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When is it best to book a room on the strip

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Michael Sproles, Feb 7, 2017.

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  1. Barcuss

    Barcuss Low-Roller

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    I believe that if we were to book a room 6 months in advance we would probably pay premium room rates. But at the same time we don't want to wait till the last second either. So when would be the best time to book, is it a month in advance or when could we get the best rates.

    We are going to be there March 24-28 2017. Two adults one kid. In the past we have stayed at the Luxor and Bellagio, definitely can't afford the Bellagio again but we want to stay on the strip within walking distance.
     
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    There is no "best" time. If you book directly through the hotel there is usually free cancellation and a best rate guarantee. I booked Flamingo for my wife, and I called and rebooked under a better rate 4 times and once two days in a row. But you need to keep checking the rates.
     
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  3. Champster1

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    What Wanker said!!
     
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    I always book right away and then keep looking for a better rate at the same place, or somewhere else. It's kind of fun actually. If you are in a players club(s) you can usually get the best rate by logging into your account and then getting a rate. But also check third party sites. Even package deals like Southwest offers can SOMETIMES offer a better deal (although packages aren't always refundable). So book asap when rates are up for your dates, . Same goes with rental cars if you go that route.
     
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    Like wanker751 said, it's a challenge, like a game we play against the casinos. When you see a rate you like, or at least one you can deal with, just go ahead and book it directly with the hotel. Sometimes if you book package deals or thru a 3rd party you can't just jump in and cancel so easily. Even then, I booked 4 nights at the Golden Nugget thru lasvegas.com April 22nd-26th for $46/night, heading into the NAB. Much too good a deal to pass up when most places were charging 3-5x that rate.
     
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    It depends.

    Rates will fluctuate pretty wildly over time. Most hotels these days have algorithms figuring out how booked up they "expect" to be for given dates, and the prices will change as they get behind or ahead of "pace". You get a few cancellations, all of a sudden there is a rate drop. You get a group booking, rates spike.

    So there is no magic date. If you book straight through the hotel (except for certain promos) generally you can cancel and get your deposit back up to 72 hours beforehand. So book early, then keep an eye on rates afterwords, and cancel/rebook as needed.
     
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    Yes we are also thinking of if we really need to rent a car but I think we will have since we are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon this time.
     
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    I have also noticed that we can get into a couple of comedy shows buying on Groupon which seems like a great deal.
     
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    when you've got money to burn, and you want to play 6:5 BJ, pay insane prices for food and drink, plus parking. just kidding of course. CET runs specials from time to time. book when you see something reasonable, and then cancel and re-book when you see something better. if you don't book direct, I like VEGAS.COM.
     
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    If that is the only reason, maybe only rent it for the day.
     
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    VegasVic, If booking a Southwest Vacation offer and let's say I choose the Cosmo to stay at and it's cheapest to pick City Room. Should I want to stay in a Terrace Studio should I wait till I check-in to try and get upgraded with the $20 Sandwich or would I come out better to pick it in my SW Vacation booking? Hope that makes since! LOL!! Thanks!
     
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    rent today
    no reason to wait
     
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    For me the best time is when i get a mailer offer. usually 3 to 4 months out. But assuming you have to fly there also tough because you are playing that game again with flights. My best advise is book whatever is comfortable price and just keep checking the website to see if rates have dropped. You can always cancel and rebook if you book directly with hotel. The biggest factor on rates will be demand, not quality of place. Busy weekends will easily be 4 to 5 times higher than a slower mid week.
     
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    As far as time of year, it would have to be Christmas holidays as no one is there for the most part. They practically give away rooms.
    As far as time of the week, unfortunately, it isn't like airlines where prices reset on Tuesday or Wednesday night.
     
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    Reserve, check rates, rebook and repeat! Same goes for car rentals. Since all these prices are base on supply and demand, you never know when prices will go up or down. Just hope that nobody goes at the same time you want to go so supply is big and demand is low.
     
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    The OP was asking about a specific time they are going to visit. They wanted to know when in advance they should book.

    We are going to be there March 24-28 2017.
     
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    My reading comprehension has gone down the pooper.
     
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  18. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Nah... just a few too many sodas!

    Been there, done that.
     
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    For that time frame book now.

    Too late to really game the system much, you're going to be seeing high rates due to all the events going on in March. If you want to take a chance and wait another week before booking you can get on MGM and CET's email marketing lists and see if anything pops up, but they usually black out a lot of March due to the demand. Check Orbitz and such. Unless you're into the "strip view", be flexible about where you're willing to stay and you may be able to save quite a bit, there are many resorts just off the strip (Tuscany, Rio, Palms etc.) that are less expensive and may have lower resort fees.
     
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    I just realized that is 6 weeks away. I would book soon. I just looked at one hotel (Mirage) and rates are not too bad for that time frame. Assume others are similar.

    Still, same answer. Always book today. If they get better, cancel or call and change.

     
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