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Las Vegas 2009 vacation deals increase

Las Vegas, Nevada at sunsetEconomy forces hotels and airlines to bundle vacation packages

Here's the deal. The economy is bad- especially in Las Vegas where tourism has dropped considerably in 2008. Now, 2009 doesn't look any better.

With the economic conditions today, some Las Vegas hotels have teamed up with airlines lie Southwest Airlines to bundle discounted vacation packages.

Some casino and off-Strip hotels have reduced their room rates and improved their own accomodations with perks like dinner and gaming coupons.

Savy travelers will find bargains in the midst of this economic turmoil. With thousands of new hotel rooms still under construction, the glut of vacancies will force hotels to keep rates low.

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Transportation from the airport to Las Vegas Hotels

There are several shuttles the run every few minutes from the McCarran International Airport to the various hotels around the Las Vegas Strip.

The shuttles are located the west side of the baggage claim, outside of the airport. Use outdoor exits 7-13. Tell the attendant the hotel name.

Shuttles operate seven days a week. Shuttle fees are all about the same and start at $6.00US per person to the Las Vegas Strip hotels and about $7.50-8.00 for downtown hotels. Offstrip hotel shuttle service usually starts about $7-8.00. Roundtrip tickets can be bought. A taxi costs about $15 one way to the Strip and $25 to downtown, not including the tip.

Walk up limousine service can run from 455 and up. Walk up sedan services can start at $39 and up.

Ask the shuttle driver for a card or phone number to call for a pick-up to return to the airport. Check to see when the company wants you to call. Some require either 24 hours or at least two hours notice before the time you want to arrive at the airport.

When you leave the airport terminal, look for the shuttle signs. Shuttle rides are about 20-30 minutes for the entire ride. The Rio Hotel is the last stop.

Free Shuttle on the Strip; monorail ride

A free tram runs between the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay Hotels. The tram operates 24 hours a day.

A monorail runs on the east side of the Strip. There are monorail stations at the following locations (located behind the Strip casinos) from north to south from the Sahara, LV Hilton, the Convention Center, Harrah's, Flamingo, Bally's to the MGM. One way ride is $5. A one day unlimited ride pass is $12. A three day unlimited pass is $28.

Las Vegas' public transportation system is called CAT (Citizen Area Transit). The fare is $2 (exact change required). The CAT bus system runs up and down the Strip and throughout Las Vegas and downtown.

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