Smart Tips for Visiting Vegas
If you are a lube operator, chances are you have heard about the annual Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week, or AAIW, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The week is a chance for lube operators to meet with industry leaders, experience the latest technology first-hand and network with leading suppliers and manufacturers. AAIW provides some of the best educational opportunities while displaying almost any product or service an operator could possibly want through its two main events, the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo and the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association show. Educational sessions begin on Monday, November 4, this year, and the week wraps up with the SEMA show ending on Friday, November 8. Chances are, if you are an operator in the quick lube business you already have plans to head to Vegas. If you don’t, you need to make them. AAIW is not just a business trip, it is an experience that your organization cannot afford to pass up. Read more about AAIW on page 24.
To get the most out of your trip to AAIW and Vegas, we have put together some tips for booking airfare, hotel and dinner reservations. We turned to “Money Crashers” expert and travel guru, David Bakke and asked him about his favorite thrifty travel ideas. Bakke covered everything from the best way to find a good deal on airfare to experiencing Vegas without leaving your pockets penniless.
Q. My Vegas trip for AAIW is in a month, and I haven’t booked my flight. I still want to get a good deal on airfare; what would you suggest?
A. If possible, plan to fly in on Tuesday, November 5. Flying on a Tuesday can often net you a better rate. There are several airline carriers that offer cheap fares to Vegas, but don’t forget to research fees and avoid them whenever possible. Use an aggregator website such as TripAdvisor, and locate the cheapest airfares from all carriers.
Q. What things should I consider when making dinner reservations?
A. Check out dinner buffets and hotel food courts — often you can eat at these places with or without a reservation. If you’re not careful, you’ll be paying for dinner at that swanky Vegas restaurant months after you return home, so foodie beware.
Q. There are many intriguing hotels and casinos, but I am only in Vegas for a few nights, so how do I choose the right place to stay?
A. Once you have narrowed down the things you need from a hotel and which hotels fit those needs, call the hotel directly. Do not call the 800 numbers. Ask for any available discounts and see if there is a rewards club that you can join. This is how you get the best price.
Q. What things can I do to experience Vegas without emptying my life savings?