Visiting Las Vegas in February 2014 for 7 days I spent over $3,000 for a family of 3 to eat, visit the Hoover Dam, visit 4 museums, visit two factories, gamble for an hour, see Circus Du Soeil, and see the downtown Las Vegas light show. I went back in June, peak season, and took my parent there for 7 days and saw the same attractions, booked 2 hotel rooms instead of 1, and gambled more for $500.
Instead of calling casinos to get the lowest room rate, in February it was $59 a night at Circus Circus, I went on Priceline and Kayak for rooms. After applying an online coupon I got a room at Circus Circus for $17 a night, saving $294. Instead of booking through Papillon website for a Hoover Dam tour I rented a car and drove. Papillon charged $142 for their Hoover Dam tour which included a 10 minute power plant tour, no interior Hoover Dam, and a bus ride by the dam. I spent $20 for a rental car at EZ and $33 for interior Hoover Dam tickets saving $89 and seeing more of the dam. I rented the car for 2 more days for $40 to see Ester’s Chocolate Factory, Las Vegas Cheese Factory, Shelby Museum, Boulder Antique Car Museum, Cactus Museum, Fremont Street Light show, and Red Rock History Museum instead of buying bus tickets and monorail passes for a saving of $560.
Prior to going to Las Vegas I searched online for time shares in Las Vegas and called about incentives. Several offered free show tickets and meals in exchange for listening to a 15-30 minute presentation. I chose the Polo timeshare because they offered a seminar in California so I had my Circus Du Soeil tickets and free meal voucher prior to starting my vacation After spending 30 minutes with them, and saying multiple times that I was not interesting in purchasing the time share, I got 4 free show tickets and 4 meal vouchers. This saved me over $450 since the Circus Du Soelil tickets alone were over $100 each.
Next I signed up for the Station Casino Rewards Card. This gave me 50% off Station Casino buffets, which saved me $30 per meal plus I got $10 of free play, which I shared with my family. Playing on nickel machines we spent over an hour gambling and still cashed out with $12 and got 8 free drinks while playing saving over $90 compared to buying our own drinks and buying $10 of gambling chips. Over the 7 days we were there we signed up for 14 free casino rewards cards all of which gave $5-$50 of free play credits. After a few winnings we ended of up $300 ahead compared to if we had bought the play credits and got about $60 in free drinks as we were sitting gambling.
I cut the cost of buffets at the non-Station casinos by printing out coupons from online sites such as Shop at Home, Discount Vegas, Las Vegas Advisor and Vegas Traveling in addition to buying deals on Group On and Restaurant Dot Com where I got 40%-60% off the price of buffets. This saved me over $1050 considering buffets are about $20-$40 a person for dinner at nicer casinos such as Wynn and even a breakfast buffet at Circus Circus is $15.
I added more free fun by downloading the Las Vegas Strip Travel Guide, which lists all the free shows at the casinos and their times. This includes the street performers and circus acts at the Venetian, the water show at the Bellagio, the volcano at the Mirage, the animal display at Mandalay Bay, the street performers at Paris, performances at Caesars Palace, and aerial show and carnival at the Riviera.