Las Vegas is busy 365 days a year. Never will you walk and find an empty casino or a slightly filled headliner show. The Strip always has an abundance of visitors and the airport is always bursting with travelers. In fact, Vegas is so popular, there really is no such thing as an “off” season. Yet, there are months that are better than others to visit, when the crowds may thin out and better deals can be found. But since the recession, when Vegas was hit hard with lack of tourists, the “Entertainment Capital Of The World,” has come back stronger than ever.
When making your plans to visit Las Vegas, keep in mind that it is usually less expensive, and not as busy, to come during the week instead of the more eventful weekends. Almost always, hotel rates are cheaper from Sunday through either Wednesday or Thursday. However, if weekends are your only opportunity, the key is to book as early as you can, especially if you are visiting during popular events and shows.
For the best deals, remember this:
- Travel during the week and avoid weekends
- Check the Las Vegas Convention Bureau website for any large conventions
- Travel in December, January or Summer months
The busiest times to visit Vegas, are during three day holiday weekends, the week between Christmas and New Years, and fall and early spring when the weather is nice, comfortable and manageable. In 2014, Las Vegas played host to over 22,000 conventions, and many hotels along the Strip near the Las Vegas Convention Bureau book up quickly which further drives up prices. Always check the Convention website at to avoid any big event such as the Consumer Electronics Show, and Conexpo. Of course, sporting events are also popular, and create a hectic atmosphere in Vegas, such as NASCAR races, fighting matches, Super Bowl weekend, and March Madness were tourists of all kinds gather to watch and bet on the games.
The slower months in Las Vegas usually include the week prior to Thanksgiving, the month of December before Christmas, when people are busy preparing for the holidays and money is usually tighter for most household budgets. January after New Years has proven in the past to be a good time for deals as this is when many are in a holiday recovery mode. If the heat doesn’t bother you, or you can take side trips to the cooler temperatures of the state parks, it’s a good bet you will find terrific deals throughout Las Vegas during the months of July and August.
So, before you commit to your Vegas vacation, it’s always wise to check around and see if you are going during a peak time. Las Vegas gets more expensive each year, and hotel prices can be outrageous, not to mention the added resort fees imposed on guests. However, if you know you can’t avoid traveling here during these times, then pull out your Player Card for added discounts. You may also consider hotels off the strip, such as Red Rock, or JW Marriot. Both offer shuttles to the Strip and normally don’t get convention guests.
I usually have time to visit Vegas during November, December and January.