Las Vegas Is The Most Affordable Vacation In America

Aria Marquee At Night

Aria Marquee At Night

Last week Trip Advisor released their TripIndex list of the most affordable places to vacation in America and Las Vegas came in as the cheapest. How ’bout that?!

Among TripIndex Cities, Honolulu rings up the biggest tab as the most expensive U.S. destination with a TripIndex cost of $504.94, while Las Vegas offers the most affordable stay at $272.94.

Typically I find lists like this to be a waste for customers as they’re generated to sell something or gain traffic but Trip Advisor has been around long enough not to make me laugh at their lists. That’s not to say Trip Advisor isn’t using TripIndex to gain traffic but it’s generally the place everyone I know looks for travel reviews. Once you scrape through the 90% of reviews that are fake or people with an axe to grind there is useful information.

Prices for luxury hotels on the Vegas Strip and resort fees take the attention away from how affordable Vegas can still be for people if that’s what they want. I don’t always want a vacation on a budget but my hotel room at The D for my summer vacation is only $50 on a Saturday (My $40 room was pretty sweet). I’ll be using my fancy Platinum Total Rewards status to get free rooms at Flamingo for the rest of my time away. This will allow me to blow more money on steak and gambling. You can’t hate that!

Mid-range hotels in places like New York City, San Francisco and Hawaii will often cost a couple hundred dollars per night while the average daily cost for a room in Vegas is just over $100. Not too shabby.

The TripIndex list also has Miami and New Orleans on the cheapest places to vacation. I’m really not a fan of anywhere in Florida for vacation but I looooooove New Orleans and will always recommend that a place to visit. Beside great food, drink and culture they have casinos. Harrah’s is walking distance to just about every tourist area as well as Mother’s where you will get one of the best Po’ Boys in the city.

Anything Can Happen

"Las Vegas" TV Show

“Las Vegas” TV Show

If you watch “Las Vegas” as often as I do you may have been startled when the show abruptly stopped airing on TNT midway through the fifth season a couple weeks ago. I need my fix of “Las Vegas” and I know you do to. After a little research i found that “Las Vegas” was not cancelled (again).

“Las Vegas” will return after Labor Day Weekend with only one episode per day instead of two and with a time change to 4am according to my TiVo guide it will start from the very first episode.

While this change probably is the beginning of the end for “Las Vegas” on TNT, the time doesn’t matter since I watch on DVR and I welcome less episodes a week so I can actually keep up with the show instead of deleting half of the episodes so I have room on my TiVo.

At some point I’ll probably end up buying the DVD’s, but as long as “Las Vegas” is on TNT I don’t feel the need. Here are links to buy “Las Vegas” on DVD by season on Amazon so you can prepare for its eventual free TV demise.

Las Vegas” Complete Season 1 #DVD

“Las Vegas” Complete Season 2 #DVD

“Las Vegas” Complete Season 3 #DVD

“Las Vegas” Complete Season 4 #DVD

“Las Vegas” Complete Season 5 #DVD

Don’t Sell Your Hair to a Wig Shop

DirecTV has had some incredibly funny commercials over the past few years. My favorite commercial in a long time is their recent campaign where they encourage not waking up in a roadside ditch. The campaign has fizzled trying to replicate that awesome commercial, but this weekend I saw one about going to Las Vegas that made me chuckle.

While this one is funny it will never replace mini giraffe on a treadmill or waking up in a roadside ditch as my favorite DirecTV commercials. Having said that, this commercial has one thing no other commercial in the series has…Vegas!