Editors Note: This was originally a comment to the post What Are Free and Cheap Activities To See In Las Vegas?
Just got back from a week in Vegas one thing that isn’t a deal is Tix 4 Tonight. They have grown from a discount ticket vendor to a marketing scam. Wanted Price is Right Tickets. Big line in front of Bill’s, 30 people at least around 9AM. No one would be specific comments like yes they are showing today no mention if they have discount tickets available just the price if they would have them.
Asked a worker where the closest next Tix was and he informed me Casino Royale but at this time of day all will have lines. Took a chance and started walking. Wow, right in the door way at O’sheas was a Tix, 2 guys and not 1 customer. They had no discount Price is Right Tickets ($49 regular price only). Obviously the Tix guy at Bill’s was less than honest. Long story short: went to Bally’s where I was staying for $27 a night great room, showed my player’s card and got a 25% discount ($38 a ticket — 1$ less than Tix advertised discount). Buyer beware.
No question that you get what you pay for when it comes to show tickets. First off, there is a good chance (and I don’t know it for a fact, but I know how the town works) that the people at the discount ticket booths are on commission. Or get bonuses for selling certain shows over other shows (certain shows pay a higher bonus). I’d never ask them for a recommendation as they might steer you to the show they need to sell. Not the one you’d like to see.
Side Note: We’ve always avoided this practice. Some of Las Vegas’ top shows are our advertisers. You’ll see them on the right sidebar of this page. However, that doesn’t determine our show suggestions. We try to guide each person to a show they would most enjoy. Cirque du Soleil (for example), is not an advertiser at the present time. However, if someone asks me about Cirque’s Viva Elvis, I don’t try to steer them to Jersey Boys (although if you enjoy one, you’ll probably enjoy the other). I tell them that our reader feedback for Viva Elvis has been 100% positive (and it has).
The second thing to remember is this: There is a reason the shows are at the “day of show” discount booths. Either the show isn’t selling well, or the few tickets left for a bigger name show are towards the back. Remember, these are the leftovers. So, either they will try to talk you into a show you weren’t really interested in seeing. Or, you’ll get tickets for a show you wanted to see but the odds are they won’t be good seats.
Third thing to think about: Your time in Las Vegas is valuable. Most of you are only here for a few days and when you factor airfare (or gas) and food and hotel costs into the number of waking hours while you are here, you’ll often find out that each hour is very valuable. Is it worth it to line up in the morning at one of these booths (hoping to grab the good stuff)? You didn’t come here to stand in line! They are necessary evil at check-in or buffets but you don’t want to spend half your vacation in line.
We suggest buying your tickets as far in advance as possible. Even if you have to pay more (or gasp… full price). You’ll be all set up, you’ll get the best seats, and won’t have to spend part of your valuable vacation time scurrying for tickets.
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