With prices in Vegas on the rise, finding a good deal is more important than ever. We thought it would be helpful to dive into the Las Vegas Go Pass to help you determine if it could be a good fit for you and your trip.
First, let’s define what the Las Vegas Go Pass is, and what your options are. The Las Vegas Go Pass boasts savings when visiting popular Las Vegas attractions that range from museums to high-end tours. The pass comes in 3 distinct flavors. While there are 3 options, detailed below, we intend to take a closer look at the All-Inclusive Pass to help you gauge if it’s worth buying.
All-Inclusive Pass: You pay one flat rate for all-inclusive access to offered attractions over your choice of 2 to 5 days. All-Inclusive passes cost $139 for the 2-day option, $247 for 3 days, $299 for 4 days, and $331 for 5 days. Note that a 3-day pass or greater is needed to unlock the ability to book a single “Premium Attraction” or bigger ticket item. See the full list of attractions here. We’ll dive further into this option below.
Explorer Pass: Unlike the all-inclusive pass, you choose exactly how many attractions you want to buy access to. With this option, you’re simply picking the number of activities, and don’t need to declare the exact things you would like to do. You’ll simply be able to visit anything on the menu when you reach your destination. Packages start at 2 itinerary items and allow you to include up to 7 with pricing (and value) escalating as attractions are added. Unlike the all-inclusive pass, the Explorer pass offers access to lower tier (think $40 and below) attractions and wouldn’t allow for the big-ticket tours or helicopter rides offered as part of the all-inclusive package. Pricing starts at $69 for 2 choices and goes up as attractions are added. See the full list of attractions as part of this deal here.
Build Your Own Pass: This option allows you to choose the exact attractions you desire in advance, saving 20% off the “face value” of your selections as long as 2 or more items are selected. We used “quotes” around “face value” as the “Normal Ticket Value” listed on the Go Pass website are not always the price you could have gotten directly with the attraction (more on that in a second). This option could certainly save you money, but we recommend pricing the things you wish to do out separately to ensure it’s a good value. See the list of attractions offered here.
Below, we’ll further dissect the All-Inclusive Las Vegas Go Pass to help you determine if it is worth buying.
Benefits of the All-Inclusive Las Vegas Go Pass
Attraction Selection: The All-Inclusive Las Vegas Go Pass grants guests access to an impressive array of attractions which includes museums, thrill rides, movie-themed attractions, a 1-hour open bar, and even a $15 credit at the Planet Hollywood Restaurant. There is no shortage of things to do and experience.
Premium Options: What really draws people to this pass, however, are the “big ticket” items that are included such as a helicopter tour of the Las Vegas Strip (listed at $129 value), a Zion National Park Tour (listed at a $185 value), SkyJump at STRAT (listed at a $129.99 value), the Richard Petty Driving Experience: Ride Along (listed at a $149.99 value), and a full-day Grand Canyon Tour (listed at a $145 value). You can see the full list of included attractions here. Note that the big-ticket “Premium Attractions” require a 3-day pass purchase or more. Whether you choose 3, 4, or a 5-day pass, you can only select ONE premium attraction for use over the duration of your pass.
There’s a Cheaper 2-Day Option For Those That Want to Skip The Big Items: If none of the “Premium Attractions” appeal to you, a 2-day all-inclusive Go Pass could be a better option as it excludes those big-ticket items from the menu of attractions and costs less as a result. At a total cost of $139, you would only need to squeeze out $69.50 of value per day to make it worth it. Totally doable.
Savings: The most obvious benefit of the All-Inclusive Go Pass is the ability it provides to save you money. You pay one upfront fee, and then take on as much as you can handle. The more you are able to fit in, the more you can save.
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Sounds Like a Great Deal? What’s Not To Like?
Packed Itineraries: The biggest knock against the All-Inclusive offering is the pace you would have to maintain working through your itinerary to make it financially worthwhile. For instance, if you purchased a 3-day pass for $247, you would need to obtain at least $82.33 in value daily to make the pass worth the cost. As long as you intend to take advantage of a “Premium Attraction”, the pass could be a solid value. For instance, the 3 most expensive items are $185 (Zion National Park), $149 (Richard Petty Driving Experience), and $145 (Full Day Grand Canyon Tour) with any one of those paying for a decent chunk of the pass on their own.
“Premium Attractions” Can = Large Time Commitment: Many of the big-ticket items will eat up a solid chunk of your day, if not the whole thing, as many are away from the Strip and are time-consuming. You’ll want to account for that time commitment as you construct your itinerary to gauge whether the Go Vegas Pass is worth it.
Limit of One Premium Attraction: Premium attractions are obviously the most coveted on the list of available options, but you only get to choose one with a 3, 4, or 5-day pass. That means you’ll have to pack in a lot of smaller items to get your money’s worth.
Actual Retail Prices May Vary: We noticed that a number of “Normal Ticket Values” attached to attractions on the Go Pass website were inaccurate, with a number being under or overstated. Now, I don’t think this is anything malicious on the part of the Go Pass folks, as Vegas is a promotional market and prices can change frequently. You should, however, be aware that real-world attraction pricing may be cheaper or more expensive than the prices claimed on their website. Those discrepancies can alter the value equation slightly, making the pass a better or worse deal.
Before buying the pass, we would strongly recommend looking at the attractions you would like to visit and pricing it out separately to ensure the pass will be a good value. Oftentimes, purchasing the pass still pencils out as a great deal, especially if you intend to keep a busy schedule.
To highlight the point, these are the retail prices claimed by the Go Vegas Pass website, compared to pricing if you just purchased a ticket to the attraction directly on February 22, 2021.
|Attraction||Go Pass Claimed Retail||What You Could Book Direct For|
|High Roller (Day)||$26||$23.50|
|Bodies at Bally’s||$32.95||$29.50|
|Big Apple Coaster||$15||$19|
|Monorail 24-Hour Pass||$13||$13|
|Erotic Heritage Museum||$30||$19|
|Natural History Museum||$12||$12|
|Petty Driving Experience||$149.99||$99|
|Hoover Dam Half Day||$55||$65|
|Sky Zone 2-Hour||$26||$26|
|Fremont Walking Tour||$35||$35|
|Planet Hollywood Restaurant – $15 Voucher||$15||$15|
|Hollywood Cars Museum||$20||$20|
|SkyPod Observation deck||$30||$20|
The Verdict: Should I Buy the All-Inclusive Las Vegas Go Pass?
The Case for Buying the All-Inclusive Pass:
- If you want a packed itinerary and find the majority of attractions available to pass holders to be attractive, then this could be a great opportunity to save money in Las Vegas.
- The Go Vegas Pass can be an amazing opportunity for those visiting Vegas for the first time and want to experience all the city has to offer.
The Case Against Buying the All-Inclusive Pass:
- Folks coming to Vegas for some leisurely gambling, pool time, and sightseeing may be best off not purchasing the pass to avoid the stress and exhaustion caused by a bulging itinerary.
- If you’re only passionate about a few attractions, buying individual tickets is likely cheaper and less hectic than attempting to squeeze value from an all-inclusive pass.
- Lastly, always compare the price of the pass vs. what you would actually pay if you simply bought tickets directly from the attraction or a 3rd party discount site like Vegas.com. Don’t blindly trust the “Normal Ticket Value” posted on the Go Pass website and do some comparison shopping before you buy to ensure you’re getting the deal you think you are.
Ultimately, realizing value from the All-Inclusive Go Pass all depends on:
1. How “on the go” you desire to be on your vacation, and
2. How effective you are at meticulously planning your itinerary to squeeze as much out of your time as you can.
Essentially, if you want to be on the run, this could be a great option for you.
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Other Go Las Vegas Pass Tips
Itinerary Planning is Key: Pull up a map of the Las Vegas Strip and ensure you’re scheduling itinerary items near each other as opposed to jumping all over the city in a star pattern.
Use Your Resources: When planning a Las Vegas itinerary down to the minute, you’ll want to ensure you have accurate commute times. Use the Uber phone app from home to gauge how long, and how much, rides will be in advance from place to place.
Don’t Underestimate Walking Times: Getting from place to place in Las Vegas is no small task. Distances between properties are often underestimated when looking at a map, or even in person. Leave yourself plenty of wiggle room in your schedule if navigating on foot.
Activate at the Right Time: Once activated, all-inclusive passes stay active for the number of calendar days you selected. On the day you want your pass to start, we recommend starting early to make the most of that day!
Hopefully, we were able to help you decide if an all-inclusive Las Vegas Go Pass is worth the money. At the end of the day it all depends on your personal travel preferences and what your ideal Las Vegas Vacation looks like.
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