No longer are showgirls the entertainment du jour in Sin City, as shows in Las Vegas have evolved into dramatic masterpieces of acrobatics, magical flair and silky smooth vocals. You should rarely pay full price, as discounted -- or even free -- tickets can be had if you know where to search.
Tix 4 Tonight
Tix 4 Tonight offers kiosks up and down the Strip and on Fremont Street, with about a dozen locations in all. These include Fashion Show Mall, Four Queens, Circus Circus and Planet Hollywood. Each morning, the company sells leftover tickets for that night's shows at a discounted rate, and you'll regularly find deals for the heavy hitters of Las Vegas, including Cirque du Soleil shows and top musical acts. You can also snag big discounts on restaurants and casino buffets here. The company adds a small service charge to each ticket sold.
Grab the Local Guides
You'll find numerous coupons to get discounts on show tickets in the many local Las Vegas guides, including "Where," "24/7" and "Las Vegas Showbiz Weekly." These can be found in many highly trafficked tourist areas, including at hotel concierge booths and souvenir shops. You're not likely to snag discounts for the major shows here, but you can see significant savings on more low-key entertainment this way.
The Power of Gambling
The odds may be against you winning at the blackjack and craps tables, but you can be assured of earning complimentaries, or comps, if you wager enough. Casinos are usually willing to return 40 percent of expected losses in the form of freebies, including show tickets. Simply ask the pit boss where you're playing or head to the players club desk to find out if you can score free tickets or how much more action you need to give to earn them. Since Caesars Entertainment and MGM-Mirage own several properties on the Strip, your gambling dollar can go farther. For example, you can ask for tickets to "The Rat Pack is Back" at Rio if you've been playing at Planet Hollywood, since they're sister properties.
Your Vegas, myVegas
A hot fad on the social media portal Facebook is the myVegas slot game, run in conjunction with MGM-Mirage, which allows you to spin reels for fun and earn loyalty points that can be redeemed for actual comps in Vegas. The freebies include most Cirque du Soliel shows, as well as various comedy and musical acts. You can often redeem your points for one or two tickets, and are generally limited to three comps per 30-day period. You'll need a MGM-Mirage players club card to get the goods and can sign up online if you don't already have one.