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Do You have to Pay Resort Fees in Vegas?

Most Las Vegas resorts on the Strip charge a $30-$45 dollar per night resort fee, payable when checking out. Especially among visitors unfamiliar with Las Vegas, the resort fee bill can be a rude awakening.

Resort fees are essentially part of the room rate billed in addition to the advertised room rate. By charging this separate fee, Las Vegas resorts are able to make their properties look less expensive on online travel agency websites (OTA’s) and avoid paying them a commission on that part of the rate as they bill it directly to the customer.

Are guests required to pay resort fees in Vegas? Is there any way to avoid paying resort fees?

Although there are a couple of ways to avoid paying resort fees, the vast majority of us will end up paying them. Although there’s plenty of misinformation on the internet about the legality of resort fees, both resorts and OTAs now do a good job of communicating the fee’s existence upfront at the time of booking.

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to make the argument that resort fees are “deceptive” at this point – because they’re not.

See Also: A full list of Las Vegas hotels with their associated resort fee.

How to Avoid Resort Fees in Las Vegas

Book at a hotel Without Resort Fees

There are a few notable hotels in Las Vegas that don’t have resort fees. Casino Royale on the Strip, as well as 4 Queens and Binion’s downtown, don’t charge a fee. Treasure Island allows you to avoid paying the resort fee if you book through their TV Ad Special.

Rent a Condo Directly From the Owner

Renting an owner-operated condo will sometimes provide the opportunity to skip resort fees without sacrificing the resort experience. These types of rentals also commonly offer unique amenities like a full kitchen, balcony, etc.

Note that you’ll want to read the listing carefully to ensure your option is one that doesn’t require fees. This is usually highlighted in the listing description as it’s a coveted perk.

You can see a full breakdown of available condos for your dates, here, at TripAdvisor.

Spend up in the Casino

For those staying at either a Caesars or MGM property, resort fees can be avoided if you’ve earned Diamond status (Caesars) or Gold status (MGM) within their respective loyalty programs.

If the property doesn’t offer a blanket resort fee waiver policy based on tier status, we’d recommend connecting with a casino host or loyalty desk employee at the tail end of your stay. They’ll be able to gauge if the fee can be nullified based on your play.

The Founder’s Card

Although this credit card comes with a lofty $595 annual fee, a key benefit of the Founder’s Card is the ability to instantly level up to Diamond status within the Caesars Rewards program. Since Diamond level loyalty members can skip resort fees at properties within the Caesars portfolio, the card could make sense for frequent visitors. You can learn more about the Founders Card, and apply here.

Can You Refuse to Pay Resort Fees in Vegas?

No, however, if going “full Karen” as the kids say nowadays is your goal, then give it a shot. I personally haven’t tried it, nor will I. As mentioned, resorts do a good job of communicating the existence of resort fees at the time of booking nowadays. To me, refusing to pay resort fees is akin to arguing about the cost of a broom to the cashier at Wal-Mart. You’re going to lose.

For what it’s worth, there are people out there on the internet (take it with a grain of salt) that say refusal to pay has worked for them. I don’t buy it, but like my Dad always said, “The worst thing that can happen is they say no”… But be ready to tuck your tail and hand your credit card over.

Ultimately, the answer for most guests to the question “Do you have to pay resort fees in Vegas?” is yes. The only real way to avoid them is to book at one of the few properties that don’t charge them, or be a big spender in the casino and either earning waived fees through tier status or talking to your host.

See Also: Find the loosest slots in and around Las Vegas – Based on data from the Nevada Gaming Commission.

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Sunday 26th of September 2021

Another way to avoid paying resort feed is just vacation somewhere other than Vegas. They aren't the only game in town and if enough people play elsewhere long enough. See how fast those fees magically disappear.

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