How to Find Vegas Hotel Deals

Feb 2, 2013

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Helping my friends use my Spirit miles to book a trip to Vegas prompted me to want to refresh my memory on some of the best ways to find hotel deals in Las Vegas.  I used to be pretty good at it since we went a couple times a year.  Heck, we loved it so much we even got married there!

….but then we had a kid, and the frequency of our Vegas trips sadly decreased significantly.  So, I did what any reasonable person would do and sent out a Tweet asking for suggestions on what website are currently good at listing the up-to-date Vegas hotel deals, codes, promos, etc.  Since Vegas is a popular tourist destination, I wanted to share some of the sites that are available.

  • Purchase Vegas.com gift certificates at Costco for $80 for $100 card and use them to save on hotel rooms, show tickets, etc.  *I know this was valid as of at least a few months ago, but can’t verify that they are still available.   Update: Sounds like Costco doesn’t have these anymore (or at least not currently).
  • Earn/use points at the Palazzo and Venetian via Priority Club, at the Cosmopolitan via Marriott, or one of the smaller/off-strip hotels like Hyatt Place Las Vegas or Westin Las Vegas.
  • Smartervegas.com – requires you to sign-up to see some of the deals. You can enter your dates and search for applicable promos.  Lists popular codes and promos on the homepage.
  • Mycheapvegas.com – requires you to sign-up to see some of the deals.  Lists the latest show and hotel discounts on the home page.  You can enter your dates and search for applicable promos.
  • American Express Fine Hotel and Resort Collection or the Luxury Hotel and Resort Collection via Chase for extras like upgrades, spa credit, breakfast, dining credit, late check-out etc.
  • Hotelscombined.com – compares rates from various sites such as Expedia.com, Hotels.com, olotels.com, and more, but doesn’t list all of the current codes and promotions.  I did find some very good rates quickly on this site.
  • Betterbidding.com – this will help you decode what hotels you are bidding on or selecting via Hotwire and Priceline.  Vegas can be a great place to consider using Hotwire or Priceline especially since you usually aren’t earning hotel points anyway.
  • Dealbase.com – holy moley lots of windows opened when I searched for hotels on this site!
  • Flyertalk Vegas Hotel Deals Thread
  • Join the Player’s Clubs for the various hotel/casino chains and get super deals or even free rooms based on your play.  While my husband has gambled a fair amount from time to time and has gotten some comps as a result, I am far more of a small-time player.  However, even I have been offered free nights from time to time, and often get emails for very cheap rooms from the hotel/casinos that I frequent.  These deals are often better than what you can get via the other deal sites listed above as they are targeted for individual players, so always sign-up for the Player’s Cards, and then use them religiously while you are in the hotel/casinos.  This is actually a big reason why I don’t have more first-hand experience with the other sites, I typically just go through the Player’s Club, or last year jumped on a great deal from the Discover America promo

I used a two night stay from April 29th – May 1st to search some of the different sites to see if my results varied.  Some of these sites give you actual opportunities to book, and some give you various discounts that are available on your dates and you must decide which one is best by comparing each one individually and manually.  So, just because I found a better deal on a particular site doesn’t necessarily mean it was only listed there.  This was just a 30 minute exercise to see what I could come up with.

SmarterVegas:

Luxor $130 for Tower Deluxe Queen Room

Mirage $226 King Resort Room + two buffets

Vdara: $262 Deluxe Suite + two buffets

Harrah’s $141 Classic Room

Hotels Combined:

Luxor $102 for Tower Deluxe Queen Room

Mirage $224 King Resort Room + two buffets

Vdara: $252 Deluxe Suite (no buffets)

Harrah’s $123 Double Room

MyCheapVegas.com:

Luxor $110 Tower Deluxe Queen Room + $30 dining credit

Mirage $202 King Resort Room + $75 dining credit

Vdara $262 Deluxe Suite + two buffets

Harrah’s $106 Classic Room

Travelocity.com

Luxor $104 Tower Deluxe Queen Room + $30 dining credit

Mirage $224 King Resort Room + two buffets

Vadara $260 Deluxe Suite

Harrah’s $134 Classic Room

Those prices don’t include taxes and any applicable resort fees.  Of the four sites I actually used to search for real rooms, Hotels Combined was by far the easiest to use as it returned actual booking options with pretty good prices (other than Travelocity which of course is even easier).  How good a deal you get from sites like MyCheapVegas and SmarterVegas really depends on how many different promos/codes you want to try, and if you are willing to join their lists to access the “special” deals (for the purposes of this post I did not).

I do think there are still good Vegas deals out there, but you do have to be willing to search a few different places to find them.  It is easiest if you narrow it down to a couple of properties you are interested in and then really dig around for the best deals for those specific hotels.  Otherwise it can get to be a little overwhelming.  The Points Guy just did a post that goes more in depth on some of the hotel options if you aren’t familiar with Vegas.  If you want the easy-out, Hotels Combined gave some very decent results with minimal effort.

Please feel free to share more of your favorites or elaborate on your experiences with some of the sites already listed here.  I plan to share more about one of my favorite cities in subsequent posts in the near future!

 

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