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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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    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 9th Jun 17, 11:18 PM
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    hi

    stevenhp1987- thanks for the detailed trip report, seems you had fun also ! My brother and i have done new york-vegas and loved the 2 city break!

    thanks to you both again !
    Originally posted by bobbyhibs
    We did N/Y for the first time last year (although I'm from Philly, never been to N/Y) found it dirty and expensive. Did all the stuff worth doing in 2/3 days then headed south to my homeland. Ahh, bliss.
    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.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 10th Jun 17, 7:59 AM
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    We did N/Y for the first time last year (although I'm from Philly, never been to N/Y) found it dirty and expensive. Did all the stuff worth doing in 2/3 days then headed south to my homeland. Ahh, bliss.
    Originally posted by stoneman
    Oh dear...After many trips to Vegas,my wife finally convinced me we should try NY.We head there and New Orleans next weekend.
    The "expensive" I already get...hotel prices ridiculous,but don't like the sound of dirty.
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 10th Jun 17, 8:30 AM
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    We did N/Y for the first time last year (although I'm from Philly, never been to N/Y) found it dirty and expensive. Did all the stuff worth doing in 2/3 days then headed south to my homeland. Ahh, bliss.
    Originally posted by stoneman
    hi

    pretty much agree with regards it being exspensive.I found it so so in regards dirty i recall seeing alot of rubbish (or should i say trash?) , like 8-9 bags pilled up on some of the sidewalks( not all the time though)

    Brats64- unsure if it ll help you much , but there is a new york thread similar to this vegas thread somewhere here on MSE. I think try to walk alot instead of getting taxi's all the time.If you and the wife do myvegas there are a few rewards for new york( sadly i think it is for shopping but still something) I think it is for queens -though i ve not done these rewards so know little about it - I think there were $50 or something.
    hope this helps
    • dontone
    • By dontone 10th Jun 17, 4:32 PM
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    Oh dear...After many trips to Vegas,my wife finally convinced me we should try NY.We head there and New Orleans next weekend.
    The "expensive" I already get...hotel prices ridiculous,but don't like the sound of dirty.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    We did NY 6 years ago. We stayed in Times Square (it was a competition win, which included 24 hours in San. fran. 3 nights Yosemite Park - beautiful place, and 2 weeks in Vegas) but I found TS a bit too crowded and a bit stinky. It was better getting out of the way and going to Central Park ($50 for a ride on one of those horse carriages - and those horses did pong, so that was a no-no) We also went to the 911 museum, and had a go on the Staten Island Ferry. The best way to see everything was going on one of those 'hop on, Hop Off' buses and that way you get a guide, and also we got tickets for the Empire State Building thrown in (dunno if that's included now) We didn't reckon much to some of the places that were recommended to us to go for something to eat.
    I'm glad we went, we saw some great places, but I don't think I'd go again. I'm much happier in Vegas. NY doesn't feel as welcoming or as friendly as LV.
    BTW, depressed, as this weekend last year, we were on our way over there. This year, we are stuck at home, and the weather is pants . Have a good time though.
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    • lizzielie
    • By lizzielie 10th Jun 17, 9:26 PM
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    Thanks Stuie and Steven for fab trip reports! Although your piccies and stories really now makes me want to go back asap, even if it just over a week since we got back home Our next trip is planned for NYE's, but that really seems like a long way away..

    Will try to do a trip report soon, but jet lag hit me hard this time.. 2 days after coming home..
    • lous
    • By lous 11th Jun 17, 9:09 AM
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    Hey. Looking at booking about 5 nights, traveling from London some time around September 1st. Am I best to try to book a package deal last minute, for best prices?
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 11th Jun 17, 10:06 AM
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    We did NY 6 years ago. We stayed in Times Square (it was a competition win, which included 24 hours in San. fran. 3 nights Yosemite Park - beautiful place, and 2 weeks in Vegas) but I found TS a bit too crowded and a bit stinky. It was better getting out of the way and going to Central Park ($50 for a ride on one of those horse carriages - and those horses did pong, so that was a no-no) We also went to the 911 museum, and had a go on the Staten Island Ferry. The best way to see everything was going on one of those 'hop on, Hop Off' buses and that way you get a guide, and also we got tickets for the Empire State Building thrown in (dunno if that's included now) We didn't reckon much to some of the places that were recommended to us to go for something to eat.
    I'm glad we went, we saw some great places, but I don't think I'd go again. I'm much happier in Vegas. NY doesn't feel as welcoming or as friendly as LV.
    BTW, depressed, as this weekend last year, we were on our way over there. This year, we are stuck at home, and the weather is pants . Have a good time though.
    Originally posted by dontone
    We went to NY 11 years ago and felt the same as you - very glad to have been and seen it for ourselves but it's our least favourite of everywhere we've visited in the US. Florida, San Francisco and Las Vegas are all so much friendlier and more relaxed. Appreciate we're in the minority though - the vast majority of people I know who've been there absolutely love the city
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    • markh1965
    • By markh1965 11th Jun 17, 3:02 PM
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    Going to vegas in july.taking the halifax clarity card with me.is it better to get the receipts done in sterling or dollars?
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 11th Jun 17, 3:11 PM
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    Hey. Looking at booking about 5 nights, traveling from London some time around September 1st. Am I best to try to book a package deal last minute, for best prices?
    Originally posted by lous
    Try looking on BA Holidays web page for prices,sometimes you can get a better price than flight plus hotel booked separately
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    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 11th Jun 17, 5:29 PM
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    Going to vegas in july.taking the halifax clarity card with me.is it better to get the receipts done in sterling or dollars?
    Originally posted by markh1965
    Dollars....always pay in the local currency.It will always be a better rate.
    • lous
    • By lous 11th Jun 17, 6:51 PM
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    Got a good deal with BA before but they're pricey on this occasion.

    Do you guys ever stay in another city before Vegas? Wondering whether to fly elsewhere to see more places on the trip (perhaps helping with the long flight too by splitting it up a bit)
    • John259
    • By John259 11th Jun 17, 6:53 PM
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    Do you guys ever stay in another city before Vegas?
    Originally posted by lous
    You might like to scan the Southwest and West Coast USA thread:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=3248860
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 11th Jun 17, 7:40 PM
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    After being long hauled badly a few years back, we've happily used shuttles every trip. I was planning to do the same this time but am now wondering about trying Lyft or Uber. I've downloaded both apps but haven't used either before. I'm not thick but after a 10.5 hour flight I can be a bit dozy on arrival so - are they safe and easy to use? And is one better than the other? Thanks lots
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    • markh1965
    • By markh1965 11th Jun 17, 7:44 PM
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    Thanks for reply.was in vegas last year and paid in both dollars and sterling so just making sure for this year best option on card
    • Stew68
    • By Stew68 11th Jun 17, 8:39 PM
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    After being long hauled badly a few years back, we've happily used shuttles every trip. I was planning to do the same this time but am now wondering about trying Lyft or Uber. I've downloaded both apps but haven't used either before. I'm not thick but after a 10.5 hour flight I can be a bit dozy on arrival so - are they safe and easy to use? And is one better than the other? Thanks lots
    Originally posted by Winter Jasmine
    I used Uber all the time in Vegas and it was very easy, the collection areas are nearly always away from the taxi ranks but not a long walk, at the airport you just follow the signs. The app gives you the registration number of the vehicle that's picking you up and tells you when it's arriving.

    Most of the casinos wifi stretches to the outside to be able to order Uber. Once I booked one and the vehicle was sat in front of me!

    Best thing about Uber is that they are fixed prices, you agree the price through the app and if you get stuck in traffic it's not going to cost you any more.

    Hope that helps.
    • Stew68
    • By Stew68 11th Jun 17, 8:43 PM
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    Got a good deal with BA before but they're pricey on this occasion.

    Do you guys ever stay in another city before Vegas? Wondering whether to fly elsewhere to see more places on the trip (perhaps helping with the long flight too by splitting it up a bit)
    Originally posted by lous
    I just twinned Vegas with Seattle, doing Seattle first and then a 2 hour flight down to Vegas. You could also easily do San Fransisco too and even Los Angeles. I was talking to a couple in Vegas who were doing San Fransisco, Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the one trip but they were only a few nights in each which I don't think I could handle.
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 11th Jun 17, 8:52 PM
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    I used Uber all the time in Vegas and it was very easy, the collection areas are nearly always away from the taxi ranks but not a long walk, at the airport you just follow the signs. The app gives you the registration number of the vehicle that's picking you up and tells you when it's arriving.

    Most of the casinos wifi stretches to the outside to be able to order Uber. Once I booked one and the vehicle was sat in front of me!

    Best thing about Uber is that they are fixed prices, you agree the price through the app and if you get stuck in traffic it's not going to cost you any more.

    Hope that helps.
    Originally posted by Stew68
    That is very helpful - thank you! Will give it a go I think. Didn't know about the registration number, that's a great feature
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    • John259
    • By John259 11th Jun 17, 8:52 PM
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    There are two very popular road trip loops which include Las Vegas, and I'd highly recommend both of them.

    1. Las Vegas > (San Diego maybe) > Los Angeles > Pacific Coast Highway (or Sequoia and Kings Canyon) > San Francisco > (Lake Tahoe, maybe) > Yosemite National Park > Owens Valley > Death Valley > Las Vegas.

    2. Las Vegas > Zion > Bryce Canyon > Capitol Reef > Arches, Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point > (Grand Mesa, maybe) > (Black Canyon of the Gunnison, maybe) > Million Dollar Highway > Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad > Mesa Verde cliff dwellings > Grand Canyon South Rim > Hoover Dam > Las Vegas.

    Obviously you could do either loop in either direction. The time of year affects road closures especially across the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and at the moment large parts of the Pacific Coast Highway are closed due to landslides.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 12th Jun 17, 9:18 AM
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    My plan is to go back to Vegas towards end of September, however,..... plan is to go solo...
    Wifey not a keen fan of driving, and what I want to do, is do a driving trip. Spend 3 or 4 nights in Vegas to get my fix as such, but I want to do the long drive from San Fran via Yosimite for 1 or 2 nights, down through death valley, onto Vegas, then maybe 1 night in Big Bear, before heading back to LA to fly home, or even do the highway A1 trip from LA to San Fran........


    I got points on Virgin for a free flight (+taxes), don't pay for Vegas rooms, so I could make it a cheapish trip!
    2017 Vegas - x2 trips this year, max budget, £550 on each trip!
    • kroberts
    • By kroberts 12th Jun 17, 10:25 AM
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    Has anyone had any experience with going with children. Most rooms are double occupancy only, I was wondering if anyone has tried booking the room for 2 adults but been able to check in as 2 adults & 2 children.
    We have never taken them before as they stayed with grandparents but looking at going for a few days after a Disney trip, our son would love to see it in real life
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