Jun 1, 12, 6:13 pm
Hilton asks 25k points per night in July and seems high for me - what do u think?
Any time share promo?
Any other deals?
Jun 1, 12, 6:20 pm
Jun 2, 12, 8:21 am
Check LVH (formerly the Hilton) http://www.thelvh.com/specials/discounts
Jun 5, 12, 2:16 pm
I don't think it is worth using points to stay in Vegas these days unless it is a holiday weekend, or you have more points than you will ever be able to use. Save them for where hotels are more expensive when paying with cash.
You should be able to get a room more or less equivalent to a hilton for as little as $40 downtown, $100 on the strip, or $75 elsewhere. (include resort fees in your calculus.) If you are there on weekdays (sunday thru thursday nights) you should be able to pay about half that.
To see a list of deals available, check out http://deals.lasvegasadvisor.com/hotels. It's like drinking from a firehose.
It's also a good idea to go to hotels' actual web sites and sign up for their email list, if you don't mind the emails or have a dedicated inbox, and/or like them on facebook.
I've also written a blog post (http://zzdouggo.blogspot.com/2012/04/taking-kids-to-vegas-really-part-3.html) which covers when to use hotwire/priceline in vegas. The short answer is: not usually, unless it is a weekend, you know what you are doing, not particular about room/bed size, and are pretty familiar with the market. On weekdays you can often do just as well booking directly with the hotel or on a cancelable web site such as hotels.com.
A few odd things about hotel-casinos in Vegas: (not guaranteed - please check)
- all have free valet parking
- cancellation period is up to 3 days in advance, not same day
- very few have in-room coffee makers
- very few include internet access
- most but not all tack on resort fees ranging from about $5 to $25 per night