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Las Vegas on the Cheap: Where I Found Deals for Vacation

Updated on March 5, 2010

My husband and I recently took a trip to Las Vegas, NV as a quick getaway from work, a toddler, and everything else stressful in our lives. I like to think I have some mean deal-hunting skills, and here, I offer to share them with all of you. Maybe you can take that escape you've been dreaming about! Here's the rundown...


Cheaps flights (especially to Las Vegas) can be hunted down fairly easily nowadays. Airline companies want our business and that is being reflected in discounts. Scour lots of websites before committing to a price. Do not book a flight under the assumption that they're all going to cost the same.

First, I searched sites like,, and I wasn't finding the price range I was hoping for, so I kept on looking. What I finally realized is that not all airlines list their prices on these sites! Because of this, it is worth your effort to look at individual airlines' websites for deals. These include Southwest and Allegiant Air, among many others, I'm sure. Go to your aiport's website, see which airlines fly out of it, and look 'em up.

Be flexible. Be open to flying out of another nearby airport. My husband and I decided it was worth driving an extra 45 minutes to Milwaukee, rather than flying out of Chicago, to get the flight price we wanted.

What I found: Southwest Airlines - Milwaukee Airport - $89 each way. Total price for 2 including taxes & fees = $395.80.

As a bonus, Southwest is one of the few airlines that hasn't started charging for checked luggage. Total cost for baggage check = $0.00.


I consider Travelzoo to be the be-all-and-end-all of travel sites, especially for hotel deals. They have a team of employees that does nothing but scour the internet for the best travel deals and compiles them all into one place. They even negotiate special Travelzoo promotions with hotels, which often include a discounted room along with a food or resort credit. For a couple months leading up to our trip, I kept an eye on the Las Vegas section of the site.

What I found: Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino - $49/night, including $25 food credit & 2 show tickets. Total price for 2 nights including tax = $110.74.

As a bonus, we were upgraded to their brand new Rush Tower upon arrival.

Again, be flexible. Our stay in Vegas was Wednesday through Saturday, but this Golden Nugget deal was only good for our Wed. and Thur. nights. So, on Friday night, we stayed down the street at Fitgerald's for the cheaper weekend rate.

What I found: Fitgerald's - $71.12 for Friday night, including breakfast and tax.


Grand Total = $577.66

-includes flight, hotel for 3 nights, $25 food credit, 2 show tickets, and breakfast.



Here are a few ways we saved on food while in Las Vegas:

  • 2-for-1 coupon for Rio's Carnival World Buffet from the 2010 American Casino Guide (See below).
  • $50 gift certificate purchased for $4 from (search online for current coupon codes) for Fleur de Lys at Mandalay Bay.
  • $25 food credit with our hotel booking went toward our $28 room service bill.

Please post your own great travel finds in comments,

I'd love to hear 'em!


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      angie ashbourne 

      7 years ago

      You have some good advice.


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