BE PREPARED TO BE AMAZED AT THE 2018 NFR
In December 2017 we went to the NFR on a budget. This was our first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. We had fun, learned a little saw a lot. As with every adventure you must take the first step. Here’s a Ten Tip Checklist (for those on a budget) for your first trip to Las Vegas Wrangler National Finals Rodeo 2018.
RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH AND REACH OUT
We chose to go for the final round of the NFR (Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) after watching a rerun of 2016. One could think I did my homework, however we missed so much! Do your research and find the best places to go. Do the most with the time you have! Save money by going to the 2018 NFR on a budget. Sleep later!
When going someplace new for the first time like the National Finals Rodeo, I reach out. Find people who have been there and done that. Knowledge is power. Little did we know we had a lot to learn. Life is always full of surprises but if you can avoid even a few of the rookie mistakes! Hint download pop slots casino games on your phone (iphone and android) saved us a couple hundred dollars.
(Don’t like your seats for the 2018 NFR, read on.)
Where do people buy NFR tickets and what to do with them if you do not like the location of the seats? Some say thru their rodeo association or by them the day of at the Cowboy Christmas Ticket Exchange. Many people say they just go for the atmosphere at the hotel parties, shopping and entertainment and watch live feed at the hotels. Our search was on for the tickets, we checked eBay ,stubhub, ticketmaster. When we decided to go to the NFR we bought our tickets thru the official NFR website.Tickets seemed to be for sale all over Vegas but we did not want to take the chance. Are there any good deals out there? If so we did not find them.Cowboy Christmas has a first come first serve ticket service buy, sell, trade for a small fee above the ticket price.
BOOK A ROOM AND FLIGHT SAVE CASH AND BACKPACK YOUR WAY TO LAS VEGAS (USE EBATES)
We rolled the dice when we were searching for the best deal for a hotel and flight package and went with Travelosity several months before the event. Our package cost but around $625 tax title (airline tickets) and five nights at the Excalibur out the door… we opted for no luggage and did not pick our seat assignments to save some money… we packed our backpacks and away we went…the airlines seated us together…sweetness saved $50+ bucks. Download the EBATES app and receive extra savings when you buy online.Saved 36.00 last year when we remembered to use it.
PARK AMD FLY WHY PAY FOR AIRPORT PARKING IF YOU CAN GET A ROOM TOO
We booked a night at a hotel in Indy where we could park and fly thru GROUPON We chose to stay at the Indianapolis Airport Holiday Inn for 35.00 for a night in a nice room,safe place to park the car and a free shuttle to the airport.
PLAN YOUR TRANSPORTATION TO THE HOTEL FOR THE MOST PART UBER SEEMED TO BE THE BETTER DEAL FOR AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION
We knew we could ride a resort bus to Excalibur however we wanted to save a few coins and use Uber however Apps do not work well when your phone is dead and you lost your charger. So we saved Uber for other trips and rode the bus.
THE $20.00 TRICK
The $20.00 trick. One of favorite tips after doing our research on how to get the best deals in Vegas. I ran across this wonderful little tip. When you go to check in to your hotel put a twenty in-between your credit card and your drivers licence. We were a little nervous however thought what the heck we are here to gamble a little. The look on our faces must have been priceless when the lady behind the counter said “Please wait to tip me” when we are done and if you are happy with my services (free room upgrade!) Then I will accept your tip. Well worth that gamble!
TRANSPORTATION TO THE 2018 NFR ON A BUDGET FIND A FREE LUXURY BUS
Ask what hotels have the luxury buss’s pick one and get on and let them take you to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
GAMBLE YOU COULD POSSIBLY GET YOU SOME FREE DRINKS.
Hence, If your at the right place at the right time you can get free drinks from the casino. We were there five days and we each drank 5 free Coors Lights in a bottle. There were many people toting around their own drinks they brought with them.
PLAN WHERE YOUR GOING FOR THE AFTER PARTY SO YOU KNOW WHAT FREE BUS LINE TO GET INTO AFTER THE NFR
After, the rodeo pick a hotel for the after party get on their luxury bus. We chose South Point. We never really found the after party this year. However, we enjoyed some live music and tasty drinks. Uber was our as our method of transportation back to Excalibur (We paid $15 including a tip).
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES TO MAKE AN EVEN MORE ENJOYABLE TRIP FOR NEXT YEARS 2018 NFR.
Life is an adventure enjoy the ride. Ask questions. Listen to what others find fascinating. Implement what you have learned for your next trip. You can have fun at the Las Vegas 2018 NFR on a budget.