You won’t find a single person that enjoys paying resort fees in Las Vegas. At this point, we’re all aware that they exist, we know they’re coming, yet although they still sting.
With that in mind, I thought it would be helpful to create and maintain a breakdown of Las Vegas hotels waiving resort fees as part of a promotion.
I’ll be sure to link out to each deal so that you can easily compare your options.
Resorts Running “No Resort Fee” Promotions
Treasure Island “TV Ad Special”
A long-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.
TI’s TV Ad Special is a great opportunity for guests to legitimately skip paying a resort fee, and it’s a model that I’m hopeful more resorts emulate in the future.
Resorts Waiving Resort Fees for Locals
Station Casinos (Locals only)
Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Sunset Station, Palace Station, Boulder Station, and Santa Fe Station are all waiving resort fees for Nevada residents.
Simply book here,through their “Local StaCation” deal specifically, and be prepared to show your Nevada ID at check-in.
Downtown Grand (Locals only)
As part of their “Local’s Staycation” deal, Downtown Grand is waiving resort fees for Nevada residents that book through that offer, here.
M Resort (Locals only)
For a limited time, locals can skip resort fees at the M Resort by booking their “Locals Perk” discount offer.
In addition to waived resort fees, locals will enjoy up to 30% off prevailing room rates.
Hotels that Never Charge a Resort Fee
In addition to the resorts above temporarily waiving resort fees, there are a few Vegas hotels like Binions, 4 Queens, and Casino Royale that never charge resort fees.
No promotion or special sale is needed.
While hope remains that one of the major casino operators will choose to ditch the resort fee model completely, it would be challenging as many tourists book Las Vegas hotels through Online Travel Agency (OTA) sites like Expedia, Hotels.com, Travelocity, 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? I 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.
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I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.