Yesterday two more properties joined the paid parking craze on the Vegas Strip. The two Wynn properties are now a part of a growing list of casinos and hotels that are choosing the almighty dollar before customer service.
Wynn and Encore will offer your first hour of parking for free. After that, it’s $7 for one hour, $12 for two to four hours, or $15 per day. If you lose your ticket, you’re also out $30. The move to pay for parking no longer affects only tourists. Those six figure valets are fighting for tips now ever since valet parking began charging fees years ago.
The old days of Vegas have completely faded. No more free parking (valet or self), extreme resort fees, limited cocktail service; it’s almost as if the big casinos no longer want our money. Sure, revenues are down in the traditional sense, but make no mistake about it–the faithful tourists are pissed.
What’s amazing to me is looking back at Vegas just five years ago. It was a trip you could make 2-3 times a year. I paid $12/night for my room on The Strip with a $7 resort fee. I parked for free. I got served drinks sitting at the cheapest of tables. If I took the same amount of money to Vegas today, I might be able to afford one trip at the same cost.