Almost everyone who visits Las Vegas needs a hotel room and there are many ways to get a cheaper rate when booking. I’ll list them here in order of effectiveness, but remember that a little search effort now can help you save a lot of money for gambling or having fun later.
1. Offering Websites
If you’re looking for just a hotel room, and not a flight, the deals websites are the best places to find cheap rates. You can search Deal News or Slickdeals for some of the best rates in Las Vegas. To find hotel-related offers, simply type “Las Vegas” in the search box and most offers found in the search will refer to hotels. I’ve seen rates of $ 69 a night at Planet Hollywood Towers and $ 39 a night at MGM Grand. Both offers are fantastic, so don’t discount finding a good deal on a third-party website.
2. Southwest Vacation Packages
This may seem surprising to people, but if Southwest serves your nearest airport, you can have a lot of easy savings. When you book your hotel and flight at the same time, both the hotel and the airline are subsidizing your prices, which means more savings for you. I wouldn’t have believed it either, because I feel like most vacation packages don’t save you a lot of money. Fortunately, I learned quickly and booked many vacation packages on southwest.com, but only after unsuccessfully searching for a better deal.
If you’re looking to stay in Las Vegas on the weekend but have flexible flight times, it’s often cheaper to leave on Monday instead of Sunday. You get an extra night at the hotel for less money! The main reason for this is that flights on Mondays are usually cheaper than Sundays, so you can extend your stay and keep more money.
Southwest vacation packages are not without a ticket. This means that your airline tickets are mailed to you, and if you lose them you will have to pay for a new flight. This also means that you cannot check in with your credit card when you arrive at the airport and to save time you must go through the assisted check-in line.
Hotel: The wynn
Type of room: Resort King
# of nights: 5 (Thursday to Tuesday)
# from the people: 2
Flight: San Jose, CA to Las Vegas (direct)
Cost: $ 800 total ($ 400 per person)
Dates: June 17, 2010 through June 22, 2010
Las Vegas hotels are more expensive Thursday through Saturday and June is a very popular time for people to go to Las Vegas. Many events took place this weekend, including the World Series of Poker, a North American Poker Tour event, and an MMA fight to name a few. Weekend rates at the Wynn can easily exceed $ 200 a night, and flights from San Jose to Las Vegas cost around $ 150 each, so I received the rooms at less than 50% of their normal rates.
Searching on a third-party travel site is a great way to find hotel deals. I prefer Kayak because it searches many other websites like Orbitz and Priceline, but generally Orbitz has the cheapest rates. To find the cheapest hotel you’re willing to stay, simply enter your travel dates and order by price. If you want a particular hotel, Kayak is still a good place to look for low rates and all you need to do is enter the hotel name.
1. Kayak hotel prices include estimated taxes. The reason for this is due to the taxes and fees associated with the third party website. Orbitz is straightforward with its rates, but often the other sites Kayak searches are not, so don’t assume you get the right price. Be sure to check the final price on the site you chose to buy from.
2. When you book through third party sites, you are not always guaranteed how many beds your room will have. If you need two beds, check your hotel’s website to make sure they offer two beds for your room type and call the hotel to request a room with two beds a few days after booking. The worker will generally be more than happy to assist you and will most likely receive two beds when you register.
1. Orbitz almost always has promo codes that you can enter during your reservation to save $ 25 to $ 75 depending on the length of your stay. The best offer I’ve seen is a 15% discount on any stay, but it was only available for 72 hours.
2. Hotel rates are generally based on how many people stay in the room. If you say you have 2 people in the room instead of 3 or 4, you can save a lot of money on fees.
Type of room: Tower room
# of nights: 5 (Friday to Wednesday)
# from the people: 2
Cost: $ 225
Dates: May 23, 2008 through May 28, 2008 (Memorial Day weekend)
This deal is pretty cool considering it was Memorial Day weekend. I found the deal on Kayak and booked through Orbitz. He also had a $ 75 promo code for a 5-night hotel stay, which made this offer even better.
Almost every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip has a social media employee tweeting about their latest deals. This means that if you follow all the hotels on Twitter, you will surely see great rates offered. Sometimes tweeted links are only advertised via Twitter, making it a legitimate source for finding deals. I’ve seen room rates of $ 20 at Hard Rock and $ 24 at Excalibur.
5. Sign up for each hotel’s email list
Some of the best deals can be sent directly to your email address. If you don’t mind spam, MGM, Palazzo, and Venetian send lots of offers via email. Often these emails will have special links where you can book the hotel at a cheaper rate than if you just visited the hotel’s main website. These offers may also include free extras such as slot machines, discounted show tickets, club passes, and more.
Type of room: Venetian luxury
# of nights: 4 (Sunday to Thursday)
# from the people: 2
Dates: July 11, 2010 to July 15, 2010
Cost: $ 476
$ 119 a night is pretty good for a suite at the Venetian. Not only that, but it also included extras like $ 40 off Phantom tickets, $ 10 off his bill at Lagasse Stadium, line passes for LAVO Nightclub, and $ 25 in slot credits.