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 is a lot of misinformation out there on the internet about the legality of the fee, Las Vegas resorts, and OTAs have recently done a much better job of communicating the fee that will be charged when checking out.
It is difficult to make the argument that resort fees are a “deceptive” fee at this point because they’re not.
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 specifically – More on that deal here.
Spend up in the Casino: Upper echelon tier status in some loyalty programs, like being Diamond with Caesars Rewards, can mean resort fees are waived automatically.
Most resorts don’t offer a blanket tier status policy, however. If your specific loyalty program doesn’t spell out how to avoid paying resort fees, talk to your casino host at the end of your stay to gauge if your play is adequate to have them waived.
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.
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