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    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 10th Dec 16, 2:34 PM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2017
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    • 10th Dec 16, 2:34 PM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2017 10th Dec 16 at 2:34 PM
    Las Vegas unlike nearly every other holiday destination you may have visited. In Vegas the hotels ARE the attractions. Most have a huge casino attached, but if you think that's all there is to the place, you are sorely mistaken! Each hotel is very different, with its own theme and attractions.

    The good news is, is that Vegas can be a friend for us Money Saving Experts, with lots of free attractions, cheap eats/drinks and value for money to be had.

    This page cannot hope to cover everything, but should point you towards some good money saving tips. All information at the start of this thread is put together by members of the forum and is accurate at the time of writing - we will update it when we can.

    After reading the 'information' posts at the start of this thread, feel free to ask a question and join the discussion! We have lots of Vegas regulars contributing to this thread - join the gang!

    HOTELS & CASINOS
    • Click here for hotels & casinos on the Strip
    • Click here for hotels & casinos in the Downtown area (north) of Las Vegas
    • Click here for hotels & casinos just off the Strip
    Last edited by secretmachines; 01-01-2017 at 2:16 PM. Reason: updated
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    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 8th Mar 17, 1:58 PM
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    Hey guys...
    We want to see the Jabbawockez this year..
    Any recommendations as to where you would look if looking for proper discounted tickets ? Happy to book 2 hrs before show time, or online in advance if the deal is right....
    Have seen the Travelzoo ticket prices, but there not that attractive at the moment.....
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 8th Mar 17, 5:06 PM
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    Has anyone done battlefield Vegas? Other half is desperate to go but shootings not my thing. Would it be boring for a partner who's just watching or possibly just firing one or 2 guns?
    Originally posted by GlasweJen
    If you've got a car http://progunclub.com/ is cheaper than the city and much more fun. If you don't want to join the OH there is a nice bar/diner in the clubhouse



    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
    • photome
    • By photome 8th Mar 17, 5:59 PM
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    more bad news

    Boyds young at heart which we have used many times to get half price buffets at Boyd properties (anyone over 50 could on certain days).

    its changing from 1st March so that it is only available to locals

    another reason to make this years trip the last!
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 8th Mar 17, 7:27 PM
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    more bad news

    Boyds young at heart which we have used many times to get half price buffets at Boyd properties (anyone over 50 could on certain days).

    its changing from 1st March so that it is only available to locals

    another reason to make this years trip the last!
    Originally posted by photome
    I mourn the multipliers and the 2 for 1 buffets. Also sad about the senior movie tickets.

    On the other hand, good news is that Stations are starting their own version of MyVEGAS beginning Q2. Should be in action soon.
    • lizzielie
    • By lizzielie 9th Mar 17, 6:17 AM
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    It seems Boyds listen to the feedback, good on them!

    According to Vegas Bright:

    "UPDATE! Apparently writing letters does work! Multiple sources are saying that Boyd has decided to return to the original rules.

    Their websites may not be updated yet."

    https://www.vegasbright.com/2017/03/06/boyds-young-at-heart-promotion-has-heartbreaking-new-rules/
    • photome
    • By photome 9th Mar 17, 6:46 AM
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    It seems Boyds listen to the feedback, good on them!

    According to Vegas Bright:

    "UPDATE! Apparently writing letters does work! Multiple sources are saying that Boyd has decided to return to the original rules.

    Their websites may not be updated yet."

    https://www.vegasbright.com/2017/03/06/boyds-young-at-heart-promotion-has-heartbreaking-new-rules/
    Originally posted by lizzielie
    Hope thats right
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 9th Mar 17, 7:50 AM
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    Only 3 weeks until I find out. Fingers crossed.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 9th Mar 17, 9:55 AM
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    Stoneman:

    That range similar to the ranges in the city ?
    IE: I can cough up a few hundred, pick say 1 pistol, 1 rifle, and good level of ammo, and then blast away at my targets ?
    Do like the idea of being outdoor, would be nice to have a change from using the GunStore....

    Many miles from the strip to get to ?
    and do u have to be a Member ?
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    • bairn7
    • By bairn7 9th Mar 17, 10:16 AM
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    Hi all

    Ive asked this elsewhere but have not had a response. Having travelled to Vegas and the Southwest every year for 10 years I have had many one way hires. Previously there was no one way fee between CA/NV/AZ but this appears to have changed? (certainly for the dates I'm looking at - Aug 1 to Aug 11, PHX to SFO). All companies have a $300 one way charge except National which is a $450 charge!

    I usually go through USrentacar which currently does not show one way fees. I'm sure this is incorrect but having checked another TP website (the name of which escapes me just now as I did it at home but not one I had ever heard of) it comes up with the same no one way charge.

    Has anyone found any good sites for car hire and any way of getting around this one way charge?

    If not, I would normally go with National as I am an Emerald Club member but do not want to pay their $450 charge. Are there any other companies which allow you to skip the counter and go straight to pickup?

    Thanks!
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 9th Mar 17, 12:43 PM
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    I have a 1 way from LAX to LAS, and vice versa on my upcoming trip, but there is no fee, as like you said, the 3 states are all good....

    Although, I just did a quote messing about, for 1 week rental from 1st August, from SFO, to SFO = £269 for FCAR with Dollar..
    Then changed to Sky Harbour to SFO = Rate exactly the same....

    Done same for Alamo, got quote to be £253, that's SFO- SFO, or PHX-PHX , or PHX -- SFO, or vice versa, indicating 1-way fee is included.....
    Not sure where your seeing these high fee's, unless your looking on US sites ?

    Also, I have never been to a counter, only the garage..
    I use Hertz, Dollar & Alamo..... Kiosk or garage
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • bairn7
    • By bairn7 9th Mar 17, 1:06 PM
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    Thanks StuieUK! Yes it is all of the US sites that I've been trying. I wouldn't imagine that there would be no one way fees from the UK sites but I'll give it a go.
    • bairn7
    • By bairn7 9th Mar 17, 1:13 PM
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    I've checked the Alamo UK site and the price more than doubles when I try SFO-SFO and then PHX-SFO Also, the dollar uk website does not let you chose non-UK locations.

    Can you please let me know how you are finding these prices?
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 9th Mar 17, 2:28 PM
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    http://www.autoeurope.co.uk/


    https://www.netflights.com/car-hire.aspx
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 9th Mar 17, 2:30 PM
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    in some cases, the Alamo Brits website does come in cheaper sometimes (I don't normally say this! )

    keep in mind, I did a quote for 7 rental, not 11....... (1st to 8th)
    1st to 11th = £336 for a Fullsize car with Dollar.

    My current favourite is Autoeurope, they must have reduced there margins, as rates are quite good.....

    I have 2 cars booked via them, with Alamo.... I'll do Kiosk, goto garage, slip $20, and drive out in a tank hopefully
    Last edited by StuieUK34; 09-03-2017 at 2:33 PM.
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • photome
    • By photome 9th Mar 17, 3:57 PM
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    in some cases, the Alamo Brits website does come in cheaper sometimes (I don't normally say this! )

    keep in mind, I did a quote for 7 rental, not 11....... (1st to 8th)
    1st to 11th = £336 for a Fullsize car with Dollar.

    My current favourite is Autoeurope, they must have reduced there margins, as rates are quite good.....

    I have 2 cars booked via them, with Alamo.... I'll do Kiosk, goto garage, slip $20, and drive out in a tank hopefully
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    you are learnin
    • bairn7
    • By bairn7 10th Mar 17, 8:48 AM
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    Sadly, I don't have the skill or the nerve to do the $20 bit. Wouldn't know where to start to initiate that one!
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 10th Mar 17, 11:27 PM
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    Finally booked the other day. Got flights out of Glasgow for £340 plus added the Westin for the first 6 nights. Have also now booked Platinum for the remainder. Early September. So finally booked and got a good deal on the flights at least. We've been noticing Vegas getting more and more expensive. Well less of the cheap express options - like a quick frozen margarita at Bill's, or a snack for a few dollars. It's even several dollars for a water in a casino shop these days! Anyway, there are still some bargains to be had if we look around, despite the exchange rate.

    Still playing myVegas, so need to build up some points. Have just cashed in the last of my Social Rewards points, so got those to spend next trip. I had some that I wasn't really spending each time too, so will use all of those up this trip, since we won't have the 6 month expiry covered any more.

    Going to miss the myVegas offers at GVR, RR etc, so looking forward to seeing what they're going to offer next.
    • martmonk
    • By martmonk 11th Mar 17, 10:10 AM
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    I booked on Tuesday night for a short trip in Sept. I'd been tracking prices and they'd been fluctuating between £600 and £750 for the flights I wanted. Then on Tuesday for some reason £170 each way!!!!! So snapped it up (NCL-LHR-LAS and back) and went for premium economy on the way back. Still only £550 total. Chuffed to bits with that.
    Prices have shot up again, was looking for a mate who wants to join us - its a combined 40th trip for 10 of us.
    Mind the ba site is all over the place this week. Try a Ncl-las search and you get the message that they don't fly to that destination!!!
    And my upcoming domestic flights are all showing as cancelled!!! That's accompanied by a website message that says they know that's appearing but is an error.
    • Stew68
    • By Stew68 11th Mar 17, 10:28 AM
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    I booked on Tuesday night for a short trip in Sept. I'd been tracking prices and they'd been fluctuating between £600 and £750 for the flights I wanted. Then on Tuesday for some reason £170 each way!!!!! So snapped it up (NCL-LHR-LAS and back) and went for premium economy on the way back. Still only £550 total. Chuffed to bits with that.
    Prices have shot up again, was looking for a mate who wants to join us - its a combined 40th trip for 10 of us.
    Mind the ba site is all over the place this week. Try a Ncl-las search and you get the message that they don't fly to that destination!!!
    And my upcoming domestic flights are all showing as cancelled!!! That's accompanied by a website message that says they know that's appearing but is an error.
    Originally posted by martmonk
    Wow, that price is impressive! Good spot.

    It's not just BA whose website is all over the place, Virgin Atlantic sent me an email a month ago telling me of a change in my flight and brought it forward by 24 hours! After checking with them they informed me their website had thrown a wobbly and they'd only changed the time of the flight by a couple of hours, it had happened to hundreds of people apparently.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 11th Mar 17, 8:15 PM
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    Wow, that price is impressive! Good spot.

    It's not just BA whose website is all over the place, Virgin Atlantic sent me an email a month ago telling me of a change in my flight and brought it forward by 24 hours! After checking with them they informed me their website had thrown a wobbly and they'd only changed the time of the flight by a couple of hours, it had happened to hundreds of people apparently.
    Originally posted by Stew68
    Virgin Atlantic have done that to us twice lately...

    Received an email some weeks ago saying our flight to New Orleans had been moved to day before,with connection still the following day...ridiculous....had days of hassle trying to sort it.
    Eventually was informed it was their system playing up,and we were in fact still on our original flights.
    Received the same info about a full days flight change about 2 weeks ago...I've just ignored it,as our booking page still shows our correct dates.
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