How To… Use Bitcoin To Vacation In Las Vegas
So, you’ve taken a huge gamble buying Digital Currencies, and are in the mood to see if your luck continues? I have a great idea. Why not travel to Las Vegas using Bitcoin? This year I decided to see what it was like to be in Vegas on New Year’s Eve. Here is how I used BTC to pay for all of my major expenses.
One of the easiest ways I have found to use Bitcoin is by buying Gift Cards. I wrote a short guide for this earlier called ‘Buying Gift Cards Using Bitcoin.’ The tips below outline the uses for different types of cards you can purchase making the trip to Las Vegas a reality.
I purchased gift cards for my flight on Delta from NewEgg Gift Cards. NewEgg is nice because you can buy Gift Cards there using BTC without using Coinbase or another exchange. Be aware though… it is not widely known there are limits on their Gift Card purchases. For example, you can purchase up to $500 in Delta Gift Cards every 48 hours. If you try to purchase more than the maximum (like I did), they refund your BTC payment via Site Credit to your account, which cannot be used to buy Gift Cards.
Other Airlines are also available on NewEgg, such as American Airlines and Southwest.
There are few hotels accepting Bitcoin directly in Las Vegas, but when you consider using Gift Cards you can have your pick. The Golden Nugget downtown has Gift Cards available on Gyft.com. I already had plans to stay at the Golden Nugget with other family members, but you may be interested in staying at another hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. To do this, buy a Hotels.com Gift Card from Gyft or NewEgg. This will give you unlimited options on where to stay.
Gyft.com is where I have started buying most of my gift cards. It has the huge advantage for me of selling actual Gyft Gift Cards which can be redeemed for any other card on their site (including Amazon & EBay). Using this I don’t even have to know what I will need a gift card for. I can just carry the balance around and whenever I go somewhere Gyft sells cards for, I can create a Gift Card on my phone and use it. The downsides of buying on Gyft is you have to go through Coinbase, there is a $500 limit per day, and you have to have your security settings on Coinbase turned off. Every time I add to my balance on Gyft, I turn my security settings on Coinbase to ‘none,’ then turn them back on after I am done buying. You can also use BitPay instead, but it is a bit more expensive for each purchase and I am not familiar enough with how that interface works to explain how it is different.
There are many options for meals in Las Vegas using Gift Cards. I will be trying a 5-Star steak house called Vic & Anthony’s. Many restaurants are represented on both Gyft and NewEgg including Macaroni Grill, Cheesecake Factory, McCormick & Schmick’s, Morton’s Steak House and Red Lobster. Check out the many options on the Gyft Restaurant List and NewEgg Restaurant List.
Getting around Vegas became possible when Uber was added to the lists on both sites. Skip the crowded, slow and noisy bus rides to get back and forth from the airport, or wherever you are going.
Gambling with BTC is not currently an option. To get some cash there are Bitcoin ATMs scattered around Las Vegas. The list of locations and fees at each is always changing, so you may want to Google to see if you can find one that works for you. The latest list I found included…
- 76 Gas Station (3965 E Charleston Blvd)
- 76 Gas Station (4708 W Charleston Blvd)
- 24/7 Xpress
- Champagnes Cafe
- Country Club Auto Spa
- Deja Vu Love Boutique
- Deja Vu Emporium
- Jackson’s Bar and Grill
- Mini Mart Smokeshop
- Mr. Bills Smoke and Cigar
- Nexus Insurance
- Rocket Fizz (Summerlin)
- Sin City Vapor III
- Sky Liquor and Dairy
- Tac Boutique
I hope you have a great time. I have been to Vegas eight times now and always enjoy the vastness and excess to be seen there.
Appreciation is always appreciated…
Nexus Address: 2QhtYp7zm2DYt89t9bWEiJgs664qBVVhpTP1CyqqdgWtPgyt45b
Bitcoin Address: 1EPyFDbRtfxMvpAhCyXBH2xwMuJ77Wwb41