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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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    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 17th Mar 17, 8:26 AM
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    Just looking at car hire prices for April. We've decided to only have a car a few days because most of the hotels are now charging for parking, and I'm away a couple of days doing mileage runs.

    But what's going on. Tried almost every conceivable broker and cheapest I can find that will include zero excess is £44 a day.

    Oh well, looks like a couple of days just to get about then Uber/Lyft everywhere.
    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.
    • smurfette31
    • By smurfette31 17th Mar 17, 10:10 AM
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    yes! I found out a few weeks ago, I've always wanted to try one and its on my list! I have been watching vlogs on youtube of people eating at nearly every restaurant in LV (im that nerdy)
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 17th Mar 17, 5:21 PM
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    might be of interest:

    $10 for $20 eGift Card to CVS Pharmacy
    https://www.groupon.com/deals/cvs-pharmacy

    we'll probably head in there to get a few supplies at some point, so will probably pick one up

    think you had to have received the email, but worth a try, or if you deleted it without looking

    EDIT - hmm, how do you purchase from the UK?!
    Last edited by secretmachines; 17-03-2017 at 5:33 PM.
    • photome
    • By photome 17th Mar 17, 6:15 PM
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    might be of interest:

    $10 for $20 eGift Card to CVS Pharmacy
    https://www.groupon.com/deals/cvs-pharmacy

    we'll probably head in there to get a few supplies at some point, so will probably pick one up

    think you had to have received the email, but worth a try, or if you deleted it without looking

    EDIT - hmm, how do you purchase from the UK?!
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    I buy a few groupons from the US site, using a fee free Credit card , what issues are you having
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 17th Mar 17, 6:24 PM
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    I buy a few groupons from the US site, using a fee free Credit card , what issues are you having
    Originally posted by photome
    hmm

    it won't accept my paypal account (site is having problems?)

    it won't let me register a new credit card (only accepts US billing addresses).
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 17th Mar 17, 7:04 PM
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    Cvs
    might be of interest:

    $10 for $20 eGift Card to CVS Pharmacy
    https://www.groupon.com/deals/cvs-pharmacy

    we'll probably head in there to get a few supplies at some point, so will probably pick one up

    think you had to have received the email, but worth a try, or if you deleted it without looking

    EDIT - hmm, how do you purchase from the UK?!
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    Can anyone see when the card expires? I'd buy one for September if I thought it would be ok till then?
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 17th Mar 17, 8:55 PM
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    Can anyone see when the card expires? I'd buy one for September if I thought it would be ok till then?
    Originally posted by lesley74
    says ecard never expires. I followed the link but unfortunately when I went to buy it was by invite only so was not able to complete the purchase. Good find though
    • photome
    • By photome 17th Mar 17, 9:18 PM
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    hmm

    it won't accept my paypal account (site is having problems?)

    it won't let me register a new credit card (only accepts US billing addresses).
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    I don't use Paypal.

    Think I used a Vegas zipcode to get round the credit card issue, not entirely sure as I have had the account a long time but know I have used 89109 in the past
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 17th Mar 17, 10:33 PM
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    I don't use Paypal.

    Think I used a Vegas zipcode to get round the credit card issue, not entirely sure as I have had the account a long time but know I have used 89109 in the past
    Originally posted by photome
    Hmm that won't work with matching the credit card address though..?
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 18th Mar 17, 12:18 AM
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    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr....
    says invite only!
    • photome
    • By photome 18th Mar 17, 9:22 AM
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    Hmm that won't work with matching the credit card address though..?
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    I use my own address up to the state and then use Nevada 89109. That works for me
    I think that is the only way to purchase from groupon.com, someone else may come along and advise differently though.

    I have bought dozens of groupons without any hassle
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 18th Mar 17, 10:23 AM
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    Yep....I've always used my own address followed by 89109.

    Had quite a few groupon in the past.Hope to get some nearer our trip in October.
    • traveller
    • By traveller 18th Mar 17, 10:10 PM
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    http://www.three.co.uk/Support/pay_as_you_go/Phone_tariffs


    There are £10, £20, £25 "Add Ons" to choose from.


    I'm not sure if SIMs still have to be activated 30 days before Feel At Home is available.


    I like this service so much, I changed networks from O2 to 3. Certainly where I live, signal is so much better too
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    Hi, is this because your on a contract, the 30 day thing? I ask as i always load our phones with the Sims just as we're about to go to the airport. I'll be doing the same in a couple of weeks too
    Your Always in my heart, you never ever will be forgotten-9/9/14
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 18th Mar 17, 10:15 PM
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    Hi, is this because your on a contract, the 30 day thing? I ask as i always load our phones with the Sims just as we're about to go to the airport. I'll be doing the same in a couple of weeks too
    Originally posted by traveller
    I used to have a Three SIM which I'd use just for holidays, while on O2, and purchase one of the 30 say addons before we went.

    But now i don't have to switch them as I'm on a SIM only contract with Three in the UK
    • lesley74
    • By lesley74 19th Mar 17, 8:03 AM
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    Hire cars - I was looking them up this week too. 7 days is similar price to 5 days, so looks like we'll just take the car for a week. I did however just got an email from Ryanair advertising a 25% off, so thought I'd do a search to see. Car came out about £40 cheaper...but then I read on. There was an option to pay £40 for an AXA add on to remove the £2500 liability. This was even though it said it had CDW. This makes me think I need to be careful. I doubt I'll use Ryanair anyway but I thought CDW took care of that.
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 19th Mar 17, 9:58 AM
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    I use my own address up to the state and then use Nevada 89109. That works for me
    I think that is the only way to purchase from groupon.com, someone else may come along and advise differently though.

    I have bought dozens of groupons without any hassle
    Originally posted by photome
    Yep....I've always used my own address followed by 89109.

    Had quite a few groupon in the past.Hope to get some nearer our trip in October.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    i've bought USA groupons before, but i think the system might be better aware now... especially if you have to add a new card, as my last one expired (and the Paypal option doesn't seem to work)
    • kellyt1981
    • By kellyt1981 19th Mar 17, 4:50 PM
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    Hi all.

    Can anyone help me with the best way to find flights from Dublin to Las Vegas? I'm based in England but can only find the Dublin flights on third party websites like Opodo. Is there a trick to seeing them on, for instance, the BA website?

    I've always flown from Gatwick but I'm looking to trim costs.

    Many thanks
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 19th Mar 17, 5:48 PM
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    quick grouponUS update following an online chat with them...

    basically you cannot purchase grouponUS offers unless you have a US registered credit card.

    this is because you need a credit card registered with your account. to do this you are required to put data into the State/Province section, and the only options are US/Canada states/provinces.

    if you try to put all your UK details and a US state, the page will accept it, but when you come to make a purchase, the deal will be rejected (or accepted and immediately refunded).

    you can pay by paypal, but you still need a US-registered credit card on your account for purchases to complete.

    i HAVE made grouponUS purchases before, but this was apparently due to a system glitch, allowing you to add US address details in your account, but these didn't link to the payment.

    so if your grouponUS account has a card registered before this glitch was ironed out, you can probably still make purchases. however when your card expires and you need to add a new one, you will probably encounter the issues above.

    !!!!!!!
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 19th Mar 17, 6:33 PM
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    Hi all.

    Can anyone help me with the best way to find flights from Dublin to Las Vegas? I'm based in England but can only find the Dublin flights on third party websites like Opodo. Is there a trick to seeing them on, for instance, the BA website?

    I've always flown from Gatwick but I'm looking to trim costs.

    Many thanks
    Originally posted by kellyt1981
    Check google flights for return Dub-las or if you want to return to your home airport do a multi city search i.e Dub-Las then return Las-Lgw or Las - Lhr. Remember to price out the positioning flight inc luggage.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 19th Mar 17, 6:45 PM
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    quick grouponUS update following an online chat with them... snip .........
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    That is a shame, similar to yourself I have purchased groupons from north America over time and my card is about to expire.

    I will try to update my new card details when required but fear the worse following your info.

    Good while it lasted I suppose
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