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You won’t find a single traveler that enjoys paying resort fees in Las Vegas. At this point, we’re all aware that they are waiting to ambush us at the check-in desk, yet most have still not acclimated to the added expense. As we slowly emerge from the 2020 shut down of gaming activity in Vegas, many resort operators are using waived resort fee promotions to lure guests back.
Below, we will keep an up to date list of Las Vegas resorts that are offering no resort fee promotions.
- M Resort: The property located south of the Strip is running a “No Resort Fee Summer promotion, effectively waiving resort fees for stays before Sept 7th, 2020. You can book a room without resort fees here.
- TI: A longer running promotion, TI’s Optional Resort fee can be booked on their website utilizing their “TV AD Special”. In exchange for opting out of TI’s resort fee, you forfeit the services the resort fee covers, namely access to the fitness center and wireless internet. Note that if you do not book using the TV Ad Special, TI’s typical resort fee will need to be paid upon arrival.
- Sahara (Locals only): Sahara is waiving resort fees for Nevada locals in addition to taking 10% off reservations. This no resort fee deal is good for stays through Sept 3rd and can be booked here. Note that a Nevada ID will need to be provided upon check-in.
We expect the demand side of the equation to remain challenged as long as the public health crisis continues. With that in mind, we expect other resorts to run waived resort fee promotions and will ensure to update this post as needed.
In addition to the resorts above temporarily waiving resort fees, there are Vegas hotels like Binions, 4 Queens, and Casino Royale that don’t charge resort fees at all. No promotion or special sale needed.
While (a very small) amount of hope remains that one of the major casino operators will choose to ditch the resort fee model completely, it would be challenging. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 37% of tourists booked Las Vegas hotels through Online Travel Agency (OTA) sites like Expedia, Hotels.com, etc. Resort fees allow hotels to appear more price competitive to prospective travelers as they are able to post a lower room rate due at the time of booking because of the resort fee waiting for you at the front desk. A hotel that does away with resort fees would likely see their base rate on OTAs increase putting their properties lower on the list when travelers sort by price (which most of us do). Additionally, resorts don’t have to pay OTA’s a commission on the resort fee as it isn’t due at the time of booking. Scrapping resort fees would increase the commissions due to booking sites.
Could hotels in Las Vegas get creative by offering no resort fees only to customers booking direct on a permanent basis? Could a major Vegas resort operator say screw it and ditch fees altogether and use it as a marketing tool? We think scaling back fees paired with a marketing campaign admitting “we screwed up and are committed to returning to our value roots” would be quite compelling.