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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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    • Lovetotravel
    • By Lovetotravel 12th Jul 17, 3:58 PM
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    So I'm off on my tenth Vegas trip in exactly a week! Is it just me or are the hotel deals getting less impressive as the years go by?

    I used to book a refundable offer and get something super cheap the week before.

    Also, has anyone stayed at the Linq?
    • Winter Jasmine
    • By Winter Jasmine 13th Jul 17, 8:26 AM
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    Anyone had any experience flying with Thomas cook from stansted to Vegas? I didn't select seats at the time of booking and it won't seem to let me now? I thought I would be able to select them for free at online check in but seems they randomly allocate?
    Originally posted by gracie10
    I haven't done that route but I understand from friends that it's standard with Thomas Cook that you get random seats if you don't pay to choose your own
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    • Pedrobandito
    • By Pedrobandito 13th Jul 17, 9:36 AM
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    Am thinking of getting myself a new MacBook and iPad when I'm in Vegas, is it best to just go to the Apple store or is there anywhere else that people would recommend?
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 13th Jul 17, 11:00 AM
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    Am thinking of getting myself a new MacBook and iPad when I'm in Vegas, is it best to just go to the Apple store or is there anywhere else that people would recommend?
    Originally posted by Pedrobandito
    I just got mine from the Apple Store. I don't think anywhere else is allowed to discount their products.
    • Pedrobandito
    • By Pedrobandito 13th Jul 17, 11:58 AM
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    I just got mine from the Apple Store. I don't think anywhere else is allowed to discount their products.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax

    Thanks, I thought that might be the case but cant hurt to ask
    • dontone
    • By dontone 13th Jul 17, 4:43 PM
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    I haven't done that route but I understand from friends that it's standard with Thomas Cook that you get random seats if you don't pay to choose your own
    Originally posted by Winter Jasmine
    Not done the Stansted route either, but I remember that the same thing happened to us flying from Manchester.
    We had to get there early anyway 'cos of that stupid form you had to fill in, but it won't let you online, and we asked to be sat together while we were there. Apparently it was sorted anyway.
    I have to say that the random seat allocation has to be one of the most stupid ideas ever.
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    comping = nowt more thrillin' than winnin'
    • vanilla8
    • By vanilla8 13th Jul 17, 5:36 PM
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    I love Vdara but was trying to save some money this time around otherwise I would be there for all our Las Vegas stay again.


    I cannot wait now it's booked although a little nervous with the little ones
    Originally posted by kroberts
    Please report back, and have a great trip I've just had a baby so interested to hear how Vegas with kids goes!
    • markh1965
    • By markh1965 13th Jul 17, 8:56 PM
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    Just back from a great trip to vegas.stayed at cosmopolitian.excellent hotel and great staff.also an amazing brunch there.one word of warning.make sure that if your using a taxi to tell them not to use the underpass as some taxis are still going that way and fare is nera double.
    • kroberts
    • By kroberts 13th Jul 17, 10:09 PM
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    Please report back, and have a great trip I've just had a baby so interested to hear how Vegas with kids goes!
    Originally posted by vanilla8


    Thank you. I will do
    • gamboller
    • By gamboller 15th Jul 17, 12:16 AM
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    https://www.totalrewardsmarketplace.com/myRewards

    Just an update that this works for keeping TR balance active. Probably need to do at least 10 weeks before due to expire. I used low value transactions on aliexpress
    • koloko
    • By koloko 15th Jul 17, 2:57 AM
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    Can't really answer your question,but we have only ever been asked how much money we are carrying when entering the states...no one seems to care when we are leaving.Even less bothered when we land back in the uk.

    Think I'd wait until I made the last 800 before I started worrying
    Originally posted by Brats64
    Well I made it to the money, so now I do have the problem to worry about.

    I have to admit I am someone annoyed at the U.K. banking system putting me into this quandary where I'm worried about my legitimately sourced funds being frozen
    • gracie10
    • By gracie10 15th Jul 17, 7:47 AM
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    What form is that dontone?
    Just read Wynn/encore charging for parking from August 7th, we arrive on the 6th 🙁
    • Steviealexander
    • By Steviealexander 15th Jul 17, 12:03 PM
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    Wow what a great thread thanks Secretmachines, Ive been 5 times to Vegas but the last time was 10 years ago but planning to return in the next year or 2, previous visits I always liked to be in the Caesars, Bellagio area of the strip.
    • dontone
    • By dontone 15th Jul 17, 10:52 PM
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    What form is that dontone?
    Just read Wynn/encore charging for parking from August 7th, we arrive on the 6th 🙁
    Originally posted by gracie10
    It's the API form. You are supposed to fill it in before you leave (it was 3 days before) but you can do it at the airport now. We had ours filled in when we checked in (after spending about a week complaining to the airline that the online form didn't work, and even going into the shop itself for help and getting none.)
    Get there as early as you can hth.
    Btw, booooooo on the car parking charges. It's like they are trying to price everybody out of visiting. I still grudge paying those ridiculous resort fees.
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    comping = nowt more thrillin' than winnin'
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 16th Jul 17, 8:39 AM
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    Btw, booooooo on the car parking charges. It's like they are trying to price everybody out of visiting. I still grudge paying those ridiculous resort fees.
    Originally posted by dontone
    Another one whom grudges the resort fees! just another exspense , though it seems alot of people see it as part of the holiday cost and budget on it- though im glad there is this mse that helps save us -gives us tips on saving money !!

    I dont drive in vegas or oversees so the parking charges would not apply to us.The only way i think vegas will stop the parking charges and resort fees if millions and millions of people stop going, which i doubt will happen.
    • dontone
    • By dontone 16th Jul 17, 1:34 PM
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    Another one whom grudges the resort fees! just another exspense , though it seems alot of people see it as part of the holiday cost and budget on it- though im glad there is this mse that helps save us -gives us tips on saving money !!

    I dont drive in vegas or oversees so the parking charges would not apply to us.The only way i think vegas will stop the parking charges and resort fees if millions and millions of people stop going, which i doubt will happen.
    Originally posted by bobbyhibs
    I do grudge them because it's paying for the room twice. And I have used mse for tips, & also used the $20 trick to get a good deal last year, but I still say that it is expensive. It feels like the place has gotten very greedy, and it's a shame, 'cos I love the place, but it sure has changed since we first went in 2001.
    I could 'invest' that extra money in a slot - or buy some jeans & Skechers.
    And we always get a car 'cos we like to go and explore. We like going beyond the Strip.
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    comping = nowt more thrillin' than winnin'
    • photome
    • By photome 16th Jul 17, 2:11 PM
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    When this thread started way back by Trets with the help of a few of us on here, Vegas was cheap.

    It has changed so much in recent times with the de theming of resorts and the introduction of so many different charges that even on a comped room it is difficult to get them free.

    buffets have increased in price but IMO have gone down in quality.

    The legalisation of weed means that everywhere now smells of it, read many complaints of their hotel rooms smelling of it

    It dos seem that the bean counters are aiming for a different type of customer these days, and if the occupancy rate stays high then it isn't going to change any time soon
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 16th Jul 17, 2:11 PM
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    If the Resort fee was included in the cost of a nights stay we would all know the exact cost of the room. That would probably make the rates less attractive but at least everyone knows what they are paying. Things like pool and gym access should be part of hotel features not an added extra IMO. As mentioned some hotels are now charging extra for parking, what next?

    All the extra fees don't stop me going but I consider these when choosing the accomodation.
    • photome
    • By photome 16th Jul 17, 2:13 PM
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    If the Resort fee was included in the cost of a nights stay we would all know the exact cost of the room. That would probably make the rates less attractive but at least everyone knows what they are paying. Things like pool and gym access should be part of hotel features not an added extra IMO. As mentioned some hotels are now charging extra for parking, what next?

    All the extra fees don't stop me going but I consider these when choosing the accomodation.
    Originally posted by stevie11
    There are very few that don't charge for parking, without going off strip.

    Even the California , downtown was putting in payment machines in May
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 16th Jul 17, 2:23 PM
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    There are very few that don't charge for parking, without going off strip.

    Even the California , downtown was putting in payment machines in May
    Originally posted by photome
    Last time I visited (Dec 16) I used Treasure Island parking, is that now chargeable?
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