Trip Hack Guide: Las Vegas

Trip Hack Guide: Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…this is especially true with money. Sin City is filled with adrenaline-fueled casinos, never-ending cocktails, and luxurious mega-resorts. Your wallet has never been so tempted to be emptied at any hour of the day. Before going it’s definitely worth checking out these hacks & tips to help your travel budget…


Airfare Hacks:

Cheapest time to go:   January and February

Most Expensive:  June and July

When to fly:  Fly out on a Tuesday, return on a Wednesday

Best time to buy: On a Wednesday 4-6 weeks in advance

Cheapest Flight & Hotel Packages always found using:  

Red Tag Vacations (from Canada)

Expedia Vacations (from everywhere else)

Best Airlines: Air Canada, WestJet, and Delta Air Lines have the lowest fares.

Am I getting a good deal? Good deals for this route are priced below $394.


Accommodation Hacks:

Hostel Prices: Dorm for $20-30 USD/person. Not recommended as they are away from the strip.

2-3 star hotel prices:  $30-80 USD/night using Expedia

4-5 star hotel prices:  $80+  USD/night using Expedia

Expedia: Las Vegas is a massive tourist destination, so there are often packages on Expedia for 20-30% when booking your air or car rental together.

Jetsetter: Often has flash sales of only 4-5 star hotels like the MGM or Trump for 20-40% off. You can access the Las Vegas deals here.

Hotwire:  If you aren’t too picky with the brand of the hotel and are willing to forfeit  the name of the hotel for up to 50% off. You can access the deals here.  


Airport Transportation:

Super Shuttle: $15 USD/person for a one-way to a centrally located Las Vegas hotel.

Taxi:  Taxis cost $18-30 plus tip from the airport to a Strip location.

The Westcliff Airport Express (WAX): Departs at least every hour from the zero level at both T1 and T3 from around 6am to 11pm. The WAX travels down Tropicana Avenue and stops at the MGM Grand. This stop is an easy walk to Tropicana, Hooters Casino, MGM. Next the WAX stops in front of NYNY. From this stop Excalibur is across Tropicana, from Excalibur there is Atram  to Luxor and Mandalay Bay to the south.

Tip: Most hotels and resorts in the Las Vegas beach area offer a complimentary shuttle. Be sure to check with your hotel to arrange this.



Car Rental: Average prices are $200/ week (taxes included).

Cheapest Car Rental Rates found using:  Priceline OR Expedia

Monorail: The Monorail is $12 USD for a one day pass but there are also a few free routes depending on your destinations.

Taxis: Taxis are your best option and will cost around $15 USD per trip.

 *Taxis are the best option as hotel valet prices are expensive with a rental car. 


Food & Drinks:

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant or buffet: $10-20 USD/person

Mid-range 2 course meal: $50-100 USD/ person

Beer: $5.00 USD each

Cocktail: $8-10 each

*Check out Groupon for Las Vegas food & drink deals between 50-90% off 

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