The time has finally come. The coronavirus casino closures have been lifted and the city of Las Vegas can shine once more. This time, it seems, they have several new strategies in place to bring business back to the famed tourist destination.
For the first time in almost three months, slot machines are rolling and dice are being thrown across tables again, sanitized dice that is.
The first gamblers and tourists back on the scene for reopening day are taking in the specific scenes of the Bellagio fountains relaunching after being dried up since March 16, filled downtown casinos, socially distanced-arranged casino floors, CEO’s greeting them in the lobby and more.
With airfare and hotel rates being strategically cheaper than normal, the city hopes to welcome in more even more guests with its reopening.
Last month, Frontier Airlines CEO, Barry Biffle, partnered up with Las Vegas resort and travel partners in an effort to come up with the best strategy to get people on flights back to Sin City, while ramping its flight safety protocols.
One downtown Las Vegas casino owner even did more than his fair share in getting people to return to the nation’s Entertainment Capital last week with an enticing flight giveaway.
Downtown Casino Owner Leads Charge with Free-Flight Giveaway
Derek Stevens, co-owner of the D Hotel and Golden Gate casinos in downtown Las Vegas, capitalized on the initial excitement for guests to return when he offered 1,000 free one-way flights to Vegas from 24 cities across the country.
He announced the flights last Wednesday, ahead of the June 4 reopening, and flights sold out in under two hours, with 1,000 more flights being added that afternoon. Before the end of the business day, all flights were taken up and none more were added after that.
Stevens called his plan “Keep America Flying,” and says it’s a part of a greater initiative to keep people traveling throughout the skies by offering one free trip at a time. Stevens also explained that this is Vegas’ way of being respectful of the fly-in market.
“The drive-in market is very important, but with what’s happened to the airlines, that industry has really been decimated. We wanted to come up with something that helps the U.S. airline industry, and helps support Las Vegas,” Stevens said.
Flights to Las Vegas
If you’ve been having an itch to get to Las Vegas recently, now might be the best time to do.
Flights into the Entertainment Capital are significantly cheaper from several big cities on budget airlines. For example, if you are in Oakland and wanted to come to Las Vegas next week, it would be less than $100 roundtrip with Allegiant Airlines.
Flying in from San Francisco is currently under $200 roundtrip.
Mid-July is showing even cheaper rates at half the cost from those cities right now, and United Airlines and Alaska Air have fares as low as $115 from the Bay Area for their basic economy flights.
And it’s not just nearby cities that are having cheap travel deals to Las Vegas.
If you are in New York City and wanted to get to Las Vegas next week, prices are showing as cheap as under $200 as well for a roundtrip flight, with flights going as low as $97 roundtrip every weekend in July.
These rates are a third of what they normally go for, so now might really be the prime time if you were trying to get to Las Vegas on a budget.
Reduced Hotel Fares in Las Vegas
Now only is it cheap to fly into Las Vegas right now, but hotel rates are significantly cheaper as well, at a lot of the luxury resorts, too.
Here’s some insight into what some of the rates at the casino-hotels (that have opened up) in Las Vegas are looking like today, if you were to book a one-night stay today for Friday, June 5:
The Bellagio: $196
New York-New York: $97
Caesars Palace: $121
MGM Grand: $99
Signature at MGM Grand: $89
The Venetian: $152
The Palazzo: $152
Treasure Island: $74
Wynn Las Vegas: $186
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas: $135
Sahara Las Vegas: $101
Red Rock: $128
The STRAT: $54
Harrah’s Las Vegas: $74
The Orleans Hotel & Casino: $64
Palace Station: $60
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino: $67
Now, let’s compare those rates to a weekday rate for next week and you’ll notice an even more significant price drop. Here’s what rates are going for next Tuesday, June 9, at those same properties:
The Bellagio: $137
New York-New York: $27
Caesars Palace: $68
MGM Grand: $34
Signature at MGM Grand: $48
The Venetian: $127
The Palazzo: $152
Treasure Island: $45
Wynn Las Vegas: $118
Encore at Wynn Las Vegas: $118
Sahara Las Vegas: $48
Red Rock: $76
The STRAT: $13
Harrah’s Las Vegas: $18
The Orleans Hotel & Casino: $25
Palace Station: $33
Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino: $30
As you can see, the city is making it a lot easier financially for people across the country to have a Vegas vacation again. Of course, with the city reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic, things are going to look a bit different for a while. Vegas is calling it its “New Normal.”
The “New Normal” for Las Vegas for Awhile
Casino employees with masks on, thermal temperature scanners at casino entrances, spread out casino gaming floors for social distancing, and reduced capacity as resorts. These are all the things that guests can expect to see when they check-in to their hotel.
In the city’s new tourism ad that was unveiled mid-May, it highlights the fact that guests will be walking into a more “intimate #OnlyYou” Vegas experience when they return.
However, Vegas under its new coronavirus restrictions is still a city of fun and entertainment nonetheless. And while this is only the second day casinos have been reopening in the city, it seems like a promising start with the pent-up demand of people wanting to get back in on the action.
It’s hard to tell how long airfare and hotel rates will stay at this reduced rate, but, for the sake of hopeful travelers, we hope they stay down for a while.
It will also be interesting to see how Las Vegas does at the end of June, having been reopened for nearly a month.
All we know is, we couldn’t be more excited that casinos have opened back up again! Will you be visiting Las Vegas anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below!