How to Plan a Budget Trip to Las Vegas

Posted May 21, 2020 by in Lifestyle
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The neon lights, flashy shows, and extravagant hotels of Las Vegas are worth a visit in any lifetime. But some don’t even bother to plan a vacation to Las Vegas because they think they can’t afford it. Well, here’s a secret — you can go to Las Vegas on a budget.

Here are tips on how to plan a budget-friendly trip to Las Vegas:

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Avoid Holidays and Conventions

Sin City is one of the most popular weekend destinations in the United States. So, if you’re planning a budget trip to Las Vegas, you have to avoid going there on holiday weekends or you’ll see some high accommodation rates.

Las Vegas is also known as a popular venue for conventions. If you’re flexible with your schedule, use the Las Vegas convention calendar as a guide to avoiding major events and festivals that will cause hotel rates to increase.  

Search for a Cheap Flight

Flying to Las Vegas isn’t that expensive. Getting there may be one of the least expensive parts of your trip, which isn’t always the case with most top tourist spots. But don’t book your flight right away.

You can get a cheaper flight if you book in the middle of the week instead of the weekend. If you can book a few weeks before your planned date, the better it will be. Airfare rates tend to increase within about two weeks of departure. The earlier you book, the better. 

To snag the best price, use Google Flights or Kayak. Both tell you the cheapest dates to fly to your destination.

Look for Affordable Luxury

The average hotel rate in Las Vegas in 2019 was $132.62 per night. That’s cool enough, but you don’t have to settle for that yet. If you do your homework, you will find affordable luxury in Sin City.

Choose a hotel that’s on the outskirts of the Las Vegas Strip or try planning your vacation during a particularly slow season. Don’t forget to compare the rates on different internet booking platforms.

Online travel agencies often offer large discounts, which make their rates even lower than when you book directly at the hotels. You can also search for package deals and join a rewards club to get similar or better discounts.

Find the Cheapest Way to Get Around Town

The traffic in Sin City isn’t fun, and that’s especially true on the Strip. If you want to have a budget trip to Las Vegas, you need to know how to get around town the best way possible. Transportation can be notoriously expensive, but there are ways you can avoid overspending.

The first tip is to compare prices. Rental companies can be costly, and parking fees will definitely add up from hotel to hotel. Cabs can be overpriced, but they may be worth a look if ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are surge pricing during a particularly busy time. But then again, even Uber sells bus tickets via its app, so maybe taking the bus is even cheaper if you really want to stick to a budget trip in Las Vegas.

Seek out Free Fun

Las Vegas is an attraction by itself and there are a lot of free yet fun things to do there. For instance, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is open 24 hours a day, and you can enjoy the beauty of vivid scenes made of plant and trees. Or you can visit the 1959 “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign and take a selfie in front of Sin City’s most recognizable landmark. 

If you’re willing to spend a few bucks, go on a gondola ride at the Venetian. Or ride across a zip line on Fremont Street over in Downtown Las Vegas. Better yet, hang out with the bottlenose dolphins at Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.

Ready to Go?

Now that we’ve given you the best tips to plan a budget trip to Las Vegas, you’re ready to organize your travel. But before you go, check out this Las Vegas guide which will give you up-to-date and detailed information on the city.

Sure, it’s easy to spend money in Sin City. But if you’re meticulous enough, you should be able to plan a budget trip to Las Vegas without breaking a sweat.