The very first time we went to Vegas, and we stayed three months, we blew a large part of our budget during our first 2 months; by the third month we were limited in our accommodation choices (it was not fun!) and we couldn’t splash out on lavish buffets or lavish shows as we did in the previous months. So, finding ways to save money or finding ways to get things for free is key in Vegas. If you do what we do, you’ll end up paying nothing or 50% of any advertised price.
Getting free stuff in Vegas – Update: these days ‘free stuff and free upgrades’ (when given directly by the resorts) seem to be, primarily, for those who gamble a lot in the way described on ‘how to gamble in Vegas‘. The new ‘freebie’ trend goes like this: you book, you pay the price (it could even be comped, this does not matter), you gamble in a clever way and the next day you go to casino marketing or to your casino host and get your room rate (or buffet price or whatever) refunded or, at least, get it all refunded (or partially refunded) when you check out. Last time we stayed at Mirage, we had practically everything we paid for refunded.
Some resorts are better than others at this. Mirage is one of the best in our experience and, luckily, they have a lot to offer in terms of ‘freebies’ (shows, dolphin habitat and secret garden, great rooms, etc).
Update on free shows (regular shows, not the most popular ones): you can get free shows in the way described below) but it’s not a guarantee; some timeshare presentations tell you upfront (as to what you get) and, if they are not clear, I would simply walk away to the next offer). Vegas is still a place where you can have a great time at a reasonable price, but (unlike in the ‘good old days’) you have to be really careful and … Experienced. If not experienced, you need to research many sources online ahead of time. Don’t listen to one bell only; and remember: Vegas is always evolving and changing, and so are the resorts’ policies. Make sure that what you read is updated. The following is the general overview on how to get free stuff in Vegas.
There are ways you can enjoy the best Vegas shows without breaking the bank account, so to speak. Discounted Vegas show tickets are a good way to do so.
More on free stuff in Vegas: a toolkit list:
1 – The first thing to do when you arrive in Vegas is to sign up for a player’s card, in every casino group you can get to. New members always get free stuff in Vegas, from a meagre T-Shirt to a free lavish buffet for 2 or, sometimes, some free play (namely you can play at slot machines for free for a limited value/amount of time). After you have received these freebies, you can use the players card to accumulate points; from playing slots to buying your lunch, make sure you get the cashier to register the amount paid (if at a buffet, for example) onto the card so that it contributes to your points.
Every casino group (such as MGM, Caesar’s Entertainment or Boyd Gaming, for example) has a different points structure but the principle is the same: at some thresholds you will be entitled to either free food or free accommodation or free shows or anything that is being part of their promotional strategy at the time you are playing. We recommend our updated page on which Vegas resorts gives you the Best Rewards for your Gambling.
2 – If it’s your first time in Vegas you must mix your paid activities with the many free Vegas attractions you man enjoy; in fact, even if you are seasoned Vegas visitor you could re-visit these free attractions simply because they do change occasionally and, at the very least, they get ‘revamped’. Hosting free or low-cost attractions is still a viable way for casinos to entice new crowds, so they will always try and offer something worth seeing.
Go to our the 2nd part of our free stuff in Vegas topic: Tools to Get Free Stuff in Vegas