Las Vegas is one of the most expensive cities in the country. It is home to some of the best restaurants, entertainment, night life, not to mention its extravagant casinos and hotels. It is no wonder why over 42 million people visited last year, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. It will cost you a pretty penny to have fun over the course of your trip so why not save some money on accommodations.
Stay Away from the Latest and Greatest Hotels
With roughly 40 hotels in and around the Las Vegas strip there is no shortage of rooms. The most expensive rooms are the newest and greatest hotels, such as Cosmopolitan, which can be upwards of $300 a night regularly on the weekends. While it is no doubt an excellent hotel, just about every other of the 40 hotels are in the good to excellent range, so any other hotel will do at a fraction of the cost. It is Las Vegas; you will not be in your room much anyways. For half the price of the new hotels you can still have excellent rated hotels such as MGM, Mirage, and TI, still receiving updated rooms, in hotels with plenty of amenities. Part of the fun in Vegas is walking through each hotel casino, so there is no reason why you cannot still visit to the new casino-hotels.
Be Flexible With Travel Dates
The most expensive time to travel to Las Vegas is in the peak summer season on the weekends, typically traveling from Thursday night and checking out Sunday night, so if you are flexible with your travel days you can stay for a fraction of the cost. Just by going Saturday to Tuesday, you pay only Saturday’s premium nightly charge, significantly less on Sunday night’s, and next to nothing on Monday night. Imagine if you traveled Sunday – Wednesday, or Monday – Thursday, you could have $50 a night, not to mention flights will be cheaper not flying on premium travel dates.
Book Direct on the Hotel’s Website
Third party sites claim to have the best deals, but the truth it, the hotel’s actual website will offer the best price, often changing based on demand and discount offers. The best thing is that you typically do not have to pay in advance, so you can continue to shop around for better rates, which I recently found my rates to decrease three times, of which I cancelled and rebooked.