I don't know about flights from Canada. Maybe you want to repost your question something like this: Any Canadians have airline booking suggestions?
Regarding the hotel: I book directly with the hotel. This allows me to adjust dates or cancel (within the 48- or 72-hr. deadline, depending on the hotel. If before I go on my trip I find the cost for my hotel lower than what I paid, a call to the hotel will get me the lower price.
smartervegas.com lists promo codes for hotels
If you want to ask the forum to offer hotel suggestions, you will probably get more by asking: Hotel suggestions at $100 or less (or whatever your budget allows.
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"best hotel" is very ambiguous - Best regardless of price? Probably MGM Skylofts but we're talking 1K+/night. More info on your budget and exact dates is handy.
I haven't used a travel agent since the 90's, but I know some people who still like to use them. I book my flights direct with Southwest airlines, but I think you need some other Canucks for more flight input.
As Readerpat said, best is usually to book direct with the hotel - grab something decent now (as long as it allows you to cancel withing 48 or 72 hours of your arrival). Then, you can hunt around to find a better deal - but at least you have something already in pocket. NFR is a pretty big event and I'd book sooner rather than later - prices won't be going down.Edited: 12 September 2011, 23:12
generally i only recommend booking directly with the hotel. in the event that something goes wrong, its very easy to adjust. I would recommend Aria or Wynn. They are the 2 nicest standard hotel rooms in Vegas in my opinion. Aria i would recommend for the location. Wynn I would recommend for the rooms and restaurants. My wife and I always end up choosing Aria but we also love the Wynns rooms, they are extremely nice and are more of a suite than a standard room.
If there are 4 of you, you could really save a ton from flying out of buffalo.
Check southwest.com, they have direct flight times and if you cancel they give you flight credit good for up to 1 yr from date of purchase.
Best prices/time to book are usually 2-3 months out, and keep ckecking them frequently if you notice any drop you can modify and they'll give you flight credit for the difference. I wouldn't wait till October before you book your flights!
I always book air and hotel separately, but there were few times that 3rd party booking was cheaper (expedia) Compare prices with Expedia to determine the cost difference if booking by package or separately.
If you are confident you will be there on that date you can save a lot booking on sites like Hotwire or bidding on Priceline even compared to using promo codes. I literally just came back from Vegas today and via bidding on Priceline our hotel was 40% less than the best public promo price available direct from the hotel. Your best bet is to take your time, check a variety of sites and go with what works best
Just to chime in again. Bidding sites can offer super bargains - but you are locking yourselves into that hotel and those dates. And, I would still grab a regular reservation *immediately* at a price you can live with. Do. Not. Wait. NFR is a very big event in Vegas. Look into the bidding sites *after* you already have a reservation. If you get a good price on a bidding site, then just cancel your hotel reservation.
Not a bad idea motor. I was actually in LV last Dec during that event. We booked very late and still got our room cheap but it's definitely good insurance. Some hotels did have a very big rodeo crowd. Really nice, polite bunch of cowboys.
We are Canadian and use expedia.ca all the time. Booked our NFR trip through there. Now if only I could find some tickets :)
Oh and we booked at the Excalibur because it was reasonably priced for the 7 of us. Depends what you want out of the trip, I suppose. MGM, I believe has a fair amount of the cowboys there. Our friends who usually go down every year stay at Hooters.