Outlet Malls in the States are well-known for offering branded products e.g. Coach, Kenneth Cole, Kate Spade at very affordable discounted prices. For example, a Coach bag which would have cost about S$500-600, can be purchased for less than US$150 at one of the outlet mall.
Las Vegas is known not just for gambling at Party Casino and live performances but also shopping – and there are many avenues for shopping from the glitzy shopping malls along the strip stocked with the latest brands and fashion with sky high prices to the outlet malls with bargain prices for the same brand names but slightly out of fashion. For the latter, there are many different outlet malls available just in Las Vegas e.g. Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, Las Vegas Premium Outlets South, Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas.
We selected Las Vegas Premium Outlets North due to its proximity to the Strip and easily accessible by public transport. One thing you must do before you fly to the States is signing up for a VIP Club membership (free!) at www.premiumoutlets.com where you will receive an online voucher to redeem for a VIP Coupon book at the Premium Outlet of your choice (available at information centre).
This VIP Coupon book provides a whole list of discounts for various shops in the outlet mall and these discounts are usually on top of the already steeply discounted prices offered by the shops. For example, at GAP Outlet Las Vegas North, you can enjoy 10% off purchase of US$75 or more and 10% off any one item at Nine West Outlet. If you are hungry after a whole day of shopping, there are also discounts on food and drinks offered by the VIP Coupon book e.g. Subway 10% off entire purchase.
Registration takes only 2-3 minutes and on top of the VIP Coupon book, you will also receive a separate stack of discount vouchers for various brands in the outlet. For more trip budget planning tips, see: http://www.passportchop.com/north-america/united-states-america/usa-trip-planning-tips/
Here at Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, you can shop more than 150 designer and name-brand outlet stores which offers savings of 25 to 65 percent every day. Stores include 7 For All Mankind, Adidas, A|X Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Ed Hardy, Elie Tahari, Guess, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, St. John, Theory, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.
You will however have to manage your expectations – don’t browse the fashion brand’s website e.g. Coach and expect to find in these outlet malls, the same bag with the same design that they are selling online or outside factory outlet malls. The products at these outlet malls are typically out of fashion products or made specifically for outlet malls. But one thing you can be assured of is that these are authentic genuine products.
This is also an outdoor mall – so to get between stores, you will have to walk under the weather so it can get quite hot during summer so keep yourself hydrated and bring a pair of sunglasses (you can buy a cheap brand-name one here).
To take a break from all the shopping, there is a food court with 4 stalls – the selection is quite limited with pizza, chinese, japanese food or Subway sandwiches.
Getting to Las Vegas Premium Outlets North is easy by public transport. The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada – RTC runs the Strip & Downtown Express (SDX) buses from the Strip to the outlet. From the Strip, it will pick-up from the following Northbound stops:
South Strip Transfer Terminal, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Paris, Wynn/Encore, Convention Center, Sahara (Monorail Station), Stratosphere, Arts District, Bonneville Transit Center and Fremont Street (on Casino Center).
If you are staying at the LVH – Las Vegas Hilton, you can take the monorail to Sahara station and take the SDX from the stop. There is no need to go back to the Strip to take the SDX. You need not cross the road to take the SDX – the bus stop is just below the monorail station. To return back to LVH, you can drop off the SDX at the bus stop opposite the Sahara monorail.
It will drop-off and pick-up at the North end of the center near Ann Taylor and Disney.
The bus runs 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. everyday. Buses depart approximately every 15 minutes. Tickets – $5 for 2-hour All Access Pass or $7 for a 24-hour All Access Pass. You can purchase tickets from Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) at all pick-up locations (see picture below for an example of the TVM).
Don’t take the double-decker Deuce from the Strip as it only stops at Downtown Las Vegas unless your intention is to visit Downtown first before the outlet. The Deuce also stops at a lot more stops before reaching Downtown.
For more information on the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, visit: http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=58
The map below from http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=58 showing the location of Las Vegas Premium Outlets North relative to the Strip. A cab ride one-way will cost about USD 16 to USD 25, depending on your location in the Strip. If you are staying in Downtown Las Vegas, the cab ride will be significantly cheaper.
For flights to the States, you can consider CheapTickets.sg multi-stop trip functionality which effectively serve as a one-stop for us in planning our flights from Singapore to Los Angeles and internal flights to Las Vegas and finally from San Francisco back to Singapore. Please click on link for our USA West Coast trip itinerary.