Caesars Entertainment is bringing back paid self-parking at some of its properties on the Las Vegas Strip and for some visitors.
The casino operator announced Wednesday that parking fees will be charged at Caesars Palace, Paris, Bally’s, Flamingo, The LINQ, and Harrah’s starting October 30.
Self-parking will remain free for locals, registered hotel guests, and members of the Caesars Reward loyalty program rated Platinum and above.
Caesars further pointed out that self-parking will also remain free for all guests at Miracle Mile Shops and Planet Hollywood, which resumed operations on October 8 to become one of the last Strip resorts to reopen following the Covid-19 lockdown this past spring.
Casino operators waived parking fees when their properties began reopening in the summer after a three-month shutdown that was forced by the worst health scare that has gripped the world in a long time.
Caesars is the first company to reintroduce self-parking fees on the Las Vegas Strip. The company said that with its updated self-parking policy, it intends to “take care of our best customers – locals, hotel guests and loyal Caesars Rewards members – and to provide them with ease and better access to our Las Vegas properties as they continue to stay and play with us.”
Parking Fees to Go to Good Causes
Caesars said that it would donate all parking fee profits generated through the end of the first quarter of 2021 to various charities that “support Caesars team members and local communities in need.” The company did not specify what charitable organizations exactly it would support.
A spokeswoman for the casino operator further clarified that the updated policy was introduced due to “limited availability of self-parking” for their customers.
Visitors that will have to pay for self-parking will be offered a 60-minute grace period before rates begin to apply. It will cost them $12 to park for 1-4 hours and $15 for 4-24 hours.
Commenting on the return of self-parking fees, Brendan Bussmann, a partner at Global Market Advisors told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that it is “unfortunate to see one of the extra fees that was eliminated during the Great Shutdown come back so soon as the industry is trying to recover and attract more guests” to Las Vegas and the Strip, in particular.
Amanda Belarmino, a hospitality professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said that it was logical for resorts to eliminate parking fees to reduce potentially increased wait times due to the capacity restrictions on restaurants and the casino floor and that now as visitors and guests’ options are not that limited, fees will likely return soon across properties.
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