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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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    • kellyt1981
    • By kellyt1981 19th Mar 17, 7:28 PM
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    Thanks Stevie11.

    Ok I can see a good prices for the flights on google flights.
    So I just ring up the operator and quote my dates and airports and they'll give me the price I see on google?
    Sorry to seem dim ��
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 19th Mar 17, 7:46 PM
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    Kelly, there is normally be a link or a phone number against the flight details, this will probably be direct with the airline. Call or follow the link and book direct. Remember to add the cost of the positioning flight and baggage and any hotel costs to get your final price. There is a lot of info on the BA section of Flyertalk about ex Eu flights both the advantages and pitfalls.
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 19th Mar 17, 8:05 PM
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    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
    Originally posted by stevie11
    I'm not sure I buy the 'glitch' explanation given that so many of us have been buying Groupons for years. However, whatever the reason, I can't help thinking that if they've decided to refuse service to international customers, that's a bit short sighted. Living Social and Travelzoo still seem happy to have us so hopefully Groupon will realise their mistake.
    "Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want now"

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    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 19th Mar 17, 8:13 PM
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    I'm not sure I buy the 'glitch' explanation given that so many of us have been buying Groupons for years. However, whatever the reason, I can't help thinking that if they've decided to refuse service to international customers, that's a bit short sighted. Living Social and Travelzoo still seem happy to have us so hopefully Groupon will realise their mistake.
    Originally posted by Winter Jasmine

    I hope you are right and agree with you. There are many of us using groupon.com so they would be losing out somewhat. Although registering a few years ago I knew I had fudged the system by entering incorrect details. Groupon are still getting my money even though the address I used may have been incorrect.
    • kellyt1981
    • By kellyt1981 19th Mar 17, 8:24 PM
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    Thank you so much Stevie11.

    I'll keep you all posted if I book anything. Need to get my husband to check his work schedule (and persuade him a bit more!)
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 19th Mar 17, 11:11 PM
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    I'm not sure I buy the 'glitch' explanation given that so many of us have been buying Groupons for years. However, whatever the reason, I can't help thinking that if they've decided to refuse service to international customers, that's a bit short sighted. Living Social and Travelzoo still seem happy to have us so hopefully Groupon will realise their mistake.
    Originally posted by Winter Jasmine
    "glitch" was their word... but I think it's simply that their CRM is just now more joined up, so card details are required to match to make the account work.

    but yes, it is a shame... what if i wanted to gift a US friend, or going on holiday myself. short sighed. i want to give them money!
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 20th Mar 17, 9:51 AM
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    Kelly..

    My flights are Dub-LAX this year...
    I used expedia (and skyscanner, and lastminute.com and Opodo, and eBookers ) to look at all flight configs...

    In the end, I went with Expedia - Multi City, choosing:
    DUB-LAX (and selecting the flight which goes DUB-LHR-->LAX)
    and for return, I saidi wanted:
    LAX-LHR, LGW-DUB
    its all good!

    Last year, we did DUB-LAS (dub-LGW-->LAS)
    and return, I picked it so the flight was LAS-LGW, then LHR-DUB ..... and of course, skipped the last leg of the flight
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 20th Mar 17, 9:54 AM
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    As for Groupon, u guys lost me...

    I have an account, had it for ages..... wanted to use the WELCOME offer to get 25%, so I recommened a friend (ie, another account for me), put in UK address, with NV zip code, put in my Virgin Atlantic (MBNA) credit card, and booked the "Kiss crazy golf" thing.....

    Did this 9 days ago, and I got $10 in groupon bucks to my original account....(got them 3 days ago)...
    Job done!
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 20th Mar 17, 12:35 PM
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    As for Groupon, u guys lost me...

    I have an account, had it for ages..... wanted to use the WELCOME offer to get 25%, so I recommened a friend (ie, another account for me), put in UK address, with NV zip code, put in my Virgin Atlantic (MBNA) credit card, and booked the "Kiss crazy golf" thing.....

    Did this 9 days ago, and I got $10 in groupon bucks to my original account....(got them 3 days ago)...
    Job done!
    Originally posted by StuieUK34

    interesting, well according to groupon, that shouldn't be possible!

    i tried all variations of address and details, but it wouldn't work
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 20th Mar 17, 2:15 PM
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    I just bought the Paris buffet 2 days ago on Groupon.com.
    Used a new CC, gave my UK address and U.S. zip code. Worked fine
    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.
    • kellyt1981
    • By kellyt1981 20th Mar 17, 3:21 PM
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    Thanks Stuie.

    I guess I'm just wary going through a third party like opodo etc incase it wasn't legitimate
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 20th Mar 17, 5:44 PM
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    Thanks Stuie.

    I guess I'm just wary going through a third party like opodo etc incase it wasn't legitimate
    Originally posted by kellyt1981
    as long as it's one of the recognisable third party's, you'll be fine. in fact i've used hotel+flights on expedia or ebookers for nearly all our trips abroad
    • photome
    • By photome 20th Mar 17, 5:53 PM
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    Thanks Stuie.

    I guess I'm just wary going through a third party like opodo etc incase it wasn't legitimate
    Originally posted by kellyt1981
    not been following your posts but dont use Opodo (in case you were thinking of doing so)
    • photome
    • By photome 20th Mar 17, 5:55 PM
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    interesting, well according to groupon, that shouldn't be possible!

    i tried all variations of address and details, but it wouldn't work
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    I know you said they told you it wouldnt work but have you tried a US zip code rather than a postcode.

    what CC are you trying, maybe thats the issue
    • kellyt1981
    • By kellyt1981 20th Mar 17, 7:06 PM
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    Oh no Photome - I had been looking at Opodo! Also Expedia too
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 20th Mar 17, 8:00 PM
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    Oh no Photome - I had been looking at Opodo! Also Expedia too
    Originally posted by kellyt1981
    Kelly, what dates are you looking for?
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 20th Mar 17, 8:07 PM
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    agreed (avoid opodo)
    Expedia is good...
    Opodo Used to be good, until they were bought out, customer service is diar now, and when i was searching for my flights, Opodo came up pricey....
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • kellyt1981
    • By kellyt1981 20th Mar 17, 8:20 PM
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    I'm looking for August. Not too fussed on dates but need to be back by 31st August. Probably 7-10 nights
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 20th Mar 17, 8:45 PM
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    I'm looking for August. Not too fussed on dates but need to be back by 31st August. Probably 7-10 nights
    Originally posted by kellyt1981
    ok a little playing around with google flights, if you want to keep the costs down how about Dub -las return for £408 with KLM going out 23 return 30 Aug, although may be a little too late for you.

    I know you want to keep your costs down but business class flights are a good price in Aug from Dub with a choice of dates for £1235 with AA or BA.

    Prepare for it to be hot in August
    • photome
    • By photome 20th Mar 17, 8:59 PM
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    ok a little playing around with google flights, if you want to keep the costs down how about Dub -las return for £408 with KLM going out 23 return 30 Aug, although may be a little too late for you.

    I know you want to keep your costs down but business class flights are a good price in Aug from Dub with a choice of dates for £1235 with AA or BA.

    Prepare for it to be hot in August
    Originally posted by stevie11
    Not just hot....very very hot

    44/45 degrees last time we were there in Aug
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