5 Money-saving Tips

I try to get the most out of every Las Vegas trip while keeping a reasonable budget (which I realize will vary from person to person). Getting offers from the casino helps, but that doesn’t cover everything . Here are my top 5 money-saving tips:

  1. Check room rates while logged in to your players club account (like Total Rewards and Mlife).

    Even if you haven’t played in a while, simply having an account tends to get you at least a little break off the rack rate.  You may even find dates where you can get a comp room whether you are using an offer or not. Most casinos do rate/price matching, too.

  2. Use your CVS and Walgreens discounts.

    It is hard to walk very far on the Strip without passing a Walgreens or CVS these days. Even if you don’t have those stores where you live (and don’t have their cards), they tend to have cheaper prices on snacks, sundries and souvenirs than many other places on the Strip. If you do have a CVS or Walgreens card, though, it gets even better.  Those infamous CVS coupon printouts work in Las Vegas, too. I almost always have a 20%-30% off coupon in my CVS account. That discount applies to my usual travel needs like water, juice, snacks and travel sized toiletries. It also applies to souvenirs. On my last trip I saved a lot on souvenirs by using a 30% off coupon that I had saved to my card (no printout needed).

  3. Use ticket discounts.

    Tix4Tonight and Goldstar have discounted tickets (and even some comps) to most of the shows in Vegas. I recently saw Spiegelworld’s Opium for free through Goldstar.  Neither of these let you select your exact seat, but they still give you some control over seating area / ticket level.
    If selecting the exact seat is important to you, you can still find discounts to use when booking directly with the show. Penn&Teller always have a discount coupon in the Southwest Air magazine. Cirque du Soleil frequently  offers discounts through Club Cirque and their website. The in-room magazines and coupon books you can find in cabs and in the Monorail also have show discounts.
    I also have show discounts available on Mark’s Las Vegas Deals.

  4. Use your players card.

    Just showing your players card can get you discounts.  Having a B Connected  card gives you an instant discount on buffets at the Boyd casinos (like the Gold Coast and Main Street Station).  Mlife gives you a 5% discount at their lobby stores for having a card (and gives bigger discounts at higher tiers). Total Rewards gives a similar discount starting at the Platinum level. You can earn points and comps when you present your card while dining, shopping and buying show tickets, too.
    I cover this in a bit more detail in my   Why should I get a players club card? post.

  5. Play myVEGAS.

    myVEGAS is an online/Facebook game that lets you earn rewards just by playing.  You can play for free, but you also have the option of buying chips.  The myVEGAS family of games includes “myVEGAS” on Facebook  as well as the “myVEGAS Slots”, “myVEGAS Blackjack”, “myKONAMI Slots” and “POPSlots” mobile games (for Android and iOS). As you play those games you earn Loyalty Points (LPs) which you can use to get free rooms and shows, dining and entertainment discounts, cruises, helicopter tours,  etc. myVEGAS continues to add more rewards partners and is not limited to Las Vegas. I cover many myVEGAS topics on this site. I suggest checking my posts on redeeming Rewards , getting more Rewards and the Comp and Discount Room Calendar pages if you need more info.