There are some things that you can’t avoid when travelling – especially in Las Vegas.
One of the things that is irking me is the joy of Resort fees and how much they actually jack up the price of a hotel.
These annoyances started creeping in 2009, and seem to be everywhere now. Vegas Chatter has an excellent list of fees and what benefits you get. But how do these numbers add up on a stay?
I’ve selected six properties, all with resort fees, on the same dates – Arrive 17th September, Depart 18th September, Cheapest room selected.
So, six properties in the mid-range level of Vegas – not blow you bank properties, but reasonable enough properties. Here’s the prices tabulated for a bit of convenience – and how much that resort fee works into the price
Or in a pretty graph:
Whilst pricing in Vegas is pretty dynamic, there are some clear trends:
- Expect to add $20 or so to your bill for Strip properties. VegasChatter notes (only The Stratosphere, Circus Circus, and Riviera have a fee under $20)
- In cheaper properties, this can make up to a third of the total cost of a night in a hotel
- Some booking engines won’t show you the resort fee straight away (Yes, I’m looking at you Harrah’s booking engine), so there is digging.
- Hotel consolidator do mention the fees – but in very small letters, and buried down the page about the hotel…
What you can do:
- Plan to spend more than the ticket on the room – The trend of “surcharges” seems to be alive and well in Vegas, nickel and diming you out of each charge.
- If you’re an elite with Total Rewards with Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars status, the fee can be waived
- Marriott affiliated properties can reduce the fee to 50% for elite members
- There are some hotels that have no resort fee. However, the location may not where you want to be. Check before booking
- Grin and suffer. It’s Vegas after all.
I’ll be in Las Vegas in September with some of my fellow Boarding Area bloggers, so I’ll have many more real numbers to play with but biggest take-away is “Prepare to spend more than you planned”.
I guess what they mean by “What Happens in Vegas, Stays In Vegas” includes your resort fee too…