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First Time Visitors Should Know These Things


shutterstock_283373477Are you going to Vegas for the first time? It can be somewhat overwhelming if you are not prepared for Las Vegas. It is not, in any way just another big city. So, it makes sense to do a little research before your first visit.  Here are a few tips that may help you save time. money, and a lot of frustration.

First, if you have a hotel reservation don’t show up early. Chances are they will charge you a fee for checking in early. On my last trip the Flamingo hit me for $20 for being an hour early.

Also, if you didn’t read the small print in your booking confirmation, you may have an unpleasant surprise. On checkout, your hotel will likely tack on an additional $12-40 or more per day for a resort fee. Resort fee is code for we want more of your money. Sometimes you will get something for your resort fee, like free Wi-Fi or access to the pool, but in many cases, you won’t benefit much, if at all.

If you imbibe in alcoholic beverages don’t order from a bar and pay $7-$12 or more. Sit at a slot machine, any slot machine and play. It doesn’t matter how much you bet or how slow you play. As long as you sit there, drinks are free. This is true for table games too. Of course, you still pay for it with your bets, but you can bet slow. There are penny slots

If you rent a car or drive into Vegas use valet parking. You will tip when you pick up your car, usually at your discretion. Some places have started charging set fees, so check first. Otherwise, you will walk forever from wherever you park in a parking lot and then you have to walk back when you are dog tired. Another problem could be if you can’t remember where you parked your car. This is a nightmare. Been there, done that.

MGM properties are now charging parking fees so you will be hit with these too if you park or stay at any of their properties. MGM’s Las Vegas properties are listed here.

Finally, the rule is that nothing is really free in Vegas. One way or another it will cost you. If you are offered a free show, run. If you don’t, you will find yourself in an arm twisting sales routine for a time share. If you can endure that kind of pain, then go for the show. There are some daytime shows that are free, but usually these come with a one or two drink minimum. Again, you pay for the “free” stuff.

Enjoy your trip. Vegas is fun and fascinating. As always, if you have questions, post them or contact us via message and we will try answer them for you.


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