Free Parking on the Las Vegas Strip – Avoid Vegas Parking Fees
Thankfully there are still many ways to get free parking on the Las Vegas Strip. Since 2016 many hotels and casinos have implemented paid self and valet parking charges, but there are several hotels that offer free parking and you can also avoid parking charges fairly easily at many of the most popular Las Vegas Strip hotels by utilizing this guide.
MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International charges for valet and self-parking at: Aria, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano, Mirage, New York New York, Monte Carlo, Luxor, Excalibur. Additionally, they charge for valet Parking at Circus Circus.
Avoiding MGM Resort Parking Fees
- You can avoid self-parking charges if you are a Pearl, Gold, Platinum or NOIR M life Member.
- You can avoid valet parking charges if you are a Gold, Platinum or NOIR M life Member.
Of course you can get Pearl or higher status through gambling or spending at their properties. You can also get Pearl status through a credit card in the following ways:
- The M life Rewards Mastercard gives you Pearl status.
- Recommended: The Chase World of Hyatt credit card gives you Discoverist status which can be matched to M life Pearl status.
Caesars Entertainment charges for parking at most of their Las Vegas Strip casinos. Here is a breakdown of where you can expect to pay for parking at Caesar properties on the Las Vegas Strip and how you can avoid the parking charges.
- Paid valet and self-parking: Harrah’s, The Linq, Flamingo, The Cromwell, Bally’s, Paris, Nobu and Caesar’s Palace.
- Free self parking/paid valet parking: Planet Hollywood.
- Free self and valet parking: Rio
Avoiding Caesars Entertainment Vegas Strip Parking Fees
- The first hour of self parking at any Caesars Entertainment property in Vegas is free
- You can avoid self-parking and valet charges if you are a Platinum, Diamond or Seven Star Total Rewards member.
Just as with M life you can earn status by gambling and/or spending money at Total Rewards properties, however there are shortcuts as well:
- Recommended: Founderscard costs $400-$500 per year and comes with a number of benefits including Total Rewards Diamond membership. (More info on Founderscard.)
- Various Caesars status match opportunities exist, however you aren’t always able to match while in Vegas.
- The Total Rewards Credit Card gives Platinum status the first year. It can be maintained with $5,000 in spend per calendar year.
Other Las Vegas Strip Parking Fees
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas – Cosmopolitan Las Vegas charges for both self and valet parking. Up to 1 hour of self parking is free for everyone. Valet parking is free for Identity members with Gold status or higher while self parking is free for Identity members with Sterling status or higher.
Hotels with Free Parking on the Las Vegas Strip
Despite most hotels now charging for both self and valet parking, there are still a number of hotels with free parking on the Las Vegas Strip. Additionally, we have seen some backtracking lately, with Wynn Las Vegas recently eliminating all parking fees.
Here are the Las Vegas Strip hotels with free parking as of September, 2019:
- Wynn Las Vegas – As of September 30, 2019
- Oyo Hotel & Casino (formerly Hooter’s)
- SAHARA Las Vegas
- Tropicana – ($20 for valet on T-Mobile Arena event days)
- Circus Circus (Self-parking only)
Note: Most Downtown Las Vegas hotels already charge for paid parking, although some do waive the fee for hotel guests. Additionally, you can park for free during mall hours at the Fashion Show Mall on the Vegas Strip.
In 2016 free parking on the Las Vegas Strip became a thing of the past for the most part. As you can see, there are still some options for finding free parking on the Las Vegas Strip, however most of the casinos owned by the big 2 (MGM Resorts & Caesars Entertainment) are going to hit your wallet unless you utilize one of the strategies we have mentioned above.
With the backtracking of paid parking at Wynn Las Vegas in September, 2019 things may be looking up for those looking for free parking on the Las Vegas Strip. Only time will tell, but I for one am happy that there are numerous ways to avoid paying to park a car in Las Vegas!