Since we’re getting ready for our trip to Vegas, I wanted to share a few of the ways that I scrambled around and found good hotel deals.
Las Vegas is probably one of the easiest places to get cheap hotels. Like other hot places, you’ll get the best deals when you go in the hot months. In the summer, hotels there often have a $30 nightly rate during the week. But even in May, the weekdays are pretty well priced.
Obviously, it’s always good to go through sites like Expedia, Priceline.com or Travelocity — especially if you combine them with Mr. Rebates. But if you’re still not seeing the rates you want, remember that there are other ways to find savings.
Originally, Tim wanted to stay at the Luxor. He liked the idea of staying inside a pyramid. But when I checked out the rates, they were pretty steep compared to others in the area. When I considered going a week later, that dropped the rates significantly — $69 down to $45.
Even so, there was wiggle room. I went to the Luxor’s site and signed up for promotional emails. Almost immediately, I had two offers in my inbox. When I clicked through them, I got special rates not available through the regular travel sites. The final rate would have been $31.75 a night before taxes and fees. That’s nearly $45 savings for three nights!
But we were hoping to travel on the week of our actual anniversary. Also, I found out that Penn & Teller aren’t performing the week after our anniversary. And we are definitely considering that as the one major splurge of the trip. So…
I decided to reconsider the Stratosphere Hotel. This is where I stayed when I went to Vegas for my 21st birthday. It’s decent, and it’s a good location. Also, I knew it had very affordable deals. When I had looked around initially, I had found a $29/night rate on Travelocity. But, since Tim wanted the Luxor, I hadn’t booked it.
The rate had increased to $36/night but, unlike the cheaper one, this didn’t include Tower and ride admissions. (There are 3 scary looking rides up at the top, which Tim would like.) But the Tower admission is $16 and the rides were $12-16. So if he even wanted to ride two, a day pass ($34) makes the most sense.
I was determined not to lose that freebie — so I went to the Stratosphere website. I clicked on “Wallet-Friendly Deals” and, sure enough, the rate was a little cheaper and the package offered unlimited Tower admission and two rides per person. (If we’re really lucky, the rides will be passes, and Tim can take them all. I don’t love those kinds of heights.)
With taxes and fees, our three-night stay will be $129, including a trip for Tim to enjoy some rides he would have otherwise spent $34 on. (To be fair, with this package he can’t ride to his heart’s content., but I doubt he’d really care to ride more than twice anyway.)
Of course, it’s always a good idea to start with the travel sites. Usually, these offer better rates — and you can get cash-back through Mr. Rebates — but it’s always good to at least check out the hotels’ own site and sign up for promotional emails. You might be surprised by the deal you get!