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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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    • photome
    • By photome 2nd Sep 17, 5:34 PM
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    Just done a search for 27/3/18 with BA from Gatwick - came back as £4022 return !!
    Think I will stick with Manchester LOL
    Originally posted by jonesMUFCforever
    We are going a week before that for £500 each from Gatwick with Virgin
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 2nd Sep 17, 10:57 PM
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    Thanks for that code Stoneman. Added it to my Lyft account at Heathrow and used it for our Lyft to Westin last night when we arrive.

    Well it''s hot here just now, really warm when we went out last night at nearly 10pm! We stayed out and hour and a half maybe, walked through Linq promenade, Cityzen drinks at AmeriCAN, then over to Cromwell for some slots. Won $10 but never managed to get a free drink. Seems really busy. It's 5am, been awake over an hour (yes, the jetlag). Pool this morning, then picking up our hire car at TI at 3pm.
    Originally posted by lesley74
    We must have just missed you. You might have seen Tracy's ambulance racing down Flamingo at about 11pm last night.
    Yep that's right, she's been in hospital again. Took a turn in Palazo so I taxied her back to Platinum, by the time we got there she was really bad so they phoned an ambulance. Seems to be another kidney infection. She's back at the hotel now in bed, so we'll just have to see how the rest of the holiday turns out
    Makes me not want to bother coming again. This is the umpteenth time she has taken Ill, and it's not just the odd day, these usually wreck the holiday and to be honest I'm fed up of spending all this money
    Last edited by stoneman; 02-09-2017 at 11:12 PM.
    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.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 2nd Sep 17, 11:23 PM
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    We must have just missed you. You might have seen Tracy's ambulance racing down Flamingo at about 11pm last night.
    Yep that's right, she's been in hospital again. Took a turn in Palazo so I taxied her back to Platinum, by the time we got there she was really bad so they phoned an ambulance. Seems to be another kidney infection. She's back at the hotel now in bed, so we'll just have to see how the rest of the holiday turns out
    Makes me not want to bother coming again. This is the umpteenth time she has taken Ill, and it's not just the odd day, these usually wreck the holiday and to be honest I'm fed up of spending all this money
    Originally posted by stoneman
    So sorry to hear Tracy isn't well. Send her our love. We hope she gets better soon. xx
    • Hovis91
    • By Hovis91 3rd Sep 17, 11:39 AM
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    Stoneman ....have they checked whether it is a kidney stone??? I was plagued with infections and finally had all the scans ect.and it turned out to be a stone that was blocking my kidney( it was only functioning at 10%).We went in Oct last year just after I had had surgery on it and I have to say I was terrified of it starting again....sympathy to poor Tracy.
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 3rd Sep 17, 8:37 PM
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    Sorry to hear that, is she doing ok now? Tell her we were asking for her, wish her a speedy recovery. We're nearby, and have a car just now, so drop me a message if there's anything we can do.
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 5th Sep 17, 3:41 PM
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    We've been here for 4 nights now, currently staying at Westin. Have been enjoying the pool in the mornings, as it get sun very early so we've been out there at 930 or 10am. Still a bit jetlagged, but think I slept for 7 hours almost solid last night so getting there. Quite liking the Westin. We usually stay at Platinum and we're moving there in 2 days for the rest of our holiday. Westin is nice and handy for Linq though, and it also has a '5 till late' happy hour at the pool. Enjoyed this one night after being out in the car all day, think it was Saturday. Unfortunately their idea of 'late' must be different to ours though as the last couple of nights the bar has been closed when we've passed by for a drink before bed. Not long after 9 last night! Other positives about here is the fridge in the room. Good for keeping some soft drinks cold. The casino has closed completely here, looks like that is permanent, though I don't know what they're doing with the space. The parking is also free and it's self park which I really like too.

    We've been doing a bit of shopping. So far have been at south outlets, Henderson, Summerlin. We did Wolfgang Puck $25 off 2 entrees at Summerlin yesterday. Bill was $8 for a pizza, veggie burger and a soft drink. Bargain! We've also got the rewards for Cucina and Spago, so will see how that goes.

    Might go out for breakfast shortly, but can't decide where.
    • martmonk
    • By martmonk 7th Sep 17, 5:31 PM
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    from Secret Flying - http://www.secretflying.com/posts/dublin-ireland-to-las-vegas-usa-for-only-e387-roundtrip/

    some really interesting prices.
    Play around with the dates and also bring down the total journey time to give some attractive options. (BA depart Dub rtn for €324 for 8 nights in March for example)
    • martmonk
    • By martmonk 7th Sep 17, 5:32 PM
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    or if you can go from Glasgow, THIS MONTH, then you can find £319
    http://www.secretflying.com/posts/glasgow-scotland-las-vegas-usa-319-roundtrip/
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 7th Sep 17, 6:00 PM
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    We have now used another few deals up....groupon for Fizz, it was really good. Also Blondie's groupon $50 value. Should have been $30 but I had a half price code so got if for $15! We went over the value but really enjoyed the food. The pizza was great, but it was a bit overpriced if paying full price (about $21, big enough to share but not huge). We were at Spice Market buffet, using the $5 coupon and TR points from Social Rewards. We didn't realise the buffet was much smaller due to the refurb/water leak. Still sufficient options, though no pizza or pasta which was odd!

    Been getting the odd drink using Cityzen at American or PBR as well. I recommend this app if you will be in the general area. Also went to Burger Brasserie happy hour to use some TR points. Slowly getting through them!

    We move from Westin to Platinum today. We went over to attempt check-in but were offered a choice of 2 rubbish rooms (4th and 5th floor, one beneath kilawat, the other right next to the pool entrance. They also wanted an early check-in fee for the privilege, so hopefully we'll get a better room when we go back later. We have got a late check out now at Westin so can just hit the pool here instead. It's a bit of a nicer pool anyway, and the sun is on it from early on. I've enjoyed staying here actually. It feels so much more convenient than last time we stayed here, now that Linq is there etc. Very handy for the back door of Bally's too.

    Off to the pool to catch some rays now.
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 8th Sep 17, 10:07 AM
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    hi lesley74
    and thanks for the trip report as you go !
    as i ve said time and time again its a good way to get new ideas on things to do or places to see or places to eat and get the good or bad points ( if any) of stuff
    have a good one !!
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 8th Sep 17, 12:46 PM
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    Dollar is on the rise! watching it daily as I do, so trading rate is at $1.32 today
    Not long to go now for my Road Trip to Vegas!
    Although, I read that the MGM Pools are closed (except lazy river) when I get there on the 1st ! boooooooohoooooooooo !!!!
    I had visions of sunbathing by the pool drinking Bud Light with my pops!!
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 8th Sep 17, 1:58 PM
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    Although, I read that the MGM Pools are closed (except lazy river) when I get there on the 1st ! boooooooohoooooooooo !!!!
    I had visions of sunbathing by the pool drinking Bud Light with my pops!!
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    Really? When do you go? Usually the lazy river is the first thing to close, around this time of year. It has been due to close while we've been staying there first 2 weeks September before, but was extended due to good weather. The weather has broke a bit though yesterday so it's possible they'd close the lazy river now. I've not heard anything though, not staying there.
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 8th Sep 17, 2:00 PM
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    Had a quick chat with Stoneman and his Mrs last night at the Stir happy hour...they were just back from somewhere, and popped in for a quick chat before heading to get checked out of their room.

    I still seem to be on early nights and early rises (5am again today!!), wouldn't mind so much if I slept right through for 8 hours. Last full day with the car today, so heading out for a while this morning.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 8th Sep 17, 2:17 PM
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    https://www.mgmgrand.com/en/amenities/grand-pool-complex.html


    Pools closed 2nd to 8th October....
    and I arrive Oct 1st !!
    Hopefully we can use Excalibur Pools, and hopefully Hopefully the Sun is shining for those 3 days I am there !!
    • littlereddevil
    • By littlereddevil 8th Sep 17, 2:34 PM
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    Vdara, Platinum or similar?
    Advice gratefully accepted! A non-smoking, non casino hotel.Pool not important
    Last edited by littlereddevil; 08-09-2017 at 2:37 PM.
    travelover
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 8th Sep 17, 2:45 PM
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    Advice gratefully accepted! A non-smoking, non casino hotel.Pool not important
    Originally posted by littlereddevil

    Travelodge !
    • John259
    • By John259 8th Sep 17, 2:49 PM
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    Travelodge !
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    Not a totally stupid idea if you only want somewhere to sleep. If you want a rather more upmarket motel, try the Super 8 on Koval Lane next to Ellis Island, which I've used several times and been very pleased with. I think they might offer free airport transfers, BTW.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • kroberts
    • By kroberts 8th Sep 17, 10:12 PM
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    Advice gratefully accepted! A non-smoking, non casino hotel.Pool not important
    Originally posted by littlereddevil


    Vdara is great, no smoking, no casino, clean it has a small outdoor pool and Jacuzzi pool
    • Lee399
    • By Lee399 9th Sep 17, 6:50 AM
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    Off we go!
    Just waiting for the cab to the airport to Manchester, then Virgin Premium to Vegas for our Wedding. Supper excited

    We are staing intialy at the Excaclibur then moving to Vdara on the Wedding day, we've several things prebooked via groupons so not going to be short of things to do. Slight disapointed thouigh as we had planned thuesday the pre-wedding day as a familiy day with my daughter away from the our friends and part of that was a visit to the Adeventure Dome at Circus Circus but it is closed for maintance
    Ok we can still ride a coaster at New York New York but any suggestions on an alternative to keep a 19 year old amused?
    • photome
    • By photome 9th Sep 17, 8:54 AM
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    Not a totally stupid idea if you only want somewhere to sleep. If you want a rather more upmarket motel, try the Super 8 on Koval Lane next to Ellis Island, which I've used several times and been very pleased with. I think they might offer free airport transfers, BTW.
    Originally posted by John259
    Think it may be called Ellis island hotel now, with newly refurbed rooms , have you stayed there recently
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