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Vegas Budget Extenders . . . .and I'm not just talkin' buffets! Updated 04/14

Jun 4, 2006  I've gone to Vegas so many times as a tourist that I've gotten to know what to look for from the TOURIST's view point. . . not those way off the strip places that only the locals can get to!
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Learn the secrets to having a "cheap" vacation in Las Vegas! A little knowledge is dangerous and I'll let you in on a few insider secrets and tricks including direct links to coupons and other internet web specials. If you can use all the links below in a 2 day weekend--well, you're one mighty fine budget traveler!

  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Shopping, Never been before, Repeat visitors, Sports buffs
  • Appeals to: Business travelers, Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travelers, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Taxi Rates and Fees from/to McCarren Airport

    Don't get long-hauled--know what you taxi rate should be from McCarren airport to your hotel and Save!

  • 2. Stay center Strip from less than $30/night

    When I originally started this listing rooms were available at $25/night at Imperial Palace--now there are MANY rooms available on the strip for less than $30/night!
    And who says Vegas isn't a bargain? YMMV plus don't forget that most properties are adding additional "fees" per night also. This link includes ALL of Las Vegas. . . updated DAILY!

  • 3. Keep busy with over 100 FREE Attractions in Las Vagas!

    Over 100 free things to see or do in Las Vegas with many of them located on the Fabulous Strip! Trying to see even half of these could take days!

  • 4. $50 in FREE Play--Center Strip

    Sign up for the Casino Royal's Player's Club and get $50 in FREE slot play. Granted you do play on their "special" machines--but a friend of mind did this recently and said she had a great time doing it!

  • 5. $5 bucks off A-List Strip Buffet

    Las Vegas is known for their buffets and one of the best is at Planet Hollywood--The Spice Market Buffet (name is a carry over from when property was named The Aladdin) Coupon is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner--but lunch is cheaper and runs until 3pm! Brunch replaces lunch on the weekends but includes champagne! YUM!!!!

  • 6. Discounted, Same-Day Tickets for Strip Shows

    You won't find 2for1 discounts to the top, top Vegas shows like Mystere, O, Ka, etc here but you'll get some great bargains for second tier type shows including: Nathan Burton, Jubilee, Legends in Concert, Human Nature, Crazy Girls, Penn and Teller--just to name a few. (not all available at all times) Top tier shows can now often be found at a discount of up to 40% off for day of shows! NOW 11 Locations to serve you! Day of purchase only--some available for next day.

  • 7. 1/2 Price Dinner Entrees

    When you're booking your 1/2 price show reservations, check out the half price meals available thru this well-known Las Vegas discounter! Menus and restaurants change constantly, but hey--1/2 price show and a meal? Only hitting a jackpot would be luckier!

  • 8. Great show for FREE!!!!

    Center strip at Harrrah's--the Piano Bar (just inside main door to Carnaval Court) is one of the best free shows on the Strip! Every Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri at 2pm, 3pm, and 5pm you can sit down just a few feet away and watch Big Elvis, also known as Pete Vallee. If you close your eyes, you'd swear that Elvis had NOT left the building! Also, in the same area they have Karaoke and Dueling Pianos with twin sisters. And when you're in Vegas at karaoke--you never know who might turn up!

  • 9. Free Las Vegas Magazine with Coupons to PRINT in Advance!

    Click on the above link, then click on circle with "Download Vegas Values" on it. (Note when you "page" thru the mag, remember the print the front and back of the coupon) Also, LVM-Las Vegas Magazine (formerly known as ShowBiz Weekly) is usually available in your hotel room and the 24/7 Mag is almost always available in taxis and other places around town. Both are loaded with coupons! Cut 'em out and use 'em!

  • 10. Cheap Transportation Up and Down the Strip with Deuce/Express/Strip Buses

    The RTC's Deuce buses (double deckers) go up and down the strip all day at $8 for a 24 hour pass and $20 for a 3 day pass. Drivers usually will announce the next stop so you have an idea where to get off and you can stay on and ride all the way downtown to Fremont Street. Sure beats walking! ***Be aware that at many stops you MUST buy your pass from the vendor machine located at the bus stop.****

  • 11. 21st Century Transportation via the Las Vegas Monorail!

    Sleek, comfortable, reasonable transportation for the 21st Century! The $12 ticket is good for 24 HOURs from time of purchase. Also, look for their coupon booklets at the various monorail stations in the center of the platforms.

  • 12. Free Shuttles Coast Properties

    Free shuttles that go between Bally's (strip)/Gold Coast (across from Rio and Palms) Also a shuttle between Gold Coast and Orleans. And check out their rate calendar with rooms from $29/night!

  • 13. Free Shuttles Harrah's Properties

    A free shuttle that goes between Harrahs to Rio and Ballys/Paris to Rio. Free is always the best deal! 10am - 1 am daily. From Rio one can walk across the street to the Gold Coast or Palms.

  • 14. Slot Cards-Harrah's Total Rewards

    Next time you're in Las Vegas, at every casino that you walk into, register at their slot club for their player's card. Harrahs slot card is good at Harrahs, Flamingo, Ballys, Paris, Rio, The Quad, Caesars and almost 30 casinos outside of Nevada and a few more in Nevada! Once you're on the casino's mailing list you'll start getting offers for rooms based on your play. Give them enough play and the rooms are free or at the very least they're at greatly reduced prices called the "casino rate". Also, you'll often earn comps or cash back that can be used against the room charges when you check out. Ask at the slot/player's club desk when you sign up.

  • 15. Slot Cards--MGM/Mirage

    Next time you're in Las Vegas, at every casino that you walk into, register at their slot club for their player's card. MGM/Mirage M-Life player's card is good at Mandalay Bay, Luxor, MGM Grand, Excalibur, NYNY, Monte Carlo, Bellagio, Mirage and several others in Nevada and outside of Nevada. Once you're on the casino's mailing list you'll start getting offers for rooms based on your play. Give them enough play and the rooms are free or at the very least they're at greatly reduced prices called the "casino rate". Also, you'll often earn comps or cash back that can be used against the room charges when you check out. Ask at the slot/player's club desk when you sign up.

  • 16. Internet Room Rates--Harrahs/Caesars Properties

    Follow the above link for the -- "Best Rates at Our Casinos. Period." Link will show ALL properties including Las Vegas.

  • 17. Internet Room Rates--MGM/Mirage

    Be one of the first to hear about special Internet room rates, promotions, contests and special events by creating a MGM Grand Guestbook Account! Other internet room rate specials can be obtained through the web sites for the following properties: Bellagio, Mirage, NYNY, Excalibur, Luxor, Monte Carlo, Excaibu, Luxor and Mandalay Bay

  • 18. Cheap EVERYTHING--including Spas, Golf and Nightclubs!

    If you haven't heard of Travel Zoo--well, you're missing a lot! Offers vary all the time from rooms, attractions, food, GOLF, nightclub access to SPA services! Check them out before you go or while you're in town! Can't go wrong at the Zoo!

  • 19. Drinks for .99 and Tacos for $2/each

    Many specials for breakfast, lunch, hot dogs, happy hours, 24/7, graveyard etc. The $2 tacos are in the little Mexican restaurant in the back of Ballys near the down/lower level escalator that goes to the pool.

  • 20. $1 Michelob/Lite Bottles and $1 Margaritas Center Strip!

    24/7. What more can I say?

  • 21. Shopping Discounts!

    Shopping discounts at Miracle Mile Shops/Planet Hollywood, Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, The Fashion Show Mall (across from Wynn), The Forum Shops at Caesars (Caesar's Palace), The Grand Canal Shoppes/Venetian, Las Vegas Outlet Center, Las Vegas Premium Outlets. More shopping than a husband can stand!

  • 22. Car Rental Deals

    Budget of Las Vegas has their very own web site with deals ONLY available in Las Vegas!

  • 23. Car Rental Deals

    Dollar Car Rental has more rental locations in Las Vegas than any other rental company thus saving the airport fees that are attached to renting at the airport. Try removing the "Corporate Code" and on the next screen click on the "city specials" and compare prices! Fly then Drive with Dollar Deals!

  • 24. Las Vegas Show Guide

    Find out what shows and headliners are going to be in Las Vegas when you're there! Search by a day or range of dates! Also includes lounge listings and lounge acts are FREE!

  • 25. Free Wi-Fi

    Everything works better with free wi-fi. . . . here's a list in case you're wondering.

  • 26. Vegas Values Report by Scot Krause

    Find out the best Vegas values and most current casino/hotel promotions --all in one place!

  • 27. Before you go, check out-- myVegas Baby!

    Play slots for free and earn points. Earn points and trade in for rewards such as buffets, room nights etc! It does take a bit to build up your points but once you get going--watch out! A friend of mine booked her entire honemoon using myVegas rewards! On-line plays via Facebook or download the app to your phone or tablet.

  • 28. Before you go, check out-- Blog

    Jean Scott was frugal before frugal was popular! She's also know as
    the Queen of Comps!

  • 29. Before you go, check out-- Resort Fees

    Check out what the resort fee is for your property and what it includes. If you're gonna pay it you might as well get everything ya got coming to ya!

  • 30. Before you go, check out-- Groupon!

    We're all familiar with Groupon--well, Vegas does Groupon BIG! At this time there are 1000 total "Goupons" available for the Las Vegas Area. Everything from buffets, to tours, to go-carting, to golf, to shows to Yard Sized drinks! Both on and off the strip. With Groupon -- you can't go wrong.