Las Vegas shows can be expensive, but they are definitely worth seeing. Here are some great tips to help you score cheap tickets.

1.) Last Minute Tickets
Arrive at the show of your choice about 2 hours in advance. At the box office you can see if they have any discounted last-minute tickets. This works best if you just need 1 or 2 seats, or don’t mind sitting in separate seats. You can often get excellent seats for a fraction of the cost of a regular show. However, you also risk not getting any tickets, since popular shows can sell out fast. Last minute tickets often come from ” no-shows,” so they can be really great seats as well, but there may be some poorly located available seats that don’t sell well. Come prepared understanding the seating layout and with some backup shows if you can’t get tickets.

2.) Reserving Tickets
As a start, we suggest checking with the hotel website where the show is being performed to get show ticket rates. Just look for their show tickets section. However, don’t assume the hotel has the cheapest tickets. Third-party ticket sellers are able to buy large numbers of wholesale tickets from the hotel or show company and sell them for less than the hotel can offer. While reducing profits, it guarantees the hotel can sell most of their seats for a show. This website, Las Vegas Direct offers discount Vegas show tickets from many trusted providers, so we can often offer better prices for the same show and times. Just do your homework and shop around for the best rate.

Be careful when using any unfamiliar booking source you find online, since there are a lot of ticket scams. Major discount ticket sources we trust and have used for many years include and Viator. A good source for resale tickets when you can’t get the seats you want is StubHub. They are the largest and most trusted site for getting second hand tickets.

3.) Get Tickets Early
You should get tickets as early as possible. Vegas shows are very popular days, so finding tickets at a fair price is often a challenge. If you are flexible in your dates, pick different day/times and you will often get a much better price. Early shows tend to be easier to get than the later ones and  have better prices. Also, Sunday-Thursday will be cheaper days to get show tickets with more availability, since things are less busy. Be sure to check the show schedules, since many shows are dark on certain weekdays or various times of the year, such as holidays.

4.) Half Price Tickets.
There are stores in Las Vegas that specialize in selling discount show tickets offered on the same day of the performance. One is called Tix 4 Tonight. The stores are located at several kiosks all around the Strip. You can often get very good deals, but the selection and seating can be limited. The hours are 12p-9p. You can call 877-849-4868 for more information. In general, you will usually not find major production shows, like Cirque Du Soleil, but there are lots of other good shows offered.

5.) Free Tickets
Show tickets are one of the few things in Las Vegas that are not that hard getting for free. It really depends on the show. Some, like the circus acts at Circus Circus are free all the time.  See our Vegas Freebies guide for more of them. If you gamble enough, the hotels may comp you with free show tickets. If it is a small show, this may be a lot easier than you think. Even playing slot machines for a few hours may qualify you for tickets at a smaller show. A good way to get comps is to just signup for a Players Card available at almost all the casinos. It is free to get one and will help make sure your hard-earned playing is tracked and rewarded with comps.

Another way to see free shows is to signup for a timeshare presentation. The tickets are real and compensation for your time listening to a 2-3 hour presentation. You may dread it when you are listening to the long presentation, but the reward is real show tickets. The people pushing the free show tickets are at most hotels and hard to miss. We would suggest only getting them from people at a trusted location, like inside a hotel at a designated area. There are lots of scams with people offering fake tickets on the street, so be careful!

6.) Discounted Tickets on the Street
If you see people selling discounted tickets on the street or in a questionable location, stay clear, since it is likely to be a scam and you will have worthless tickets. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is…

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