Budget Traveling to AACAR

We absolutely picked Las Vegas to host our 4th Annual Alumni Retreat on purpose because it’s affordable for out-of-state alumni, and it’s extremely easy to navigate the city. Las Vegas also has one of the biggest recovery communities in the whole country! If you’re considering coming out to this year’s retreat, we’ve put together a bunch of useful tips to help you plan your trip out here to beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada.

The alumni team understands that early recovery can be a struggle financially because each member of our team has been there. We wanted to put together something to help our alumni travel on a budget because this event is a great way to reconnect with your alumni brothers and sisters as well as an opportunity to strengthen your recovery.

Throughout this article, you’ll find plenty of helpful links to help you out.

Booking Flights

Since Las Vegas is such a highly visited city from travelers around the world, it’s not hard to find cheap deals on flights to Las Vegas. Airlines like Southwest have run sales throughout the summer with flights as low as $40 for a one-way ticket to Las Vegas. You can follow the airlines on Facebook or Twitter to be informed about new deals.

Booking a Hotel

There’s a common misconception that the only place to stay in Las Vegas is directly on Las Vegas Boulevard, which is also known as The Strip. The hotels on The Strip can be quite pricey because they give you the best view and put you right in the middle of the action, but there are much cheaper options available within a mile of The Strip.

The Strip is just east of the I-15 freeway, and by simply booking a hotel on the opposite side of the freeway, you can save quite a bit of money.

You can find affordable hotels extremely close to the Bellagio!

Hotels like Palace Station, The Orleans and Gold Coast are just west of the I-15 freeway and The Strip, and they’re about half of the price of hotels you’ll find on The Strip.

Right now, here are the prices listed for rooms checking in on Sunday and checking out on Wednesday, but you can save a little more if you arrive on Monday:

Palace Station: $98.97 for three nights

Gold Coast: $127 for three nights

The Orleans: $215 for three nights

The Stratosphere is located on the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard, and you can book three nights for as low as $210.

Another great tip is to take advantage of our AACAR Facebook event page and discuss splitting the cost of the room with other alumni!

Getting Around Town

The Las Vegas bus system is quick and easy!

Bus System: For any out-of-town alumni who come to the event, we’ll provide three 24-hour bus passes if needed! If you stay at one of the nearby hotels, you’ll be able to get to the Bellagio within thirty minutes.

Local Alumni Assistance: We have a huge local alumni community here in Las Vegas, and some of our alumni who have vehicles will be more than happy to assist with bringing alumni to the event, and you may even be able to go check out a local Las Vegas 12-step meeting!

This will be our 4th Annual Alumni Retreat, and this one is going to be bigger than any of the previous years, so we hope to see you there! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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