check into your hotel you’ll be handed a coupon book or some other brochures.  Be sure to take a look through them. Sometimes they include things like club passes or discounts at the hotel’s restaurants. Many shows, tours and hotels offer regular deals. Be sure to check out VEGAS.com’s Deals page here to keep up on the latest.

9)      Catch an afternoon show: If you want to see a good show in Vegas you don’t have to spend tons of money. Try an afternoon show like Mac King or Jeff Civillico  —  they are incredibly entertaining shows that won’t break the bank. There are also a variety of shows in Las Vegas featuring everything from live music to comedy and magic for under $50. For more information on those shows, click  here.

10)   Take advantage of free/cheap attractions: Believe it or not, there are lots of attractions in Las Vegas to entertain you that don’t cost a penny. Enjoy the beautiful fountains of Bellagio or the flashy lights of the Fremont Street Experience for free. You can find a complete list of other free attractions here. There are also quite a few things to do in town that, while not free, cost less than $20. Check out our list of the  Top 20 under $20 attractions in Vegas.

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