Las Vegas Shows, and where to get discount tickets
Last update: August 2015
You might be able to get free tickets from the casino. If you're gambling, the casino will rebate some of your losses in the form of room discounts, meals, or show tickets. You should never gamble just to get comps (that's like spending a dollar to save a quarter), but if you're gambling anyway, then be sure to ask for your goodies. Once the Wizard of Odds treated me to the Van Halen show at Mandalay Bay where a casino host comped him free third row tickets. Of course, your level of gambling likely wouldn't earn that kind of reward, but do be sure to try to claim what's coming to you. See more on my page All About Comps.
This shop sells tickets for up to half off, and is generally an awesome deal, but there are some catches:
- Tickets are good for that night's show only.
- You have to buy in-person, and the line is often 15+ minutes long.
- You can't see the prices until you go to the booth. They're not on a website, and you can't call to check.
- Sometimes they sell only the pricier seats, and a discounted version of a pricier seat is often more than a cheap seat directly from the box office. This is especially true of Cirque du Soleil shows.
They have locations all over the place:
- Showcase Mall (giant Coke bottle), across from NY NY. There's one booth inside (where it's air-conditioned) and one outside, in the blistering heat. Now that you read this tip, you know which one to wait at!
- Planet Hollywood, right outside.
- Casino Royale, right outside.
- Fashion Show Mall
- Slots A Fun
- Circus Circus
- Four Queens (downtown)
Their website has the list of shows, but not the prices.
Tip: Keep your Tix4Tonite receipt, then go back the next day and you can skip to the front of the line.
At your hotel
Most hotels offer discounted tickets for the shows playing there, to guests staying at the hotel. So, if you're not particular which hotel you stay at, stay at one that has a show you want to see.
Timeshare companies all over Vegas will offer you free or deeply discounted show tickets if you go to a 3-hour presentation where they try to sell you a timeshare. (They say it's only 90 minutes, but they lie; I've done it many times, it's always closer to 3 hours.) If you just walk around the strip you'll likely be accosted by reps trying to get you to sign up, with their telltale mating call, "How long are you guys in town?" They want to make sure you're not leaving the next day, because if so then you won't be able to do the presentation the next morning. If you're not getting accosted, then head to the Showcase Mall (next to the giant Coke bottle, across from NY NY) and go to the desk in the middle and say, "Yeah, how do I get those free show tickets?"
In the presentation, be polite, but don't buy the timeshare no matter how good they make it sound. Timeshares aren't a bad concept, but they are horribly, horribly overpriced. A timeshare purchased from the developer is always a terrible deal. If you really have your heart set on a timeshare, buy one at pennies on the dollar from someone trying to get rid of theirs, like on eBay or the timeshare resale sites. Tip for ending your presentation early: When they ask how much you spend on lodging for your Vegas trips, tell them that you got the $39 special at the Stratosphere. Once when I answered that (honestly), the salesman said, "Let me just get you your tickets. No one who spends $39/night has ever bought a timeshare from us."
Sometimes people can't make it to a show and they sell their tix online, with the most popular website for that being StubHub (which is way safer than craigslist). Of course, scalpers sell on StubHub too, but scalping is far less common on nightly Vegas shows than it is for touring shows. Anyway, before heading to StubHub, check with the box office first to make sure that you couldn't get a cheaper price than what they're going for online.
If you live in Vegas, all kinds of discounts are available to you, and your state-issued ID is your golden passport. Start your adventure at Vegas4Locals.
Lists of shows
Comedy clubs: Las Vegas Online and Vegas.com.
Lounge Acts: Vegas.com and Review-Journal.
Here's my my review of Ka.
|Some Las Vegas Shows
|Show||Type||Where||Yelp stars||My comments|
|KÁ||Cirque du Soleil||MGM Grand||Incredible dancing / martial arts combo, in a wordless fantasy.|
||Wynn||The production values of a Cirque show, without actually being a Cirque show. Makes use of a stunning water-laden stage.|
|Love||Cirque du Soleil
||Beatles+Cirque, though it seemed
to be the worst of both worlds, not the best. But most
everyone else Loves it, so you probably will, too.
|Mystère||Cirque du Soleil
||A Cirque du Soleil variety
show. Very entertaining.
||Surprised the reviews are so good,
since he did the same trick over and over and over
again. It was an amazing trick, but still. Opening
comedy was great.
|V - Variety Show||Variety
||Features a rotating cast of
entertainers, so you never know what you're gonna get, except
that it'll be top-notch.
|Zumanity||Cirque du Soleil
||New York, New York
||An adult (read: naughty) version
of a Cirque du Soleil show. I didn't feel it was nearly as
good as other Cirque shows, but the reviews suggest otherwise.
Show locations last checked: August 2015Yelp reviews last checked: August 2015