Resort Fees in Las Vegas are becoming a real burden for travelers and Treasure Island has introduced an intriguing option in response – Optional Resort Fees.
The idea itself is genius, Vegas travelers have been screaming for years that they don’t use the damn fitness center, wireless internet, or make local phone calls from their room… so why is the resort fee mandatory? Why can’t guests choose to forego payment in exchange for not using the services?
Enter the TV Ad Special offered by TI which allows guests to avoid paying their typical $37 nightly resort fee. Note that this specific deal is only available to MyTI Guestbook members. To book, simply navigate to TI’s website and select your travel dates and room options. You will then have the option to choose a room with an optional resort fee as part of their TV Ad Special.
We called TI and confirmed that the deal is only available for guests that book the TV Ad Special upfront and it cannot be added to a booking retroactively.
Guests that opt out of the resort fee will not have access to the fitness center, business center, or wireless internet. Wireless internet can be purchased separately for $25 per day plus tax, however, access to the fitness or business centers at TI cannot be purchased separately.
Additionally, guests are not able to pick and choose individual days they want to pay the resort fee and have access to the amenities it covers. It’s an all or nothing proposition.
Sweetening the deal, guests booking the TV Ad Special will also receive a 2 for 1 draft beer ticket to Gilley’s Saloon, 2 for 1 dinner buffet, 20% off Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, and 20% off services at Oleksandra Spa with a $100 minimum purchase.
Barring unique circumstances, no other Las Vegas Strip property that we’re aware of allows guests the option to opt-out of their resort fee (with the exception of Casino Royale which never charges one). In addition to allowing guests to avoid the resort fee, TI always offers free parking which amounts to a pretty strong value proposition.
Again, you NEED to book the TV Ad Special on TI’s website to be eligible for the optional resort fee offer. If a room is not booked via that specific offer then the resort fee will need to be paid.
We remain hopeful that other resorts in Las Vegas institute similar policies to make resort fees optional in exchange for forfeiting the services they are intended to cover, but aren’t holding our breath.