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Use myVEGAS Slots to Earn FREE Meals and Rooms

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If you’ve ever taken a Las Vegas vacation, you already know how expensive everything is. A nice meal at a fancy restaurant on the strip can cost more than $100. Meanwhile, drink prices are absolutely insane. And let’s not forget about the gambling; if you play and lose, you’ll obviously end up much worse off than when you started.

Of course, that’s not how we do Las Vegas.

Instead of gambling for hours on end, we enjoy all of the free exhibits and attractions. And instead of splurging on pricey meals, we snack on bananas and eat at places like Chipotle.

To save on hotel stays, we even stay somewhere off the beaten path (like last time when we stayed at the Travelodge Las Vegas).  Still, that’s not the only trick we have up our sleeves. In addition to looking for ways to save, we also use myVEGAS Slots to earn boatloads of free stuff. Here’s how.

What is myVEGAS Slots?

In case you haven’t heard of it, myVEGAS Slots is a Facebook app similar to Candy Crush Saga, Farmville, or Bubble Witch Mania. The only difference is, it’s not completely pointless. Instead of earning points that are worthless, myVEGAS Slots lets you rack up points you can redeem for all kinds of free loot. Here’s how myVEGAS Slots works:

  1. Each day, you log in to myVEGAS Slots, “spin your wheel,” and visit “your strip” to pick up myVEGAS chips. You then use those chips to play any myVEGAS game of your choosing. {Hint: My favorite myVEGAS game is BetRocK}
  2. As you play, you’ll earn Loyalty Points. Those are the points you can redeem for free stuff.
  3. Once you play for several weeks, you’ll begin to progress through the game and “build your strip.” As you build more casinos, you’ll earn more and more chips to play with.
  4. As you play more often, the game will let you set it on “auto.” That way, you can let it play in the background while you do something else.
  5. You can earn more points by having friends that play myVEGAS or inviting friends.

If you think all of this sounds silly, you’re absolutely right. It’s pretty close to the dumbest thing on Earth. However, the free stuff you can earn is totally worth it – especially if you can spend five minutes per day spinning your wheel and starting a game while you check email, work, or do something else productive. Here are some of the things you can redeem points for:

  • Free hotel stays on week nights or weekends
  • Free buffet meals
  • Free drinks
  • Free tickets for Las Vegas shows like Zarkana, Blue Man Group, and Ka
  • $50 and $100 gift cards to Allegiant Air (a discount airline)
  • Discounts and on board credits on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
  • Free Slot Play

Maximizing Las Vegas Rewards

Although myVEGAS Slots offers all kinds of stuff for free, there are some caveats that makes rewards fairly difficult to redeem. For example, each individual can only redeem three rewards offered by MGM Resorts International every rolling 30 day period (Sugar Factory, House of Blues, Wolfgang Puck and the Las Vegas Monorail do not apply towards the three reward limit in a 30-day period). Second, some of the best rewards require a one-night stay at a MGM Resorts International property to redeem. That includes properties like the Bellagio, Luxor, Excalibur, the Mirage, and Aria, among others.

Still, I think it’s pretty hard to complain about free.

Most of the limitations also have workarounds. For example, one person can only redeem three rewards every 30-day period, but two can redeem six rewards. If you’re traveling with a spouse, partner, or friend, getting them to play the game for a few months can help you double your rewards. Second, you can always choose to stay at a MGM property in order to qualify for the best ones. Even better, you can use reward points to book a room at an MGM property in the first place.

How We Are Using Our myVEGAS Rewards Points

As I mentioned a few months ago, Greg and I are once again traveling to Las Vegas in a few weeks. Due to a combination of factors and an incredible deal I stumbled upon, we’re staying at the Mirage for three nights for a total of $99. That’s pretty sweet considering the fact that the Mirage is so nice, but it’s also convenient since the Mirage is an MGM property.

Over the past year, I’ve played myVEGAS Slots almost every day. As a result, I’ve amassed a total of 500,000 myVEGAS Loyalty Points for our trip. Since we already have a place to stay and I don’t want to see any shows this time, we opted to cash in our points for a bunch of meals. Behold my myVEGAS redemption schedule for this trip:

  • 2 Lunch Buffets at Aria: 78,000 points (normally $23.99 per person)
  • 2 Lunch Buffets at Aria: 78,000 points (normally $23.99 per person)
  • 2 Lunch Buffets Bellagio: 78,000 points (normally $23.99 per person)
  • 2 Dinner Buffets at MGM Grand: 91,000 points (normally $29.99 per person)
  • 2 Dinner Buffets at Mirage: 112,000 points (normally $29.99 per person)
  • 2 Dinner Buffets Monte Carlo: 55,000 points (normally $24.99 per person)

If you think that’s a whole lot of buffets, keep in mind that we’re vegetarian. When we’re traveling, nothing makes me happier than a big ol’ salad bar with a bunch of fancy toppings. I’m sure we’ll be buffeted out by the end of our trip, but three days of buffets won’t kill us!

Since we don’t need breakfast on our first day and one free breakfast for two was included in our reservation at the Mirage, we should only have to purchase one meal during our entire trip. That’s pretty sweet.

If you want to score a free Las Vegas vacation with myVEGAS rewards, my advice is to start playing now. (You can also get some advice on how to travel for free by visiting our travel coaching page!) As you can probably tell, it takes a long time to rack up a meaningful number of points. And if you want enough points to stay and eat for free, you’ll need to dedicate yourself to the cause.

Have you ever played myVEGAS Rewards? What have you redeemed points for so far?

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46 Comments

  1. Holly, congrats! It seems like you and Greg enjoyed staying at Las Vegas more because of these free meals and rooms. I wish I could effectively use my rewards like how you both did.

      1. Irish Mirandilla says:

        Hi Holly! Thanks for this write up. Would you think is it possible that we can redeem these myvegas meal rewards while we’re staying in a non-MGM hotel? Thanks!

          1. Irish Mirandilla says:

            Thanks greg! Appreciate your feedback.

  2. Ha ha ha… Not *completely* pointless? Looks like it was definitely worth the effort!

    I’ve been told Las Vegas is a place that must be experienced to be believed. It’s on my list for my next visit to the US. I just hope I don’t have a blue rinse in my hair and orthopedic shoes by the time that happens. 🙂

    And… I’ll make sure I play MyVegas before I go. Thanks for the tip, Holly!

  3. Wow!! That’s great!! I started playing that when we lived in AZ but lost interest too quickly haha. What do you guys plan on doing on your trip since you’re not seeing shows? My husband and I would literally gamble the entire time when we went, lol! (Plus eat and maybe watch one show.) Free drinks, we both smoked at the time and we also somehow got extremely lucky and left Vegas with the exact same amount of money we came with. Our favorite slots were “CATS” (totally stupid, as all slots are, but we always won on this game!) and “The BIG Wheel” (I know there’s one of these at Bally’s.)

    Hope you two have fun!!!!! 🙂

    1. I’m going to work during the day while we’re there. Boring, I know, but I don’t need to be walking around Las Vegas 24/7. I’ll probably work until 4:00 then swim in the pool and wander around. Basically, I’m going to do whatever the hell I want! =)

  4. This is something I never would’ve known about! I really do not play games at all but I hear that people can win big and this is an example of that. At least if you’re going to play, getting something free in return seems like it’s worth it!

    1. It is if you are dedicated enough. It just takes time.

  5. Discounts and free meals and drinks? That seems totally worth it. I’ll have to remember this little game if I’m ever in the market to go to Vegas.

  6. My wife plays myVegas all the time. I do not. I don’t know how many points she has at this point, but we have yet to use any because my in-laws live there (well they won’t much longer they are moving back). Once we are back to actually having to pay to stay somewhere in Vegas we will probably take more advantage of these points.

    1. If you start playing now, you can build up a ton of points! =)

  7. Not bad at all Holly, especially combining it with that killer pricing on the Mirage! It has been about 18 months since we’ve been to Vegas and am really wanting to go again this year – thanks for the tip!

    1. I like to go once a year too. I don’t know why because I get really sick of being there after like two days.

  8. Might have to try this out, people are always spamming me to join their random Facebook “games” – but this looks like one that is not completely pointless like you said. Thanks for the tip, going to see if I can earn anything for free.

    1. Yes, it’s not completely pointless cause you get free stuff~

  9. Awesome! How did you amass 500,000 points. I only have about 10% of that and I’ve been playing for months! I think I need more MyVegas Slots friends for more bonuses! 🙂

    1. Hey Karen,

      First, I play under Greg’s name too. I play under both of our accounts. Second, I turn it on and play almost every day. I also have a lot of friends that play.

  10. Sounds like a fun game that pays dividends :-). Nice!!! I love Vegas..not to gamble as much, but for the free drinks and shows too.

  11. I’ve heard of myVEGAS Slots before and I really need to give it a try. I want to go to Vegas for my golden birthday in two years, so it’s never to early to start planning on how I’m going to save money on the trip. I can’t stand Candy Crush (because it’s so pointless) and I’d much rather play myVEGAS Slots and win actual rewards.

  12. Got back from Vegas last month and wish I knew about this app a few months ago – we could have used some free buffets and shows! Sucks that we live all the way on the East coast and getting to the West Coast can be a pain

  13. 78,000 points sounds like a lot…how long and how much playing you estimate it takes to earn that? And have you brought the girls to Vegas? I know it’s sin city but it seems like there are family friend activities there as well.

  14. I played for a while an kind of dropped off. I hate computer games so even for free stuff it’s tough for me to get motivated. Maybe if I could ever get to the point of putting it on autopilot…..

  15. I played this a decent amount last year but I actually totally forgot about it. Sounds like I need to start playing again!

  16. Thanks for the excellent travel hack for saving some money in Las Vegas. I will definitely look into playing this for the points.

    Just curious – have you tried to track how much time you spent to get your points? Part of me is wondering if it is worth the investment of my time. The fact that you can run this game in the background might just be the secret to the hack.

    1. The only thing that makes it worth it is the fact that I can let it play in the background. It only takes a minute to turn the game on each day. I would never spend time playing it – I have much more important things to do! But for the most important, it plays on its own.

  17. So long as you have the time, and that the trip to Vegas doesn’t result in huge extra spending/gambling, I figure, why not?

    It’s a bit like travel hacking: the system generally assumes the average consumer will pay a whole lot more money after getting the free stuff. But there’s a small segment of the population that takes the free swag, but doesn’t increase their overall spending.

  18. I think my post on Friday is a bit of a counter to this one. I think you are lucky you didn’t need to book any hotels. There is almost no availability during the Summer, as they DRASTICALLY cut back the hotel offerings. DO NOT PLAN ON USING MYVEGAS FOR HOTELS! I can’t say that enough to people. It’s a huge difference between thinking you will be able to get rooms for free and having to pay for them. Post will be live on my site on Friday. Not happy at all with myVEGAS slots right now.

  19. Sounds like a great way to earn some nice rewards. Vegas is a nice, quick (and cheap) flight from LA and through Chris’ job we can get some significant discounts at nice hotels, which is a huge win. Have a wonderful trip!!

  20. I see you and DC playing this all the time on Facebook and I keep thinking I need to try it but I am scared that I will get hooked and waste too much time playing it. That being said, at least the time spent isn’t completely worthless because it’s crazy how much real stuff you are getting back from it. Congrats!

  21. Have fun in Vegas!! My mom and I are going to Las Vegas in September too! We are staying at the Venetian (thanks to IHG) and Monte Carlo (thanks to LV slots). And we just booked Celine Dion concert tickets! Yay!

    1. I am new to all this. What is IHG? I’m planning a trip for next year and want to get as much free and discounted thing I can.

      1. IHG stands for Intercontinental Hotels Group. They own a bunch of different brands like Intercontinental, Holiday Inn, Kimpton, Hotel Indigo, etc.

        1. Cassidy Turner says:

          Great! Thanks.

  22. Interesting! Sounds like its a bit more value for your time than those regular games like Candy Crush. My last stay in vegas was at Mirage and it was a nice hotel. Having a few free meals while I was there would have been cool!

  23. It definitely doesn’t sound 100% pointless! I would gladly take a free room and meals. And all because I have to play a game? Of course you had to play for a year before they gave you enough rewards but it still sounds like a great deal. Lucky you! 🙂

  24. I haven’t seen a better argument for getting Facebook than this 🙂 We don’t have Vegas in our near future but that means we have plenty of time to rack up points. Thanks for the tip!

  25. Looks like a lot of the original rewards have dropped off. Do you have any feedback on how long the game will be offered and if they intend to add new rewards?

  26. Jennifer L Holland says:

    Since this is through Facebook, are all my friends and family going to see annoying pop ups on their facebook feed all the time that I am playing?

  27. I was wondering how it works on booking show tickets? For instance, if I have enough points to get two tickets to a show and cash them in, are we able to select our seats and get two together? I haven’t been able to find much information on how the redemption process works after you select your reward.

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