Monday, June 24, 2013

Las Vegas, the Ultimate Retiree Travel Destination!

Note: I know and you know that Las Vegas is fun. But fun for seniors...bring ID to prove that you are old enough to have fun fun? A fellow teacher wrote this one after he and his wife visited earlier this year. I'm going to check out all the hints here!

You’re retired and finally have some time to travel, why not head to Las Vegas? This fun city offers an impressive amount of senior citizen discounts for you to enjoy a fun getaway for less! By strategically planning to enjoy as many discounts as possible, you can take a trip to Las Vegas that will cost a lot less than you might think.
Don’t forget to bring your photo ID as you will need to show it to obtain most senior discounts. Many of the senior citizen discounts are advertised, but some you will need to ask about. Many of these discounts begin at age 50 and others cover ages 60 and up.
If you are looking for vacation ideas in Las Vegas, here are some tips for taking advantage of discounts on food, shows, casino discount days and more.

Getting Around

Seniors can enjoy cheaper public transit around the city of Las Vegas, which will save you quite a bit of money on your trip. For example, instead of having to pay the full price of $15 for a three-day ticket on the Deuce on the Strip bus that runs along Las Vegas Boulevard, seniors older than 62 will only have to pay $10. If you use the RTC transportation, you will enjoy reduced fares if you are 60 or older.

Affordable Eats

There are many options in Las Vegas when it comes to an affordable buffet meal that will allow you to enjoy all you can eat. Avoid The Wynn and Planet Hollywood, as they can be quite expensive. If you’re looking for good home-cooked meals at a great price rather than expensive exotic dishes such as sushi, head to The El Cortez and The Riviera. These hotels offer cheaper deals on their buffet meals, which are not as fancy but as still hearty, filling and delicious.
You could also visit the many cafes around the city where traditional dishes are offered at great prices, often with senior citizen discounts. Try the Cafe at Harrah’s, which is a great family-friendly restaurant with plenty of dishes to choose from. It is open 24 hours, so it makes a great place to stop in for an early morning breakfast or late-night bite.

Hotel Discounts

Your best bet for finding discounted accommodation in Las Vegas is to check with some of the major hotel chains. For example, the Marriot offers a 15 percent discount for guests who are 62 years of age or older. The Choice Hotel chain, which includes the Econo Lodge, Clarion and Comfort Inn, offers 10 percent off for guests who are over the age of 50 and 20 percent off for those over 60.

Gambling for Cheaper

Of course, one of the quintessential Las Vegas experiences is visiting a casino and trying your luck on the slot machines or the card games. However, with the cost of entrance fees and drinks as well as your gambling money, this can be a very expensive bit of fun!
Luckily, some of the casinos offer special days of the week where senior gamblers can enjoy discounts or multipliers on slot winnings. For example, at the Orleans Casino on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., you can take advantage of a 7x multiplier on your slot winnings. The night before that is Senior Monday at the Silverton Casino, where you will enjoy discounted prices on the buffet and prize drawings.

Entertainment for Less

Senior citizen or not, you will always find a cheaper deal when you check with the discount ticket brokers who sell last-minute passes on the day of the show. At this point, they are eager to sell the empty seats and will be happy to fill them at a discount.
If you search around you will find several shows that offer discounts for senior citizens. For example, the show “Remembering Red” at the Westin offers seniors a 50-percent discount when they book their tickets online.
These are just a few of the ways that being a senior citizen in Las Vegas will save you a lot of money on your trip. Have fun enjoying the pleasures of this great city!


About the Author: Marty Allan is a retired school teacher who likes to travel to a new destination every year. He took his wife to Vegas this spring and they had the best time

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