Deal Sniffer: Vegas Trip

One of my readers contacted me yesterday asking for some deal advice. She needed info on planning a Vegas trip for Easter weekend. This year, Easter falls on April 24 so I expected the dates of the trip might go from April 22-April 25. She’s wanting to take 3 adults and 1 child (age 15) and stay in 1 room while they attend a wedding in the city. They’ll be traveling from St. Louis, so airfare is needed. They also might like activities for a teenager and a young adult. I did some research for her and here are some of the deal options I found.


The Mirage's Dolphin Pool

Circus Circus has a 40% off deal running. After fees and taxes, your 3-night stay will cost a grand total of $327.98. If you book through Travelocity, you can get airfare and your hotel stay for $1600.

The Luxor Las Vegas can be yours for just $540.27 on BookIt. This offer can be combined with BookIt airfare deals for additional savings.

Book by midnight tomorrow on BookIt to stay at the Tropicana Las Vegas for just $586.22.

The Mirage has an offer on BookIt now through Monday for just $617.28.

Book by Monday at midnight on Bookit at the MGM Grand to spend just $620.70 for your stay.

Since there’s a Harrah’s in St. Louis, you may have comp credits to apply towards the Harrah’s Las Vegas. Your family can stay here for $712.54 on

A Deluxe Room at Mandalay Bay will set you back $724.15 if booking through BookIt.

Sign up on and view their Unlisted Deals page. Offers start at $22/nt for single rooms.

Most travel sites are only pricing Vegas deals for bookings now through March. You may want to wait to book to increase your chances at saving. If you do find room rates you like, be careful of your 3 adults causing you to pay extra fees. Most hotels I priced added on another $150-$300 for your sons.

If you are only looking to stay 2 nights in a hotel on the strip, your cheapest night is Sunday so opt to check-in on Saturday instead or stay closer to the airport your first night.

The Tropicana, The Mirage and the MGM Grand are your best bets at having on-site entertainment, accessible pools for the family, and discounted room rates. If your family is staying north of Flamingo Road, The Mirage will have the best access. If your family is staying south of Flamingo Road, both the Tropicana and MGM Grand are on the same block and have great access to the night life.


Fly with Southwest Airlines and take advantage of the Wanna Get Away savings. You’ll spend $1157.60 after fees and taxes for an average of $290/person. None of their booking tours were able to beat the prices you can book a hotel+air for separately.

Delta Airlines will run you close to $1400 after taxes and fees. That averages out to $350/person. Rates were found using


The Lion King

Your hotel pool can be a great place to relax. Highs will be in the high 70s/low 80s during your stay so choosing a hotel with a great pool can mean built-in entertainment. You can find some great pool options in our feature from Vegas Week. Some hotels may not reopen pools till May so check before booking.

Consider taking the family to a show for Easter. The Blue Man Group, Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles Love, or The Lion King all are age-appropriate shows that will enchant the family. Background on the shows is available here. Your best chance at savings would be to wait to buy when you get to Vegas or watch for deals.


With 4 hungry people, the Buffet of Buffets pass may come in handy on stuffing the faces of your sons. You can read some tips for using this pass here. You’ll also notice info on other buffets around town. Since you’ll be meeting family in town, these places can be great ways to fit large groups into one space.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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