Planning a trip to Las Vegas online can be a very tedious task. There are a myriad of websites that make reserving your trip harder than it should be. You can book through a package company, “groupon” style, official websites, and more. All of theses options can really make your head spin and eat up hours of your time. For that reason I have put together a roadmap to finding the best rate hassle free.
First you are going to need to have some sort of idea when you would like to travel. You will find that Vegas airfare and hotel rates can fluctuate tremendously depending on your dates. Weekends an be much higher than weekdays and conventions always jack up the price. I suggest planning at least 6 month prior not a must but I will explain later.
Once you have your dates you are going to start searching the “big box” travel websites like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz etc. Kayak.com can be very helpful comparing rates.
Note: some airlines such as Southwest may not be listed on these sites. This is a good time to research the hotels that grab your interest. Make note of the cheapest airlines, hotels, and dates.
You could stop here but it usually is not the lowest rates possible. I have found that about 80% of the time it is cheaper to book air, hotel, and entertainment separately.
If you are going to be flying I suggest you reference the cheapest airlines found in your initial searching. You are going to want to check the official airlines website for airfare rates. Many times this information is not separated on the package website.
Next you are going to research the official website for hotels you are interested in. With this information you will start to see that there may not be an actual savings booking a package. I understand sometimes there is but taking the extra time researching can be worth it.
Note: Booking directly through the hotel allows comps earned through gaming to be used to pay for your hotel stay. Also if you book direct you can usually change or cancel your reservation 36 hours prior to arrival.
By now you should have a few hotels in mind with some rates. The big piece to saving is taking advantage of hotel promotions. Most of the hotels offer promotions that are not advertised elsewhere but can be 30% less than the “usual” rates. I suggest using a Las Vegas promo code website they also offer “member” rates lower than listed on the website to those that signup. You should find that these valuable codes can not only lower the nightly rate but also can add extras like food and beverage credits.
Lastly you are going to need to setup some entertainment. As you probably already know there is plenty to see and do in Vegas. I just don’t want you to pay full price. So I suggest making a list of things you want to see, many are free. For shows the discount sites can be used to save up to 505 on tickets. If you want an ever deeper discount and are not particularly concerned with seeing a show in particular there is a company named Tix 4 Tonight. They are located on the strip and offer huge discounts on shows 24 hours in advance.
I hope this helps you save some money and time. Have a great time visiting this amazing destination.
Brendon has been in the Las Vegas travel industry for the past 15 years. As a frequent traveler to sin city he maintains a respect for Americas playground.