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Common Tourist Traps To Avoid When Visiting Las Vegas
On Vegas streets, you're sure to see a celebrity lookalike who will happily snap a pic with you, but be forewarned they will want an absurd fee afterward.
Aggressive Performers
Visitors say they were charged as much as $40 for a photo, not realizing how much the performer would demand to be paid. If you refuse, some get confrontational.
One guest told the New York Post that a performer almost ripped the wallet out of her boyfriend's hand for the cash after their photo was taken.
Especially in iconic locations, folks will pose as “official” Vegas photographers and demand a cash fee afterward. Just ignore them; they’re scamming you.
This scam is so common that at the Las Vegas marquee, there is a warning that city doesn’t have official photographers, no reservations are needed, and vendors are not allowed.
Las Vegas hotels have strict minibar policies, and their fridges often have triggers that can charge you for items by simply moving them in the fridge.
Mini Fridge
Some hotels, like the Vdara, have tricked guests into charges by leaving snacks in the room that appear complimentary but then charge upwards of $25 for a bottle of water.
Refrigerated medications may be an exception, but ask the front desk about fees before opening the minibar or consuming what seem to be complimentary items in the room.
The Strip is lined with promoters handing out "VIP Club Passes." Not only are the cards costly, but they might not save time or give you better access.
VIP Entry Passes
You're often better off going to the club and getting in line like anyone else. You may also be able to purchase a VIP club experience directly from the business.
Check a site like No Cover Nightclubs before ever paying for VIP admission, as several Vegas clubs have no cover charge, and a VIP pass is unnecessary.
Legitimate third-party ticket vendors like Tix4Tonight have several locations around Vegas. Unfortunately, some street vendors sell fake tickets to tourists who want cheap seats.
Fake Vendors
Research vendors online for legitimacy before purchasing. Try your luck at the box office about two hours before showtime for last-minute discounted ticket sales.