Las Vegas can be expensive.
Cirque du Soleil shows, while incredibly cool and totally worth it, can start at $70 for a ticket.
Top tier clubs on the strip can range anywhere from $20 to $200 depending on what’s going on that day, if it’s a weekend, and if you’re a guy or girl.
It can make it hard for people on a budget or people who aren’t winning under late stage capitalism to make the most of their Vegas trip.
But you can do all that in Las Vegas for free.
Sure, there are free random clubs and free random shows. While some are fun, you usually have to buy a drink or two to stay. So it’s not free. But it’s possible to get into clubs like XS (if you’re a girl, because of sexism) and see shows like Love (for all genders) for freeeeee!!
I have been to Vegas at least 10 times. Especially when I just graduated college and was making under minimum wage at a sketchy company, so I didn’t have a lot of money to spend and wanted to escape constantly. I always did a ton in Vegas and kept going back! How is it possible? Here are my top tips on how to do Vegas on a budget! The biggest secrets are the shows and clubs, but there are bonus sections for food and activities.
Use MyVegas for free shows in Las Vegas
Download MyVegas right now and start playing.
It’s a freemium slots game that you can play on your phone or desktop via Facebook. You get gold coins every time you play, and these can be traded in for prizes- largely free or discounted stuff in Vegas!
I’ve seen Thunder from Down Under, KA, and Love all for free. And I mean free free, no hidden fees and without buying coins from the game.
- The catch is it can take a while to earn the right amount of points for free shows- it took me maybe 6 months of playing a few minutes each day to earn enough for a comped Thunder from Down Under ticket, which at the time was the cheapest one. Start early, and you can always buy tokens from the game if you want to speed things up.
- If you’re ready to redeem your coins in MyVegas, but the show says it’s sold out, keep checking in every day. They refresh tickets periodically. You can join a MyVegas Facebook group and sometimes people post when it refreshes.
- You can use MyVegas not just for comped shows but also free food, discounted or comped hotel stays, slot machine tokens, and even cruises! For me personally, the shows have the best value, but I’ve also used it for discounted hotels and buy one get one buffets, which worked out well.
- After getting your comped ticket voucher, if you can’t sign up for any dates on the website, call them and try to resolve why. I always have weird issues with my MyVegas account not being linked to my MLife (what you use to do the booking) each time, and if they fix this problem, then you don’t need to pay a fee for booking over the phone.
Sign up for free guest lists to get into clubs for free in Vegas
I was sooo wary of this. I had been stalking Vegas clubs for so long because a lot of my favorite producers and DJs have residency there. So when I saw that there are websites that get you in for free to see world class musicians, I kept wondering what the catch is…
The truth is, they actually work! You not only get into the club, but you usually get free drink tickets too! I’ve only used No Cover Nightclubs to get on guest lists, where you sign up online and they text you to go. Other people use promoters to get into guest lists or to free clubs in general. Check out this site for tips around that. I personally haven’t tried this because I have social anxiety, so the tips below are only if you’re using something like No Cover Nightclubs.
- You need a group with a larger girl to guy ratio to actually get in.
- This is only 100% free for girls. Guys don’t usually get the free drink tickets, and even if they do get some, the bartenders may not honor it. Some clubs still make the guy pay a reduced fee, but it should say on the website before you go.
- Some people who have tried this say that the catch is long wait times. I personally haven’t experienced this yet so I don’t have good tips on how to avoid it. The longest we ever waited was like 8 minutes. Disclaimer: I’ve only used this for day clubs, maybe the issue is night clubs?
- Drinks in the clubs are really expensive. What I think is the real catch is if you’re goal is to watch someone perform while you’re tipsy, rather than hang out and dance in the club. The main acts play much later than when the club opens. So my unproven conspiracy theory is they expect you to buy stuff in the club and make money that way. It totally works because we once spent $80 on two drinks (to be fair, one was a “large”) and chicken fingers.
That’s me, in the red circle. This picture is a zoomed in and edited version of a James Phelps (Weasley twin actor) Instagram post, and proof that we were clubbing in Las Vegas together, so I’m basically famous and also going to Hogwarts next year.
Bonus: Go to day clubs Monday – Wednesday for free
I’ve only been to Vegas on the weekends. Allegedly some of the day clubs like Marquee are actually free Monday-Wednesday! The only thing is musicians usually aren’t performing on these days. If you have the time, try checking this out, and let me know how it goes!
Bonus: General free activities in Vegas
There’s a ton to see and do in Vegas that’s just already free. Sites like this list them all, but here are a few of my favorites that I always come back to:
- The flamingos at the Flamingo Hotel
- The water show outside of the Bellagio
- The flower observatory inside the Bellagio (this changes every month and is my absolute favorite thing)
- All of the hotels on the strip. I absolutely love walking through the strip and gawking at all the beautiful hotels. Most people come to Vegas to drink a lot of alcohol, but I’m honestly here for the food and the hotels.
Lunar New Year decorations at the Bellagio
And those are my tips!
Have you done any of these before? How did it go? How do you get to see shows and go to clubs in Vegas on a discount?