TravelStories Episode 7: Top Tips for the Vegas Strip

Episode 07: Show Notes.

We met today’s guest, Joey, in Las Vegas in 2017, so we decided to bring him onto the show for a deep dive into how to make the most of your time and your money on The Strip! Joey has been going to Vegas so long that you could actually play $1 craps, so it’s safe to say he’s an expert in the area. Money goes further in Vegas than it does in most other cities if you know what you’re doing, so tune in today for our top tips on everything from how to save on resort fees and leverage the food and beverage credits to what airlines to fly. We also discuss whether hiring a car in Vegas is a good idea, how the new operators on The Strip are going to change things for visitors, and our top restaurant and hotel recommendations! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • [01:01] Why Vegas holds a place in Tom and Joey’s hearts. 
  • [01:40] Joey’s Vegas claim to fame.
  • [02:12] How gambling in Vegas has changed since Joey’s early days.
  • [03:18] Vegas restaurant recommendations.
  • [09:43] Pros and cons of the main hotels on the Strip in Vegas. 
  • [18:54] Vegas’ worst kept secret. 
  • [19:28] How to save on resort fees in Vegas. 
  • [20:53] Benefits of visiting Vegas during the week.
  • [21:26] Tips for leveraging the food and beverage credits. 
  • [26:53] The best buffet option in Vegas. 
  • [28:13] The recent increase in operators on The Strip, and what this means for Vegas tourists.
  • [29:25] Important information to note about parking in Vegas. 
  • [30:33] Weighing up whether or not to hire a car in Vegas. 
  • [36:41] How MyVegas works. 
  • [40:23] Top tips for traveling to and from Vegas. 
  • [44:30] The story of how we all met! 


“When I started gambling in Las Vegas, there was a thing called 50 cent roulette chips. They’re now getting rid of $1 roulette chips. Inflation is real over there in the City of Sin.” — Joey [0:02:12]

“One of the things I really like about Vegas is you can really find something for your price range.” — Tom Kim [0:04:24]

“I think we’re going to see more arbitrage opportunities, probably more status matching, as some of the new operators start sucking money away from Caesars and MGM.” — Tom Kim [0:28:45]

“[Vegas] is a place where luxury is on sale so your 200 dollars goes a lot further than in a lot of other cities.” — Tom Kim [0:36:27]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Park MGM

NoMad Library


Secret Pizza

Lemongrass & Lime

Gordon Ramsay Steak


Din Tai Fung

Resorts World

The Cosmopolitan

ARIA Resort and Casino



Planet Hollywood

Caesars Palace

Waldorf Astoria

Bacchanal Buffet

The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas

Wicked Spoon

HardRock Hotels

Circa Resort and Casino

The STRAT Hotel, Casino & Skypod


Southwest Airlines


Delta Air Lines

Northeast Alliance

About the author

- Written by Sam Simon. All ideas are my own, but I encourage you to see my point of view and I promise I'll try to do the same. Connect with me on Twitter @Milenomics.

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