Now that The Rental Show is about a month away, it’s time to nail down your travel plans and make sure you know how to get around when you arrive.
If you plan to fly into Las Vegas for The Rental Show, you’ll land at McCarran International Airport, which is a pretty busy place, especially on the weekends. You’ll have several options for transport to your hotel.
If you get a rental car, it might take some time to retrieve it. Make sure you have a reservation ahead of time. The American Rental Association (ARA) has signed a rental car agreement with Hertz for The Rental Show 2013. The Travel Business can handle your rental car reservations by calling 800-747-0070 (U.S. and Canada) or 309-762-9625 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time. You also can make reservations online at hertz.com or call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (U.S. and Canada) or 405-749-4434. The Hertz CV number is 04EQ0004. In addition, ARA has an agreement with Dollar Rent A Car. You can make reservations online at dollar.com or call 800-800-4000 if you prefer. The discount code is CM2378.
If you decide to take a taxi, bring cash and plan to stand in line for awhile, depending on how busy the airport is. Expect to pay around $20 to $25 for the fare from the airport to The Venetian or the other show hotels. This includes the fee of $1.80 for pickup at the airport. The base fare is $2.60 per mile and there is an initial charge of $3.30 before the meter starts to run. Most Las Vegas taxi drivers do not accept credit cards and those that do will charge a $3 fee in addition to the meter charge. There is a five-person maximum per taxi, including children and infants.
Shuttles and limousines from the airport to the hotels also are available. Shuttles operate seven days a week. There are three companies that service Las Vegas: Airport Shuttle Corp., Bell Trans and Executive Las Vegas. Shuttles charge $7 for
one-way and $13 round-trip from hotels on the Strip, according to vegas.com. Limousines can run up to $60 per hour or more.
Planning to drive? Most Las Vegas hotels offer some free parking. Check with your hotel to make sure this is the case. Do not leave valuables in your parked car, and stick to public transport to get around The Strip if possible, as parking is at a premium and traffic is often congested. If you plan to drive an RV to the show, go to lasvegas.com/hotels for more information on RV parks and campgrounds.
If you are staying at the Venetian, it’s about a seven-minute walk to The Sands Expo and Convention Center. You can reach the convention center from The Venetian near the theater.
Three shuttle bus routes will run between The Sands Expo and Convention Center and select ARA hotels during The Rental Show.
- Route One includes Bally’s Hotel and Casino, Fairfield Inn Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas.
- Route Two includes Harrah’s Las Vegas and Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at The Flamingo.
- Route Three includes Treasure Island and Trump Hotel Las Vegas.
Shuttle bus service also will be provided to Harrah’s on Tuesday night, Feb. 12, from all ARA show hotels for the “A Night in Fabulous Las Vegas” event at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
Depending on which hotel you are in, you also can make use of the monorail. The Las Vegas Monorail runs from the MGM Grand to the Sahara. The route has seven stations, including the MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris, Flamingo, Harrah’s/The Quad (formerly the Imperial Palace), the Las Vegas Convention Center, LVH – Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, and the Sahara. The monorail is open Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Rates for the monorail are $5 for one ride, $14 for an unlimited one-day pass for one person and $30 for an unlimited three-day pass for one person. Go to vegas.com for more information.
When you are getting ready to head home, remember there are taxis available from the convention center to McCarran International Airport. The fare is about $15 plus tip. A baggage check will be available at The Sands Expo and Convention Center if you plan to leave directly from the show.
If you haven’t booked your flight for The Rental Show, The Travel Business, the American Rental Association’s (ARA) official travel agency, can help. Call 800-747-0070 (U.S. and Canada) or 309-762-9625 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Central Time, or book online at resx.com. Enter company ID TTB-3355 and member ID TheRentalShow to get started. For more information, go to TheRentalShow.com.