Book By 3/1 to Avoid Mandatory Resort Fee Charges at Many Vegas Hotels

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Vegas is a bit famous for their inexpensive hotel rooms (so you can spend more money on the slots and shrimp cocktails of course)…however in recent years more and more of the hotels in Vegas have implemented infamous mandatory resort fee charges.  I know I was bummed when the MGM-Mirage family of hotels added them a few years ago since it can add up over a three or four night stay.  Resort fees often vary from about $5 – $25 per night and cover things like gym access, local phone calls, internet, and faxing.  I know you are jazzed about faxing while on vacation.  However the Caesar’s Entertainment properties held strong and even advertized proudly that they had no resort fees back in 2010 and 2011.  This was a big deal since some decent Vegas rooms can sometimes be had for $30 – $50 per night.  If there is a $10 – $25 resort fee added then that dramatically increases the total cost of the room.

I know my parents became big Harrah’s fans as a result of their no resort fee initiative.  In fact, they just booked some super cheap rooms at Harrah’s without resort fees for an upcoming trip.  But times are changing (for the worse) and as of March 1st, all new reservations with the Caesar’s properties including Caesars Palace, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood, Bally’s, Rio, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo and The Quad will come with an extra resort fee of $10 – $25 per night.  The breakdown by property is:

The Quad: $10
Bally’s: $15
Flamingo, Harrah’s and Rio: $18
Paris and Planet Hollywood: $20
Caesar’s Palace: $25

Since some of the rooms are so inexpensive, it is not hard for that fee to increase the room price by almost 50% on some dates.  So, if you are not a fan of mandatory resort fees, then make your bookings for upcoming trips before 3/1.  Along those lines, if you missed it, be sure to check out my post on how to search for good Vegas hotel deals.

I wish we would see resort fees on the decline instead of on the rise, but it seems that the trend is currently moving in the opposite direction.

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  1. The worst part of resort fee is you can not opt out.
    I hardly use any of them.
    gym access? I do not do workout at all.
    local phone calls? I have my cell phone with me.
    internet? Little to none hotel has good internet.
    fax? no comment
    print boarding pass? It is free for most airlines at the airport.

  2. I dont understand how airlines are required to “hide” GOVERNMENT taxes and fees, but hotels can get away with this B.S. that no one is imposing on the consumer but the hotel itself

  3. Resort fees are a bit shady to begin with in my opinion…however, to add insult to injury with regard to the recent Hilton devaluation of their HHonors program…will be curious to see how they handle the resort fees at Tropicana for Hilton Honors members..in my case Gold. Half of what the resort fee covers I am supposed to be getting as the perks of being a gold member with Hilton…would hope they would wave the $19.99 a night resort fee in that instance…will see what happens when I am there in a few weeks…

  4. I’m with Noah.
    I think this will only stop when it is mandated that hotel prices are advertised including all taxes and fees. Or at least fees, for goodness sake, because the hotel makes them up itself.

  5. it would be great if a boardingarea blogger who was into Vegas would give us a well-researched list of all the hotels in Vegas that DO NOT charge a resort fee, or have it optional. It’d also be nice to know if any of the major chain brands there (Hilton, IHG, Starwood, etc) allow elite-level loyalty members to waive a resort fee.

    • frequent reader, I thought about it for a second, but there just aren’t very many that are where most folks want to stay when they go to Vegas. I may look into it more, but pretty much everywhere I would personally want to stay in Vegas has a resort fee (or will soon), so I skipped that task for now. Will revisit though.

  6. I thought the FTC was going after this scam. Boycott places that lie about their prices. “Fees” that cannot be avoided are not fees at all, but part of the price, and should be required to be included as such.

  7. Unfortunately, Vegas is changing, big time. They are plagued by young professionals who don’t care to game as much as their parents, and would rather come to Vegas to party.

    Hotel/Casino properties can’t count on bringing them in with cheap hotels, and making the profit on gaming. That’s the model Imperial Palace ran quite well – it was one of the most profitable (as a % of revenue) on the strip, yet it was a sh*t hole.

    Something a lot of folks don’t know, is that the order for profit at Vegas Casino’s is:
    1. Meeting & Conferences
    2. Hotel and Food
    3. Gaming

    Most tend to put those in reverse order – since young professionals don’t gamble like their predecessors did, and the really big gamers are tending to head out to Macau, Vegas is looking for new revenue, and the lodging piece is where they’re looking to make it up.

  8. “the really big gamers are tending to head out to Macau”.

    i can attest to that statement. all the big Vegas casinos are in Macau, huge & shiny. A USD $1000 per hand at the tables is so common you wont even get a comp from that.

  9. I travel to Vegas every other weekend to visit family.
    As far as the chains go, The Cosmopolitan (Marriott) doesn’t charge a resort fee; and neither do any of the other chain hotels that don’t have a casino. This includes Elara (probably because the casino not actually IN the Elara).
    It’s been several months since I’ve stayed there, Treasure Island is a standout. They DO charge a resort fee, but you can opt out of it.

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