I’ve written about Las Vegas and have highlighted posts from awesome guests that cover some budget-friendly Las Vegas tips. It has been 5+ years, but I am finally heading back. For a pet sitting conference. Yes, that is a thing.
I’m attending the Petsittingology Live Conference 2016 (#PSO2016). It’s their 5th year, and it is a tight-knit group, so wish me luck!
What do I get out of it? Connections and KNOWLEDGE.
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I’ve been concentrating on our online income which led me to hire Pinterest professionals to grow my traffic, which has doubled in 5 months (if you’re interested, check out http://forprofitblogging.com/shop/ and let Kathleen and Anne know I sent you…I wasn’t being funny, my traffic went from 8000-ish to 16,500-ish).
During the same period, Mr. BFS has been pushing us to grow Crystal’s Cozy Care Pet Sitting. In order to grow, I need to know if I’m missing anything obvious, how to properly hire contractors or employees, and I would like to learn about any tips and tricks that I’ve missed.
Here is the plan for the Las Vegas trip!
The conference is being held at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino. Their pool is closed right now, but we can walk across to the one at MGM. I’m splitting the room with a very experienced pet sitter, a friend of a friend, who was nice enough to be open to sharing.
The total cost will be around $300. My cheaper AirBnb option ($85 for the 5 nights) kept making changes and I felt uneasy, so I canceled it. $300 and I get to sleep later instead of budgeting in extra bus travel time – done.
If I was just going to Las Vegas for fun, I’d only go there during the week since the hotels are a third of the cost Sunday nights through Thursday nights. They are $150+ a night Fridays and Saturdays. That said, this would be my plan of attack:
- AirBnb: I’ve used AirBnb once so far, and it was great! Dee and I stayed in a private RV at Canyon Lake when we went inner-tubing last summer and we’re using AirBnb for a New Orleans trip coming up. There are dozens of options in Las Vegas for $15-$50 per night. You can use my referral link to get $35 towards your first stay!!!
- Excalibur: Cheap hotel on the main strip that runs $65-$100 per weeknight.
- Stratosphere: Cheap but friendly hotel at the end of the main strip but about halfway to Fremont Street. Usually runs $50-$75 a week night (depending on the season) including all fees and taxes .
- Four Queens: Cheap Fremont Street hotel that runs $40-$60 on weeknights. My husband and I like Fremont Street better than the main strip.
Thankfully, six of the meals will be provided – 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 1 dinner (well, a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres). For the meals that aren’t covered, I’ll tag along with others and try to connect while eating.
If I’m ever on my own, I’m catching the bus to Fremont Street or a place loved by locals. So far, I’ve found:
- Most Fremont Street Hotels have a cheap 24 hour diner.
- Indian Bowl Cuisine – $4.99 Lunch and $8-$11 dinners, located at 4550 S Maryland Pkwy Ste 4
- Wok N’ Roll – $5-$6 Filipino tapsilogan meals to go, located at 3540 Wynn Road McKen’s Mexican Grill – $5-$9 for flautas up to beef nachos, located at 321 South Casino Center Blvd
- Sin City Sandwich – $5 Breakfasts and $8 Lunch sandwiches, located at 375 Lewis Avenue
- Ellis Island Café – $4-$10 breakfasts, $8 lunches, and $8-$13 dinners , located at 4178 Koval Lane
This will be my first time using Spirit Airlines. Wish me luck. As soon as I bought my $198 roundtrip ticket with no layovers, including 1 checked bag, I heard a dozen inconvenience stories about Spirit from nearly everybody. I just hope to make it to Las Vegas by Saturday afternoon…then what happens, happens.
For ground transport, my current plan is to just use a cheap airport-hotel shuttle bus. While at the conference, I’ll get around with the other attendees or use the bus, Uber, or the monorail. I shouldn’t actually be leaving the conference often but we’ll see.
Here are the frugal options:
- I use Airfarewatchdog.com and Kayak.com usually to find the best flight deals. I also check out Southwest, Spirit, and Frontier directly. For Spirit and Frontier, take a close look at all of their extra fees to make sure they are a better deal before booking. Usually, I find the overall best deals at United a few months in advance surprisingly.
- Walking, although everything is actually further apart than it appears. Each Vegas block seems to be 4-6 normal ones.
- Uber – Get your first ride free ($0) using my referral code (and I’ll get a $20 credit too) – Either use that link or the Invite Code: crystals7611ue
And if you have a couple of newbies to Uber in your group, you can all use the same code one-after-the-other. 🙂 You can also do a quick search engine search for other Uber specials.
- Lyft – similar to Uber but I haven’t used them yet. Do a search engine query for newbie specials. The one I know about gives you $5 off of your first 10 rides – FREE50COUPON
- The Deuce and the Residential Routes (the Las Vegas Bus system) – Tickets are $6 for 2 hours, $8 for 24 hours, or $20 for 72 hours. My husband and I used this the most in Las Vegas, especially to get to and from the main strip and Fremont Street.
- Las Vegas Monorail (for the east side of the main strip) – about $10 for 24 hours and $25 for 3 days
I’m hoping the conference itself and the attendees will be my main fun. If I get a chance, I may jaunt over to Fremont Street to play some cheap video poker at the Four Queens. Or maybe I’ll try my hand on some $2 Pai Gow if it’s still offered anywhere. I can also grab some cheaper food than is available on the main drag. If anything big has changed, I’ll update you here. There’s always online gambling at Foxy Casino at Topmobilecasino.co.uk though I may be too busy.
Here are some entertainment options that I’ve enjoyed:
- Casino drinking – I’m very experienced at finding cheap slots or quarter video poker, making a bet every 3-4 minutes (feels like a long time, but I chat or whatever), and I order as many free drinks as I want. Just remember to tip the wait staff $2 or more the first drink and they’ll be back as long as you keep tipping. I usually have 5-6 drinks this way for less than $15.
- One of my guest posters, Ellen, was so right about this list of free Las Vegas attractions. My husband and I loved the Bellagio Fountains and the Bellagio Conservatory, The Fremont Street Experience, and the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium. I want to see The Aquarium at the Silverton this time around. Just click on the list – you’ll see something you’ll love.
- Tix4Tonight – This is not an affiliate link. They really are just the go-to place to go for tickets for events happening that same evening. You have to visit one of their Las Vegas locations (usually within walking distance of all of the main hotels and attractions), but if they have tickets for the show you want to see, those tickets will be at a 25%-50% discount!
- Tournament of Kings Dinner Show – Okay, so $60 a person sounds expensive to me, but I loved this show. It includes a full Cornish game hen dinner that you get to eat with your hands as well as watching a medieval jousting tournament complete with comedic interludes and fake fights. Loved it.
Wish me luck! Let me know if any of these Las Vegas deals works out for you!!! If anything becomes outdated, let me know that too. 🙂