Posted on July 21, 2020
Ah, the glitz and the glamour of Las Vegas. The lights, the shows, the games, the Strip. And coming soon, the NFL. Vegas has so much going for it that it seems to be the perfect place to buy a timeshare. But why would Vegas be any different as a timeshare destination than any other vacation destination?
Las Vegas is one of the most unique places on the planet, as anyone who has visited can attest. With so many reasons to return in a timeshare here, it’s tough to generalize even if the easy answer would be looking to the casinos.
Many regions of the country have high repeat visitation, but Vegas attracted 49.5 million visitors last year before COVID hit. This for a metro population region of 2.6 million residents. So there has to be more to it.
Let’s just get the casinos front and center to start. Nowhere in the world has the collection and draw to gambling like Las Vegas. With apologies to Macau, Atlantic City and other gambling sites, nothing is quite like The Strip. An estimated 100 casinos operate in the region, dwarfing the 34 in Macau and Atlantic City’s nine. Monte Carlo’s Casino de Monte-Carlo may be known for its James Bond-esque lure of the uber-rich, but gambling lives and breathes through Vegas.
Once the sporting events are back, the sports books such as the one at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino will also come into play once again. Gamblers can set wagers online on games all they want, but gazing at the dozens of screens and being on the edge of your seat as your team either makes or breaks your stay is part of the adrenaline rush that is Vegas.
This is the area probably the most impacted by the COVID outbreak. Cirque Du Soleil at the Bellagio has long been considered at or near the top of the live shows in Vegas, but the company has recently filed for bankruptcy, so their shows may be in doubt. With that said, there are just too many terrific shows for live entertainment not to be a top reason to keep coming back on vacation.
Sure, there is Blue Man Group and other shows such as the tributes to the Beatles and the ever-present specter of The King, Elvis. But the residency shows scheduled for this year with such headliners as Shania Twain, Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera and Sting bring vacationers back year after year for the next new show.
What some people may not fully appreciate are the special outdoor activities available during a Las Vegas timeshare vacation. Not only is Vegas considered a primary launching point to the north rim of the Grand Canyon, but there are other terrific attractions to see such as the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon.
Whether it is hiking in the Valley of Fire, kayaking the Colorado River, a round of golf or even snow skiing near Mount Charleston – yes, snow skiing – amazing activities are ready for you during your timeshare vacation.
Outdoor activities for visitors will depend on the time of year, as the desert terrain can push temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit over the summer months.
Las Vegas welcomes the National Football League this season, barring any delay or scheduling upheaval due to COVID-19, with the relocation of the old Oakland Raiders to now become the Las Vegas Raiders. Timeshare owners, especially those in timeshare points programs, will no doubt be checking the travel schedule of their favorite NFL team to see if they can fit a game into their Vegas vacation.
The National Hockey League has been in Vegas since 2017 with the Golden Knights NHL franchise. There are also college sports played mainly through the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. The NBA also features one of the top summer leagues in the country at the Thomas and Mack Center, showcasing the rookies and up-coming stars on their respective teams.
Vegas is probably best known in the sports world for being the center of the boxing universe for some of the biggest names in the sport. Nowadays, UFC is primarily the combat sport of choice.
NASCAR also has Vegas on its schedule with the Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosting the South Point 400 weekend over September 25-27. Another great event for timeshare owners to plan around.
So we’ve seen all of the great activities in Vegas, but you still need a place to stay while in town. This is where timeshare ownership gives you the best option, especially on the resale market.
The average daily room rate for a hotel room in Las Vegas last year was just over $132 per night according to Statista.com. Remember, this is the average rate, keeping in mind how limited most hotels rooms are in terms of space and amenities. Over a seven night stay, that would add up to $924 for the week before taxes and fees.
Timeshares, on the other hand, offer multi-room units with multiple bedrooms, large living spaces, kitchens and quality amenities. You can get a timeshare resale at the Hilton Grand Vacations Club on the Boulevard for as little as $5,000 or a points package tied to Wyndham Grand Desert for $3,500. Even factoring in annual fees, when you prorate the costs over years of vacations, a timeshare is a great bet.
If you can’t spend a full week in Vegas, points programs allow for shorter stays when you split up the use of your points. So you can visit Vegas and still have the chance for another short stay in Vegas or another destination at a different time of the year.
Buying a timeshare can also be a great way to secure vacation accommodation during a high demand time period such as New Year’s Eve, or during a popular annual event.
The biggest misunderstanding about today’s timeshare product is that you are locked into the same place at the same time every year for vacations. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Today’s points programs provide the most flexible vacation products on the market. Offered by leading hospitality operators such as Marriott, Hilton and Wyndham, timeshare points programs allow the owner to travel anywhere within the company’s network of branded timeshare resorts. So, for example, a Marriott points owner looking to stay at Marriott's Grand Chateau could book there or at any of the 50+ resorts in the Marriott timeshare network.
Even an owner who decided to buy a timeshare week at a specific resort has options through exchange companies such as RCI or Interval International. These exchange platforms operate more like travel clubs these days, allowing an owner to turn over the use of their timeshare in a given year in exchange for the use of a unit in a different resort. This opens up the possibilities of international travel at significantly reduced costs, since you have already paid for your accommodation.
The exchange companies have also rolled out their own versions of points programs and upgraded levels of membership, allowing an owner to tap into alternatives such as cruises or hotels in areas that timeshares are not available. You can even book travel products such as airfare or rental cars at discounted rates through membership.
With all of the great reasons to take a Las Vegas vacation, and the many benefits of timeshare accommodation, it makes sense to marry them up. Now all you need is Elvis to conduct the ceremony.