I’ve never been one for Black Friday shopping, since I much prefer to sleep off my overindulgence from the comforts of my bed. I do make one exception, though: the Vegas.com Holiday Cyber Sale.
Vegas.com is back at it again this year, offering a $50 credit with any purchase made between November 25 and December 2.
If my years of value hunting in Las Vegas have taught me one thing, it’s that you’ve got to smoke ’em when you’ve got ’em. And this is a smoking deal.
Read on to find out how to exploit this promotion for the maximum value.
It’s never been easier to take advantage of such a great deal. Here’s all you need to do:
- Buy literally anything on Vegas.com
- Wait 1-2 days for your $50 promo credit to be emailed to you
- Spend your $50 promo credit
If you want to maximize your value and effectively get a $50 gift card for $11.70, buy a one day monorail pass and wait for your promo code to come, then use that to book what you want.
There are also a variety of inexpensive attractions and shows that you can book; I highlight some of the best values below in Sergio’s Scoop, but encourage you to browse Vegas.com for whatever strikes your fancy!
But first, since this almost sounds too good to be true, let’s go over the fine print…
The Fine Print
As with all things, the devil is in the details. So allow me to break down all of the fine print (which is frustratingly devoid of Oxford Commas):
Promo Code Offer Terms & Conditions: Promotion applies to bookings made between Monday, November 25 and Monday, December 2, 2019 only.
This offer is good for any purchase, no matter the cost. That means if you book smart, you can book an attraction that is cheaper than the promo credit, effectively netting a free attraction and additional credit.
You only need to book by December 2nd; you can book for months in advance (last year, I booked for April and June trips).
This offer is only valid for one week, though, so to paraphrase the infomercials I loved so much as a child: ACT NOW!!! This offer won’t last for long!
Limit one (1) promo code per user account and per qualifying booking/transaction. Only one (1) promo code may be redeemed per user account and must be used in its entirety at time of redemption.
Last year, a glitch in their system resulted in me getting a second $50 gift card after I redeemed my first one. Unfortunately, judging by their updated terms, they seem to have closed this loophole and prevented us from earning and/or stacking promo codes this year.
However, if you’re travelling with a group, you can circumvent this roadblock by having each member create their own account and book separately so that everyone can take advantage of this deal.
But hey, even if you’re flying solo, $50 is still $50… if you’re a low-roller like me, that’s 10 more table-minimum bets.
Promo Codes have no cash value, are not combinable, are not refundable and may not be redeemed for cash.
Think of this promo code like free play: you can’t cash it out, so you have to spend all of your monopoly bucks at once, and in the same place.
Fortunately, it’s still $50 of cash you don’t have to spend… aka another $50 you can add to your bankroll/donate to the casinos through your game(s) of choice.
Promo Code not valid on gift cards and air + hotel packages. Vegas.com reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion.
With the exception of gift cards (duh) and airfare, you can spend your $50 promo on whatever you want, including shows, attractions, or hotels (as long as it’s not a package).
If you see something you like don’t hesitate, since Vegas.com could *technically* pull the plug on the promotion at any time (as sadly tends to inevitably happen with such great deals). Although, given that this is their second year running this deal, I’m hoping it’s here for the foreseeable future.
Promo code will be emailed within 24-48 hours after purchase and booking/travel with promo code expires on June 30, 2020.
You get the promo code pretty quickly (last year, I got mine the next day) and it’s usable immediately (unlike those annoying Kohls bucks or Nordstrom dollars that are only redeemable in certain time frames).
So, if you’re booking multiple shows/attractions, it’s worth splitting your purchase up by booking one and saving the other(s) for when your promo code comes 2 days later.
The flexibility of the promo code is great: you can spend it right away, or you can wait a while to redeem it.
Last year, my mom and I each created an account and bought a ticket to the Mob Museum ($27). We then received a $50 promo code which we used for a steep discount on Barry Manilow tickets.
There are two schools of thought on how to best use this promo: to help offset an expensive ticket, or to get a free credit with a minimal purchase.
If you’ve been wanting to see a popular production that is rarely discounted (Absinthe, Le Reve, MJ One, Manilow etc), this promotion can be a great way to offset some of the costs by shaving $50 off of the ticket price.
If you want to maximize your promotional credit, there are a variety of offerings under $50 that will net you a sizeable credit.
The best values are the attractions, since they don’t add any processing fees or service charges to your purchase. You can effectively get a “free” attraction plus a decent credit if you book smart. Here are the best deals:
- 1 Day Monorail Pass – $11.70
- Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck – $14
- Stratosphere Observation Deck – $14
- FlyLINQ Zipline – $23
- High Roller – $27
Shows add a $10 processing fee and $5-12 in service fees, but seeing as “fuck you fees” are pretty inescapable in Vegas, these are still a decent deal (prices before taxes/fees… add about $20 to get the total cost):
- Hypnosis Unleashed – $21 (Binion’s)
- X Country – $33 (Harrah’s)
- Thunder from Down Under – $37 (Excalibur)
- Atomic Saloon – $47 (Grand Canal Shoppes)
- Fantasy – $49 (Luxor)
- David Copperfield – $50 (MGM)
A lot of the beauty of this offer stems from the fact that there are so few restrictions. As long as you book by December 2nd, it doesn’t matter what or when you’re booking; you’ll still get the $50 credit.
Even if you don’t have concrete Vegas dates set yet, but know you’ll be planning a trip in the next six months, lock in this deal by booking a 1 Day Monorail Pass and saving the $50 credit for later; you’ll effectively be paying $11.70 for a $50 Vegas.com gift card.
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