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When is The Best Time to Book Your Vegas Hotel Room?

August 5, 2011 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (3)

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Got a question about Vegas? Send it to us and if we deem it clean enough, we'll post it here on VegasChatter. Now, we'll spit out our own suggestions but we want you to help your fellow Vegas visitors too. So drop your answers in comments below!

We often get questions regarding where to book in Vegas, but this is the first time someone's asked us when to book. A reader writes:

I'm a long time reader and LOVE your website! (VegasChatter is blushing right now.) I just had a quick question that I was hoping you could help me out with. My fiance and I are getting married in Vegas next year and plan on staying May 9-16th. We normally stay at the lower to mid range casinos on the strip, but since it's our wedding I wanted to surprise her with staying at a nicer resort (Encore, Cosmo, or Palazzo.)

My question is, when do you think the best time to book would be? I'm hoping to find the best deal possible and I read a lot of different opinions on when/how to book. What do you think? Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!! Thanks so much and keep up the great work on the site! It's a nice distraction from my workday in WI :) Mr. B.

Mr. B, congrats on getting married in Vegas! We think your lady is going to loooove the surprise that you have in store for her. So we totally understand you want to get this squared away as soon as possible...but not so soon that you will miss out on a great deal. Here's what we found:

We started off checking the rates at Encore (pictured above) for May 9-16th. Those were $357 a night. However, Encore was advertising an "Earlybooking" promo code for reservations booked 60 days in advance. That gets you 20 percent off the room rate or about $286 a night. That's a killer deal for Encore. When we tried to use that code on the website, it said it wasn't available. Maybe because it's eight months away but we bet if you call up their reservations line in person, you'd get the deal. Either that or set your alarm clock for February 9th.

Then we skipped over to the Cosmopolitan. No dice as they are only accepting reservations up until April 30. Considering that Cosmo is hot right now and will be through the next year, we'd say start looking for deals on this place in the early days of 2012 when Vegas is in a bit of a lull.

The Palazzo, however, is accepting reservations now and for $209 a night. Again, a very good deal for the Palazzo (just remember there's a resort fee.)

If you want to splurge for a room with a view, you can get that for an additional $40 a night. Or you could just mention that you're a newlywed, having gotten married in Vegas, to the agent at check-in and see what they can do for you.

Of course, you can also watch the rates go up and down by saving trip alerts on booking sites like Travelocity, Expedia and Hotwire. Vegas rates tend to be higher when booking two to three weeks out and then they will drop as the date gets closer. (That's because they got a lot of rooms to fill and will drop them last-minute to at least get some bodies in the rooms.)

Yet we strongly recommend you book through the hotel either online or in person. God forbid, the booking sites screw up or lose your reservation. That will not be a fun honeymoon.

Secondly, if the hotel over the course of the next few months begins to offer a better rate or a better package deal, it's much easier to have your existing reservation adjusted. We did this once with Aria when we booked a package they had been advertising only to see them come up with a better package deal a few weeks later. Since we were already charged a deposit, the reservations agent just adjusted the difference that we would owe upon checkout. Easy peasy.

Hopefully this help you out in booking your spot. If any readers have other good tricks, leave 'em for Mr. B in comments below. Oh and Mr. B? Don't forget to send us your wedding photos!

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I usually take a "spring fling" to Vegas in the latter 1/2 of May.  As with any time of the year there are 2 things to do:  First, join all the player's clubs you can online so that you get special offers.  Second, wait until about 30-45 days out before booking your room as the pricing will be lower closer to your dates.  Having said this, most places still will lower your rate if it goes down after you booked it (montior it up to the day before and call for the new rate) and most still will cancel a reservation w/o penalty if you find a better deal--even if you paid a deposit they're really good about crediting it back--especially the top-notch joints.

many options

Some hotels will send out their own specials and deals via text, emails etc.  be sure to sign up for any and all hotels you may be interested in.  It is a bit soon for May, but as mentioned as long as you don't book something that cannot be cancelled, you can still keep shopping for a better deal as the date draws near. I personally check out www.smartervegas.com for different promo codes for hotels and shows.  

I like to start early

I like to start looking 60 days out that way you can get any earlybird special. Book directly throught the hotel so you can change or cancel if you find something cheaper. Also look at smartervegas.com they have promo codes for almost every hotel even stuff that you cant find with a google search.

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