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    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 7th Oct 16, 3:35 PM
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    secretmachines
    We just need to be a bit more MSE, that's what this place is for after all

    I'm not cancelling our April trip! These things are swings and roundabouts, we'll have saved some good money on previous trips, so it all balances out.

    Plus I'm sure there'll still be value out there for food and shopping. And you can't out a price on fun and the experience!
    • traveller
    • By traveller 7th Oct 16, 3:52 PM
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    traveller
    We just need to be a bit more MSE, that's what this place is for after all

    I'm not cancelling our April trip! These things are swings and roundabouts, we'll have saved some good money on previous trips, so it all balances out.

    Plus I'm sure there'll still be value out there for food and shopping. And you can't out a price on fun and the experience!
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    Your right actually I just gave myself a good talking to,lol! It's only me and my youngest going, staying at excalibur. We are only fussed about being in Vegas and will finally do a trip to valley of fire. We were due to go to LA too, but I think we'll scratch that! At this rate, I'll be on the bridge outside excalibur, busking with the rest of them-do be kind when you go by
    Vegas Vacation!!! Counting the days until I return
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    • photome
    • By photome 7th Oct 16, 4:56 PM
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    photome
    With the dollar at near $1.20 I think we will have to seriously think about it,before we decide to book the states for next year.

    It's just becoming a joke.

    The thing is when do you actually say "No....I'm not prepared to go at those rates"

    If we'd already booked,then fair enough,you live with it.But pre-booking will make us think about it first.
    Just waiting for confirmation from wife's work that our dates are ok...then we planned to book the New York/New Orleans trip....but know I'm wondering if we really should.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    I posted a while back that all the " extra" costs in Vegas were putting me off booking for next year.

    even with those thoughts I as about to book a flight and my son said what about the dollar rate? is it worth booking.

    I thought again and didnt book

    I have been at 1.3 to the pound but at 1.2 it doesnt offer any value in my opinion
    • photome
    • By photome 7th Oct 16, 4:57 PM
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    Thanks!!!

    Really can't wait now! Might take a jacket for at night!
    Originally posted by LustForLeith
    as pebbles said it can be SOOO cold inside the casinos to the point it is uncomfortable
    • Seldom Seen Kid
    • By Seldom Seen Kid 7th Oct 16, 4:59 PM
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    Seldom Seen Kid
    We booked in May at a very good price for November. Luckily the hotel was booked via hotels.com so it has already been paid in full.

    Following Brexit we purchased all our $, including resort fees, at 1.3. The drop from 1.45 (pre Brexit) to 1.3 we made back from selling a few bits on eBay. It was stuff we should have sold long ago, but have not got round to doing. The drop in $ provided the motivation.

    Regarding the drop of the $ today, rumor is it being an algo fault and then all other followed suit.
    • Seldom Seen Kid
    • By Seldom Seen Kid 7th Oct 16, 5:01 PM
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    as pebbles said it can be SOOO cold inside the casinos to the point it is uncomfortable
    Originally posted by photome
    Totally agree with this. Even in the summer I always carry a little top around with me. Absolutely red hot outside, and then in the casino I have sat with a cardigan on.
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 8th Oct 16, 8:12 AM
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    Exchange rate
    The problem is it's not just the US exchange rate that is poor, it's everywhere. I mean the Euro was 1.60 or more at it's early stages, so it was always a painful exchange rate after that.

    We have been going to Asia the last few years, and even the Thai and Vietnamese currencies are lower rates just now, so no matter where you go there's going to be a hit.

    If people are spending vast amounts of money in Vegas that it's a huge hit to them, then there must be room to cut back on spends too. There are still good deals to be had in Vegas. Take shuttles off strip and go for buffets, play myVegas and get free food, Social Rewards for free drinks. Utilise happy hours for cheaper food and drinks. Right now it wouldn't stop me going. Not sure what I'd do if it gets much worse though, like $1 to the pound or whatever.
    • mickthetrick
    • By mickthetrick 8th Oct 16, 9:09 AM
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    im the same , the rate hasnt put me off. its not a huge difference on what i budget to spend. i have some $ left of this years trip that should last me half of my trip thats booked for next may. couple drinks less each day and a few $ saving playing myvegas.in fact i call a walgreens and the like for most of my beer anyway. take a bottle of bourbon in my case too.very rarely buy a drink in the casinos all should be good.
    • iltisman
    • By iltisman 8th Oct 16, 4:06 PM
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    If it hits $1-£1 I can see Laughlin getting the poverty stricken Brits.
    The drop to 1.20 was started by a few comments by the PM what will happen when article 50 is invoked and the French and Germans start being more awkward.
    It's only my cheerfulness that keeps me going
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 8th Oct 16, 5:09 PM
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    I dread to think.

    Luckily we have a bit left from the last trip. That will tide us over for part of the trip. Six weeks at $1 to £1 wouldn't be good at all.
    • LustForLeith
    • By LustForLeith 8th Oct 16, 7:36 PM
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    Whats peoples thoughts on coupon books? I notice at e start of the thread it mentions a membership or a book that both have pretty much the same coupons. Or are we just as well waiting until we get there and picking them up?
    Albert Einstein “Imagination is more important than knowledge”
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 8th Oct 16, 7:46 PM
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    How long are you going for? Many of the coupons are for off strip properties so if it's just a short trip it may not be worth bothering with.

    You have to get the MRB from Las Vegas Advisor. The office is a block or so behind Rio. The other one you can look for on Amazon. It may be on sale now since there is less than 3 months left.
    • Chyna-s
    • By Chyna-s 9th Oct 16, 11:20 AM
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    Anyone been to Excalibur Steakhouse? I'm looking at the Myvegas $100 credit - will it be easy for 2 people to spend $200 there? We love (and have the) Tender credit but is Excalibur the same cost or slightly cheaper. Just wondering if we should stick to the $50 credit (not huge appetites i.e. only ever have 2 courses but always happy to pay more for quality food as in the more expensive steaks).
    • Rebecca01
    • By Rebecca01 9th Oct 16, 2:12 PM
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    I have my letter from virgin after my complaint.
    They don't offer anything for delays but they can give me £35 for the difference in the room price from a west wing to a tower spa suite.

    For £35 the difference in the rooms in immense. Tiny room vs large etc.

    I also have not been charged a resort fee. So guess that is something.
    • LustForLeith
    • By LustForLeith 9th Oct 16, 7:57 PM
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    How long are you going for? Many of the coupons are for off strip properties so if it's just a short trip it may not be worth bothering with.

    You have to get the MRB from Las Vegas Advisor. The office is a block or so behind Rio. The other one you can look for on Amazon. It may be on sale now since there is less than 3 months left.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Going for a week but looking to save a bit of cash!

    Noticed one on Amazon for about a tenner!
    Albert Einstein “Imagination is more important than knowledge”
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 9th Oct 16, 8:18 PM
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    Sounds reasonable. A lot of the coupons in American Casino Guide are for new customers. We don't tend to get one of those for that reason. We always get the MRB, but we go twice a year.
    • cherabelle
    • By cherabelle 9th Oct 16, 8:49 PM
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    Hi.

    Really excited to say we are off on our first trip to Vegas in March. I can't wait. Had a couple of questions though if possible.

    We arrive Thursday lunchtime so was planning on doing some exploring that afternoon and catching some of the fountain, light and TI shows.
    Friday I hadn't worked out what to do yet but I have booked for us to do the Sundance sunset Grand Canyon and Las Vegas strip helicopter rider.
    Saturday- no plans as yet.
    Sunday- return to U.K. at about 4:30.

    We are staying at the Luxor.

    * Do all the restaurants offer a decent vegetarian choice of foods? Are there any particularly good/bad ones you know of?
    * I wanted to see Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian whilst there if possible, do you know if it has finished? 7 have contacted the ticket sight and they just reply saying they have no tickets at present.
    * Any recommendations for shows to see that particularly stand out.
    * we were planning on bedgeting $100 dollars a day each for casinos. Does that sound reasonable.
    * Are touristy things like the gondola ride in the Venetian worth doing?

    Sorry for so many questions, very excited about it all.

    Cher
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    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 9th Oct 16, 9:05 PM
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    Welcome to the club Cher! You'll have a blast.

    My personal advice would be to not plan anything for Thursday afternoon / evening. You'll be tired, there'll be jetlag and who knows when it would suddenly hit you. I would recommend not venturing far from your hotel.

    You're really not there very long at all. For me I really wouldn't do the grand canyon trip on this holiday - it's a whole day affair and that's a whole day you'll not be able to spend in Vegas, especially when you're only there for such a short time.
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 9th Oct 16, 9:14 PM
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    hi cher
    and you ll love vegas, though i ve never been in march so unsure about weather at that time(im sure there was a link posted a few pages back)

    as for your budget of $100 a day thats very wise and thats what my brother and i did when we were there in june, we d normally split it into 2 x $50, we d usuually wake up , get showered and then play with $50 in the mornings and then if we lose then walk away and not play til later on! prob after 5pm! i would advice to take it nice and slow, just stick to your budget!!

    As for Las Vegas strip helicopter rider this was amazing, (we did it at night) and we loved it! take a camera with you !

    As for shows it depends what appeals to you.We did david copperfield which i loved !
    My brother is a fan of the film titanic and im sure the titanic excerbition is still there in the luxor
    There is like a couple of ticket booths on the strip , one is close the mgm grand outside a shop called the grand canyon called tix4tonight which offer discounted tickets for shows that same night/next day shows at discounted prices so a saving there!
    It has like a screen which show you the shows on offer.

    Hope this helps and any more questions feel free to ask
    bobby
    • cherabelle
    • By cherabelle 9th Oct 16, 10:07 PM
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    Thank you both.

    Bobby, your idea of splitting the money into AM and PM sounds excellent especially as it means we can spread the time out and also visit different places with it too.
    I think the helicopter ride is 4:30-8 which seems a perfect way to break up the day and means we get to do something incredibly special. We both had our hearts set on it.
    I like the look of the Titanic exhibition, I shall be booking that up. I think I might wait for whilst we are there for the shows based on your suggestion. Never know there might be something new on too.

    Thank you again.
    Eleventh Heaven Number 52
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