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UPDATE: Paid parking begins for some at Caesars properties

Posted at 7:18 PM, Nov 29, 2016
and last updated 2017-03-30 15:46:58-04

UPDATE ON MARCH 30, 2017: Caesars Entertainment will begin charging for self-parking on April 3 at Caesars Palace and at Paris Las Vegas and Bally's on April 6.

They began charging last week at The LINQ.

Costs are as follows:

The Linq -- $5 for 1 to 4 hours and $8 for 4 to 24 hours.
All other properties -- $7 for 1 to 4 hours and $10 for 4 to 24 hours

If a guest parks longer than 24 hours, they will be charged fractional rates based on the 24-hour cost.

The good news is that parking is free for anyone who is just making a quick stop (under 1 hour) and for anyone with a valid Nevada driver's license.

Hotel guests will be charged a daily rate.

UPDATE ON DEC. 09, 2016: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the latest casino to join the paid parking movement on the Las Vegas Strip. Beginning in early 2017, The Cosmopolitan will charge for self-parking as well as valet.
Guests who book hotel rooms prior to Jan. 2, 2017, will not be charged for self-parking. All guests utilizing valet parking will be subject to posted parking rates. 
Their parking rates are as follows:
0-1 hour: Complimentary
1-4 hours: $7
4-24 hours: $10
24+ hours: $10
Motorcycles and two-wheeled vehicles are exempt from parking fees.
UPDATE ON NOV. 30: Most people are saying they're over this paid parking business and just won't go to the Las Vegas Strip anymore but one local expert says many of these locals are bluffing.
The founder of vitalvegas.com, Scott Roeben, says every time something like this happens, people say they are done going to the Strip. But Roeben says, this is the busiest Las Vegas has ever been so clearly that's not actually true.
Out-of-towners are still coming to Las Vegas and locals are still going to the Strip. Roeben was one of the first to break the news about paid parking at MGM and he knew it was just a matter of time before Caesars rolled their new parking system out.
"I think Caesars was watching and realized we are not gonna be left out of this!" he said. "I don't think they had to do it but I think they were feeling pressure because people were parking at one hotel and walking to another just to avoid that $10 fee."
Roeben says Caesars was missing out on money that was sitting right in front of them by not rolling out paid parking earlier. He says it's an easy change for the casino giant that will bring in lots of revenue.


UPDATE: Wynn Resorts has announced that they will also charge for parking at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore.

Beginning mid-December 2016, both properties will begin charging for valet services.
The following rates will apply for guests visiting the resort:
*0-4 hours:  $13.00
*4-24 hours:  $18.00
*Each additional 24 hours: $18.00
Guests may use the complimentary self-park garages located at Wynn and Encore. Self-parking remains free of charge at this time.

It appears that paid parking will soon be the new norm in Las Vegas.

Caesars Entertainment has announced on its website that it will start to charge valet parking fees at select Las Vegas hotels on Dec. 19, 2016.

Beginning in early 2017, select hotels owned by Caesars in Las Vegas will also begin charging for self-parking.

According to the website, the change is based on developments in the Las Vegas market and is consistent with Caesars Entertainment properties in other cities.

MGM Resorts International ruffled quite a few feathers when they announced in early 2016 that they would begin charging. Some people were so upset that they started a petition on Change.org.

RELATED: MGM to charge for parking on Las Vegas Strip

MGM later agreed to not charge Nevada resident for parking until the end of the year.

Parking at Caesars properties will remain free for locals with proper identification and Total Rewards loyalty members rated Platinum and above.

The first properties that will charge for parking will be The LINQ and Harrah's. Caesars Palace, Harrah's, Flamingo, Bally's and Paris Las Vegas will get new parking guidance systems to help guests find open spots.

Parking at the Rio hotel-casino, which is not located on the Las Vegas Strip, will remain free for everyone.