A trip to Vegas is like a trip top Disneyland in lots of ways – but if you make a mistake it can be like a trip to hell instead. You’ve heard the tagline – what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas and for the most part that’s because people are too embarrassed of their mistakes to tell you about them but there are some big no-nos when it comes to Vegas and the top one isn’t losing all your money in a casino. If you go to Vegas and lose all your money at the Tropicana – that’s because you’re one of those born every minute and there’s nothing I can do for you, but these three mistakes can cost you just as much – or more.
1) You didn’t book your hotel room in advance.
I hear ya, I like to fly by the seat of my pants when I travel too, but Las Vegas, Nevada is not the place to do it. There are a gazillion hotels in Vegas and you’ll find a room, but you might find it in crackland, far off the strip, or even in a shitty cockroach filled home for the repulsive. Here’s what you do instead:
Find a hotel that fits your needs – bringing your pet? got kids? want to be near the strip? want shows in the hotel? - Do your homework. Check out sites like Travelzoo and Hotwire for the latest deals or sneak a peak in the latest edition of Lonely Planet for what they recommend. Or, even look at TripAdvisor to see who is rated highest – then go to the website of the hotel and contact them directly. Ask for a discount, ask for special service, ask for the moon – It’s Vegas – if you catch them on the right day, they might give it to you. Don’t forget to check the visitlasvegas.com website – this is the LV Tourist Bureau and they know which hotels are full and more importantly which are empty – you’ll find deals there – especially midweek.
Here’s a super hot tip – find the lowest prices on Hotwire and then bid 10% lower on Priceline. Jackpot every time!
2) You didn’t join a Players Club or Slot Club
I don’t care if you don’t gamble. You’re in Vegas and besides this isn’t about gambling – it’s about taking the astounding discounts on just about everything that Vegas casinos give to those they think will gamble. Almost every casino/hotel has one and if you want to cut your bill by a huge amount – all you have to do is join. In addition, it makes gambling more affordable because come on, you’re in Vegas.
3) You think you’re an actor in a movie instead of someone getting conned
This is the biggest scam in Vegas for hungry University students to pull. Imagine that a good looking stranger starts talking to you and tells you they just won big. They are friendly and offer to treat you to a fantastic expensive meal because they don’t want to eat alone but want to celebrate their good luck -
Hey, the luck is on you because after the meal they disappear before the check is paid and guess who is left holding the bill? You. Yeah, that blows.
So there you go – save some cash, get some great benefits, and don’t get stuck with the bill – all of that means your trip to Vegas will Rock instead of Roll. Have fun!