Getting to Las Vegas is probably your first concern when planning a trip to Las Vegas. Experienced budget vacationers know that early Wednesday morning is when you’ll find the cheapest airline tickets. This is when all of the unsold discount tickets are released for you to purchase. Not all airlines are located in the same city so the release time to get these tickets aren’t all the same. Peter Greenberg compiled a list of when you can snag the cheapest airline tickets in any given week for each major airline. There aren’t many of these tickets available so you’ll have to act quickly.
As we discussed last week timing is everything when planning a vacation to Las Vegas. Picking the right days to visit Las Vegas is a great way to save money on your vacation. When you’re finally in Las Vegas time still matters for getting the most out of your money in Las Vegas. This isn’t the same as when you visit Las Vegas. I’m talking timing, it’s time. Let me explain.
Las Vegas is a 24 hour city. You can do just about anything you want throughout the day. Fine dining establishments may open and close but you can always find a place to eat that’s open 24 hours a day. A good rule of thumb is that the earlier you do anything the less expensive it will be. Early is usually based on a typical 9 to 5 work day and not the 24 hour day in Las Vegas. The night is just getting started as midnight for many people.
If you want to see a show that has tickets available for multiple times each night you’ll often find that going to the early show will save you some money. As I just mentioned the night is just getting started for many people at midnight so the later shows are more popular, in higher demand and more expensive. Check out the early show in Las Vegas and save money.
If you’re going to see an early show you might as well get your dinner a little early. Happy Hour is a great way to start the evening and will often cost half as much as you might normally pay for dinner. We’ve explored some of the best Las Vegas Happy Hour deals but let’s look at this in a more broad scope as it relates to planning your evening. Depending on where you visit Happy Hour will usually take place anywhere from 4pm-9pm. Your less expensive dinner will lead nicely into one of the less expensive early shows that you might want to see. It’s funny how that works.
If you like to spend time at the tables when you’re in a casino you’ll always get lower table limits the earlier you play. If a casino has $25 blackjack minimums at night you will find that the minimum limits during morning and afternoon will be $10 or $15. Similarly, if your favorite casino has a $15 minimum at night you should be able to find minimums as low as $5 or $10 during the morning and afternoon.
Starting and ending the day earlier is a great way to save money in Las Vegas. If you begin your day early enough and plan things out properly you can budget time to walk to your destination instead of hopping in a taxi. Taxi rides are often a forgotten expense in Las Vegas. Running late for plans can cost $15 here, $15 there and by the time you get home you’ve spent a couple hundred dollars just by running late. It’s easy to lose track of time in Las Vegas but you can save money by planning time for a leisurely walk down the beautiful Vegas Strip.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.