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Las Vegas tips: Know before you go

Sunrise Las Vegas view

Heading to Sin City for the first time? Here are five Las Vegas tips you should know before your trip!

LAS VEGAS TIPS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Las Vegas Strip

1. CASINOS ARE HARD TO NAVIGATE

If you’ve never been in a casino the size of those you’ll find in Las Vegas hotel lobbies, prepare to be… lost. They’re hectic and gigantic, and it’s no coincidence that the exits are hard to find! 

Follow overhead signs carefully or you could end up doing some serious aimless wandering; Getting from Point A to Point B in any given hotel casino can easily take you upward of 15 minutes, and that’s if you already know where you’re going. While you’re at it, try to make a mental map as you walk to make it easier to retrace your steps and get back to wherever you started from.

2. WATCH OUT FOR RESORT FEES

Ever heard of resort fees? If you haven’t, you will as soon as you check into your hotel in Vegas. 

Resort fees are charges hotels apply on top of your room rate and taxes to cover a bundle of services, such as pool use, Wi-Fi, fitness center access and more. While not all hotels have them, they’re getting increasingly popular around the world—and in Vegas, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a hotel that doesn’t charge them.

What’s worse, hotels in Vegas are notorious for advertising ultra-cheap, resort-fee-free rates online, only to later slap you with a resort fee that’s nearly as high or higher than what you thought you’d be paying. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, for example, charges a resort fee of $40.82 per night on a room that’s sometimes advertised for $43 per night.

Make you sure know what kind of fees you’re looking at when you book your hotel, and if you want to avoid resort fees altogether, check out this guide to doing just that!

MGM Grand pool

3. THERE’S MORE THAN THE STRIP

Don’t get me wrong—there’s enough to do and see on the Las Vegas Strip to keep you occupied for days, if not weeks. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture off of it during your time in town. Just a few minutes away from the glitz and glam, you’ll find gorgeous nature and hiking opportunities, colorful and captivating art and museums, great food, epic dive bars and more. It’s more than worth checking out, especially if you need a change of scenery after a couple of days. 

Read more about the top off-Strip gems Las Vegas has to offer right here!

Neon Boneyard Park sign
Red Rock Canyon entrance

4. FIND RIDESHARES IN THE AIRPORT PARKING GARAGE

Want to take Uber or Lyft from McCarran International Airport to your hotel? No matter whether you’re in Terminal 1 or Terminal 3, you’re going to have to exit the airport and cross to the parking garage to find your ride. I found this immensely confusing the first time I tried to navigate it myself, so here’s your heads up!

MGM Signature hotel bed

5. HYATT POINTS WILL TAKE YOU FAR

If you’re looking to fund your Las Vegas stay with points, you might at first glance feel like your options are a bit slim. Many of Las Vegas’ most iconic hotels—including the MGM Grand, Bellagio, New York-New York, Excalibur and Luxor—belong to MGM Resorts, whose M life Rewards points aren’t the easiest to earn.

Luckily, that’s where Hyatt comes in. The two companies have a partnership, meaning you can use World of Hyatt points to book MGM’s hotels. And Hyatt’s points are much easier to come by: You can transfer them from Chase Ultimate Rewards, for one!

To learn more about using points to travel for free, check out the 52 Cities free resource library or register for an upcoming points and miles masterclass!

CHECK OUT THESE POSTS FOR MORE ON LAS VEGAS:

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Hope these Las Vegas tips help you on your next trip! If you’ve been to Las Vegas, what’s your best advice for newbies? Let me know in the comments! >>

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