PRNewswire – It’s not hard to lose money in Las Vegas says VegasTourism.com. Remember the phrase, “The house always wins”? For the most part, gone are the days when hotel/casino heads figured that if they could get the tourists there, they’d spend so much money gambling it was worth it to sell prime rib plates for $4.99 and offer cheap entertainment.
Now, buffets can run as high as $50 a person, and many shows along the strip are pushing $100 or more per ticket. But, with proper planning, it is possible to find discounted, cheap and free activities in Vegas. Here’s a short guide for those visiting Vegas on a budget.
Hotels Deals in Vegas:
If you plan far enough ahead in advance of your trip, it’s possible to get some great hotel deals online. These are available primarily by signing up to become a member of rewards programs, such as Total Rewards, offered by Caesars Entertainment; or M Life, offered by MGM Resorts. Sign up online several months before your trip, and discounted hotel rates for all the hotels that are part of these rewards programs will start heading your way within a couple of weeks. Find More Deals at http://vegastourism.com/category/hotels-casinos/. Once in Vegas, pick up your Total Rewards or M Life cards at your hotel and use the card whenever you gamble, buy souvenirs at the hotel gift shop or eat at eligible restaurants to earn points that can be cashed in for play money and other freebies.
Save Money on Food:
There are some fabulous buffets in Vegas, and they carry a fancy price tag. To save money, consider purchasing the Buffet of Buffets, a 24-hour pass accepted at several hotels: Caesars Palace; Flamingo; Planet Hollywood; Bally’s; Imperial Palace; Paris; The Rio; and Harrah’s.
The cost is $44.99 for Total Rewards members, signing up for Total Rewards is free and can be done online or at any Total Rewards hotel, and $49.99 for non-members. For Special Deals view VegasTourism.com.
Although this may seem pricey, these buffets run around $20 to $50 per person per visit, and the pass allows you to eat as many times as you want in a 24-hour period, so it’s possible to save start money after just one or two visits. The pass expires 24 hours after it is purchased, so it’s a good idea to purchase it prior to breakfast; then try to eat that day’s three meals and attend breakfast before the pass expires the next morning. That’s four meals for about $50, including tax. Not a bad deal!
It’s also worth noting that drinks, soft drinks, beer, wine and some cocktails, are FREE while gambling at most casinos, but it’s expected that servers should be tipped at least $1 per drink.