With Vegas being an easy quick hop from SoCal, there are many ways to have a quick getaway without breaking the budget. But even from other locations, Vegas can be an inexpensive getaway if you plan it right. Check out how I did Las Vegas on a $250 budget, total.
Flights: Virgin America, $80.20 Round Trip
I hate driving to Vegas. I will do it very occasionally, but when you can find a reasonable flight deal, why subject myself to 4-5 hours in the car for no reason? And you can get cheap flights from all over the country if you play your cards right. For example, a couple of weeks ago, major airlines were offering flights across country. One could get from Chicago to Los Angeles and other west-coast cities for $80 round-trip. Even if Vegas wasn’t a city with a discount, you could pair that $80 ticket with a cheap $80 round-trip from LA to Vegas. If you are flexible, this can afford great savings.
I decided to hop on this deal when I saw it pop up. I also decided to take the swanky, Vegas-esque route, so I hopped on Virgin America, a hip and chic airline perfect for a trip to Vegas. My flight was $80.20 round-trip during that huge fare sale.
Hotel: Planet Hollywood, $145.01 including taxes and resort fee
There are a number of inexpensive, 4-star hotels on the Strip for the picking. For the concept I was going for, I went with Planet Hollywood, which is centrally located, because of its hip vibe.
My friend and I paid a bit more for a room with two queens and we split the cost. So really, each of us paid $72.51 for a place to crash after our night on the town in Vegas. And Planet Hollywood was in the middle of the road, price-wise. There were many less expensive options.
Parking: LAX Airport $12.60 including taxes
In Vegas, parking is free. But to get there I used one of my trusted parking sites, CheapAirportParking.org. The key to avoid paying $30 a night is to book ahead of time on CheapAirportParking.org, and print your receipt to bring when you park to lower the rates considerably. This is actually on the high side for parking, as usually I can find valet parking at the hotels near LAX for about $10. But given last minute parking notice, this was reasonable.
CheapAirportParking.com services other airports (not just LAX) including Burbank, Atlanta, O’Hare, Fort Lauderdale, all three major NYC airports, Reagan (DC), Orlando, Philly and San Fran, among others. And bonus tip: Use the promo code “CHEAPISM” get an extra $5 off your parking reservation.
Dinner: $50 per person
It’s Vegas and a foodie (not to mention drink) city, so let’s estimate about $50 per person as a nice, round figure.
Grand Total: $215.31
Virgin America Flight: $80.20
Half of Planet Hollywood Room: $72.51
Airport Parking: $12.60
That leaves about $35 bucks for additional drinks to stay within a $250 budget. Of course, gambling money is not included, LOL.
Ready, set, go!