Complete Guide to Avoiding Paid Parking & Resort Fees on the Las Vegas Strip!

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Avoid Resort Fees Paid Parking Las Vegas

Avoid Resort Fees Paid Parking Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment properties recently began rolling out paid parking and MGM Resorts announced a parking price increase after less than a year. Since I know many people strive to avoid these types of fees, I thought I would create a quick guide teaching you how to avoid them!

Avoid Las Vegas Parking Fees

MGM Resorts

MGM Resorts International charges for valet and self-parking at: Aria, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano, Mirage, New York New York, Monte Carlo, Luxor, Excalibur. Additionally, they charge for valet Parking at Circus Circus.

Avoiding Fees
  • You can avoid self-parking charges if you are a Pearl, Gold, Platinum or NOIR M life Member.
  • You can avoid valet parking charges if you are a Gold, Platinum or NOIR M life Member.

Of course you can get Pearl or higher status through gambling or spending at their properties. You can also get Pearl status through a credit card in the following ways:

  • The M life Rewards Mastercard gives you Pearl status.
  • The Hyatt Credit Card gives you Discoverist status which can be matched to M life Pearl status.
Avoid Resort Fees Paid Parking Las Vegas
The Linq outdoor entertainment district.

Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment has started to charge for valet and self-parking at: Harrah’s, The Linq, Flamingo, The Cromwell, Bally’s, Paris, Nobu and Caesar’s Palace. Additionally, they charge for valet parking at Planet Hollywood. Rio remains free for both self-parking and valet.

Avoiding Fees
  • Nevada residents get free self-parking for up to 24 hours.
  • You can avoid self-parking and valet charges if you are a Platinum, Diamond or Seven Star Total Rewards member.

Just as with M life you can earn status by gambling and/or spending money at Total Rewards properties, however there are shortcuts as well.

  • The Total Rewards Credit Card gives Platinum status the first year. It can be maintained with $5,000 in spend per calendar year.
  • Founderscard costs $400-$500 per year and comes with a number of benefits including Total Rewards Diamond membership. (More info on Founderscard.)

Other Vegas Parking Fees

In addition to the properties above, other Strip Casinos have announced plans for paid parking.

Wynn Las Vegas – Free self-parking, paid valet. Waived for loyalty elites.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas – Begins charging for valet and self-parking in Spring, 2017. Fees waived for Sterling and Gold loyalty elites.

Las Vegas Strip Hotels with Free Parking

Avoid Resort Fees Paid Parking Las Vegas
Luxury Suite (standard room) at the Palazzo.

Free parking has been somewhat of a tradition on the Las Vegas Strip. That of course changed when MGM Resorts and then Caesars Entertainment began charging. Thankfully there are still some properties on the Strip (or nearby) that do not charge for parking.

Note: Most Downtown Las Vegas hotels already charge for paid parking, although some do waive the fee for hotel guests. Additionally, you can park for free during mall hours at the Fashion Show Mall on the Vegas Strip.

Avoiding Las Vegas Resort Fees

Avoid Resort Fees Paid Parking Las Vegas
No resort fees and the Berlin Wall at Main Street Station!

Resort fees in Las Vegas are pretty much universally hated, but unavoidable in most cases. In fact, there are only a few properties on the Strip and in Downtown where you don’t have to pay.

Las Vegas Strip No Resort Fees

Downtown Las Vegas No Resort Fees

Conclusion

As you can see, avoiding resort fees and parking charges in Las Vegas is getting more difficult. Thankfully there are still a few properties around that do not charge for one or both, but that is becoming more of a rarity. I suspect when it comes to parking on the Las Vegas Strip, more hotels will begin charging, especially if they are overrun with people looking to park for free. Happy saving!


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10 COMMENTS

  1. […] How To Avoid Parking Fees in Las Vegas:  Many folks travel to Las Vegas, and many involved in this hobby look for ways to save money, so if there are ways to avoid parking fees then this should be a very helpful article.  Please note that not all resorts in Las Vegas are charging for parking, but many of the popular ones are.  Plan accordingly, and you can still have a frugal, even “profitable” trip to Vegas! […]

  2. Can you park at the free parking hotels and then walk/Uber to your hotel or is the free parking for hotel guests only?

  3. Great overview Shawn! I guess we should be thankful Mlife continues matching with Hyatt. Personally, losing the Globalist to Platinum match really hurts.

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