Las Vegas Vacations

Published: Wed Dec 07 2005

Viva Las Vegas is a blessing originally bestowed by The King himself that this shining desert city would live on and on, and so it has. Las Vegas has reinvented itself over the past 20 years and is still The City of Entertainment. For travelers and tourists, vacation packages abound for combinations of transportation, lodging and a host of other amenities.

Vacation packages are available through many vendors online. These vendors could be reached by phone, but the highest percentage of bookings now occurs online. Vegas vacation packages can be booked through airlines, through trip coordinators, through specific hotels, or through Las-Vegas-specific sites. Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully, as almost all packages are unchangeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable.

Airlines always offer vacation packages that may include air plus hotel or air plus hotel and rental car. They often partner with a vacation agency, like Northwest Airlines does with MLT. You can go directly to the site and browse through several Vegas-specific packages. The perks airline offers may come in the form of limousine transfer, golf outing, or rental car bonus. Some airlines offer other incentives if you purchase a package worth more than a certain dollar amount.

Online trip coordinators like Travelocity, Expedia, and Priceline offer vacation packages to almost every destination as well. Don’t look for added perks on these sites; they will just most often give you the lowest price for the desired combination of hotel, rental car, and airfare. One of the disadvantages if you care where you stay or whom you fly is that many times you do not get to view you carriers until after the purchase is completed. All major trip coordinators do partner with major carriers, though, so at least you can know how many stars your hotel boasts.

Specific hotels also offer vacation packages that are quite interesting. If you know exactly where you want to stay in Vegas than this might be your best alternative. Hotels like Caesars offer several packages that include perks within the hotel, like dining certificates or spa vouchers. The Luxor includes tickets to one of their shows. Still others partner with airlines for additional promotions.

Other Vegas-specific sites online offer vacation packages similar to the trip coordinating sites, bundling air and hotel. The advantage of these sites is that you can choose your hotel. On the other hand, they may be a little more expensive than Priceline, for example. Look for excellent information and detailed descriptions of hotels here. For more information, visit
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