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Spend a long weekend in Sin City thanks to these reduced room rates and packages. Airfare and hotel credits and restaurant and entertainment discounts are among the perks.
updated 6/13/2008 12:11:29 PM ET 2008-06-13T16:11:29

Las Vegas hotels slash rates during the summer, when fewer conferences are scheduled and temperatures hover around 100 degrees. This year looks particularly promising for bargains, as Vegas is reeling from a combination of fewer visitors and a recent increase in the volume of hotel rooms.

We highlight some hotel discounts below. For more options, consider blind-booking Web sites like Hotwire and Priceline; hotels can sell rooms through these sites and fill their beds without publicizing their discounts (keep in mind that reservations booked through these sites are typically not changeable or refundable).

Circus Circus, from $42 per room per night
Vegas.com is featuring a series of discounted hotel packages for weekend, midweek, and weeklong getaways to Las Vegas this summer—starting at $125 per room for a three-night midweek stay at Circus Circus. Accommodations are in a 375-square-foot standard manor room, furnished with two double beds and game tables with chairs in the seating area. Add $27 to stay three nights in a standard room at the Sahara or $203 for three nights in a luxury room at Paris Las Vegas. Weekend getaways start at $194 for two nights in a standard room at the Plaza; add $76 for two nights at the Stratosphere, also in a standard room, and $168 for two nights in a pyramid room at the Luxor. Weeklong vacations start from $627 for seven nights in a standard room at the Imperial Palace; add $69 for seven nights in a standard room at the Rivera and $405 for seven nights in a deluxe room at the Flamingo.

When: June 20-22 for weekend getaways; July 22-25 for midweek trips; and Aug. 8-15, 2008, for weeklong vacations.

Details: Taxes and fees of about $25 are included. Breakfast is not included. Based on single or double occupancy. Note that if you find a lower price for a Vegas hotel online, the company's Best Vegas Rate Guarantee promises to give you back double the difference.

Contact: 800/851-1703, Vegas.com.

Mandalay Bay, from $110 per room per night
The Summer on the Vegas Shore package includes one night at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, $20 in credit to be used at the beach (Sand Dollars), $10 in 'freeplay' or 'blackjack bet' to play in the Beachside Casino, a two-for-one House of Blues breakfast, and $300 in savings certificates for Mandalay Place. Perhaps the best perk is the included "fly back free" certificate good for a round-trip flight between Las Vegas and any major airport in the continental U.S. Upgrades to packages with additional perks start at $20 per room per night and include a $500 travel gift card redeemable towards both airfare and hotel costs (in place of the "fly back free" certificate); free access to Mix lounge at the top of THEhotel; a $50 discount off a cabana rental; complimentary access to Moorea Beach from Monday to Thursday; and VIP (meaning early) pool access from Sunday to Thursday. Add $50 per room per night and you'll also get two free spa and fitness passes and $100 off cabana rental Monday-Thursday. The starting rate of $100 is good for accommodations in a 550-square-foot deluxe room at the newly remodeled Mandalay Bay.

When: June 12-Sept. 4, 2008.

Details: Taxes are an additional 9 percent. Breakfast is not included. Based on single or double occupancy. The free travel certificates are received upon check-in and are valid only if the subsequent trip to Vegas is booked through Archer Travel Group for a minimum of three nights at Mandalay Bay or THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. You must redeem the certificates within three months of original stay in order to get the full value. (If redeemed within five months, travel credit will be $400; within seven months, $300; and within nine months, $200. After nine months, offer ends.)

Contact: 877/632-7800, mandalaybay.com.

The Signature at MGM Grand, from $149 per room per night
The Summer Splash package, which is geared towards families, includes one night at The Signature at MGM Grand, continental breakfast for two at Delights Gourmet Delicatessen in Tower Two, a $25 entertainment credit valid at KA by Cirque du Soleil and Crazy Horse Paris, a 20 percent discount at the Signature Poolside Grill—where kids under 10 eat free with the purchase of an adult meal—and a 20 percent discount on a spa treatment. While the all-suite resort is a nonsmoking and no-gambling property, it's only steps away from MGM Grand. The starting rate features accommodations in a junior suite that sleeps four people. It has a deluxe king-size bed (with a pillow-top mattress and 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets) and a separate sitting area with a pullout couch. Each suite also has a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette and an oversize marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub. Most suites have a private balcony with views of the Las Vegas Strip and the mountains. Other amenities include a flat-screen TV in the living room and bathroom, high-speed Internet access, and plush bathrobes. The hotel boasts a private heated pool complex complete with poolside cabanas and cocktail service, two state-of-the-art fitness centers, a lounge, and a Starbucks coffee shop. Rates start from $149 per room per night.

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When: Through Aug. 31, 2008.

Details: Additional taxes are 7 percent and the resort fee is $15. Based on single or double occupancy with children (no age limit). To book, refer to code SUM011.

Contact 877/727-0007, signaturemgmgrand.com.

Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club, from $199 per room per night
The discount Web site TravelWorm recently partnered with the upscale Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club to offer a one-night stay from $199 per room per night—savings of as much as 50 percent compared to regular room rates, which can be as high as $400 per night in the same room category. You'll stay in a 640-square-foot suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows, a bathroom with a separate tub and shower, flat-screen TVs in both the living room and bathroom quarters, and European linens. Centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip, the resort features four heated pools with private cabanas, an 18-hole golf course designed by architect Tom Fazio, and a salon and spa. Dining and nightlife options include nine upscale and six casual restaurants, six lounge bars, and a 12,000-square-foot nightclub, Tryst. For live entertainment, check out aerial acrobatic performances at Le Reve or "Monty Python's Spamelot" performed in the Grail Theater.

When: Through Sept. 5, 2008.

Details: Additional taxes are 9 percent. Breakfast is not included. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 888/321-9676, travelworm.com.

Getting there: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fares to Las Vegas, departing in mid-July, start at $155 from L.A. (U.S. Airways), $159 from Denver (Frontier), $264 from Seattle (Alaska Airlines), $355 from New York City (Spirit), $384 from Houston (multiple carriers), and $424 from Miami (American).

New airfare option: Virgin America, which has been making inroads in the U.S. market, just announced that it will begin nonstop service between New York City (JFK) and Vegas (McCarren International) on September 4. Advertised fares start at $159 each way, but we searched their Web site and actually found fares as low as $148 each way for mid-September travel.

Air/hotel package alternative: Southwest Vacations frequently has Vegas specials and currently touts a summer sale that includes airfare and a three-night stay at any of seven Harrah's Entertainment Group Las Vegas properties from $259 per person (starting rate based on flights out of Denver and a stay at the Imperial Palace). Note that you must book by June 19 for travel through October 28, and you'll save about $90.

For tips on what to do in the area, visit the official site of the Nevada Commission on Tourism. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Copyright © 2012 Newsweek Budget Travel, Inc.

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  1. Welcome to Las Vegas

    The Bellagio's fountain show entertains visitors nightly. In the background is Bally's Las Vegas, left, and Paris Las Vegas, which has a 50-story Eiffel Tower replica in front. Over 37.5 million people visit Las Vegas each year. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Fremont Street Experience

    Located in downtown Las Vegas, this exciting pedestrian promenade is home to approximately 16 million lights, making it one of the largest LED screens in the world. (Brian Jones / Las Vegas News Bureau) Back to slideshow navigation
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  4. Dunking Elvis

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  5. Grand casinos

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  6. Poker face

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  7. Glitz and glamour

    A Canon display is seen inside the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Consumer Electronics Show. Las Vegas is the nation's top business travel destination, with easy airline access, numerous hotel rooms, low rates, plentiful convention facilities and a wide range of dining and entertainment options. (Karl Polverino / Zuma Press) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Over-the-top entertainment

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  9. A New York minute

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  11. Tying the knot

    From left, Elvis Presley impersonator Norm Jones plays guitar as Bruce Barnett of Virginia Beach, Va., escorts his daughter Gayle to her wedding ceremony at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Graceland is the oldest wedding chapel in Las Vegas and offers ceremonies with or without Elvis impersonators. (David Mcnew / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Explosive attraction

    The $25 million, newly redesigned volcano display in front of the Mirage Hotel & Casino features 150 choreographed FireShooters sending fireballs more than 12 feet in the air and a custom soundtrack created by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images for MGM Mirage) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A night on the Strip

    Hotels and casinos line the Las Vegas Strip. From thrilling roller coasters to erupting volcanos to art museums, Las Vegas' many attractions appeal to people of all ages and interests. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Fight night

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  15. Day at the races

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  16. Fabulous shopping

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  17. Stunning shows

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  18. A slice of Italy

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  19. Get into the groove

    Dina Buell, left, and Carla Giordano, both from California, dance at the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino during Rehab, the resort's weekly pool party, in 2005 in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Let’s get this party started

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  21. Big laughs

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  23. A dancing fountain

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