Free and Cheap ATM’s In Las Vegas

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

One of the most annoying expenses that you’ll run into in Las Vegas are ATM fees. It’s almost as if the hotels, casinos, bars and clubs don’t want you to access your money with how high the fees can be. ATM fees in Las Vegas can be anywhere up to $9.99 at certain adult establishments. Casinos and hotels have a more respectable charge between $2 and $5.

Since most of us are locked into the hotels there’s little choice to get money at no charge if we need it. Thankfully there are a few options for lower cost ATM’s.

 

FREE ATM’s on the Vegas Strip

Free ATM’s on the Vegas Strip aren’t for everyone but if you use Bank of America you can find free ATM’s at the M&M’s Store and inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. BoA is one of the larger banks in America so this should be a good option for many people across the country.

Chase Bank customers will find Free ATM’s inside some of the CVS pharmacies on the Vegas Strip. You’ll find CVS in between Aria and Monte Carlo.

Wells Fargo bankers can find an ATM in between The Quad and Harrah’s on the Vegas Strip. Additionally, you’ll find a host of Wells Fargo ATM’s at McCarran Airport. If you’re a Wells Fargo customer it might be wise to grab money at the airport before heading to your hotel.

Top Ten Bookstores in Las Vegas

Thursday, 27 February 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

There are bookstores in Vegas, though you might not notice at first. Hotels know that reading is an activity often enjoyed in your room, and if you’re in your room, chances are, you’re not spending your money at the tables. Plenty of readers (and even writers) do live in the city, though, so there are bookshops around to cater to their needs. And, because this is Vegas, you can find an eclectic bookstore to suit almost every taste and personality. Whether you need a book to improve your poker game, a poolside potboiler, or an antique for your collection, one of these shops should fit the bill.

Bauman Rare Books

3327 Las Vegas Blvd S (702) 948-1617

Located in the Shoppes at the Palazzo, The 230 square-foot gallery at Bauman’s is practically a museum for books–but everything is for sale. While only serious collectors will want to shell out for the rare first editions of books like The Great Gatsby, you’ll still enjoy browsing among the thousands of centuries-old rarities and historical documents, many of them signed by notable people

Alternate Reality Comics

4110 S Maryland Pkwy (702) 736-3673

Comic book lovers will feel right at home in this shop. Owned and operated by the super-friendly Ralph and Kate, a couple of fans themselves, Alternate Reality dispels the stereotype that comic store clerks are surly and unhelpful. The collection of comics includes underground comics as well as the popular stuff, and the selection of graphic novels and ephemera is vast. The prices are pretty nice, too.

Great Wall Bookstore

4255 Spring Mountain Rd (702) 876-8875

This Chinatown shop isn’t your regular bookstore — in fact, it’s really more of an Asian-themed gift shop. If you read Chinese, though, there’s a huge selection of books, comics, and magazines in the language, and even books on learning Chinese. The store also has a selection of beautifully-bound blank books and journals.

15 Things To Do On The Vegas Strip Under $20

Monday, 24 February 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Every week we try to give a specific idea of ways to save money in Las Vegas. Today we’re going to simplify that idea and look at 15 things to do on the Vegas Strip for under $20. One of the great features on Travel Vegas is the coupons and discounts section where you can find ways to save before you reach Las Vegas. Planning is great but if you’re already in Las Vegas you may not want to check your computer for deals. Here are 15 activities in Las Vegas that are always under $20. You don’t need a coupon or ticket purchased in advance. Just walk up and have a good time.

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1. Welcome To Las Vegas Sign -  This iconic symbol of Las Vegas is always available for you to see and snap pictures with. You don’t need to look for human celebrities as this sign has appeared in more movies than any person you’ll find..

2. Bellagio Fountain Show – This is the 2nd most famous free activity in Las Vegas. The show is different every 30 minutes (15 minutes on weekend). There are 4 different water shows set to different songs so you can easily spend 2 hours geeking out on the beauty. Like the “Welcome To Las Vegas Sign” this is a great place to take a picture of you and your loved ones.

3. Bellagio Conservatory - After the fountain show at Bellagio head inside to check out the conservatory. This free activity changes floral arrangements every few months to mark specific holidays and/or seasons. The conservatory is sometimes a high traffic area so grabbing pictures may be difficult.

Maximize Your Comps by Choosing the Right Hotel

Friday, 14 February 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

I love visiting the newest and best hotels and restaurants in Las Vegas but I also like to do Vegas on the cheap. There’s a middle ground to my desire to want the best but do it on the cheap. Something I practiced more in Atlantic City before Las Vegas was being the big fish in the smaller casino pond.

All casinos and hotels want to cater to their biggest spenders and being the “high roller” at a less luxurious casino goes a long way to saving money. The same $100 (for example) you spend at a three star hotel is looked at in a better light than the $100 spent at a five star hotel. See, the luxury resort is made for big spenders so the majority of their customers are spending $100. Meanwhile, the mid-tier hotel doesn’t see that kind of spending as often. In an effort to keep your money in their hotel the mid-tier resort will offer more perks to keep your business.

Being the big spender at the lesser hotel in Las Vegas can bring more discounted dinners, shows and free hotel room upgrades. Some of the best hotel rooms I’ve ever had have been when visiting mid-tier hotels in slower times. My gaming and dining budget would get me a basic room for free just about anywhere but at a small hotel I was able to get one of twenty 5 room suites that had a balcony. Seriously, it was the biggest and most well appointed hotel room I’ve ever stayed in. And it was free. It was a room that I could never afford and one that I’d never see again. I asked for an upgrade based on my previous spending with the casino and just happened to be visiting during a slow period. I never forgot that hotel room and would visit this hotel often because there would always be a nice perk like this suite heading my way.

With March Madness Coming Planning Is Everything

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The Super Bowl was just played but sports fans are already looking ahead to the next big sports weekend in Las Vegas. Super Bowl weekend has been the busiest sports weekend of the year in Las Vegas for years but that may be changing. The first weekend of the NCAA College Basketball Tournament (AKA March Madness) is charging hard for the #1 spot to be the busiest time in Las Vegas for sports fans. Not only does March Madness have a lot of excitement for sports fans but it falls on or around spring break and Saint Patricks day. If you’re not hitting the beaches for Spring Break then you might as well have a little too much fun in Las Vegas!

The first weekend of March Madness takes place March 20-23 this year. Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 each have 16 games taking place beginning at 9am. During peak periods of each day there will be 4 games happening at once. It truly is madness for sports fans. The action slows down a little on Saturday and Sunday when there are only 8 games per day. The relative tepid pace will only reach 3 games on at once.

The game action of these 4 days absolutely shreds the 4 hours that the Super Bowl is played. If you like chaos in the casinos these are a great four days to be in Las Vegas. The energy is really incomparable to any other sports weekend in Las Vegas. Why? One word – youth. College basketball and spring break attract a more youthful crowd than the Super Bowl. It makes sense.

Save Money by Going Off The Strip

Monday, 03 February 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

There’s a lot more to Las Vegas than what most people normally see. Earlier this week discussed exploring Las Vegas beyond the Vegas Strip and Downtown Vegas. There’s Red Rock Canyon, Boulder City, Henderson, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, horseback riding, golf and so much more. Just hop in a car and you’ll find a lot more in Las Vegas than you would ever think about. That’s part of what makes Las Vegas great. Venturing off the beaten path isn’t only a great way to find new things but it’s also a great way to save money. In this manner Las Vegas is no different than any other city you might visit.

Tourist areas in every city are always more expensive than where the locals hang out. If you’re in New York City you’ll pay more money for a slice of pizza in Times Square then you will when you head downtown for a slice. Las Vegas isn’t very different. You’ll save up to $1 on a cup of coffee just by visiting a Starbucks away from the tourists spots. In fact, most places you eat and drink away from the Vegas Strip will be cost less. Not only will you save 50% on a steak at Herbs & Rye during happy hour but you’ll find that dining at many restaurants away from the Vegas Strip or Downtown Vegas will cost less for similar or better quality dishes.

Making Resort Fees Work For You

Thursday, 23 January 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Resort fees stink. The only people that like resort fees are the hotels that are charging them. Resort fees are unadvertised fees for Las Vegas hotel rooms that are added to your nightly bill. The $100 hotel room you booked may actually cost you an extra 25% more per night after the fees are added to your bill. No bueno.

Most hotels in Las Vegas charge a resort fee so there’s very little you can do to avoid them. Rather than sit and complain about Las Vegas hotel resort fees it’s more useful to break down the resort fees and see what we can and can’t use. See, the resort fees include amenities that may or may not be useful. We might as make the best of the hand dealt to us so let’s look at ways to make the best of things.

SLS Las Vegas – The Latest Hotel Revival

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Last week we decided to look back at some of the best hotels in Las Vegas from the 50’s and 60’s. It’s not always easy to let go of the past but as we head into the future of the Vegas Strip it’s nice to remember what once was. One of the hotels we highlighted was the Sahara. The Sahara closed a couple years ago and will become the home of the new SLS Las Vegas when it opens later this year. All of the extinct hotels from the 50′s and 60′s have been destroyed but that won’t be the case with the Sahara. While the Sahara was completely gutted many of the bones remain in tact and will be the foundation for the new hotel, resort and casino.

Since you can gamble in just about every state in America today the focus of many Las Vegas hotel-casinos has been on making your vacation in Las Vegas a little different than in the past. No longer is the casino the only focus of the typical Vegas vacation. SLS Las Vegas understands this and will be expand on that new concept of hotel first.

Early – A Great Way to Save in Las Vegas

Thursday, 16 January 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

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.

History of Vegas Hotels – 50′s and 60′s

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The Vegas Strip has been undergoing a major transformation for the past year or so and the changes will continue through the next couple years. There are new hotels and shopping projects under construction right now with more still being planned.

You can’t go forward without knowing your history. While most of our focus is on what the future of what the Vegas Strip will look like it’s always fun to look back at some of the great hotels that occupied the Strip.

Dunes – Dunes famously stood where Bellagio currently resides. Dunes initially opened in 1955 as a low rise hotel then added a tower 6 years later and another in 1979. You can read all about their alleged mob ties at wikipedia.  The most memorable visual of Dunes was probably its 35 foot tall sultan. Dunes was sold to Steve Wynn in November of 1992 and closed in January 1993. Later that year Dunes was imploded in grand Vegas fashion to make way for Bellagio which opened in 1998 and remains one of the most beautiful hotels on the Vegas Strip.

Sands – Sands is one of the most famous hotels in Las Vegas history. When looking back it’s impossible to think Vegas would be the same without the Sands. This is where the Rat Pack performed and nothing says vintage Vegas like the marquee when Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and company performed. Sands had a great run but closed and was closed and imploded in 1996 in order to make room for the Venetian and Palazzo. The small hotel and casino just couldn’t keep up with the mega resorts that they Vegas Strip was becoming famous for.

Desert Inn – The Desert Inn was around for 50 years from 1950 through 2000. 50 years in Las Vegas is like 1,000 years in the real world. Even though the Desert Inn was remodeled in 1997 it was closed and imploded in 2000 to make way for an ambitious luxury hotel. Steve Wynn created one of the first mega resorts with the Bellagio and wanted to create something bigger and better after he sold Bellagio to MGM Resorts. He also wanted a hotel with his own name as Wynn Las Vegas opened in 2005 . Shortly after Wynn opened the property expanded with Encore. Not all was lost from the Desert Inn. The golf course was kept saved and renovated by Tom Fazio and renamed Wynn Golf Course.

Sahara – The most recent vintage Vegas closure was the Sahara. Like Sands, Sahara often hosted the Rat Pack and was one of the big celebrity hangouts in Vegas through the 50’s and 60’s. Sahara was the last hotel from the 50’s that remained open but by the time it closed in 2011 it was in great disrepair. Unlike many of the older casinos Sahara wasn’t imploded. Sahara is currently being taken apart and will receive a top down renovation into SLS Las Vegas which will open later this year.

Las Vegas is a place to have fun and indulge in so many exciting things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit, and healthy on your vacation. Many people assume that while at Vegas, it is impossible to get a workout in, or stay on a diet (healthy eating plan). It is easily possible, and very do-able. You just need to do a little planning, and know what to do.

Sticking to a Healthy Eating Plan

Just because you’re in Vegas, doesn’t mean that you should give up on eating healthy. Sure, you are on vacation, so indulge a little, but a little doesn’t mean a lot. One of the first things you will notice when you get to Vegas, are the many buffets. They are everywhere, and are very tantalizing with so many different themes, entrées, and desserts. One technique would simply be to avoid them. People in general tend to over-eat at buffets so avoiding them would be best. There are plenty of other great restaurants for you to try in Vegas as well. But again, if you are like most people, you won’t be able to make it through your Vegas vacation without visiting a buffet at least once.

Timing is Everything When Planning a Cheap Trip

Sunday, 12 January 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

One of the best ways to save money on vacation to Las Vegas is to know when to go. Some days and times are less expensive than others. There are specific times of year and even specific days in Las Vegas where you’ll find prices to be less expensive than others.

Las Vegas is run by tourists so it should be no surprise that it’s a city run by supply and demand. The more demand there is for hotel rooms, restaurants and shows the more they will charge. Likewise, the less the demand for those things the lower the prices will be.

Don’t forget – Las Vegas is always fun! It may be more fun for you when it’s crazy busy but you can save a lot of money on hotel rooms when you visit Las Vegas during a less busy time of year. For example; the hotel room that may cost $200 per night on Memorial Day weekend may only cost you $50 in between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I’ve made the week before Christmas an annual vacation in Las Vegas for years. The first time I visited before Christmas a dealer told me that his hotel was only booked at 25% capacity and that’s why our rooms were so inexpensive. That notion was confirmed by taxi drivers and employees at other casinos throughout the trip. You’ll find this is still the case when you check hotel room prices. I still use this time of year to explore some of luxury hotels since I can get hotel rooms for less than they normally charge.

AAA Discounts Available in Las Vegas

Thursday, 02 January 2014 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Travelers all across America swear by their AAA membership. It’s useful for auto travel and also for discounts at various businesses at home or when taking vacation. There are many websites and blogs dedicated to helping you vacation in Las Vegas on a small budget but they rarely discuss AAA discounts. I’ve had a AAA membership in Las Vegas and never even thought about it because I’ve never read or heard anyone discuss AAA as a great way to save money. I only found out about these discounts because I received a new credit card and had to renew my membership and had to call the Nevada office.

AAA’s website now has a search feature for discounts where you can sort by location and name of the merchant. This feature is awesome. There are currently 11 PAGES of AAA discounts available in Las Vegas for  members. Let’s look at some of those great discounts.

CES Tips for New Visitors

Monday, 30 December 2013 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

2013 comes to an end this week but we’ve been planning for 2014 for months. Las Vegas is home to many conventions but the largest of them all begins January 7. The Consumer Electronics Show (better known as CES) show takes place from January 7 through 10 mostly at the Las Vegas Convention Center. CES has grown so much in recent years that you can find parts of the expo at the LVH (next door to the convention center) and the Sands Expo & Convention Center at the Venetian.

Tech companies from all over the world come to Las Vegas to show off all kinds of new technology ranging from household appliances to robotics to computers and televisions. There are tens of thousands of people looking at the new tech toys for work and play every day. Last year there were 150,000 people at CES! This makes navigating CES a bit of a challenge.

The Top 6 Kid-Friendly Las Vegas Hotels

Monday, 09 December 2013 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

When you think of a Las Vegas vacation, the first things that come to mind probably include the gambling and the nightlife. While Vegas has become famous throughout the world for its casinos, bars, and clubs, however, it also happens to be a top family vacation destination. Many parents take their kids to see the glitz of the Strip, and they can actually have a blast staying there, as long as you try to find a hotel with amenities that cater to the younger crowd. Luckily, there are several hotels in Las Vegas that can be considered kid-friendly. Here is a look at six of them and the attractions they feature.

Las Vegas Coupon Books – LVA & ACG Overview

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

It seems as if saving money in Las Vegas is an industry unto its own. Websites like Travel Vegas offer discounts for just about anything you’d want to do when you’re in Las Vegas. Apps like Groupon offer discounts from businesses looking for customers. Technology has brought a lot of discounting in Las Vegas online but it hasn’t brought all discounting to your mobile phone, iPad or computer. Not all customers are ready to make the move online just yet.

Coupons still exist and can save you a lot of money when you come to Las Vegas. Many of the casinos still rely on snail mail and physical couponing as a major part of their marketing. You may get free play or multiplier postcards in the mail if you gamble. The only way to activate these is by bringing the offer into the casino. The same can be said for dining coupons, many of which, that are only mailed to you. These discounts are great reasons to sign up for casino players club cards.

Las Vegas Advisor has one of the most famous coupon offerings in all of Las Vegas. You can read Las Vegas Advisor online for free to keep in the loop on what’s happening in Las Vegas but in order to get the good stuff you’ll have to spend a little to save a lot. You can sign up for under $40 and receive hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in valuable coupons and more.

The Shopaholic’s Guide to Las Vegas

Monday, 02 December 2013 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

If there ever was a city perfect for shopping until you drop, it’s Las Vegas. No matter where you go for your retail therapy, once you start to slow down, you’re never very far from a luxury spa or an exotic cocktail. The only problem is knowing where to start. With so many shopping centers to choose from, how do you know which ones to target? Use this list as your game plan, and choose one or more of these prime shopping areas, each with enough retailers to keep you busy for a whole day.

Canal Shoppes at the Venetian

3377 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

Anyone who’s ever dreamed of shopping in Italy can experience virtually the same thing at the Canal Shoppes. Amid a recreation of the streets of Venice, the cobblestone walkways lead to upscale designer boutiques with names any fashion maven will recognize: Fendi, Christian Louboutin, Herve Leger. Take a lunch break in Italian style too, by grabbing a bite at Mario Batali and Joe Bastianach’s B&B Ristorante, or power up with an espresso at Café Presse.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday Vegas Deals

Friday, 29 November 2013 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Drugstores the Hidden Bargain Bin of Vegas

Friday, 29 November 2013 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Drug stores are popping up all over the Vegas Strip and they’re a great opportunity to save money. Just a couple years ago there were only a couple drug stores on the Vegas strip – one at The Venetian and one near Monte Carlo and Aria. Now you’ll find a two floor Walgreens just outside of Planet Hollywood and across the street from the Cosmopolitan. Drug stores will be opening when the current renovations are finished at both Treasure Island and the Tropicana. So, what’s the big deal? Saving money is kind of a big deal.

Casinos were once designed to keep you lost and confused so you never went outside. There were no clocks (still aren’t any), dizzying carpeting and few signs. Casinos were designed to house everything that you could ever need on your Vegas vacation so there was no point to leaving. Confusion is no longer the focus of casino design. The idea is still to keep you on the property but necessarily inside and definitely not to confuse you. Signage has improved and most things that you’ll want outside of the slot machines and gaming tables are easy to find.

Vegas Taxi Tips That Will Save You Money

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Getting charged the correct fare in a Las Vegas taxi is hit and miss. There are some cab drivers that a pleasant and take you to your destination as you’d expect. Unfortunate about 25% to 50% of all taxi drivers take you out of the way forcing you to pay more than you should. There are tales of people being charged $30 for a taxi ride that cost them $15 going the other direction. This is not cool and here are some ways to protect yourself from being overcharged by Las Vegas taxi drivers.

No Tunnel – Telling the taxi driver “no tunnel” is the most basic thing to tell the driver before heading to your destination from McCarran Airport. The tunnel adds 2-3 miles and around $5 to your taxi fare. You don’t need the tunnel so don’t take it.

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