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Safe bets: Ways to save in Las Vegas

10.18.2013
Topic U.S. Travel

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Taking a trip to the Las Vegas Strip can seem like a bank account-draining experience. From the endless rows of slot machines to the thousands of restaurants, bars and nightclubs dotting the neon pathway, Las Vegas can stretch out your pockets well before your trip is over.

When planning a Sin City getaway, it’s best to budget your meals and activities beforehand to cut down on wasteful spending and reserve some money for hitting it big at the Blackjack tables. Learn how to find a good deal on the Las Vegas strip with these travel tips:

Get a room
Start the vacation saving early with your hotel reservation. It might take longer, but searching for deals on hotel rooms pays off in the end. Certain websites feature substantial discounts on hotels all the way up and down the Strip. These reductions will save you anywhere from 10 to 50 percent on some of the city’s most desirable spots. If you’re on a tight budget, also consider taking a trip during the week rather than the weekend, when the hotels increase their room and suite rates.

Pack the necessities
You might be tempted to pack light and leave your soap and toothbrush behind, only to purchase them later at the hotel gift shop. However, the gift shops at Las Vegas hotels dramatically up the prices on hygienic necessities, snacks, beverages and other necessities. Try bringing along your own toiletries or buying them at a store in your town before you leave to save you the stop. If you’re renting a car, buying snacks for your room at a local grocery store off the Strip will give you some extra cash for the slot machines.

Buffet discounts
Numerous Las Vegas casinos have players’ clubs that offer rewards in the form of dining comps and points. For example, Caesar Entertainment’s Total Rewards program - which covers Caesar’s Palace, Paris, Harrah’s, Bally’s, Planet Hollywood and the Flamingo Hilton - accumulates your points until you have enough for special benefits, including discounts at various participating restaurants. The program also operates the Buffet of Buffets, which grants hotel patrons 24-hour access to buffets at Caesar-owned hotels when signing up for a two-night stay. Other hotel organizations, such as the MGM Group, also offer deals at their buffets.