In a press release from Allegiant, the pair shared their plans to enter into a “fully-integrated Commercial Alliance Agreement,” pending permission from the DOT and approval for antitrust immunity.
Antitrust immunity allows carriers in a joint venture to collude on routes included in the agreement, meaning they can modify prices and earn profits, according to the Department of Justice. Currently, there are 14 active antitrust alliances approved by the DOT, like United Airlines and Germany-based Lufthansa; Delta and UK-based Virgin Atlantic; and American and Australia-based Qantas.
Joining as a team, the duo will be able to coordinate their airline operations, including their data systems, loyalty programs, marketing, scheduling, and routes. The alliance will enable Allegiant, which does not currently fly to Mexico, to offer flights to Mexican leisure hotspots.
Meanwhile, Viva Aerobus will be able to add several routes to popular destinations in the US where Allegiant has a strong presence, like Las Vegas and Orlando. According to Allegiant, Viva Aerobus will have access to the Las Vegas-based airline’s distribution network and point-of-sale process.
Allegiant said in a press release that the pair intends the alliance to start in the first quarter of 2023, offering nonstop flights on routes that currently only have connecting service. However, there is one caveat. In May 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration downgraded Mexico to a Category 2 country, meaning airlines cannot create new service or routes, though that is still subject to change by the time the alliance begins.
According to Allegiant, there are over 250 potential routes that have been identified in the DOT application. Allegiant and Viva Aerobus are two individual ultra-low-cost carriers that, according to Allegiant, cannot independently create the network or meet the same level of customer benefit that the alliance will offer.
“Allegiant and Viva Aerobus operating together will be a tremendous win for consumers seeking affordable, nonstop travel between the US and Mexico,” Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher said. “This groundbreaking alliance should reduce fares, stimulate traffic, and ultimately link many new trans-border cities with nonstop service. In short, it will bring meaningful ULCC competition to the US-Mexico market for the first time in history.”
Allegiant said in a statement that it has invested $50 million into Viva Aerobus and Gallagher is planning to join the Mexican carrier’s Board of Directors, subject to the approval of the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission.
“This unique ULCC alliance will create new non-stop connectivity and more competition, strengthening the immense Hispanic VFR market and offering amazing holiday get-aways for residents of both nations,” Viva Aerobus CEO Juan Carlos Zuazua said.
According to Allegiant, the agreement between it and Viva Aerobus will, if approved, be the first ultra-low-cost international alliance in the airline industry. There are two low-cost alliances currently operating in the world, including U-Fly, a collection of airlines from Hong Kong, Mainland China, and South Korea, and the Value Alliance that consists of five Asia-Pacific airlines.
Low-cost and ultra-low-cost airlines differ because ULCCs provide fewer amenities and charge more fees than traditional low-cost carriers, therefore offering even lower fares, according to airline pilot Spencer Marker.
The cheapest option called the “silver package” gets passengers in the air for 45 minutes for $995, while an extra $100 pays for a 60-minute flight, and $1,495 pays for 90 minutes in the air.
The company also offers wedding and vow renewal flights and a “romantic dinner” flight, which is complete with a flight attendant, and a three-course meal. Passengers on the mile high club flight can also upgrade their experience with limo transportation to and from the airport, champagne, a dozen roses, and chocolate for an extra fee.
Avelo Airlines is launching six new routes to popular vacation destinations this winter.
The young airline is starting operations in Florida out of its new East Coast base on November 3.
Avelo’s network expansion comes as airlines continue to see an uptick in holiday bookings.
New low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines is expanding its route network with six new destinations this winter, including beach and ski destinations across the US. The expansion comes as the industry sees a strong travel rebound heading into the holiday season, especially as the Delta variant-fueled COVID wave continues to recede and people feel comfortable flying again.
Two of the new city pairs are from New Haven, Connecticut, the airline’s new East Coast base. Avelo is launching its first flight to Florida on November 3 out of New Haven with plans to add four more markets in the Sunshine State by mid-January. Avelo CEO Andrew Levy explained Florida is a “safe” market because there is always going to be demand, but the company just needs to find the right balance of frequencies at the right price point.
“We’re feeling good about bookings going into November. I think we’re going to have a really strong start in the markets we’re going into,” Levy said.
While Avelo is only starting with flights to Florida, Levy told Insider that it is likely the carrier will also offer routes to states just north of Florida and around the Midwest, which would be right in the sweet spot for the company’s short-haul strategy.
Avelo has also been expanding on the West Coast, particularly in Las Vegas where it is adding three routes. According to Levy, destinations served out of California have been doing well for the carrier, so adding an additional spoke to Las Vegas makes sense. Levy explained all four markets it plans to serve from Las Vegas, including Santa Rosa, Redding, and Eureka in California and Fort Collins in Colorado, do not have any current nonstop options to Sin City.
“We’re going into these markets where we can offer something the doesn’t already exist there. Fort Collins and Redding bookings are doing well, so we feel good about what we’re doing out West,” Levy told Insider.
Here’s a closer look at Avelo’s six new leisure routes.
Between New Haven, Connecticut and West Palm Beach, Florida
Avelo will begin daily nonstop service between New Haven and West Palm Beach on December 16, though the schedule will reduce to five times weekly on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning January 5. The outbound will depart New Haven at 7:00 a.m. and land in Palm Beach at 10:10 a.m., while the return will take off at 10:50 a.m. and arrive at 1:40 p.m. Avelo will face no competition.
Between New Haven, Connecticut and Sarasota, Florida
Avelo will begin thrice-weekly nonstop service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays between New Haven and Sarasota on January 13. The outbound will be an evening flight with the return departing in the afternoon. Avelo will be the route’s only competitor.
Between Las Vegas and Redding, California
Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service on Thursdays and Sundays between Las Vegas and Redding on January 6. The outbound will depart Redding at 9:30 a.m. and land in Las Vegas at 11:05 a.m., while the return will take off at 11:45 a.m. and arrive at 1:25 p.m. Avelo will face no competition.
Between Las Vegas and Fort Collins, Colorado
Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service on Wednesdays and Saturdays between Las Vegas and Fort Collins on December 15. The outbound will depart Fort Collins at 12:05 p.m. and land in Las Vegas at 1:00 p.m., while the return will take off at 1:40 p.m. and arrive at 4:30 p.m. Avelo will face no competition.
Between Las Vegas and Eureka, California
Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service on Thursdays and Sundays between Las Vegas and Eureka on November 18. The outbound will depart Eureka at 3:00 p.m. and land in Las Vegas at 4:45 p.m., while the return will take off at 5:25 p.m. and arrive at 7:25 p.m. Avelo will be the route’s only competitor.
Between Burbank, California and Tucson, Arizona
Avelo will begin twice-weekly nonstop service on Thursdays and Sundays between Burbank and Tucson on December 16. The outbound will depart Burbank at 5:40 p.m. and land in Tucson at 8:10 p.m., while the return will take off at 8:50 p.m. and arrive at 9:30 p.m. Avelo will be the route’s only operator.
Donald Kirk Hartle of Las Vegas was charged with two counts of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
Hartle voted twice, including with the mail-in ballot issued to his dead wife, officials said.
Hartle previously said the ballot cast in his wife’s name gave credibility to voter fraud claims.
Donald Kirk Hartle of Las Vegas, Nevada, has been charged with two counts of voter fraud related to the 2020 general election, the office of Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced Thursday.
After already voting himself, Hartle, 55, used his dead wife’s name on a second mail-in ballot in order to vote twice, according to the criminal complaint.
Rosemarie Hartle, his wife, died from breast cancer in 2017, according to Hartle.
When an investigation was first launched into who cast his wife’s ballot, Hartle told KLAS that the incident was “pretty sickening” and “lent some credence to what you’ve been hearing in the media” regarding voter fraud. He also said it made him “wonder how pervasive” voter fraud is.
In a statement to the Associated Press on Thursday, Hartle’s attorney, David Chesnoff, said: “Mr. Hartle looks forward to responding to the allegations.”
An investigation by KLAS found that Rosemarie’s name remained on an active voters list following her death. She was issued a ballot in 2020 due to a new state law that required all counties to send every registered voter a mail-in ballot.
The completed ballot was then received by the county with a signature that matched their records, despite Hartle’s claim that the ballot was never delivered to their house, officials told KLAS.
“Voter fraud is rare, but when it happens it undercuts trust in our election system and will not be tolerated by my office,” Ford said in a press release. “I want to stress that our office will pursue any credible allegations of voter fraud and will work to bring any offenders to justice.”
Both of Hartle’s charges, voting using the name of another person and voting more than once in the same election, are punishable by prison terms of up to four years, as well as a fine of up to $5,000, according to the Nevada attorney general’s office. His initial court appearance is set for November 18.
I’ve been working as a “dancing dealer” in Las Vegas for almost four years now. A dancing dealer is a [table games] dealer who also dances. We take shifts dealing, and then we dance in front of the people in the casino. It’s our job to make sure people are having fun – whether they’re winning or losing – so that they have a great experience and want to come back.
I currently work the night shift at Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. I deal blackjack and roulette. I enjoy working the night shift because it means I get to spend the daytime with my two daughters, who are four and six.
I officially get off work at 3 a.m., and get home and go to bed around 4:30 a.m.
My wakeup time ranges from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. depending on the kids’ activities. It can be hard coming home late and then having to get up early, but it’s worth it.
I normally get Sunday and Monday off, and I’ll spend time with my kids as much as I can. Sometimes I’ll have a date night with my husband, but most of the time when I’m off I’m just at home, relaxing.
Dancing dealers have the same official dealer certification and skills as any other regular dealer.
Before this job, I worked in retail, specifically at Hollister, for quite some time. I didn’t grow up being a dancer, but my sisters and I used to make up dances as kids. I was also a cheerleader in school, which helped build my confidence.
As a dancing dealer, we don’t actually have routines, we just freestyle. To be in this position, I don’t think you need to be the best dancer in the world, but you need to be a good dancer.
I feel like since we’re also dancers, people sometimes don’t take us as seriously as a regular dealer – but we’re just as qualified as any other dealer in town.
In order to get certified, I had to complete a two week training and pass an audition test. We had a trainer who taught us all the steps of dealing and then we each took an in-person test with a few other people. Once we passed we were set to work in the casinos.
I love my coworkers. We’re like one big family and we look out for each other.
One of the best parts of my job is that I make a lot of friends. We’re like a big family, the 60 of us girls who are dancing dealers. Another thing I love about my job is interacting with people and hearing their funny stories.
The hours can definitely be a challenge, but I think the only real downside is that not everyone who comes in is always nice. The majority of people are nice – but sometimes you get those tough people.
I never know how much money I actually deal out in a night, because it always varies. Weekends I deal out much more. The players can put down as much as they want at a table – but every table does have a max bet depending on where you are in the casino, which is why there are specific high limit betting areas. Most people bet around $100 a game, or maybe a little more – but we do have people who play in the $1,000s.
Overall, I definitely notice a difference in energy and clientele on weekdays versus weekends. Weekends are high energy and super busy, and weekdays are steady – but not as crazy.
Building relationships with regular customers is fun.
Since our casino is downtown, I think many of our customers are not as serious as on the strip because they’re gambling to have fun, not to make money or for sport.
I get return customers all the time who play with me because they like me. I have one player who comes every single night. I have another very sweet couple who are regulars, and when I deal roulette they come in and play the numbers “17” and “20” every time because those are their lucky numbers. They’ll bet the max amount and whenever they win, they tip big. The most I’ve ever seen anyone win at once is $50,000.
You have to have an always-positive attitude, but overall dealing is a fun job.
Normally we’ll do an hour dealing, then we dance for 20 minutes, then we get a break for 20 minutes. It doesn’t even feel like 20 minutes when you’re dancing on the mini elevated boxes we have around the casino. There’s always so much going on around me it makes the night go by faster.
I don’t have any signature dance moves – I just try not to fall off the box! We dance on top of boxes in the middle of the “pit” in the casino, so all the players can see us.
To thrive in this sort of position, you need to have great people skills. You can’t be shy because you’re dancing in front of a bunch of people and when you’re not dancing, you’re communicating with them as a dealer. You have to be positive and happy so that your players feel good.
To anyone who’s interested in becoming a dancing dealer, I’d tell them it’s not the easiest job, because dealing with a lot of people can be tiring. At the same time, it’s a really fun job because you’re meeting people from all over the world. I’d like to keep doing this as my job forever.
United is launching 10 new routes to destinations across the US, Caribbean, and Central America.
Routes will start in November and December and target popular holiday hotspots like Aspen and Nassau.
The airline is ramping up its winter schedule with over 3,500 domestic flights planned for December.
United Airlines is launching a slew of new routes this winter, focusing on ski and beach destinations for holiday getaways.
In a move to strengthen its holiday schedule, United is launching 10 new routes across the US, Caribbean, and Central America, targeting popular vacation destinations like Aspen, Orlando, and Nassau. The routes are part of the 3,500 domestic flights the company has planned for December, which United expects to be its busiest month in two years.
According to United, its winter schedule is 91% of the capacity offered in 2019, and winter holiday searches on the airline’s mobile app and website are up 16% compared to the same time in 2019.
“We’re seeing a lot of pent-up demand in our data and are offering a December schedule that centers on the two things people want most for the holidays: warm sunshine and fresh snow. We know families and friends are eager to reunite this holiday season, which is why we’re thrilled to add new flights that will help them connect and celebrate together,” said United’s vice president of network planning and scheduling Ankit Gupta.
According to travel industry analyst and president of Atmosphere Research Group Henry Harteveldt, United’s network expansion is good for travelers because it adds more options and potentially lower prices.
“United’s added flights will provide holiday travelers with more options. What we’ll need to see is how other airlines respond, which, given the calendar, needs to be soon as people are starting to focus on Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year travel. More flights mean more seats, and more seats generally translates into lower airfares,” Harteveldt told Insider.
Here’s a closer look at United’s 10 new routes.
Between Santa Ana, California and Aspen, Colorado
United will begin daily nonstop service between Santa Ana in Orange County and Aspen beginning December 16. The route will depart in the afternoon in both directions and be operated by United subsidiary Skywest using a Bombardier CRJ700 aircraft. United will run the service through March 23 and face no competition.
Between Cleveland and Nassau, Bahamas
United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Cleveland and Nassau beginning December 18. The outbound flight will depart at 9:05 a.m and land in Nassau at 12:10 p.m., with the return leaving at 1:05 p.m. and arriving in Cleveland at 4:15 p.m. The flight will be operated by United subsidiary Mesa Airlines using an Embraer 175 aircraft. The service is seasonal through March 26 and will have no competitors.
Between Cleveland and Las Vegas
United will begin daily nonstop service between Cleveland and Las Vegas beginning December 16 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The outbound flight will depart at 6:45 p.m and land in Las Vegas at 8:40 p.m., while the red-eye return will leave at 11:00 p.m. and arrive in Cleveland at 5:59 a.m. the next day. The seasonal route will run through March 26 and face competition from low-cost carriers Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines.
Between Cleveland and Phoenix
United will begin daily nonstop service between Cleveland and Phoenix beginning December 16 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline will offer a morning flight in both directions. United will operate the route through March 26 and compete with American Airlines and Frontier Airlines.
Between Denver and Nassau, Bahamas
United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Denver and Nassau beginning November 6 using an Airbus A320 aircraft. The outbound flight will depart mid-morning from Denver, with the return leaving Nassau mid-afternoon. United will be the only operator on the route and the seasonal service will run through March 26.
Between Denver and Roatan, Honduras
United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Denver and Roatan beginning November 6 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline will offer a morning flight from Denver with the return departing Roatan in the early afternoon. The seasonal service will operate through March 26 and face no competition.
Between Indianapolis and Orlando
United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Indianapolis and Orlando beginning December 18, though the flight will not operate on December 25. The airline will offer a mid-morning flight from Indianapolis with the return departing Orlando in the early afternoon. The flight will be operated by United subsidiary Republic Airways using an Embraer 175 aircraft. United will operate the route through April 30 and face competition from Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
Between Chicago and Guatemala City, Guatemala
United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Chicago and Guatemala City beginning December 18 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline will offer a mid-morning flight from Chicago with the return departing Guatemala City in the early afternoon. United will operate the route through April 30 and face competition from American Airlines.
Between Los Angeles and Belize City, Belize
United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between Los Angeles and Belize City beginning December 18 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline will offer a morning flight from Los Angeles with the return departing Belize City in the late afternoon. The seasonal route will run through August 13 and compete with Alaska Airlines.
Between San Francisco and Liberia, Costa Rica
United will begin Saturday-only nonstop service between San Francisco and Liberia beginning November 6 using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, though the route will also be offered on three Sundays this winter: December 19, December 26, and January 2. Frequencies will expand to thrice-weekly in both directions in June, operating to Liberia on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and back to Los Angeles on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays. The airline will offer an afternoon flight from Los Angeles with the return departing Liberia in the morning. United will be the sole competitor on the route.
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Las Vegas hotels offer opulent luxury at surprisingly cheap prices.
Many five-star stays on or near the Las Vegas Strip often start under $250 per night.
The best luxury hotels in Las Vegas boast spacious suites, private pools, excellent views, and more.
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There’s plenty to gamble on in Las Vegas, but you don’t have to risk the odds when it comes to choosing a hotel.
Las Vegas is one of the few US cities where a luxury hotel can regularly start under $250 per night, sometimes as low as $75 to $100. Of course, weekends and high seasons will bring increased prices, but with a little sleuthing you might just snag a great deal so you can save those extra dollars for Sin City’s casino floors, top-notch restaurants, and world-class entertainment.
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The Signature is an all-suite hotel set back from the MGM Grand’s main resort and casino but is still easily accessible to it by indoor walkways. There’s no casino on-site, which means the crowd is less rowdy, and the hotel feels peaceful. There are fewer amenities too, though all of the restaurants, entertainment, and wellness found at MGM Grand are just steps away.
We once used the Chase Sapphire Reserve card to book here and scored extra perks such as free upgrade, late checkout, and complimentary food and beverage credit. Spacious suites are quiet and include spa baths, flat-screen TVs, separate sitting areas, balconies, and kitchenettes for an apartment-like experience. It’s a great fit for a family or someone in town for business on an extended stay.
Located on the upper four floors of the Park MGM Las Vegas, the NoMad Las Vegas is the third location from the luxury NoMad hotel group with properties in New York and Los Angeles.
It’s one of many hotel-within-a-hotel concepts that are popular in Las Vegas (and within this list) for a more intimate, boutique-quality that feels rare in this town of mega-resorts. Rooms are decadent and design-forward featuring hardwood floors, velvet furnishings, and standalone soaking bathtubs in the bedroom.
Located on the Las Vegas Strip within the CityCenter complex, Aria is a glittering curvilinear property with a 150,000-square-foot casino, 16 restaurants, and more than 4,000 rooms. Opened just a decade ago, rooms feature fully tricked-out tech, including a one-touch room control system to adjust lighting, curtains, and more from the touch of a tablet.
Hakkasan Group’s Jewel nightclub is located here, as is a huge spa with 62 treatment rooms, and three pools, including the Liquid pool club for grown folks.
Plus, the location is central, close to the City Center, conference events, and all the Strip action.
This five-star Las Vegas Strip resort is one of the most instantly recognizable resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Drawing inspiration from Italy, it’s best known for its indoor canals and gondola rides, modeled off its namesake city. However, vast interiors show off an array of architectural styles and swathes of Renaissance-era aesthetics, and the hotel is one of the most visually impressive in a city of decadent hotels.
There are 80 restaurants — including Thomas Keller’s Bouchon — a glittering casino, the Grand Canal Shoppes, and a pool deck that covers 1.2 acres, and every room is a suite, and huge, starting at 650 square feet.
The Venetian also connects to the Sands Expo & Convention Center, and guests are granted access to the Canyon Ranch Spa Club gym.
Not to be confused with the Wynn itself, the Encore is the Wynn’s take on a boutique offering. It also comes with all the benefits of being housed within a parent property.
While guests of the Wynn can’t use Encore facilities, such as the pool, all those booked at Encore are allowed privileges at both. I’ve scored cheaper deals at Encore, though historically it’s sometimes more expensive than Wynn. If you like the glitz of the Wynn but think it feels too overwhelming, or prefer a more intimate approach, the Encore offers a solid alternative.
Inside the blockbuster 85-acre, 3,960 room resort Caesars Palace, the intimate Nobu Hotel is tucked away as a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel concept, created by the famed sushi chef of the same name. If Caesars is frenetic and bustling, Nobu Hotel is uber-Zen and quiet, with 182 stylish, Japanese-inspired rooms and suites. Staying here feels a bit like being a celebrity, with added VIP perks.
Rooms channel Japanese traditions with deep soaking tubs and come with free Wi-Fi, a 55-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station, and Natura Bisse toiletries, as well as priority seating at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge.
Nobu Hotel guests also have access to a private front desk and lounge, the Venus Pool at Caesars Palace, expedited line privilege at OMNIA nightclub, a complimentary Friday social hour, and a dedicated hotel concierge.
The Bellagio draws a consistent crowd for its central Strip location, popular casino, designer fashion, and curated art, including the signature Dale Chihuly glass installation hanging from the lobby ceiling.
It’s also a huge draw to those craning for a front-row view of the dancing fountains, and there’s no better spot than a room overlooking the action. We’ve reviewed the balcony room facing the fountains and can confirm it’s one of the best rooms on the Strip. Plus, in what’s clearly a competitive field, they might have one of the best buffets in Las Vegas, though that’s subject to change in a post-pandemic world.
I once stayed at this luxury resort and casino and was blown away by the level of detail and thoughtfulness in each generously appointed guest room. The design is immaculate with a clean, modern palette and smart-enabled features that only add to an air of sophistication.
Since then, the hotel’s reputation has only continued to grow as one of the best on the Strip with world-class resort amenities, dining, gambling, and entertainment. There’s a reason it’s consistently rated as one of the best places to stay in Vegas and if you can secure a good deal, this might be one of the best places to book.
While The Venetian is perhaps more well-known, and cheaper, consider a stay at its sister property, The Palazzo.
Newer and more low-key but equally refined, even The Palazzo’s standard rooms are dubbed Luxury Suites and are not only more up-to-date than entry-level Venetian offerings but significantly larger. Spread out with ample living spaces, plush bedding, sleek bathrooms, and relish in the fact that your room is just steps from tons of the Strip’s best attractions, plus all that the Venetian has to offer.
The Cosmopolitan is trendy, hip, and sophisticated, and generally feels like you’re hanging out inside a chandelier (likely why they have a bar named after one). It’s a favorite among those visiting Las Vegas who want to join in on nightlife action over betting at tables, though the latter is readily available too. Plus, it’s one of the few hotels with balconies — request one facing Bellagio for a great view of the fountain show.
A member of the Autograph Collection of hotels, it’s also a great way for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn and redeem points. Book here if you’re looking to blur the lines between a glam getaway and a healthy dose of revelry.
The Four Seasons is a symbol of luxury and one that often comes with an accompanying high price tag. However, I’ve seen deals around $200 per night at this location hidden within Mandalay Bay, and it’s widely regarded as one of the nicest hotels in Vegas.
Rooms feel like a scintillating oasis of luxury, cocooned away from the frenetic pace of the Strip, though, it’s right there when you choose to seek it out. There’s a private, tranquil pool area for Four Seasons guests only, plus all the perks and indulgent attention to detail you’d expect from a Four Seasons.
Las Vegas is located in the southern tip of the state of Nevada, near the borders of both California and Arizona.
When will I find the best deals on Las Vegas luxury hotels?
You’ll often find the cheapest hotel prices in Las Vegas midweek in summer, when scorching hot temperatures keep most travelers away, or in the winter, after New Year’s Day, when it’s still too cool to hit the pool. Once the temperatures turn milder, expect prices to rise.
Much of Las Vegas tourism also revolves around an annual convention calendar, which often drives up hotel prices. Holidays also see an influx of crowds.
Why are Las Vegas hotels cheap?
Because Vegas resorts make most of their profits on the casino floor, cheap room rates are intended to attract guests who will then spend their extra money on slots and tables.
As Las Vegas is located in a desert climate, you can expect hot, hot summers and cool winters. No matter when you visit, it’s likely to be chilly at night. Early winter and spring, however, offer the nicest, mildest weather when it will be the most comfortable to stroll the Las Vegas Strip or lounge at the pool.
Though, if you’re planning to spend most of your time indoors on the casino or convention floor, the weather likely won’t be a big factor when considering the time of year to visit.
Is Las Vegas open?
Las Vegas is open, without restrictions involving capacity limits and large gatherings.
However, the State of Nevada has mandated that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings, including resorts and casinos, restaurants, bars, showrooms, and meeting spaces. Masks are also required on public transportation.
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The Las Vegas Strip draws millions, but locals know that’s not the real heart of the city.
Downtown Las Vegas, Fremont Street, and suburbs are more authentic with cheaper casinos and hotels.
Some of the best Las Vegas hotels are off-Strip, from retro motels to luxury amid the Red Rocks.
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The Las Vegas Strip is the city’s glitzy, showy draw, luring millions of tourists each year. But it’s hardly the sole attraction.
As a Las Vegas local, I want you to know there’s much more to this wonderful city than just what you’ll find along Las Vegas Boulevard. And while you can (and should) enjoy time on the Strip, going off-Strip will show you a part of the city you’ve never experienced, one that’s neighborhood-centric, artsy, outdoorsy, and filled with character.
As such, the next time you’re looking for a Las Vegas hotel, consider an off-Strip hotel. From historic Fremont Street hotels that lean into a vintage Vegas aesthetic to luxurious desert escapes with spas and pools, these off-Strip hotels also boast lower prices and gaming minimums than their Las Vegas Boulevard counterparts.
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the El Cortez and its pink neon cursive sign harken back to the early days of Las Vegas. The Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture stands out in a city increasingly defined by steel and glass.
Step inside and find a dimly lit casino, a lobby bar with a live piano, and no-frills rooms. Amenities are limited. There’s no pool and the retail space is just a small general store.
Most people who appreciate the El Cortez do so because they either like the history or the low prices. For something more modern, book a room at the El Cortez Cabana Suites, the 64-room sister property across the street with tufted white headboards, green walls, marble bathrooms, and a fitness center.
Can’t decide between the raucous Fremont Street Experience and the slightly more chill East Fremont District? Then try the Downtown Grand, which expertly straddles that line.
The recently expanded property (the hotel’s 495-room Gallery Tower opened in September 2020) still feels boutique despite the budget price tag. Rooms are simple but comfortable, with white walls, geometric accents, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The real highlight is the Citrus Grand Pool Deck, which was voted the best of Las Vegas’ best Downtown hotel pool in 2020. When I first moved to Vegas, I whiled away many a desert afternoon at this rooftop oasis; I love the cocktail program and the city views.
Like a lot of things in Downtown Las Vegas, the Oasis at Gold Spike (formerly the Gold Spike Hotel & Casino) used to be a little bit seedy. Now, it’s a millennial/Gen Z hangout with a vinyl soundtrack, a coworking space that turns into a house party at night, and 130 hotel rooms. Notably absent: a casino.
Staying here is like staying at a deliberately cool hostel, minus the bunk beds. You’ll have your own room, but it’ll be small and basic, simply a place to crash after staying out all night. Then you’ll wake up, grab a cocktail from the 24-hour bar, and hit the pool.
The Oasis at Gold Spike is also steps from all of the bars and restaurants on Fremont Street, so there’s much to explore within walking distance, although to be honest, on most nights, the best party is right here.
Nearly every Las Vegas local (and many a visitor) has taken a photo beneath the twinkling gold lights at the entrance to The Plaza. This backdrop, like the hotel itself, is classic Las Vegas.
The 995-room property excels by leaning into the 70’s vintage vibe hard. From the banana-leaf wallpaper at the coffee shop to the retro Palm Springs-inspired rooftop pool lounge, The Plaza will feel like a Killers music video if you’re a young traveler (Spoiler: It was actually in a Killers music video) and you will unironically enjoy the bingo, smoky casino, and showgirl-bespeckled carpet.
In some places, The Plaza feels retro in all the right ways — the steakhouse overlooking Fremont Street, the colorful pool area — in other places, such as the 325-square-foot Deluxe rooms, it feels dated and spartan. Spring for a renovated room (especially one of the Pool Patio rooms which includes a private covered patio) or request one of the newer Luxe rooms, which come with voice-activated Amazon Echoes.
A staycation favorite among locals, M Resort has a 100,000 square-foot pool complex with two infinity pools. There’s a family-friendly pool and a separate day club pool that hosts parties that allow guests to have the option of both a party environment and a more mellow one.
Because the property is located south of the Strip in the Henderson area, rooms feature unique views. They’re modern and luxe, outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, power blinds, and raw wooden decor.
On-site restaurants are also a bright spot; find everything from a deli to a steakhouse, and a Raiders-themed bar and grill, which is a popular recent addition.
The M Resort is not a place to stay if you want to be close to the action of the Strip and Downtown Las Vegas, but odds are if you’re choosing this hotel, a respite from the mayhem is what you’re seeking.
Before Circa, the Golden Nugget was the correct answer to, “where can I stay Downtown if I like the vibe of the Strip?” The property, which is in the center of the Fremont Street Experience, has marble floors, upscale restaurants, and a large casino.
A large number of the rooms were recently renovated (the Carson Tower and Gold Tower rooms were renovated in 2018 and 2015 respectively) and feature neutral decor, comfortable mattresses, and lots of space. The Rush Tower rooms with California King beds and 439-square feet of space are an excellent value (expect to pay $109-$229 approximately).
The pool complex is huge, and even has a shark tank with an adjacent water slide.
If you want to be near the Strip without being directly on the Strip, the Signature at MGM Grand is one of the best options you’ll find. This non-gaming property, which is less than a mile from the Strip, is connected to the massive playground that is the MGM Grand (you won’t even have to go outside to walk to it) but still feels completely separate.
The lobby is tranquil and elegant, and rooms come with kitchenettes, separate living room areas, and in some cases, balconies. Upgrade to a Deluxe Balcony Suite to secure one. They also have spacious spa bathrooms with a rainfall shower, a deep soaking tub, and a TV.
While sunning on your balcony, don’t be surprised if the view is of a rowdy pool party at the nearby Wet Republic Ultra Pool.
The Las Vegas neighborhood of Green Valley is attractive with locals due to its safety, proximity to the Strip (about a 15-20 minute drive), and The District at Green Valley Ranch, an open-air shopping and dining area. Travelers staying at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino, which is just a five-minute walk from The District at Green Valley Ranch, will appreciate these same things.
The well-manicured property feels as big as some Strip resorts and has a similar scope of amenities too, including high-end restaurants. Italian restaurant Bottiglia offers a lively brunch with bottomless mimosas, Borracha Mexican Cantina has fresh fish tacos, and Tides Oyster Bar has an outstanding fresh seafood selection.
The rooms at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino are nothing out of the ordinary, with beige and chocolate brown accents and flat-screen televisions, but they’re a good value. Just expect to pay more on weekends.
The brand new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas emerged on former the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino site in 2021 and has made a strong case for a pilgrimage away from the Strip. Though, it is a solid mile away from Las Vegas Boulevard.
The hotel is colorful and inviting with jewel-toned furniture and bold accent walls. Rooms are white with pops of color and interesting, modern light fixtures. The property also scores major points for embracing its desert location. You’ll be greeted with cacti at the entrance, and once inside, you’re met with an infusion of color.
Dining and drinking feature venues from Todd English and Nobu Matsuhisa, and as long as you aren’t counting on an easy stroll to the Strip, this property will impress.
Located on the former site of the Las Vegas Club, Circa dominates the Downtown Las Vegas skyline with an angular design that looks distinctly modern compared to neighboring hotels.
The property, owned by locally famous Derek Stevens who also runs the nearby The D Casino and Hotel, is flashy and upscale. For example, there’s a display case containing 1,000 ounces of gold on the rooftop lounge and suites come with Balmain products in the bathroom.
Instead of one rooftop pool, there are six spread across three levels. Dubbed Stadium Swim, it features six temperature-controlled pools, two swim-up bars, and a 143-foot diagonal, 14-million-megapixel LED screen, always playing the day’s biggest sports games and events.
Like most Vegas locals, I am partial to Vegas Vickie’s, the casino bar that features Vegas Vickie herself, a beloved neon cowgirl who stood watch over Fremont Street for more than three decades. In a hotel that’s so intensely modern, it’s nice to see this nod to the neighborhood’s past.
Red Rock Resort and Hotel is a true desert escape, located on the western edge of the city near the soaring cliffs of Red Rock Canyon. One could easily spend a day hiking, rock climbing, or mountain biking in the desert and then return to Red Rock for a spa treatment, a margarita by the palm-shaded pool, or fresh pasta from Osteria Fiorella.
Conversely, this is also the kind of upscale hotel that makes it easy to spend an entire weekend without leaving the property. It has everything: great room service, cloud-like beds, views of the desert and the Strip, a nice selection of restaurants, and even a bowling alley and movie theater.
The pool, in particular, is one of the best in the city and if you’re looking for the opposite of a wild Strip pool party, this tranquil oasis is it. Should you feel inclined to wander, shops, restaurants, and even a weekly farmers market are steps away in Downtown Summerlin.
Every time I set foot in the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa, it’s an immediate escape from the harsh desert landscape. The greenery and water features are abundant, making the resort feel like a haven.
I also love the restaurants, especially Jade Asian Kitchen which is great for sushi and cocktails, and Hawthorn Grill, which has an amazing waterside patio shrouded with trees.
The rooms are simple and elegant with jetted tubs and large workspace areas, making this a good hotel for business travelers. The concierge can help arrange golf reservations and the surrounding Summerlin area is similarly upscale. The nearby Italian-inspired Tivoli Village offers open-air shopping and dining. Red Rock Canyon is also close.
The shoulder seasons — fall and spring — bring perfect desert weather and are the best time to visit Las Vegas. Expect pleasant, sunny days with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Of these two seasons, fall tends to be quieter, with spring bringing spring break crowds.
Despite the very hot weather, summer is very busy and you may see higher room rates during this time. Winter is the least busy season in Las Vegas (except for New Year’s Eve) and it can also be surprisingly chilly, so you might not get that pool day.
Which off-Strip neighborhood should I choose?
Stay Downtown or near the Strip if you want to still experience the casinos, restaurants, bars, and delightful mayhem that makes the city so special. Or choose Downtown if you want to experience historic Las Vegas, Fremont Street, and go where the locals go. Choose near-Strip if you want access to Las Vegas Boulevard without the noise and traffic.
If you are traveling for business or with young children (or are sensitive to loud noise) consider the suburbs of Henderson or Summerlin. Henderson has outdoor shopping malls, big box stores, quiet neighborhoods, and nice city parks where families picnic. Summerlin will speak to you if you’re the outdoorsy type, as Red Rock Canyon is just a stone’s throw away.
What is there to do off-Strip in Las Vegas?
There’s a whole world outside of the Las Vegas Strip (not to mention a couple of million people who call Clark County home). You can browse the shops at the Downtown Container Park, catch an intimate live concert at an East Fremont Street bar, or check out First Friday in the Arts District.
Dine at a neighborhood restaurant that rivals the ones on the Strip and hit the trails at Red Rock Canyon, Mt. Charleston, Lake Mead, or Valley of Fire. From art galleries, museums, boutiques and craft cocktail bars to hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking, there’s much to explore in Southern Nevada.
Why should I stay off-Strip?
If you’ve visited Las Vegas a million times and only ever experience one street, you owe it yourself to see another part of the city at least once. You might also find lower rates, though not at every property. Don’t expect to pay less for a room at Red Rock Casino than you would for a room at a budget Strip property like Excalibur.
You may also find fewer crowds, less vehicle traffic, less noise, and less price-gouging when you shop, eat, and drink. Whether it’s your first or tenth time to Vegas, if any of that appeals to you, consider going off the beaten path.
Staying off Strip also balances the experience of Las Vegas Boulevard. Hike through the stark, wild beauty of the desert complemented by a fancy dinner at a sleek steakhouse. An intimate cocktail bar in the Arts District can serve as a prelude to a crowded evening at a nightclub.
Is it worth staying off-Strip in Las Vegas?
You can still find all of the classic Las Vegas amenities you love such as pools and poolside bars, spas, casinos, buffets, and sportsbooks, plus other surprising extras, like movie theaters, bowling alleys, kid-focused amenities, and community events.
And if you miss the Strip, it’s not hard to get there. You can be as close as a half-mile away if you stay near Strip, or as far as 12-15 miles away if you stay in Henderson or Summerlin.
Do off-Strip hotels have resort fees?
Sadly, you would be hard-pressed to find a hotel in Las Vegas without a resort fee. Every hotel on this list with the exception of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas charges one. Some properties may waive these fees for special promotions (M Resorts is currently offering a no resort fee stay to locals on staycation), but for the most part, you can expect to shell out an extra $20 to $40 on average per night.
What are current Las Vegas COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols?
Las Vegas is open, without restrictions involving capacity limits and large gatherings.
However, the State of Nevada has mandated that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings, including resorts and casinos, restaurants, bars, showrooms, and meeting spaces. Masks are also required on public transportation.
How we selected the best off-Strip hotels in Las Vegas
As a Las Vegas local travel writer, I’m personally familiar with every hotel on this list and stand behind all of these hotels. I have either stayed at the hotel or have spent significant time exploring the property and the surrounding neighborhood.
Hotels are located in desirable Las Vegas neighborhoods, including near-Strip, Downtown, Summerlin, and Henderson.
Each hotel holds a TripAdvisor rating of between 3 to 4.5 (the average rating on this list is 4 out of 5) with a high volume of recent honest, unbiased reviews.
Rates range between $30 and $163 to start and do not include resort fees. Las Vegas room rates fluctuate based on the season and major events usually drive up prices.
Las Vegas room rates tend to fluctuate wildly. On one night a room might be below a hundred dollars, on another night it might be approaching a thousand. This is why value is so key.
Standard hotel rooms at each property are known to be comfortable with classic or unique Vegas views.
The hotel features must-have Vegas amenities, such as a pool, great on-site restaurants and bars, a casino, spa, fitness center, plus entertainment offerings, and events.
You don’t want to stay in a quiet, spa-like environment if you’ve come to Vegas to party, and you don’t want to stay in the middle of a party if you’re traveling with small kids. We’ve noted who we think would enjoy each hotel, such as solo travelers, groups of friends, couples, families, business travelers, and locals on staycations.
The hotel keeps guests safe by instituting COVID-19 policies in accordance with the most recent CDC guidelines.
Conservative commentator and “Fox Nation” host Lara Logan attacked a progressive media watchdog group for sharing a clip of a QAnon influencer claiming that Logan and her husband had agreed to speak at his QAnon conference in Las Vegas next month.
John Sabal, a Trump loyalist and prominent QAnon conspiracy theorist who goes by “QAnon John,” announced on a video chat that Logan agreed to be a moderator at his upcoming multi-day QAnon event, called the “For God & Country Patriot Double Down.” Sabal said Logan’s husband, former defense contractor Joseph Burkett, would likely appear on the event’s “Afghanistan panel.”
“This is a big deal, guys, this is gonna bring a lot of credibility to what we’re doing,” Sabal said. “She has agreed to moderate our panels, which is fantastic … It’s going to bring a lot of mainstream attention to the event.”
But after a researcher at watchdog group Media Matters for America shared a clip of Sabal’s announcement, Logan denied his claims and attacked Media Matters in a series of tweets.
“This is funny – there’s nothing these people won’t do to silence the truth & defame/discredit journalists!” Logan tweeted. “These tired old narratives are truly pathetic. I guess my reporting is really hurting if you are scraping the bottom of the Q-Anon conspiracy barrel…try harder boys!”
Logan went on to claim that Media Matters and other progressives “feed off the blood of decent people.”
“These are the worst people in America, funded by millions – they feed off the blood of decent people to destroy/silence/torture if you’re in the way of their agenda, incld their own side,” she tweeted.
Logan claimed that Media Matters had shared the clip of Sabal in an effort to “defame/discredit me by falsely tying me to Q-Anon which is 100 percent unfounded/untrue.”
She added, “This is designed to ruin my life/career etc – make me untouchable – sound familiar? We have seen this so many times. No more!”
Central to the QAnon conspiracy theory is the baseless claim that satanic Democrats and Hollywood pedophiles torture and suck the blood of children.
When Insider contacted Sabal by phone on Monday, he hung up before answering any questions.
A Fox News spokeswoman declined to comment on the record, but pointed Insider to their previously-reported denial of Logan’s involvement with the conference.
The event is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from October 22-25 at the Ahern Hotel, which is owned by Don Ahern, a prominent Republican and donor to former President Donald Trump. Tickets range in price from $650 for general admission to $3,000 for a “High Roller VIP All-Weekend Pass,” which includes a meet-and-greet with speakers and access to a VIP section of the “Las Vegas Dinner Show” and a rooftop party.
Michael Flynn, former President Donald Trump’s ex-national security adviser, was originally slated to speak at the events, but his name no longer appears on the list of participants on the event website. The events will feature a slew of right-wing activists, including Flynn’s brother, Joseph Flynn, and both Ron and Jim Watkins, the father-son duo who own and run the imageboard 8kun, which hosts the anonymous user “Q.”