How to Save Money on a Las Vegas Vacation

A vacation in Las Vegas, Nevada doesn’t have to break the bank if you do some planning ahead of time and use the following tips and tricks.

strip at Las Vegas Nevada

Tips for Planning Your Trip to Las Vegas

  • Book your travel during the week.
  • Arrive in Las Vegas on a Monday/Tuesday and leave on a Friday.
  • You can find great deals on airfare, accommodations, shows, and restaurants midweek.
  • Talk about what types of activities you want to enjoy during your visit (Attractions, Shows, Museums, Clubs, Casinos, Etc.)
  • Do you plan on staying on the Strip during your whole visit or do you want to venture on a road trip from Vegas for a day or two?
view of the sunset from airplane window

How to Save Money on Airfare to Las Vegas

Most of the major airlines offer amazing sales, special offers, and travel deals on flights and packages. 

  • Another way to save on airfare is to use points/miles from credit cards and airline frequent flyer miles.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the price of luggage, especially if you tend to be an over-packer.
  • Many budget airlines charge an additional fee for carry-on luggage and checked bags and may have a lower checked bag weight allowance.
  • Save money on checked bags by using an airline credit card.
room at the Silverton Casino Hotel

How to Save Money on Accommodations in Las Vegas

  • All resorts on the Strip have newsletters and mailing lists, which include special promotions, deals, and discounts.
  • Prior to booking a Las Vegas trip, sign up for the newsletters at the properties that you are most interested in and review the deals/offers they send. Book the hotel that provides the greatest value.
  • Look at resorts off-Strip or in Downtown Las Vegas as well. Some, if not most, provide free shuttle service to and from the Strip.
  • Most hotels in Las Vegas charge a resort fee.
  • The inclusion of resort fees varies by the hotel but many of them cover free internet in your room and access to the gym.
  • Off-Strip hotels tend to have lower fees than the hotels on the Strip and there are very few resorts that do not charge a resort fee at all.
  • You can compare prices and what the fees include here. 
  • The daily resort fees are charged when you check into the hotel and are not included in the pricing from deal-saving comparison sites like Kayak.  

Find Cheap Hotels or Airbnbs Near Las Vegas, Nevada

Old Las Vegas

How to Save Money on Transportation in Las Vegas

  • Walk the Las Vegas Strip whenever possible! (Wear comfortable shoes because you will easily walk many miles each day)
  • Walking the Strip is a great way to sightsee and get a feel of Las Vegas while saving money and burning some calories.
  • Sight-see using the Monorail. The public transit is much cheaper than Big Bus tours and has stops along the Las Vegas Strip.
  • The Monorail has daily and multiple-day options to get the most out of the stay.
  • Use Uber and Lyft to get around for longer distances.
  • If you’re staying at an off-Strip property, take advantage of the shuttle service offered by your hotel.
  • You really don’t need a rental car if you plan on staying in Las Vegas during your whole visit.
the pizza at Esther's Kitchen

How to Save Money on Restaurants in Las Vegas

  • To save on dining, try to eat a little earlier, or a little later than traditional dinner times.
  • Some restaurants, bars, and lounges offer happy hours with drink and food specials.
  • It’s possible to get great food without paying an astronomical price.
  • Look up the locals’ hangouts, venture off the beaten path and try something new/different.
  • (Find several Las Vegas recommendations here)
Blue man group in Las Vegas

How to Save Money on Las Vegas Shows

  • Do some online research to find additional discounts on some of the best shows.
  • Several sites will offer discounted tickets, including Groupon (affiliate link)  and Smarter Vegas.
  • Some resorts also send discounted tickets in the above-mentioned newsletters. Double-check those emails for the show(s) offers.
  • Purchase tickets for popular shows for that evening at a discount at the Tix4Tonight ticket booth/kiosks located on the Strip.
  • You can also check availability in the morning at 9:30am PCT online or by phone.
neon signs at Brilliant Neon Museum

How to Save Money on Entertainment/Activities in Las Vegas

  • Online research pays off in savings here, too.
  • Some of the museums, activities, and experiences in Las Vegas have partnerships that allow visitors to experience more attractions for less.
  • For example – there is a discount if you purchase tickets to the Neon Museum and Mob Museum together.
Love sign in Las Vegas

Check These Las Vegas Websites for Additional Savings

Visit the following sites for even more savings:

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

There are many fun things to do in Las Vegas that are actually free!

Read more about several of the ideas listed below and a few that are not on this list- 15 Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas if You Are on a Budget.

  • Welcome to Las Vegas sign
  • Pinball Hall of Fame
  • Watch the mermaids at Silverton Casino Hotel
  • View the floral displays at Wynn Las Vegas
  • Bellagio Conservatory
  • Fountains of Bellagio
  • Tour and get a behind-the-scenes look at Ka Theater at MGM Grand (available Tuesdays and Saturdays at noon and 12:30 p.m.)
  • The Volcano at The Mirage
  • Forum Shops and Fall of Atlantis show at Caesars Palace
  • The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Las Vegas
  • Waterfall Atrium at The Palazzo Las Vegas
  • Flamingo Wildlife Habitat
  • Lobby Art at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
  • Downtown Las Vegas
    • Fremont Street Experience
    • Fremont East Entertainment District
    • Downtown Container Park
    • Downtown Art Murals
    • See and take a picture with $1 million at Binions
  • Off-Strip
    • Ethel M Chocolate Factory (Henderson)
    • Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge near the Hoover Dam (Boulder City)
    • Seven Magic Mountains
Insanity ride on top of the Stratosphere

Bucket List Adventures to Try in Las Vegas

I’m a firm believer in saving when you can so that you can spend a little more on bucket list experiences and adventures.

If you want a memorable adventure, Las Vegas has you covered!

Las Vegas has something to offer for all comfort levels ranging from soft adventure to extreme thrills.

You will definitely want to add these 7 Unique Bucket List Adventures in Las Vegas that have been tried and tested to your list!

  • For example, a night helicopter flight over the Strip is only around $100 per person and is an unforgettable experience!
  • If you complete the Stratosphere Jump, you can purchase a discounted unlimited rides pass for the thrill rides at the top of the Stratosphere. With a little preparation, you can create a vacation to Las Vegas that is both affordable and memorable.

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