Wynn Resorts Paid Parking & Free Parking on the Strip
Earlier this year MGM Resorts began charging for parking at their resorts on the Strip. Then, a couple of days ago Caesar’s Entertainment announced the implementation of parking fees at eight more Strip casinos. Those two companies control the vast majority of Strip casinos, but of course Wynn, Las Vegas Sands and a few other companies have properties there as well.
Now, we know more about the immediate future of paid parking at those other resorts. While the vast majority have said they will not be charging at this time, Wynn Resorts decided to announce paid valet parking at their two Strip properties, Wynn & Encore. Valet parking charges will begin in mid-December and will be as follows:
- 0-4 hours: $13
- 4-24 hours: $18
- Each additional 24 hours: $18
For the time being self parking will remain complimentary at these two properties.
Other Strip Properties
- Tropicana – “The property has no plans to implement parking fees, either for valet or self-park.”
- Hooter’s – “Part of our charm is we’re not like the big megaresorts and we appeal to a more locals kind of crowd. And we want to do things to cater to them. So yeah, we took it off the table.”
- Las Vegas Sands (Ventian & Palazzo) – “The Las Vegas Sands has no plans to charge for parking at our Las Vegas properties,”
- SLS Las Vegas – SLS Las Vegas has no plans to charge for parking “at this time.”
- Cosmopolitan – “The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas continues to evaluate the resort’s business needs and the landscape in regards to paid parking. However, at this time, we don’t have further details to share.”
One by one they will all fall into the practice of charging for parking. It is too much of a competitive disadvantage not to, plus I think they will find themselves overwhelmed with people looking for free parking. For properties located further up Strip like The Palazzo and SLS that may be a good thing, but I think the Cosmopolitan for example will have no choice but to charge considering they are now surrounded on all sides by Casinos that are charging.
This rollout of parking fees seems to be going similar to how resort fees emerged as a staple in Las Vegas. Now, the majority of properties charge for parking in some way and slowly the last few properties will quietly announce parking fees when it makes financial sense to do so. In the mean time, enjoy free parking while you can and consider picking up a Hyatt credit card for free Mlife parking and a Founderscard for Total Rewards Diamond and free parking at their properties.