The Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass Review 2018 – Is the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass Worth it?

For many People, a trip to Las Vegas is all about Pools, Partying and Gambling. To be honest those 3 make for a pretty good trip really. but there is actually a lot to do in Vegas besides. One thing you are bound to do a lot of when in Vegas is spend money. And once you start planning in attractions shows and other things to do it can all start Spiralling out of control. So one idea is an Attraction Pass. For a set fee, you can pay upfront for any attractions you wish to visit and save sometimes up to 70% that is a big chunk of money to spend on Drinks and Chips!

The Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass Review take a look at the new kid on the block of Las Vegas Passes. This offering from the Sightseeing Pass team takes a slightly different approach to the other Pass options. but is the Las Vegas sightseeing Pass Worth it? Or is it an expensive waste of time?

The Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass Review

“How could it not be worth it if the cost of the attractions is less than the normal entry?” Well, actually Attraction passes, on the whole, get a bit of a rough ride from some online sources. So we delve deep into this pass to see how it will affect both your wallet and your trip!

 

  • Product: Las Vegas Sightseeing Flex Pass Flex Premium Pass Is the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass Worth it?
  • Price Flex: $79- $151.20
  • Price Child Flex: $59 – $135.20 (Child 3-12yrs)
  • Price Flex Premium: $274- $399
  • Price Child Flex Premium: $237 – $369 (Child 3-12yrs)
  • Where to Buy: SightseeingPass.com
  • Number Of Attractions: choose from 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 attractions from 27 Top Attractions or an Extra 6 Premium Attractions with the Premium Pass
  • Time Limit: 30 Days
  • Rating: 4/5

Attractions Available – 6 Premium

  • Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Sweet Tours
  • 12-15 minute flight above Vegas by Vegas Nights
  • Drifting Ride Along in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 2 laps
  • Hoover Dam & Lake Mead Lunch Cruise
  • Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly
  • Legends in Concert – Main Floor Tickets

Attractions Available – 27 Standard

  • Nite Tours Party Bus Express – $59
  • The Mob Museum – Crime Lab and Use of Force Experience – $42
  • Nite Tours Pool Pass – $39
  • Gray Line Las Vegas – Night Strip Tour with Champagne Toast – $69
  • Sweetours Hoover Dam Bus Tour – $71
  • Marvel Avengers Station – $39
  • Cowabunga Bay Water Park – $40
  • and Many more…

What is the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass?

First off, there are really two products here the Flex Pass and the Flex Premium Pass. We will come to the Premium Shortly, but first the Flex Pass. With this pass, you purchase the number of Attractions you wish to visit and then simply visit the attraction in any order at any time up to 30 days from the first time you use your pass.

You don’t actually have to choose the attractions beforehand just the number so if you change your mind on any attractions it makes no difference. There is also a handy “insurance” Guarantee so if you change your mind and decide the pass isn’t for you, you have 12 months to return it! assuming you haven’t activated it!

What is the Las Vegas Sightseeing Flex Premium Pass?

The Flex Premium Pass Works exactly the same only it has an extended list of attractions, all with a much higher value. These are really high-end top quality attractions and well worth visiting, the downside is the cost of the pass is significantly more to cover the extra expense of the Premium Attractions. Unlike other Passes that offer Premium Attractions, There is NO limit. If you buy a 5 Attraction Flex Premium Pass All 5 Attractions can be Premium! Although you can only Visit each attraction once per Card!

The Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass in Practice

Vegas pass in practice

The Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass is a Digital Pass. The Web Page and Marketing conjure up images of an actual card that you need to swipe to access the attractions. This is the Digital Age however and such things are largely confined to the rubbish bin. Instead, the Pass will be instantly Emailed to you and you can then print it out or use it directly from your phone. The pass is a QR code that is simply Scanned at the attraction to grant you access.

Some attractions allow pre-booking, and some it is essential. Really if pre-booking is available we strongly advise it or you may be in for a long wait or miss out completely. We point out any of the attractions that you need or should pre-book is we discuss them below. Look for the Calendar Symbol on the Attractions Page.

Advantages

Inspiration

When Visiting any New city it is not always inherently obvious what attractions are available. There is inevitably a whole host of different things to do but finding out exactly what is the most desirable to you can be hard. Purchasing a Pass can open your eye’s to a whole host of things you were completely unaware of. Some of which could end up being your favorite part of the trip. We endlessly hear from people who found something they loved they just didn’t know was available. And have ourselves found the same on most occasions we have used a Pass!

Planning

Having a Pass is also a great way to begin planning your itinerary for your trip. Knowing exactly what attractions you are going to visit helps build out the skeleton of the trip that you can then flesh out with other ideas and things to do, eat, drink or see! It really can be one of the best ways to begin planning your trip. Simply take a look around the area of any planned attractions and see what else might appeal!

Flexibility

While Planning is important to any trip and especially to ensure you get the best out any pass, it is also important to be flexible. Things change, weather may have an impact or you may just not be in the mood. Maybe you planned something early but stayed up until 3 shooting Craps and drinking, and just don’t fancy what you had penciled in. No problem, for a lot of the attractions on the pass you just show up whenever you want and in you go, giving you the flexibility, to tinker with your itinerary to suit anything your trip may throw at you.

Some attractions do require booking and obviously, these require a little more rigidity in your plan, but that would be the case regardless.

Budgeting

Vegas is expensive. Everywhere you go and everything you do it seems someone is trying to get a little bit more cash out of you. While it’s easy to have a great time on a budget there is always the pressure to spend a little more. That Wheel of Fortune Slot machine just begging you to slip that $20 in! At least with a Pass, you have the attraction side all sown up beforehand. No Nasty surprises when you open your credit card bill and No blowing all your cash on blackjack and have nothing left to do but sit by the pool!

Simplicity

We have to be honest you can save money a number of ways when in Vegas and the Las Vegas Sightseeing pass can offer some staggering savings, but it’s probably you could have saved some of this without one. But doing so would require a lot of time-consuming research, hunting out the best deals and Groupons. Striking while the iron is hot and then printing out and carrying around a host of E-mails, Coupons, and tickets. Alternatively, You could just buy the pass, save more, and get on with planning your trip and researching gambling techniques!

Disadvantages

There are some inherent disadvantages of buying the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass. These are problems inherent in most Passes and some specific to this pass. As we said Some online travel Forums, “Experts” and message boards are dead against Passes. While we think they generally overstate the negatives and miss the fact you can save up to 70% on gate prices, they do have some valid points, not everything about a Pass is positive.

One problem is what we call Chasing the Pass. This is the feeling that as you have to cram as much in as possible to get value from the Pass. This is less of an issue on the Sightseeing pass as by choosing the number of attractions you are less pressured to cram stuff in than on the All inclusive passes where the more you do the more you save.

The other side of this is planning too much. As the Price per attractions drops the more attractions you buy it’s tempting to buy more and cram a lot into your trip but this can be a mistake! there are only so many hours in the day and getting to and from attractions takes time and you are definitely going to want to do to other things while in town such as eating, drinking, gambling etc. It is best to plan in a Maximum of 2-3 attractions a day, and one evening attraction, if possible. Some attractions will easily take up a full half day and some, such as the Grand Canyon Tour will eat an entire day. Plan accordingly and don’t try to cram too much in. The general rule is if you are worried it much be too much it probably is.

We have also said before in Vegas there are always ways to save money and few people pay FULL entry for anything, so the pass is probably not as great value as it first appears, but it can still be great value and as we said much easier than collating many different offers.

Finally, the Las Vegas Sightseeing pass is actually quite limited in the variety of attractions. We will explore this later but there are far less practical options than on the rival passes such as the Go Las Vegas Card or the Las Vegas Explorer Pass.

Do We need a Pass At All?

Not really, It all depends on the type of trip you want. If it’s all about partying Gambling and drinking then there is not much sense on buying a pass. However, even if you only plan to visit a couple of attractions using a pass can be a good way to save money.

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What Attractions are included?

The most important part of any pass is the attractions. These should really appeal. You should look at the list and see several things that make you go, Wow I really want to do that. Even if you have never heard about it before if it has instant appeal then the pass could be a great way to go. If the list of attractions is of little interest to you it probably isn’t a good investment.

With that in mind, we will take an in-depth look at our favorite attractions on the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass.

Premium Attractions

Unlike the Las Vegas Go Card, which also has a good list of fantastic Premium attractions, You are not limited to choosing one! With the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass, you are able to choose ANY or indeed ALL of the Premium Attractions! There are only 6 to choose (so with a 7 attraction pass you need to pick one standard too)

Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Sweetours – $165 – Pre Book

Grand Canyon South rim

The Grand Canyon is a very popular excursion from Las Vegas. While visiting one of the modern wonders of the world why not head out and see one of the natural wonders of the world? The only problem, while looking on a map the Canyon seems pretty close. In reality its one hell of a trip. Most people take the easy option and visit the Hualapai “west” rim section of the Canyon. This is the tourist area and is to many a disappointment. To reach the South Rim and the “real” canyon it is a 270+ Miles journey through the desert.

It is so worth it though! The size and color of the canyon at the distant South Rim is beyond description Even Photo’s fail to do this justice. over a MILE deep and 18 Miles wide and carved from red and orange sandstone, it’s a jaw-dropping view. If anyone has told you they went to the Grand Canyon and it was ok. They went to the West Rim.

The Sweetours trip is a FULL day and it’s a long full day at that. Expect an early start and a nighttime return where all you will be seeking is a bed, and maybe a stiff drink or two. This is a great chance to really see one of the natural wonders of the world.

12-15 minute flight above Vegas by Vegas Nights – $124 – Pre Book

Vegas Air Night

Seriously there is nothing more staggering than the sight of Las Vegas from the Air! It is even better when viewed at night and this Tour offered by Vegas Nights is a truly once in a lifetime experience. Soar above Bright lights and dizzying color of one of the most spectacular Cities in the world. It is a short flight, but one that you will remember forever. and really Vegas is pretty small so the tour covers the whole strip. Not to be missed!

Drifting Ride Along in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – 2 laps – $99 – Pre Book

Drift Hellcat

This is a very expensive ride in a very fast and very powerful Musclecar, that is being driven by a complete hooligan! Two laps of an approx 2km track are not going to take very long at 120+mph and as such, this is very much a short but intense thrill ride.

The 700+hp hellcat is one hell of a beast and not many of us get to experience power such as this and in the hands of a professional driver, it is a ride of a lifetime. However, it’s a lot of money, I would certainly think long and hard if $99 was worth it, if it wasn’t included on the pass. It is a great opportunity to head over to the Las Vegas Speedway, and get your thrill on. You are bound to see a whole heap of fast cars on your visit and it is a really fun excursion for the petrol heads among you!

Hoover Dam & Lake Mead Lunch Cruise -$111 – Pre Book

Lake mead Cruise

Quite a change of pace now! Hoover dam is a big tourist attraction for visitors to Las Vegas. The enormous dam holds back the vast blue waters of Lake Mead. The tour includes a tour of the hydroelectric generators along with a relaxing lunch cruise on Lake Mead. This is a relaxing day out which boasts some staggering scenery along with some incredible manmade feats of engineering. It is another longish day at around 7 hours, and will not leave a lot of time/energy for much apart from a dinner a few drinks and some gambling.

Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly $83 – Pre Book

Mat Franco

Rated as one of the best Magic shows in Las Vegas the Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Show really is a top evening out! His performance is personal and charismatic and it’s right up there with the Vegas greats. His show is also still really new so good to have something so hot and fresh on the Pass, they are clearly not dusting off old attractions to make you think you are getting a deal!

Legends in Concert – Main Floor Tickets $90 – Pre Book

Legends in concert

Ok, after pointing out how fresh the Mat Franco show is we now turn to one of the Oldest running shows in Vegas (running since 1983). While it may not be fresh it must be doing something right to still be going after so long. The attraction is pretty simple it’s a host of Tribute acts performing the best and most famous hits from a variety of famous artists. The Production Value and Quality of the Performers mean you really could be fooled into thinking that you were seeing the real thing. Even when the performer in question has passed on! Such as Elvis, Johnny Cash or the recent Aretha Franklin!

It is a really great show and the variety means there is often something for everyone. The roster changes regularly so check out their website to see who will be performing when you are there.

 

Standard Attractions

27 Attractions sound quite a lot and should represent huge choice but the reality is these are quite limited. There is just not the same choice as you would find on the Las Vegas Go Card or the Las Vegas Explorer Pass. But what there is are pretty High Quality. It’s just you may find it a little limited. But if you were to choose a 7 attraction Pass you start to run out of things you want to do!

The Sightseeing Pass Franchise is still pretty new and finding it’s feet we are sure more attractions will be added as time goes on and we will be sure to stay up to date in this.

Nite Tours Party Bus Express – $59 – Pre Book

Vegas is all about partying, and with the party bus tour, you get some of the best the city has to offer. This tour starts off in a Las Vegas Ultralounge (usually with 2 for 1 drinks) and then you hop on the Party bus (free drinks on board) for fast entry to sample two of Vegas’s hottest nightclubs (And we mean the hottest expect –  Hakkasan, The LIGHT, Omnia, Drai’s, TAO, Surrender, Hyde, The BANK, 1Oak…etc ).  The fact you will be sharing the bus with other people gives you the chance to make some new friends.

The Mob Museum – Crime Lab and Use of Force Experience – $42

the Mob Museum

We love the Mob Museum. Vegas Being Vegas a fine art Museum would not go down too well so instead we get a Museum dedicated to organized crime. Excellent. It really is one not to be missed. The pass includes either standard entry or the full crime Lab and Use Of Forces experience on top. Most Vegas Pass’s only include the Standard entry!

Nite Tours Pool Pass – $39 – Pre Book

With the pool pass, you get entry to some of the hottest pool parties on the strip. Pick your Pool Party from some of the best, Drai’s Beach Club, Daylight, Venus, Ditch, Foxtail, and more. You get admission to the party and can then access the pool for the next 3 days as well.

Gray Line Las Vegas – Night Strip Tour with Champagne Toast – $69 – Pre Book

Enjoy a full sightseeing tour of the entire Las Vegas Strip. Starting with champagne at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign and ending at the Freemont Street Light show it is a great way to see Vegas!

Sweetours Hoover Dam Bus Tour – $71 – Pre Book

Hoover dam

Very much the same as the premium attraction only without the Lake Mead Cruise. We think this a very welcome addition to the Flex Pass.

Marvel Avengers Station – $39

A fairly new attraction featuring props and costumes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Cowabunga Bay Water Park – $40

A pretty average waterpark, that is probably best suited to kids, there are limited tubes and queues can get long but it’s a nice way to stay cool. As we said you do start to run out of good things to do on this pass!

Is the Las Vegas Sightseeing Pass Worth it? – Costed Examples

Generally, if the Sightseeing pass attraction on the Pass are ones you are interested in then it can certainly save a whole heap of cash that can be used for many other things on your Vegas trip, or alternatively, you can just do more with the same budget.

Examples –

Note – The Las Vegas Sightseeing pass Prices Changes rapidly, there is Perma-Sale on but this sale alters regularly and with the tides of the sea and the position of the moon. This makes it impossible for us to stay totally up to date with all the pass prices and offers so some of the below costings may be slightly out but it gives a good representation, most of the time. However, there is almost always a sale running and should there not be a sale on at any given time we advise waiting a few days/weeks until there is. 

Standard Flex 4 attraction pass – 

  • Nite Tours Party Bus Express – $59
  • The Mob Museum – Crime Lab and Use of Force Experience – $42
  • Nite Tours Pool Pass – $39
  • Gray Line Las Vegas – Night Strip Tour with Champagne Toast – $69

 

  • Gate Price – $209
  • Pass Price – $97.75
  • Saving – $111.25 – 53%

Flex Premium 4 attraction pass – 

  • Premium – Sweetours Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Lunch Cruise – $111
  • Premium – Vegas Nights Flight Above Vegas $ 124
  • Premium – Exotics Racing – Drifting Ride-Along – Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – $99
  • Premium – Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly $83

 

  • Gate Price – $417
  • Pass Price – $286.45
  • Saving – $130.55 – 31%

Standard Flex 5 attraction pass – 

  • Nite Tours Party Bus Express – $59
  • The Mob Museum – Crime Lab and Use of Force Experience – $42
  • Nite Tours Pool Pass – $39
  • Gray Line Las Vegas – Night Strip Tour with Champagne Toast – $69
  • Sweetours Hoover Dam Bus Tour – $71

 

  • Gate Price – $280
  • Pass Price – $118.15
  • Saving – $161.85 – 58%

Flex Premium 5 attraction pass – 

  • Premium – Vegas Nights Flight Above Vegas $ 124
  • Premium – Exotics Racing – Drifting Ride-Along – Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – $99
  • Premium – Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly $83
  • Premium – Legends in Concert – Main Floor Tickets $90
  • Premium – Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Sweetours – $165

 

  • Gate Price – $561
  • Pass Price – $339.20
  • Saving – $222 – 40%

Standard Flex 7 attraction pass – 

  • Nite Tours Party Bus Express – $59
  • The Mob Museum – Crime Lab and Use of Force Experience – $42
  • Nite Tours Pool Pass – $39
  • Gray Line Las Vegas – Night Strip Tour with Champagne Toast – $69
  • Sweetours Hoover Dam Bus Tour – $71
  • Marvel Avengers Station – $39
  • Cowabunga Bay Water Park – $40

 

  • Gate Price – $359
  • Pass Price – $151.20
  • Saving – $207.80 – 58%

Flex Premium 7 attraction pass – 

  • Premium – Sweetours Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Lunch Cruise – $111
  • Premium – Vegas Nights Flight Above Vegas $ 124
  • Premium – Exotics Racing – Drifting Ride-Along – Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – $99
  • Premium – Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly $83
  • Premium – Legends in Concert – Main Floor Tickets $90
  • Premium – Grand Canyon South Rim Tour by Sweetours – $165
  • Standard – The Mob Museum – Crime Lab and Use of Force Experience – $42

 

  • Gate Price – $714
  • Pass Price – $399.20
  • Saving – $314.80 – 44%

You can see from these Examples the Savings can be very significant. But it does not answer the whole question. There is more to Value than just monetary Savings. The key part of the question is are the attractions worth the cost to visit. Are you going to visit them anyway? If so then it makes a whole heap of sense to get a pass and save potentially hundreds of dollars. You will be sure to find another way to spend those $ in Vegas!

Which Pass Should we get, Premium or Standard?

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This depends entirely on whether or not you want to visit the Premium Attractions or not, obviously. However, we find a lot of people including us, would like a combination of Premium and Standard attractions. Due to the High price of the Premium attractions and the lower cost of the standard, this can reduce the Value you get from the pass. However, if you are seeing the attractions YOU want and still saving money then it is still a good investment! And as the Cost per attractions drops dramatically the more attractions you buy this lessens the impact slightly. However, there is a little trick you can try to save even more.

Providing there are at least 3 or 4 Premium attractions you want to do, we recommend buying the Premium Pass with just enough attractions to cover what you want then just buying another SEPARATE Standard Flex pass to cover the Standard attractions. There is absolutely nothing stopping you doing this! Sightseeing pass may not particularly like you doing this, but there really is nothing to stop you! Example:

Planned Attractions

  • Standard – Nite Tours Party Bus Express – $59
  • Standard – The Mob Museum – Crime Lab and Use of Force Experience $42
  • Standard – Nite Tours Pool Pass – $39
  • Standard – Gray Line Las Vegas – Night Strip Tour with Champagne Toast $69
  • Premium – Sweetours Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Lunch Cruise – $111
  • Premium – Vegas Nights Flight Above Vegas $ 124
  • Premium – Exotics Racing – Drifting Ride-Along – Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – $99

 

  • Gate Price: $209 + $334 = $543
  • 7 Attraction Flex Premium Pass: $399
  • 3 Attractions Flex Premium Pass: $274  + 4 attractions Flex Pass: $97.75 = $371

Plus if you choose a 4 attraction Premium it will only cost and extra $13 (at time of writing) and get a whole other Premium Attraction!

Alternative Passes

There are several other Passes available in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Explorer Pass is similar to the Standard Flex pass, however, we think it has better more varied attractions and works out a little cheaper in most cases!

The Las Vegas Go Card is an All-Inclusive pass, meaning you can do as many attractions from the list as you like in the number of days you purchase. This pass also has Premium attractions* similar to the Flex Premium but you only get to choose one from the list, it is a bit cheaper though and has a better choice of standard attractions!

*Premium Attractions only on 3, 4 and 5 Day Passes.

Conclusion

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Overall we like the Las Vegas sightseeing pass. However it does have a few issues when compared to the competition, There are a limited number of attractions options on the Flex Pass, although if these are the options you want then that is fine, and the Premium while offering incredible value is a very expensive pass. It could save you hundreds of dollars, but it’s a serious outlay. However if the attractions are ones you are going to visit or have really got you excited about them after discovering them, then the Flex premium pass could really make your Vegas trip a Trip of a Lifetime.

Have Your Say?

Let us know in the comments below if you have tried either the Las Vegas Sightseeing Flex or Flex Premium Pass? What did you think? Was it value for money for you? Did you enjoy the attractions? or did you find it was all too much to pack in? Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about the Pass, the Attractions or how it all works.

 

 

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