Las Vegas Resort Fees 2018
Love them or hate them (who would love them), resort fees are not only becoming more prominent across the country, but they aren’t going anywhere. As more and more properties implement resort fees and customers become more accustomed to them, I predict we will see resort fees as being the norm and not the exception.
One of the biggest markets where resort fees have spread like the plague is Las Vegas. These fees started as minor revenue generators during the recession and have grown into hefty sums of money which on some nights amounts to MORE than the actual room rate.
So far this year we have seen just about every major property in Vegas raise its resort fees. First it was Caesars Entertainment and then MGM Resorts joined in on the fun. This past week it was Las Vegas Sands who decided to up the ante on resort fees. They increased the fee to $45 at their Venetian and Palazzo properties. That comes to about $51 when tax is figured in.
As of now, this $45 resort fee is the most expensive among the Las Vegas casinos, however I have no doubt that others will match or “beat” it. Las Vegas Sands has raised their resort fee by over $20 over the past 3 years. While they still don’t charge for parking like most of their competitors, $50+ per night is a huge chunk of change.
Las Vegas Resort Fees as of March, 2018
As of now, here are the resort fees you can expect to pay in Las Vegas. I predict we will see our first $50 pre-tax resort fee within the year.
- $45 – Palazzo, The Venetian
- $39 – Bellagio, Vdara, Aria, Encore, Wynn Las Vegas, Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Nobu, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan, Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort
- $37 – Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Cromwell, Delano, MGM Grand, The Mirage, The Signature at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, New York – New York
- $35 – Luxor, Excalibur, Tropicana, Trump International, The Linq, Bally’s, Harrah’s, Flamingo, Treasure Island
- $33 – Hard Rock Hotel
- $32.99 – Stratosphere
- $32 – SLS
- $30 – Rio, Circus Circus
- $29.50 – Golden Nugget
- $29 – Hooters Hotel
- $25.99 – Palace Station
- $25 – Elara
- $23 – Downtown Grand
- $20.99 – Gold Coast, Suncoast, Silver Sevens, The Orleans
- $19.99 – Aliante Hotel, Sam’s Town, Super 8 at Ellis Island
- $14.95 – El Cortez
Avoiding Las Vegas Resort Fees
Thankfully there are a couple (not many) ways to avoid the insanely pricey Las Vegas resort fees. You can stay at a hotel which doesn’t charge a resort fee or you can get Founderscard. Another option for gamblers is to concentrate their play at their hotel’s casino and contact a host prior to checkout to ask if they can help you out with the resort fees. Our team reports a decent success rate with this approach.
I signed up for Founderscard primarily to get Total Rewards Diamond status and have been able to get a huge value from my membership. Total Rewards Diamond comes with a lot of perks, but perhaps the biggest one is no resort fees! As you can see from the prices above, that can save up to $39 (plus 13% tax) per night depending on the hotel. Depending on how often you visit Vegas, your Founderscard could pay for itself quickly.
One of the nice things about Founderscard and Total Rewards Diamond is that you can avoid resort fees at popular properties like Caesars Palace, Nobu and Planet Hollywood. Unfortunately, if you want to stay at a property with no resort fee, it generally won’t be the most desirable. (See list below.)
Las Vegas No Resort Fee Hotels
Of course if you just want somewhere to lay your head down, there are some hotels which offer their rooms sans fee.
Here is a quick list of Las Vegas hotels without a resort fee according to Las Vegas Direct:
- Ambassador Strip Inn Travelodge
- Americas Best Value Inn
- Bluegreen Club 36 resort
- California Hotel
- Casino Royale
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Desert Rose Resort
- Emerald Suites Convention Center
- Emerald Suites S. Las Vegas
- Four Queens
- Hawthorn Inn
- Holiday Inn Express
- La Quinta Inn
- Lucky Club Casino
- Main Street Station
- Marriott Convention Center
- Red Roof Inn
- Residence Inn
- Royal Resort
- Siena Suites Hotel
- WorldMark Tropicana
- WorldMark Las Vegas Blvd
- Travelodge Las Vegas Center Strip
- Wyndham Grand Desert
- Wyndham Desert Blue
With these sky high fees that have now crossed the $50 mark including tax, Las Vegas continues on its journey of being a pricey vacation destination. Between resort fees and paid parking (which has increased at many hotels this year as well), it is important now more than ever to make your Vegas hotel decisions when factoring in your TOTAL cost including all fees and parking.
If you do find yourself having to pay a hefty resort fee be sure to use a credit card that earns bonus points on the purchase like the Chase Sapphire Preferred. You will earn 2X on all travel purchases! The card also comes with a 60,000 point welcome offer which will get you at least $750 in travel for your next trip.
What do you think? Is this too far or will we just keep seeing Las Vegas resort fees increase? Share your thoughts in the comments!