Following a precedent set earlier this year by MGM Resorts, numerous Las Vegas casinos will soon begin charging fees for valet and self-parking at their properties.
Beginning later this month, you'll have to pay to park at resorts owned by Caesars Entertainment, including Linq, Harrah's, Bally's, Flamingo, Caesars Palace, the Cromwell, Paris, and Planet Hollywood—all of the company's properties except the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, where parking will remain free. Wynn (which also owns Encore) and Cosmopolitan have announced new parking fees as well.
Throw in MGM's 12 Vegas properties, and suddenly it looks like finding a free parking space on the Strip is a jackpot virtually no one will be lucky enough to hit.
Despite a good deal of protest—particularly on social media—when MGM rolled out its parking fees, they haven't hurt Sin City's tourism numbers, which are on pace this year to top 2015's record 42.3 million guests.
So even if you're willing to pay for a spot to stash your rental car, you might not be able to find one.
In short, you can't win. The house on the other hand . . .