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How to Get Free Stuff in Las Vegas

The latest update is on our 3rd paragrapth.  Saving money in Vegas is important, but even more important is to learn how to save money and where to save money. One of the mistakes many Vegas visitors make is to blow cash early in their holiday and find themselves almost penniless towards the end of their stay.

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.

Of course if you are a reckless gambler you will blow most of your money in the casinos; but even if you are a moderate gambler you will still find it hard to keep to your budget if you let yourself be taken by the many, expensive Vegas attractions.

 

Update on how to get free stuff in Vegas:  First of all, remember that it now makes a gigantic difference if you go to Vegas on weekends vs weekdays.  The crowds will change and so will the 'freebie' potential, though the gambling freebies will be the same.  Second of all, and very importantly, you need to remember that Vegas trends change all the time, and that resorts policies and choices also change all the time, trying to respond to 'traffic' and also trying to anticipate visitors' traffic. For example Flamingo, which (people say) used to love to attract middle aged Vegas visitors (in particular women trying to have a good time in all aspects of this holiday) now it's targeting young party crowds on a budget (so shouting, yelling, beer breath and plenty of smoke everywhere is the reality).  On the other hand, Flamingo is much more peaceful and soothing, with a nice variety of guests during the week.  For latest on Vegas buffet deals, go to our Special Buffet Deals page.  Let's go back to freebies and free stuff in Vegas:  

 

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 rightful price, you gamble a lot (in that clever way) and the next day you go to casino marketing 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.  In May 2013 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, a great buffet, 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 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.

 

But what about the free stuff in Vegas?

 

In the ‘good old days’ you would get so much ‘free stuff’ as a way to be lured in by all Vegas casinos, since they would do anything to get you into the door and gamble.  In those days you could get free fancy meals pretty much anywhere, free fancy rooms pretty much anywhere, free champagne and so on.  Today things are very different; they don’t need to lure you in like before since Vegas has become a magnetic attraction per se and people are flocking no matter what.  However, there are many ways you can get still get lots of free stuff in Vegas.

 

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. 

 

3 - Las Vegas Coupon Book.  This is a ‘book’ (usually named a ‘fun book’) made of coupon pages and it varies from hotel to hotel, each promoting a series of events, restaurants, shows and stores; they are often given at check-in but you an always ask for one.  A general Las Vegas fun book is found in the back seat area of cabs or taxis; these are not as useful in my opinion but you will always find at least a couple of restaurant coupons you may want to use. 

 

4 - The American Casino Guide.  I feel compelled to write about this because some websites are plugging it as a must-have; it’s a book which includes a huge list of coupons for all gambling areas of the United States and of course it includes Las Vegas.  However, bear in mind that this book is NOT free; you will have to pay good money for it and before you do you need to evaluate if the coupons they have are worth the price they ask for the book.  For us it’s useless since we don’t use the ‘freebies’ they advertise but, if you have a lot of time on your hand and want to try all the freebies they advertise no matter what, then this book may be for you, especially if you travel to different gambling areas of the United States.  Either way, before you buy it, go through the list of coupons that they provide (which you can find on American Casino Guide coupons before you order this book and, if you wish to buy it, just go to the 'order now' page of their website (not ours): http://www.americancasinoguide.com/order-now.html

 

5 - Online Games. Sometimes there are ways to accummulate enough playing points to redeem free rooms, free buffets and other free stuff in Vegas in advance.  You play online for free and you receive a large number of redeeemable points for your Vegas trip.  This is explained on the page Online Vegas Deals.

 

6 - Las Vegas hotel ‘promo codes’ 

 

(basically a list of Vegas hotel online promotions easily identifiable for the hotels through their different ‘codes’). These promo codes offer hotel discounts as well as other promotions, such as discounted shows (or even free shows), free spa entrances, discounted or free buffet meals. These codes have expiry dates and they change all the time. There is NO website which lists them all every time they are released; however, the best one is ‘fat wallet’, which has a huge section dedicated to Las Vegas Hotel promotions codes; make sure you find the latest thread. We will include some promotion codes (and you can add your own) in the comment section of this site, which we'll be adding shortly.

 

7 - Local Vegas newspapers and free local Vegas magazines. Some local newspapers offer buffet coupons all the time and those are incredible savings; once we found a buffet coupon where we could eat for one dollar! Sometimes they are geared towards the local crowd (so you may have to produce a local ID), but other times those offer are for everybody. Some of the free magazines in Vegas are ‘Showbiz’, ‘What’s on’ and ‘24/7’. You can find them pretty much everywhere around town and sometimes even at kiosks inside your own hotel. Sometimes they print a few useful coupons for Vegas shows and Vegas restaurants or buffets.

 

8 - Going to timeshare presentations and tours. This is only advisable if you are thick-skinned (if you can withstand heavy sales tactics geared to making it hard for you to say no) and if you have plenty of spare time. However, lately some of these timeshare reps have become a lot less 'aggressive' and intrusive, and their free gifts have become more easily obtained.  If you found this page interesting, let us know by clicking below:

 

Which Vegas resorst offer the best rewards for your gambling:  go to Best Rewards for Gambling in Vegas

How to get a comped room in Vegas: click Comped Hotel Vegas.

How to get discounted tickets for Vegas shows: click here.

Hot to get comped in Vegas: click here

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