Las Vegas is an amazing place, and it is somewhere that is a lot of fun at any time of the year. In fact, it has a reputation for being the party capital of the USA all-year-round. There are some time periods when flying to Vegas is very expensive – for example when there are major events or conferences. But there are other periods when it is quite cheap to fly there – usually when the weather is poor.
Of course, if you’re going to Vegas to hang out in casinos you probably don’t care what the weather is like – so it makes sense to take advantage of those cheaper times.
If you do want to visit when the weather is good, then you can enjoy a significant discount if you pick the right time of the week. Staying on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is much less expensive than visiting over a weekend. The flights are cheaper, and hotels are more affordable too because the hotels know that they are likely to face high demand on weekends. Compare the prices to see whether it’s worth taking time off work – it probably will be!
July and August are periods when fewer people go to Vegas – because the weather is so hot at that time of year. This is a non-issue for someone who is only interested in casinos and shows, so if you can handle the heat, pick Vegas in the summer, and try beach resorts later in the year when the weather is still good, but the school holiday crowd aren’t around.
Believe it or not, the mid-December/Early January period is quiet as well. You can save a lot of money if you travel then – but be aware that CES happens in January, so some parts of Vegas are full of trade show visitors then. Of course, trade show visitors are a relatively friendly crowd to have around compared to the rowdier bunch.
You can find out what conventions are happening, and when, by checking out the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority website. Most airlines will be charging a lot of money in the days before and after a convention, so be mindful of this when you book.
Think carefully about what you want out of the trip, too. Going all-inclusive could be a good idea if you’re going to spend a lot of time in the hotel. Buying tickets to shows in advance could save you money if you know that you will stick to a particular schedule. Set yourself a budget for the trip, and read up on ways to get comped drinks and other benefits in casinos. Don’t let yourself spend more than you intended to, and make sure that you tip generously – because the staff will take care of you if you do. Build tips into the budget, and consider them a price of doing business in Vegas.