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Cheapest Way to Book Weekend Nights

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by jtdestef, Nov 30, 2015.

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  1. jtdestef

    jtdestef Tourist

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    So I'm making a trip to Vegas in May for a guys trip. We were planning on doing Wednesday-Saturday and taking a red eye flight back to the east coast Saturday night. Today, I hopped on a Cyber Monday deal and booked the Wednesday and Thursday nights of the trip at TI for $49 a night. I held off on booking Friday night because it was 3X as much for a Friday night as it was the previous 2 nights. I'm wondering when the best time is to book the last night of the trip. In the past, I've done a flight/hotel package, so everything was pretty standard. Are there good last minute deals to be had for a Friday night, or should I plan on going ahead and booking in the next few weeks?

    Also if anyone has any advice on where a group of guys in their mid to late twenties should stay for a Friday night. Obviously we're doing TI for the week nights, but I'm fine moving on to a different place if it would be more convenient or a lot cheaper. We've ruled out staying at Excalibur, Luxor, Circus Circus, Stratosphere and Mandalay Bay because of location/some of them are s*** holes. We don't want to spend the kind of money it takes to stay at the top tier places, so try to suggest middle tier places. I've only been to Vegas 2 other times and I stayed at Mirage both times, so I'd like to stay somewhere different. I've always enjoyed the atmosphere at the Flamingo and Harrah's the times I've visited the casinos, so those are on the list. The Linq and Monte Carlo seem to be on par, but I've never been to either. We're thinking about stepping it up for one night and staying at one of the upper middle tier places like Aria, Paris, and PH. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    For May, $150 for a Friday isn't terrible for strip properties. Getting rooms cheap (or free) on the weekend really hinges on gaming history. Does anyone have any real gaming history? My level of play sucks, but I get about $10 off for the night when I sign in with my Total Rewards card. Prices may go down later, but as long as there is a cancellation policy, you could preemptively book now and keep checking back. If you are going to "step it up" I think Aria is a no-brainer vs. PH or Paris. Looking at one weekend (may 13th) you can get 2 queens for $232+tax/fees (as long as you offically book 2 ppl...not 3 or 4).
     
  3. phantomfj

    phantomfj Low-Roller

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    tring is spot on with the Total Rewards idea, but even better if you can use 2 total rewards numbers on the same booking........if you do have Total Rewards numbers go online and look at the calendar offers......by using both mine and my girlfriends TR numbers, we can get comped rooms most weekends in May at Flamingo, Rio, Harrahs and the Linq and much lower rates at all the other CET properties............and we are pretty damn low rollers by vegas standards!!! If all fails, be sure to sign up for some cards this trip, it will give you a shot at cheaper rooms in the future.......good luck on your room quest and have fun!!!!!:beer:
     
  4. Franken Dean

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    Friday and Saturday rates are always higher than any other nights.

    If I was in my twenties and wanted a low budget fun night. It would be at the the "D" casino downtown. $89 for Friday night You get the free bands at the FSE and if any in the group are low on bankroll, you be able afford the cheap $1.49, 32 oz beer cans at the ABC souvenir shops.
    #ifthehomelessbuybeerheresocanI
     
  5. paconomad

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    I generally use Hotwire. A lot of the time they will reveal the actual property's location before you book. You just have to be wary of the fees. I also like Trivago and Hipmunk.

    I know it's off the strip and they don't have the clubs like they used to, but I love the Palms or Palms Place. Both times booked a basic room rate on Hotwire knowing which property I would get (I am pretty sure Palms Place is the only 4.5 star property for West of Strip and the Rio and Palms are the only 4 star properties while Rio should always have the word 'suite' in the amenities). Using the $20 trick, we were updated to a Salon Suite at the Palms and a 1 Bedroom Suite at Palms Place. Some of my favorite rooms I've stayed in and the Palms has a shuttle to the Strip.
     
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    smerrian Low-Roller

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    If you and your friends have TR numbers with CET definitely check them out. Go to www.caesars.com and sign in using your TR number. Once you're signed in click on reservations at the top of the page. Click on 'flexible dates', '2 adults', 'las vegas hotels' and add your friend's TR number. The whole calendar will pop up for the month with rates for all of the CET hotels. Even if you just have cards with no play some of the rooms should come up comped.
    Stu
     
  7. Auggie

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    Finding a cheap Friday night in May is going to be pretty hard if you aren't willing to scrape the bottom of the barrel at places like Excalibur, Luxor or Circus Circus.

    Personally, I would just stay at TI for the extra night:
    --> You have a really good rate for the first two nights - if you have two nights at 49 and the third is $150 that works out to only $83 per night on the average
    --> If you pick a nice place, like PH, Aria, Paris or Mirage you are most likely going to be paying more than the price at TI
    --> Its your last day there and only a three night stay: on Friday morning instead of getting up, having breakfast and starting your day you guys will be getting up, having breakfast, packing, checking out and then working your way to the new hotel... which if your room isn't ready you might not be able to check in until 3pm where you'll then have to go wheel your luggage up to the room, unpack what you need for the night and the next morning and then can finally start your day. On top of that you are going to have to pack up again the next morning.
    --> You should factor in the extra cab ride to the cost/savings of moving: if you did take Monte Carlo for something like $109 for the night you should think of it more as $125-130 for that night because you'll need to take that extra taxi ride there... plus if you end up on a section of The Strip where you don't want to be then you have to figure cab fare to and from again as well (IE: if you stay at Monte Carlo but want to spend last night at Mirage). So if you do pick to switch hotels for the last night it should be to somewhere where you actually want to spend that night.
    --> Keep in mind that you are talking about moving hotels and checking in on a Friday... thats going to be the busiest check in day of the week, plus with it being May you can be pretty sure that there are going to be some pretty good sized lines at the hotel when you go to check in for your switch.

    Just to clarify: I am a big proponent of switching hotels during a stay and my wife and I do it every trip to Las Vegas... I just wouldn't do it on a three day trip because your vacation isn't that long in the first place and the whole hotel shuffle part is going to suck up a good percentage of it.
     
  8. jtdestef

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    No gaming history for anyone in the group except of myself and I'm a very low roller (play the minimums at BJ tables). We'll probably stay at TI for the Friday as well, but since I got such a great rate on the Wednesday and Thursday, I thought we might want to step it up for Friday. I just didn't know when would be the best time to book to get the best rate/if there were any good sites. It'll be my first guys trip to Vegas, so I didn't know if we should switch to hotel with a party pool or a good scene for partying. None of the other guys have been to Vegas so I was also wondering if we should stay near the other end of the strip so they could take in everything.

    Even though I've only stayed next door at Mirage, I've only been inside TI for a total of about 2 minutes. Can anyone let me know how a group of guys in their mid 20s would fit in? From reviews I've read, the pool scene doesn't seem like it would be anywhere close to a party pool. I'm not looking for a Wet Republic experience, but something where people our age will be out, drinking, and having a good time. Is the casino and bars good for meeting people our age (mainly women)?
     
  9. JeJas

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    you guys will fit in TI very well.
    The pool is very small though.
     
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