The best thing you can do for yourself before even arriving in Las Vegas — to make sure you don’t lose your shirt and everything else you bring with you — is to plan ahead as much as possible. I know what you’re thinking, what’s the fun in that? If you saw The Hangover, you know that no plan is a bad plan when you finally head home from Vegas.
Sure, you can fly by the seat of your pants the whole weekend, but good luck with that. Trust me, it literally pays to plan out your Vegas vacation in more ways than one. Starting with room reservations, the more time you give yourself to book your hotel, the better. Promotional offers tend to sell out very quickly, driving room rates up through the roof. The longer you go without making your room reservation, the more you will pay. The same can be said for airline reservations, so book early to save the most money.
Timing is not everything with regards to the biggest shows, but it is for some of them. As I discussed previously, tickets for many of the most popular shows can be purchased at a discount most of the time if you just know the right places to buy them. However, that is not the case for the very best shows that sell out soon after tickets go on sale.
Being smart about your Vegas travel plans will not magically turn you into a Sportsbook. What it will do is limit your losses and help you make the most of your trip. Unless you have a crystal ball, there is obviously no way to tell how your gambling experience will turn out from a financial perspective. But giving yourself other options to consider besides simply sitting at a blackjack table in a casino as day turns into night cannot hurt. Why not take a hike at Red Rock Canyon or visit the Valley of Fire rather than spending all your time on the Vegas Strip? You may be surprised to see how refreshing a day trip like that can be. And happier because you have more money in your wallet.