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There are two traditional super-bargain periods for Las Vegas room rates. The lowest rates can always be found during the pre-holiday doldrums in December. But the dog days of July are almost as good. Because of that, the Las Vegas Advisor always does a monster rate comparison in July that comprises every casino in town (89 this year). I know there aren’t a lot of reasons that Vegas residents need to book a room, but most of us have friends and relatives who we’d like to help out when they visit, if only to prevent them from staying with us.

Before I give you the numbers, you need to keep in mind that we use the absolute lowest rate we find for our list, even if it’s available for a single day in July, so you may not be able to duplicate what we found exactly. Also, these rates don’t include “resort fees” where applicable, so some are higher than listed. Still the list serves as a very good road map to point you in the right direction for the bargains.

We also search harder than most, using phone calls, the casinos’ direct booking pages, third-party booking outlets (Expedia, i4Vegas, etc.), special offers through social media such as Twitter and Facebook, and our own discount codes at Of course, none of these are methods that you can’t pursue yourself, so here goes.

This year we found 48 casinos with rates of $50 or less (53 if you count outliers like Buffalo Bill’s and Railroad Pass). Thirty-nine of the 48 were $40 or less and 24 were $30 or less. Four were $20 or below—the Imperial Palace ($20), Hooters ($16.80), the Gold Spike ($12), and this year’s low-rate champ, the Las Vegas Club ($11).

These numbers always amaze me, but not as much as the list of higher-end casinos that come in low. Check it out: Rio and Tuscany, $30; the Flamingo, $31; Bally’s, Harrah’s and the Las Vegas Hilton $40; the Golden Nugget and Luxor, $50; the Hard Rock, $55; Planet Hollywood and TI, $59; and MGM and Mandalay Bay, $60.

Honestly, either going direct to the casino websites or using the codes finds the lowest price most of the time, while calling produces the worst results. Like everything else these days, working the Internet is the way to go. It’s still OK to use your phone to search out the best Las Vegas room rates. Just make sure you’re not dialing it.