…will be revealed on Monday’s post!
That’s right! This past weekend hubs and I were off on one of our weekend adventures, this time to Las Vegas, NV. We just got in this morning (at 5:30 am… yikes!), so for today’s post I’ll share our travel tips on how we managed to do this trip for next to nothing (if I don’t fall asleep sitting here first).
We ended up flying Spirit Air to Vegas for less than $150/person round trip– we know. It looked to almost too good to be true to us, too. The catch? Spirit Air is a discount airline- and I don’t just mean the you-only-get-half-a-coke-and-no-peanuts discount airline. Spirit is a charge for everything (including printing your boarding pass), no leg room, older plane discount airline. So why fly with them if my 6’4″ husband had to ride to Vegas with his knees up around his ears and we were only able to take one carry-on each? Spirit’s fares are much, much cheaper. Why? They don’t include check in a the airport, printing the boarding pass, advertising, checked bags, large carry ons, in-flight refreshments, leg room, etc. Basically, you’re only paying what it actually costs the airline to fly you without all the “unnecessary baggage.”
Travel Lesson Learned: Flying discount airlines for a weekend getaway (when you’re willing to sacrifice a few of the normal “comforts” of flying) can save you a hundred dollars or more on your fare.
We stayed at the Bluegreen Club 36 Resort. It’s two blocks off the strip (right behind the MGM Grand) and is a timeshare resort. We were able to get our rooms for $87 a night (we were able to use the “Friends and Family” discount because we know some people who are owners at the resort). Anyone can book at the resort and the rates are usually lower than the hotels on the strip. No, it wasn’t as convenient being two blocks off the strip as having a hotel right there would have been, but the resort has a shuttle that runs hourly to the strip and cabs to the far end only run about $10. So how much did we save? Doing some looking, weekend prices for strip hotels start at about $179 a night. In comparison, the Bluegreen resort typically runs at $109 a night. For a two night stay, that’s some serious savings!
Travel Lesson Learned: Staying a few blocks off the strip allowed us to save money for doing other things in Vegas.
3. Discount Shows
While we were in Vegas, Kevin and I used a ticket service called Tix 4 Tonight which offers discount show tickets, attraction admission, and restaurant discounts based on the daily demand. By signing up for their text message service, we were able to save an extra $2 per ticket and get in the “VIP” ticket line, saving about half an hour of waiting.
Travel Lesson Learned: Using a discount ticket service and allowing them to spam our cells for the weekend (we disabled the texts when we left) saved us a ton on the show we saw.
What else did we do? Well, we got dressed up and went out on the town. Isn’t the hubs handsome?
We saw giant pumpkins and Chihuly glass at the Bellagio.
We sampled sixteen different Coca-Cola soft drinks from around the world. We both loved Inca Cola from Peru and Kinley Lemon from the UK. Beverly Soda from Italy, however, was awful (note my expression…it tasted like dirty socks and dishwashing detergent got together and had a fizzy baby that spit up on itself- really)!
All together, the hubs and I were able to have a weekend getaway in Las Vegas for less than $500, airfare included. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.
Have you taken any weekend getaways lately? Do anything fun and exciting this weekend? Have any tips on replacing a lost iPhone(I left my iPhone somewhere between Caesars Palace and the Wynn 😦 )?