If you go to Las Vegas fairly often and have slot cards at different properties around town you will get different offers which often include comp dollars that can be used towards free food at the hotel which can only be used if you stay at the property and charge it to your room. So to take advantage of these offers you must check in at the property but that doesn't mean that you have to even sleep in the room but by checking in use the comp dollars to eat and then charge it too your room. Do the hotels care if you don’t stay there? Well they would prefer you to spend all your time at the property and money there but even by visiting the property and using the comp dollars there is a chance you might spend addition money at that property. If the comp dollars are $10 its most likely not worth checking in to a hotel for that but if it’s a $50 food comp or free show tickets then it may be worth your time. Another suggestion is to not try this at properties with long check in lines it works best at properties that are easy to check in at because if you have to stand in line to check in for an hour or more then the comp dollars look less and less attractive. The location of the properties is also important if you plan to stay Downtown the whole trip then booking a room to get free comp dollars on the Strip if you don't plan to visit it on your trip is a waste or vice versus. Checking out at most properties can often be done by dropping the room key in a box in the lobby and most properties you can check out over the phone if you don't want to return to the property.
Standing in line to check out can be a pain but its not needed unless you want to talk to a person at the front desk to discuss a charge; Most resorts offer painless ways for you to get going without standing in line one way is to fill out the form that came with your room keys and then just drop the keys in marked boxes at the front desk or around the hotel or even just leave them in your room. Another popular way to check out is using your remote on your television which will show you your hotel bill charges and then allow you to check out. The video check out is great but from experience it doesn't always work and usually you cannot check out unil about 5am on your check out day. The last way to check out at some properties is telephone check out by calling a number from your room we don't use this way to check out but it is an option sometimes.
Most hotels in Las Vegas have a check in time at 3 or 4pm in the afternoon at which time long lines can form and, an hour or more wait to check in isn't uncommon. A lot of properties in town allow for early check in's if they have cleaned rooms available which can be great to get to your room early to relax after your flight etc or put your bags in and hit the town. Early check in's vary by property at the "Luxor" for example they usually allow early check in's at 11am as long as they have the rooms available other properties such as the "Golden Nugget" its usually not possible; It can vary at even properties in the same chain for example at Boyd properties such as the "The Orleans" and "Gold Coast" we have never had a problem checking in early but at the "Fremont" we have been denied until their afternoon check in time. In some hotel packages early check in or late check out is available as part of the package and at times hotels have experimented with fees for early check in although none have lasted for long. If you arrive early it doesn't hurt to ask at the desk if you can check in often you can just for asking.