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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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    • Misty Blue
    • By Misty Blue 15th May 17, 8:35 AM
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    I'm now within 90 days of the last night of my trip so I can start trying to snag the MyVegas rewards I want. I started this morning and so far from my list I have the $50 Rice & Co. reward (we used this last trip and really loved the restaurant), the dinner buffet at Mandalay Bay, and the $50 drinks credit at Times Square.

    Hoping to get the 2 lunch buffets at Aria, and the Foundation Room tickets. We went up to the Foundation Room last trip and loved it but we had dinner reservations so couldn't spend much time there.

    For my final MGM reward I'm waivering between the $25 at NFI, or the $100 credit at the Camelot Steakhouse. We ate at Camelot last time and it was nice but not amazing so maybe it would be good try try NFI this trip. We've done the Tender $75 reward twice now so not that fussed about it, although the restaurant is nice.
    Last edited by Misty Blue; 15-05-2017 at 1:48 PM.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 15th May 17, 4:13 PM
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    We tip Uber and Lyft. Uber with cash and Lyft through the app.

    Have preferred Lyft over Uber this trip. Cheaper prices and slightly better and more pleasant drivers.

    Wow! South Point to GN for $9 is amazing!
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    I only tip if I'm using Lyftline. I had to 2 trips to the airport this past trip and used Lyftline both times there and back. Never had anyone in the cab with me and a flat rate of $5 from airport to Platinum.
    We did work out though that we spent about $120 in taxi fares over 6 days. God knows what it would have been had we used normal cabs.
    One tip I can give, download an app called FairRide. It brings up Lyft and Uber in one app, compares the real time prices and you can then just click on the one you want and it transfers you direct to the app of the one you choose. We did find Lyft cheaper about 90% of the time
    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 15th May 17, 4:48 PM
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    I actually enjoy the journey there. For me the holiday starts when we get to the airport - love a mooch around duty free and then a drink in the airport lounge. We always fly with Virgin (only option for direct flights from Manchester) and their in flight service (food, drink and entertainment) is great. I enjoy the opportunity to just sit, relax and watch films and documentaries in peace.
    Originally posted by Winter Jasmine
    We went direct to las vegas from manchester with Thomas cook, they also have premium seating which we booked. it worked out cheaper than virgin and the food, entertainment was good
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 15th May 17, 7:01 PM
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    hi

    I can understand your point . I feel it is exciting when you are at the airport GOING to vegas, i do admit i get that feeling though it soon leaves when im on the plane, it takes off and im like a kid "are we there yet!?
    coming back I feel is a drag knowing you d be leaving vegas for a good while and will be already wanting to go back within a few days!
    I d love to fly on virgin , though we d need to travel though to glasgow for a direct flight( it ll be a thomas cook flight from glasgow) though its possiable going down to manchester/london the night before stay at a cheap[ hotel and flying that way with virgin.

    Im a very anti social person according to my brother -though i blame shyness.i just dont like speaking to people i dont know on planes and being in a coach economy with 3 seats im not the most talkative person .
    kind reagrds
    Originally posted by bobbyhibs

    Ah I agree with you about coming back, would never describe that as 'fun' haha. I'm probably a bit anti-social on planes too - luckily on our last half dozen flights I think I've only had to sit next to a stranger twice - one time it was a really nice woman who said hello but had the same attitude as me (10.5 hours of peace and quiet), the other was a young lad who slept right through. I'm not shy but I am a little introverted so would hate to be sat next to a 'weirdo' who wanted to chat lol
    "Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want now"

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    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 15th May 17, 7:03 PM
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    Thomas Cook fly direct from Manchester. Also I noticed Virgin have extra direct flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays in September and some of October. I always thought it was just Thursday and Sunday flights. Not sure why it's just Sept and Oct...
    Originally posted by bubble113
    Course, forgot about TC! Ooh that's interesting about Virgin - hope they extend the extras
    "Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want now"

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    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 15th May 17, 7:08 PM
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    We went direct to las vegas from manchester with Thomas cook, they also have premium seating which we booked. it worked out cheaper than virgin and the food, entertainment was good
    Originally posted by smurfette31
    I'd happily book with TC (totally forgot about them!) but we've paid for the last two flights and this year's with Virgin miles collected through credit card spends - only costs us around £220 each in taxes so very mse
    "Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want now"

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    • martmonk
    • By martmonk 16th May 17, 1:07 PM
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    The season finishes before my next visit, but for anyone out there between now and early Sept I can recommend catching a baseball game.

    This travelzoo offer gets you a free hat as well. All from $11.
    When we went a couple of years ago we did so on a promotion night - $1 beers!

    https://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/Las-Vegas/Other/249952/Las-Vegas-51s-Baseball/?searchGuid=70255710-dcd7-4170-be72-a7807a1518cc&dlocId=1930
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 16th May 17, 7:53 PM
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    we went 2 years ago, was good, $1 hotdogs too and they taste good!!
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 17th May 17, 9:33 AM
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    I managed to book the Hippodrome VIP dinner today for 300k. Figured we might use it in the next 3 months, or I could just cancel and get a refund.

    I'd loved to have used LPs in a 2 night stay somewhere, but think it'll be a couple of years at least before we head back...
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    Doesn't look like we'll be going back next year either. We're going to Punta Cana in January and then Mr Jas wants to go back to Florida next summer, which is fine by me. We haven't been for six years so it'll be nice to reacquaint ourselves with Orlando and hopefully do some exploring of the state.

    Will miss Vegas hugely though. Glad he's said this before this year's trip so I can make sure to absorb as much lovely Vegasness as possible
    "Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want now"

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    • stevenhp1987
    • By stevenhp1987 19th May 17, 5:38 AM
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    I'm currently in the Monte Carlo and will be downtown (4 Queens) Sat/Sun...

    Are there any nice places to eat downtown? I was thinking the Main Street Casino Champagne Brunch on Sunday...
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 19th May 17, 9:39 AM
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    Steven
    They giving you a choice of using MGM or Manadalay Bay pool ??
    We check-in next Thursday, am guessing the lobby is down by the old Poker room still ? (probably masssssssssive queues given the lobby is half the size as I read.....)
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • gamboller
    • By gamboller 19th May 17, 10:01 AM
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    Virgin Atlantic LGW-LAS
    Was looking for flights for 6 DUB-LAS Feb1st-Feb7th 2018 flying aer lingus about 7am and connecting for virgin atlantic in LGW and returning with the same airlines. Had great price via kayak totally disappeared from my searches when I try find again.

    If someone had a couple of mins to check what price theyre getting for that to see if my cookies (tried to delete) are to blame.

    Much appreciated
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 19th May 17, 10:23 AM
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    Was looking for flights for 6 DUB-LAS Feb1st-Feb7th 2018 flying aer lingus about 7am and connecting for virgin atlantic in LGW and returning with the same airlines. Had great price via kayak totally disappeared from my searches when I try find again.

    If someone had a couple of mins to check what price theyre getting for that to see if my cookies (tried to delete) are to blame.

    Much appreciated
    Originally posted by gamboller
    I can't replicate your kayak deal but on google flights there are flights from £398 upwards. If you are not bothererd on which airline how about https://www.google.co.uk/flights/#search;f=DUB;t=LAS;d=2018-02-01;r=2018-02-07;sel=DUBJFK0DL45-JFKLAS0DL400,LASJFK0DL1512-JFKDUB0DL44;px=6;eo=e .


    Good timings out of and return to Dub.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 19th May 17, 11:50 AM
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    I'm currently in the Monte Carlo and will be downtown (4 Queens) Sat/Sun...

    Are there any nice places to eat downtown? I was thinking the Main Street Casino Champagne Brunch on Sunday...
    Originally posted by stevenhp1987
    We stay downtown at MSS at the weekends.

    The weekend brunch is more then acceptable for us.
    Very cheap,and lots and lots of champagne flowing.
    It's obviously nowhere near the top buffets,but for price and quality it is one of the best values for money we know.

    Just be careful with the amount of champagne you consume,on one trip the server just started leaving the bottles at our table.....it ended up "ruining" our Saturday night,as it was the only time in about 15 trips to Vegas that we didn't go out at night due to feeling unwell.

    We will be back there in October....and limit the free booze to just a few glasses.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 19th May 17, 11:47 PM
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    Gamboller
    I booked our flights last year in January, for DUB-LAS (via LGW)...(For June)
    It was 7am Aer Lingus flight to LGW, then VA to Vegas....
    We paid £364 each...
    Breakdown was: £99 Flight each way + £83 tax each way.....
    I could only find the route i wanted at that price on Lastminute.com
    As i wanted the return leg to be: LAS-LGW --- :LHR-DUB , and miss the last leg!
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 20th May 17, 12:27 AM
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    I would like to endorse Total Wine and More at the Town Square south of the welcome sign. If you have a car, (even if you get the bus) this is a great place to stock up with supplies for the room. Baileys, Hendricks, Jack Daniels, Corona and Stella are all cheaper there than anywhere else.

    The Hendricks gin was less in $ than it is in £ in Asda today. The only place I found a cheaper 6 pack of Corona was Gold Coast liquor store using my member discount.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 20th May 17, 12:50 AM
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    I would like to endorse Total Wine and More at the Town Square south of the welcome sign. If you have a car, (even if you get the bus) this is a great place to stock up with supplies for the room. Baileys, Hendricks, Jack Daniels, Corona and Stella are all cheaper there than anywhere else.

    The Hendricks gin was less in $ than it is in £ in Asda today. The only place I found a cheaper 6 pack of Corona was Gold Coast liquor store using my member discount.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax

    Visited here last year for the first time and taken aback by the selection and as you say prices. They have a fantastic selection of craft beers there aswell . These seems to be big in the states now.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 20th May 17, 12:55 AM
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    Visited here last year for the first time and taken aback by the selection and as you say prices. They have a fantastic selection of craft beers there aswell . These seems to be big in the states now.
    Originally posted by stevie11
    We used to visit the Henderson location when we had a car. Now it's on a bus route, it's so worth a visit. We stay in Vegas for a long time and don't always want to go out in the evening. This place is fab for stocking up the room.
    • stevenhp1987
    • By stevenhp1987 20th May 17, 7:40 AM
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    Steven
    They giving you a choice of using MGM or Manadalay Bay pool ??
    We check-in next Thursday, am guessing the lobby is down by the old Poker room still ? (probably masssssssssive queues given the lobby is half the size as I read.....)
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    They never told me at check-in about pools... but we chose Monte Carlo because of the pool access (and discount during renovations)

    There is a leaflet in the room detailing we can use either pool (both, we don't have to choose one). We have been to both, no problem. We just showed up on separate occasions to each pool with our room card and in we went. Could even charge the Margarita to the room

    I had never been to Monte Carlo before so cannot comment on it being half size check-in... It was a small check-in area though with long-ish queues! Around 15 minutes to be seen.

    Worse still, we had paid for a Strip View room, when we checked in they had none available that were clean so would get one cleaned ASAP (max 15mins). We were told level 24... We waited at level 24 for 30 mins before ringing down using the house phone there. They apologised and offered to knock off 1 nights resort fee and $75 F&B credit (the magic honeymoon word!) and they promised 10 mins max.

    After a further 30 mins I walked down. My partner stayed with our luggage. She found a general security staff who checked the key (and therefore the room) to find it was clean... I was told at the desk "oh it's just become available". They knocked off a further 1 day resort fee, but not knowing that it has been available the whole time until I went back upstairs...
    Last edited by stevenhp1987; 20-05-2017 at 7:56 AM. Reason: Add info on Queues
    • stevenhp1987
    • By stevenhp1987 20th May 17, 7:59 AM
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    I would like to endorse Total Wine and More at the Town Square south of the welcome sign. If you have a car, (even if you get the bus) this is a great place to stock up with supplies for the room. Baileys, Hendricks, Jack Daniels, Corona and Stella are all cheaper there than anywhere else.

    The Hendricks gin was less in $ than it is in £ in Asda today. The only place I found a cheaper 6 pack of Corona was Gold Coast liquor store using my member discount.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Cheaper than CostCo? We stock up there! Although it's a bit of a trek, we go to both CostCo (Spirits + gas) & Target (mixers + snacks/breakfasts) in one trip!
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