Almost everyone visiting Las Vegas needs a hotel room and there are many ways to receive a cheaper rate when booking. I will list them here in order of effectiveness, but remember a little effort searching now can help you save a lot of money for gambling or partying later.
1. Deal Websites
If you are looking for just a hotel room, and not a flight, deal websites are the best places to find cheap rates. You can look on Deal News or Slickdeals for some of the best rates in Las Vegas. To find deals pertaining to hotels, just type “Las Vegas” into the search box and most of the deals found in the search will pertain to hotels. I have seen rates for $69 a night at Planet Hollywood Towers and $39 a night at MGM Grand. Both deals are fantastic, so do not rule out finding a great deal on a third-party website.
2. Southwest Vacation Packages
This might seem surprising to people, but if Southwest services your nearest airport you may be in for a load of easy savings. When you book your hotel and flight at the same time both the hotel and the airline are subsidizing their prices, which means more savings for you. I would not have believed it either, because I feel like most vacation packages do not save you much money. Luckily, I learned quickly and have booked many vacation packages from southwest.com, but only after searching for better deal unsuccessfully.
If you are looking to stay in Vegas for the weekend but have flexible flight times it is often cheaper to leave Monday rather than Sunday. You get an extra night in the hotel for less money! The main reason for this is because flights on Monday are usually cheaper than Sunday flights so you can extend your stay and keep more money to yourself.
Southwest vacation packages are not ticketless. This means they send you your plane tickets in the mail, and if you lose them you will have to pay for a new flight. This also means you cannot check in using your credit card when you get to the airport and to save time you should go through the assisted check in line.
Hotel: The Wynn
Room Type: Resort King
# of Nights: 5 (Thursday through Tuesday)
# of People: 2
Flight: San Jose, CA to Las Vegas (Direct)
Cost: $800 total ($400 per person)
Dates: June 17, 2010 through June 22, 2010
Vegas hotels are most expensive Thursday through Saturday and June is a very popular time for people to go to Vegas. During this weekend many events were going on including the World Series of Poker, a North American Poker Tour event, and a MMA fight to name a few. Weekend rates at the Wynn can easily be over $200 a night and flights from San Jose to Vegas are about $150 each so I received the rooms at less than 50% of their normal rates.