What happens in Vegas…

…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).

1. Flights

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.

2. Hotel

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!

From bluegreenonline.com

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 🙁 )?

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17 comments

  1. annabel says:

    My six foot 8 boyfriend and I fly on Easyjet discount airlines. They do unassigned seating and so we always have to race to get the seats at the front or over the wing (with the emergency exit doors) as those seats have extra leg room.

    • littlehousebigheart says:

      Typically we fly on American Airlines. Because he travels so much, Kevin is on their platnum flyers list and gets to choose where he sits (which is always in the exit row).

      Gotta love those tall guys 🙂

  2. Ainhoa @ ALittleBite says:

    I love your travel tips! I’ve flown with Easyjet, like annabel mentions. Discount airlines can be worth it some times, especially for weekend getaways like this one.
    My weekend plans of staying at home ended up changing to a daytrip to San Sebastian on Saturday – it was a lot of fun! Can’t wait to have my computer (finally) and being able to share the pics.

    • littlehousebigheart says:

      You need to! Even if you’re not into gambling (we’re not, we can’t afford to lose any money 🙂 ), it’s an incredible place to visit! The shopping is awesome, the food is to die for, and I’ve never seen better people watching.

  3. Jen @ Paisley Print Shoe says:

    hahaha i love it that you did a coke tasting and not like a wine or beer tasting. 🙂 i’m not a fan of carbonated drinks (i know i’m weird) so i wouldn’t do this but i think it is sweet that they actually have it!! sounds like you 2 had a blast!

    • littlehousebigheart says:

      We loved it! Neither of us drinks soda, but the flavors were so out there! There were a few non-carbonated ones, including one called Pine Nut from South Africa that was a pina colada flavor that was to die for!

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