Every year in the April issue of the Las Vegas Advisor, we calculate the average cost of a ticket to see a Las Vegas production show. This year, we considered 93 shows. On rare occasions—four times in 22 years—the average goes down. But it usually goes up, and that’s what happened this time around. At $80.22 per ticket, it’s a $4.78 increase over last year.
The reason for the increase is pretty much the same as always: Most returning shows raise prices a little each year, while new shows tend to price high so they can promote with discounts that look like deals. Take Cirque du Soleil: Compared with this time last year, the price of KÀ is up $16.96, O is up $8.69, Zarkana costs $6.84 more than its predecessor Viva Elvis! did, and The Beatles LOVE and Zumanity are up $2 each (Mystère is unchanged, and Criss Angel—Believe is down $15.77). Of the 71 shows that were here last year, 35 raised their ticket prices, 17 lowered them and 19 are unchanged.
The important consideration for saving money is to take advantage of the discounting mentioned above. Anyone—local or out-of-stater—can do that by using the half-price ticket outlets on the Strip, websites like Goldstar.com and other sites with discount codes, and the freebie mags that regularly print ads with show deals. That’s a lot of outs; if you live here, however, you have access to even more deals via offers that aren’t available to visitors. Want to see Cirque? There’s an ongoing $99 locals offer for two tickets to The Beatles LOVE on Sundays, Zumanity on Mondays, Mystère on Tuesdays, KÀ on Wednesdays and Criss Angel on Fridays, plus a daily two-for-$150 offer on Zarkana (through March 31).
MGM Resorts International has a website dedicated to locals discounts, which includes some of these Cirque deals, along with 30 percent off Blue Man Group and Terry Fator; 20 percent off Dancing Queen, Broadway Celebration and Shades of Temptation at New York-New York; and discounts on several other shows.
Locating these deals can be difficult; they’re often buried deep within their respective sites. But here’s the trick: Google “Las Vegas locals deals,” check the top five or so entries, and you’ll find links. Vegas4Locals.com sometimes has deals you won’t find easily in other places, too, including a current offer for $25 off orchestra seats for Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s. Another ongoing play for residents is ShowTickets4Locals.com, which puts out a daily roster of free tix for locals if you use them the day-of-show. But when you’re standing in line at the showroom, don’t mention that you got them free. Trust me on this one.