Most of us know that if your traveling to Las Vegas mid-week (Sunday to Thursday night) you generally have no problem picking up a great deal. The weekend is a different story. You could wait until the last minute and probably pick up a decent deal off Hotel Tonight (see my Hotel Tonight blog post), but if you want to lock down that special hotel for your wild Vegas weekend you either have to pay up through the nose, wait until the last minute or keep your eyes on Traveldealalert.com.
Vegas Weekend Rates are Very Tricky—Let’s Try to Demystify
I started writing this blog post thinking I had drilled down on the best way to end run the high cost of Friday and Saturday night in Vegas. I was wrong. So l will take you through the steps for a specific high demand weekend this summer for four properties—The Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, The SLS Las Vegas Hotel, The Palazzo and Mandalay Bay (which also houses The Delano Las Vegas and The Four Seasons Las Vegas). All prices are for the June 19-21, 2015 weekend, priced out on May 7, 2015, and for the lowest priced room.
- The Best Deal—Get “Comped” by the Casino. Anyone who loves to gamble (and doesn’t exclusively play the penny slots) should register with the casino and try to get your room (and other goodies) on the house. One word to the wise—never alter your gambling strategy to go for comps. Play to your comfort level, have fun and, if your play merits it, grab the free room. Personally, I play at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. The location is center strip, the rooms are fantastic (the one bedroom strip view suites in the Eastside Tower are awesome) and the comps are generous.
- Specials on the Host Hotel Website/Email specials/Social Media. A great way to find the very best of Las Vegas deals is to sign up for email/social media specials from your favorite hotels. Just hit the web and sign up for the deals at your Vegas hotels and you will most likely find deals that will beat anything else you find online.
- Skyauction.com—This is a great way to nab a room on a high demand Vegas weekend. Couple words of caution about Skyauction: (a) pay attention to make sure there are no surcharges for your dates, (b) I don’t consider these “auctions” in the traditional sense–the rooms are relatively fully priced so don’t start bidding like a madman, (c) if you miss the current auction another is just around the corner, and (d) I don’t really recommend using the “Autobid” feature on Skyauction. For the weekend of the June 19-21, 2015, The SLS Las Vegas Hotel is $284 a night (with all taxes and resort fees) on the SLS website and as low as $158 a night (all in) on Skyauction. The Hard Rock Hotel is $306.84 a night (all in) on The Hard Rock website and about $199 a night on Skyauction. The Mandalay Bay is $265 a night on the Mandalay Bay website and not currently available on Skyauction. The Palazzo is not currently available on Skyauction. Although its sister hotel, The Venetian, is available on Skyauction (weekend stays are not allowed).
- Expedia/Kayak. The SLS Las Vegas is $284 a night (all in) on Expedia and $290 (all in) on Kayak. The Hard Rock Hotel is $279 on Expedia and $279 on Kayak. The Mandalay Bay is $290 on both sites. The Palazzo is $345 (all in) on Expedia and Kayak lowest price was from Vegas.com (see below).
- Vegas.com. Using the coupon code SAVE10 you can save 10% off the hotel prices on Vegas.com. Accordingly, the SLS is $281 a night (all in), the Hard Rock $250 (all in) and The Mandalay Bay is $260 a night. The Palazzo is $310 a night all in on Vegas.com.
- Hotwire. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I Love Hotwire. Las Vegas is a peculiar animal. For the June 19-21 weekend you can stay at a 5 star North Strip suite hotel for $212 a night (that’s $278 per night all in) with the following amenities: free parking; free internet; suite; resort; casino; fitness center; pool(s), restaurant(s) and business center. This is probably The Palazzo according to the good people at Betterbidding.com. You can knock off $20 off the Hotwire price by clicking through our link and using the coupon code MOM20 (though 5/11/2015 and requires a minimum purchase of $200). I also highly suggest reading my excellent article on Hotwire to help you figure out how best to navigate its intricacies.
- Hotel Tonight. The last night of my April 2015 trip to Las Vegas I used the excellent Hotel Tonight app to nab a cheap room at The Hard Rock Hotel. The list price for a fun Friday night at the Hard Rock was $107 (April 24th). However, using the HT30 coupon (see my blog post on Hotel Tonight) I paid $77 plus the $29 resort fee (truth be told I anted up another $25 for a pool view room). You can’t really price out more than a week in advance with Hotel Tonight. And FYI the Vegas prices got better the closer I got to the date of arrival. So if you’re a real gambler hold off and try to get a great last minute deal on Hotel Tonight.
Hotel prices are very volatile. Prices change from day to day. The prices quoted in this article will change 50 times before June 19th, but you get the idea. Remember, you have to compare apples to apples. All prices I quote are “all in” meaning that all taxes and resort fees are included in the analysis. I generally don’t include Priceline bidding tools because in my experience Hotwire gives you pretty much the same price at a fraction of the time investment. Generally, the closer you get to your arrival date the better the deals will get in Vegas. However, the strategy offers a level of risk–but what the hell your going to Vegas Baby!!