1. Planning your stay and budget at Planet Hollywood
1.1 Best time to travel to Las Vegas
For a budget travel it is better to travel during weekdays, as you can enjoy the ultimate ambiance of Planet Hollywood and at the same time save a good amount of money. If you plan to stay inside in hotel most of the time then you can travel any time in the year. And it is best to opt for the off season for a budget vacation. Vegas can be very expensive on season, national holidays and during weekends. Plan your budget and the cap the maximum amount which you are going to spend per day. Try to stick to your budget which will help to reduce unnecessary expenses and save money.
1.2 Room Choices at Planet Hollywood
Guests can choose from the huge variety of 2,567 rooms in Planet Hollywood. The rooms range from a standard Hip King room to the luxurious PH Bay Spa suite. While the Hip King rooms are the cheapest, the Bay suites are the costliest. The different room categories are Hollywood Hip, Resort room, Resort Vista and Panorama Suite which are priced according to their order from lowest to highest. There Hollywood Hip rooms which offers great view of the Bellagio Resort and Casino and its fountain water-show, but at an extra cost. These fountain view rooms offer a fabulous view of the fountain at Bellagio at the evening. Typically the rooms at the upper floors overlooking the strip and fountain should be preferred in order to have a great view.
1.3 Planet Hollywood Room Rates
Room rates during off season and weekdays can be as low as $40 or lesser for a Hip King room. As there is less inflow of tourists during weekdays, so Planet Hollywood offers discounts and deals to attract guests. However along with the room rates a daily Resort Fee add up to your bill at the time of check in to the hotel. The resort fee is collected by the hotel irrespective of the booking source. Here is a tentative list of Planet Hollywood room rates which clearly indicates that the room rates during weekends are 2-3 times more than that of the weekdays.
1.4 Booking your room at Planet Hollywood
Booking from the official site is beneficial as it enables you to get the best price of Planet Hollywood hotel rooms. There are some promotional Planet Hollywood deals which run only on the official site and differ from the other coupons offered by the partner sites. Nevertheless before booking a room it is always advisable to check the other hotel booking sites like Expedia, Travelguru etc for the best rates. This will help to compare the room rates at the official Planet Hollywood hotel site with the third party booking sites. So you could always save money by booking the room at the best available rates. Booking from the official Planet Hollywood hotel site using the loyalty card "Total Rewards" entitles you to a discount of nearly half the regular price. Click here to see an example of using the Total Rewards loyalty card for booking the room.
2. Planet Hollywood Loyalty Card
2.2 Discounts on Total Rewards Card
The screenshot below clearly indicates the advantage of booking a room via Total rewards card. The “Hip Room | 1 King | Non-Smoking | Tub” for August 26, 2015 is $52 in general, which is available across all other hotel booking sites. The same room is available at $32 when it is booked using the Total Rewards card at the official Planet Hollywood site.
2.3 Earning Reward Credits
Total Reward card allows you to earn reward credit points for all your activities in Las Vegas at Caesars Entertainment properties. Remember to link all your activities such as dining, playing, shopping, and stay to the card to get exclusive offers. You can even earn rewards and get upgrades and offers at Planet Hollywood for your activities at Paris Las Vegas, Harrahs, Caesars Palace, Linq , Bally’s, Rio, The Cromwell and Flamingo as these are the properties of Caesars Entertainment group
You can earn 5,000 reward credits for spending $250 within the first 90 days on your Total Rewards Visa Card outside of a Total Rewards destination on qualifying purchases.
You can also earn an additional 5,000 Reward Credits after spending a total of $750 within the first 90 days on your Total Rewards Visa Card outside of a Total Rewards destination.
2.4 Benefits of Total Reward Card
The primary benefits of holding a Total rewards card are:
- By booking tickets for resorts and casinos, sports activities, concerts and shows via Total Rewards Live Events you get 5X reward credits for every $1 spent.
- For every $1 spent on gas and groceries you can get 2X reward credits.
- 1X reward credits for every $1 everywhere else where Visa card is accepted.
If you spend $10,000 in a calendar year with the Total Rewards card you can have unlimited VIP access in Planet Hollywood and other properties of Caesars Entertainment group in Las Vegas like:
- You can skip the long queue in buffets, and dining using the VIP Diamond Line Access.
- You can reduce your waiting time at the lounge by the VIP Diamond Line check-in.
- The VIP Diamond Line can also be used for taxis and entertainment venues.
- Guests can get preferred entry into participating Las Vegas nightclubs.
- Pool access at all Las Vegas properties thereby allowing you to have a splendid pool experience at a very reasonable price or for free.
Another benefit of having a Total Reward card is the assured Platinum Tier Status upgrade upon receiving the Total Rewards card. The Platinum status which is given at the time of receiving the TR card can be maintained in the subsequent years by spending $5000 a year. Platinum Tier has a host of benefits like:
- Additional 15% discount at participating spas and casino gift shops.
- Preferred pricing at participating Total Rewards restaurants.
- Exclusive pre-sale access on selected shows.
Most important of all is that the rewards credits never expire as long as you keep earning at least 1 credit every six months. That means you should use the Total Rewards card atleast once in every six months in order to continue with the benefits.
3. Tips and Tricks
3.1 Room Upgrade Tricks
Here goes the famous $20 trick. Yes, it works at Planet Hollywood as Vegas runs on tips. You can tip an amount of $20 to the front desk executive at the time of check in and ask is any upgrade is available. If you are going to stay for a period of 3-4 days you can save more than $100 by using this trick. This trick works well during off season but during season the tip amount need to be a bit more like $50 to $100. Here are few examples of the $20 trick.
3.2 Casino Tips
The golden rule to survive in Planet Hollywood casino is to play slow and steady. Never hurry into any game. The longer you play the more comps you get. So in order to get the maximum comp benefits, play longer and try not to get wiped out of the game by other players. Drinks are free in the casino. Enjoy your free drink while playing. Another important tip to keep in mind is to impress the Casino in charge and the host. So try to put higher value chips and bids when you see the host and the casino in charge close by your playing area. This will enable you to earn extra comps or upgrades from their end.
3.3 Additional Tips and Tricks
- To stay on budget while your stay, check the resort fee and taxes. In Planet Hollywood hotel the resort fee per night is $29.00 with a Tax of 12%. Along with room rates and other expenses the resort fee and tax will be added up to the bill. So it is always better to book a cheap room and upgrade to a better one at the time of arriving at the hotel by tipping the front desk executive. This will cut off unnecessary expenses in the tax at the end while leaving the hotel.
- Another precious tip is to ask for a credit exchange to your favorite activity instead of an activity you do not want to participate in. Suppose, if you get a comp of 50 credits in dining and 50 credits in a show. If you don’t want to go to the show, ask the front desk executive to get you dining credit in exchange for the show credits
4. Food and Beverage
4.1 Planet Hollywood Buffet
For lunch and dinner going for the buffet is cheaper than that of the restaurants. The Spice Market buffet in Planet Hollywood is “All you can eat”. But the buffet line is quite long. So try to get there early in order to avoid the queue. Or if you are playing in the casino, ask the host if he/she can provide you with a line pass which will make the task easier. Another way to skip the long queue is to show your Total Rewards card which will enable you to skip the queue.
The Spice Market buffet pass is $54.99 for Total Rewards card holder (regular price is $59.99) which is a saving of $5 for the Total Rewards card holder. Again the children under 3 years enjoy free meal whereas the children between 4-10 years receive a special discount. There is also a special package of all-you-can-drink special for $11.99 which includes beer, wine, and champagne.
There are also plenty of Planet Hollywood buffet coupons and deals offered by partner sites which can be found in the Buffet coupons section.
4.2 Budget Food Near Planet Hollywood
There are plenty of options for a less expensive and good quality meal in and around Planet Hollywood. Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood is a perfect place to start with the first meal of the day. You can find a variety of sandwiches for breakfast, and all at a very affordable price. Pink's Hot Dogs is another cheap restaurant at Planet Hollywood, which is famous for the dogs. The signature chili dog at Pink's Hot Dogs restaurant is priced at just $3.45.
If you do not like sandwich for breakfast or any other meal, head to the Miracle Mile shops. There are a number of sidewalk cafe type restaurants which offer cheap and good quality food. One of the cheapest eating facilities in Las Vegas is the Blondie’s Sports Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile mall at Planet Hollywood Hotel. Another good deal for breakfast is the Ocean One Bar & Grille which is located near the mall area by the Planet Hollywood Theater. The Cheeseburger inside the Miracle Miles shops offers cheap and good quality burgers.
The Yolo's Mexican Grill inside Planet Hollywood casino is a decent option for dinner. The dinner is pretty heavy and is around 15 bucks. You can also have cheap drinks specials at Yolo's Mexican Grill. The Ocean1, located inside the Miracle Mile shops is another option for a cheap and quality dinner.
If you want to explore other options outside Planet Hollywood hotel, try the Mon ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas which is quite affordable. The Ellis Island, which is located behind Planet Hollywood is another good option, where you can enjoy food and beer at a very low rate. It takes about 15 minutes walk from Planet Hollywood to Ellis Island.
The Planet Hollywood casino offers drinks for free. So if you intend to drink without much pain in your pocket, then go to the casino where you can have your drinks for free. But one thing to keep in mind is not to gamble hard as most people who drink and gamble often lose. The mini bar inside the room is chargeable. So if you intend to drink inside the room, try to get the drinks from outside. You can bring it to your room and enjoy the same drinks at a much cheaper rate.
You can head to the Yolo's Mexican Grill inside the casino which offers cheap drinks specials. The Ellis Island which is located behind Planet Hollywood offers cheap beer and drinks. The micro brewed draught beer at Ellis Island costs around $2.
5. Entertainment and Attraction
5.1 Free Las Vegas Shows and Attractions
The sin city is full of shows and entertainments. You can take a break from the money gulping entertainment sources and enjoy the wide variety of free shows in Vegas while your stay at Planet Hollywood. You can start with the delightful fountain show at Miracle Miles Shops which transforms itself into a dramatic centerpiece.
One on the best way to save money is to enjoy the free shows. The Fall of Atlantis Show in Caesars Palace is one of Las Vegas’ best free shows. So try to get early to the show and grab a seat. In addition to this you can also enjoy the spectacular fountain show at Bellagio and the circus at Circus Circus. The aquarium at Silverton is another free attraction which is ought to be seen.
You can try new wines at Rock 'N Roll Wine Tastings if you happen to be in Vegas on a Thursday. Rock 'N Roll Wine Tastings organize free wine tasting every Thursday at alternate locations in a rotating basis. You need to sign up for the list in advance to avail the offer.
5.2 Planet Hollywood Hotel Pool and Spa
The Pleasure pool at Planet Hollywood is free for the Planet Hollywood hotel guests and for guests of other Caesar Entertainment hotels. There is a nominal fee of $10 for non-guests, which is waived off after purchasing a cabana or daybed. During the pool party season various Planet Hollywood pool coupons are available which can be found on the coupons section.