TEN WAYS TO SAVE BIG MONEY AT THE
1. VISIT THE STRATOSPHERE IN THE OFF-SEASON OR MID-WEEK- Las
Vegas doesn't really have an "off-season", but some times are always
busier than others. Try to avoid the hot summer months, holidays, spring
breaks, and large conventions. If it doubt about a particular time period, call
the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce to see if any major conventions are
2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE PARKING AT STRATOSPHERE: If you do
rent a car, park it in one of the free and secure parking lots. Casinos don't
want to give you any reason to leave, so they offer free parking as an
additional perk. Be sure to check if you need to get your parking ticket
validated inside. Stratosphere offers free parking for vehicles, but not for RV’
3. ASK FOR FREE COUPON BOOKS AT STRATOSPHERE AND USE
THEM: Coupon books offer a variety of money-saving opportunities from
2-for-1 show tickets and dinners to worthwhile discounts on food and
drinks. The Stratosphere fun books offer discounts, “two-for-ones”, and
casino match play.
4. ASK EVERYWHERE ABOUT DISCOUNTS, SPECIAL OFFERS, FREE
DRINKS AND COMPS: Many special offers and discounts are available at
Las Vegas hotels and casinos, but only if you ask for them.
5. KNOW WHAT ROOM AMENITIES TO EXPECT: Most Las Vegas hotels
seem to missing a few common room amenities we’ve learned to expect.
Stratosphere is no exception. Rooms do not have refrigerators, safes,
and/or tea/coffee pots. Refrigerators can be requested for an additional fee.
Many guests bring along their own cooler and a teapot. Pick up bottled
water and sunscreen at Walgreens or CVS located right on the strip.
6. USE FREE AND PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Stratosphere contracts
with BELL TRANS shuttle service from the airport. The shuttle stops by the
hotel every half hour from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. If you need transportation to
the airport outside of these hours, contact the concierge. The cost is $6 per
person each way. Taxis are expensive and unnecessary so use the free
monorail service to go from hotels to casinos. Bally's monorail to the MGM
Grand runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., seven days a week, every ten
minutes. Bellagio's free monorail to the Monte Carlo runs from 8:00 a.m. to
4:00 a.m. seven days a week. Luxor's monorail between
Excalibur/Luxor/Mandalay Bay runs 24 hours a day and picks up riders every
8 minutes. Mirage's monorail to Treasure Island runs from 8 a.m. to 4 a.m.,
seven days a week. The public transportation system, known as "CAT", runs
more than 300 buses from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. seven days a week.
7. WATCH FOR HIDDEN AND UNEXPECTED FEES: Stratosphere
charges a $5 per person per day “resort fee”. This “fee” entitles guests to
free admission to the Stratosphere Tower and two free tickets to the Viva
Las Vegas show. Be aware that Stratosphere charges for local calls.
Internet access runs $1 for the first thirty minutes and .10 per minute after
that. Stratosphere recommends that guests have or obtain a toll-free or
local phone number for their internet service to avoid long-distance
charges. Outrageous ATM fees are also common in Las Vegas, running as
much as $10 per transaction. Don’t use ATM machines located inside the
8. BE AWARE OF ROLLAWAY/COT/CRIB FEES: Before you request an
extra rollaway, cot or crib check the price. Many hotels in Las Vegas charge
in excess of $15-$25 plus 9% sales tax PER NIGHT for rollaways, cots and
9. JOIN STRATOSPHERE’S ULTIMATE REWARDS PROGRAM TO RACK
UP COMPS: The program rewards cash back and comps for your play. Slot
players earn rewards 30% faster than at any other club. And the best part-
you don’t have to stand in line to redeem your dining comps. Simply swipe
your card right at the restaurant to redeem the dining comp or cash back.
You can check your comp balance at any time by swiping your card at any of
the Stratosphere loose machines. If you’re planning to visit several
casinos, also join “The One Club”. The One Club works at 10 different
hotels and casinos allowing you to accrue comps faster than ever before.
The One Club works at Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Excalibur, Circus Circus and
Slots-of-Fun in Las Vegas; Circus Circus in Reno, Colorado Belle and and
Edgewater in Laughlin, Nevada, and Gold Strike in Tunica.
10. COMPARE PRICES ON THE INTERNET BEFORE YOU BOOK: Room
prices for Las Vegas hotels, including Stratosphere are all over the place
for any given night. Check several internet sites before booking. After finding
the best price, be sure to read the site’s cancellation policies. Sometimes it’
s better to pay more and received a flexible cancellation policy. If you book
directly through Stratosphere, note their cancellation policy of 48 hours.
Stratosphere rooms can usually can found for under $45 per night.
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