Planning a Trip to Las Vegas? Tips for Exploring Las Vegas on a Budget

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With high-end hotel rooms, tempting casinos, expensive shows, and endless parties, this sin city is notorious for killing your budget. However, it is possible to enjoy your trip to Vegas without breaking the bank. Here are some budget-saving tips.

Obtain the Best Flight Deals

The prime time to travel to Vegas is during the summer (July and August) and mid-December, when the airfare is cheap. American Airlines offers the cheapest round-trip flights to Las Vegas, with airfare at about $350 during the off-season from New York City. If you are flexible with the dates, consider signing up for cheap flight alerts for flights to Las Vegas. If there is a drop in airfare prices, you will be informed by email.

Watch the Free Shows

There are multiple free shows available on the Las Vegas Strip. One can enjoy a spectacular dancing water show at the Fountains of Bellagio, watch the volcano explosion at the Mirage, and witness the Fall of Atlantis at Caesars Palace. Visitors can also watch acts from the world’s largest permanent circus at the Circus Circus Las Vegas, and be impressed by the acrobatic performance and death-defying stunts.

Hit on Hotel Buffets or Make Your Own Meal

One trick for dining in Vegas on a budget is to opt for buffets at luxury hotels. Compared to the amount of money travelers spend on drinking and dining at night clubs, bars, and high-end restaurants, buffets will save you a bucket of pennies. If you want some cheap meals in a buffet restaurant, go at breakfast time and purchase a day pass. Circus Circus Las Vegas offers a one-day buffet ticket for $21, which saves you some cash for another meal. Another alternative is to book a hotel or hostel that comes equipped with a kitchen and a fridge. These benefit budget-travelers who tend to purchase groceries and cook their own meals.

Shared Room or Stay at Cheap Accommodations

The two cheapest hotels in Las Vegas – Riviera Hotel and Casino and El Cortez Hotel and Casino, offer luxury hotel rooms with state-of-the-art in-room amenities with a night rate below $20. Apart from these two hotels, Hostel Cats is also specifically designed for budget travelers with free breakfast and local tours with a nightly rate of $40.

Another budget-saving tactic for Las Vegas hotels is to share a room with other travelers. If you would split a suite with three other people, you are potentially saving a minimum of $100 per night. At Caesars Palace, a Palace Tower Deluxe Queen Room (with two queen beds) has a nightly rate of $209.17 and is spacious enough for four people to sleep.

Less Gambling and More Free Drinks

Each casino offers unlimited free alcoholic beverages when you gamble. Tip your server $5 and your server will return with more drinks. Additionally, when it comes to gambling, be sure to spend only the amount of dollars you plan to throw away for the day. It is wise to not gamble with money on your credit card as this would lead to a huge loss on the casino floor.

With all these tips, budget travel in Las Vegas is possible. All you need to do is to be smart with your daily expenses and research on the best deals ahead of time. Bon Voyage.

Julie Cao

Julie Cao is a travel blogger, travel writer, and global citizen currently living in Toronto Ontario.

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