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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
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    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 9th Sep 17, 9:18 AM
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    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?
    Originally posted by Lee399
    hi
    unsure how much it helsp but there are loads of shopping malls in and around vegas if she is into shopping?

    If she is into thrill rides kinda stuff there are a couple on the stratasphere( the far end of the strip) Its the big tower looking hotel well past circus circus which may be of help?

    have you thought of freemont street? that was a good experince for us, also the mob musuem is 2-3mins away from it which may also be of intrest?

    Is she into golf? when we were in vegas there was something like top golf at the mgm. we did not do this but saw it advertised a bit.

    have you looked into shows?

    hope this helps
    ( good luck with the wedding !!)
    kind regards
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 9th Sep 17, 1:19 PM
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    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?
    Originally posted by Lee399
    There are a few rides at the top of the Stratosphere tower. I haven't tried any of them, too scary for me, but they seem popular.

    There's an offer on travelzoo for the high roller and Eiffel Tower combined tickets for $25 per person too.

    Have a great time.
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 9th Sep 17, 4:16 PM
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    There are a few rides at the top of the Stratosphere tower. I haven't tried any of them, too scary for me, but they seem popular.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    ye same for me !

    my brother had me pick to do either one of the rides on top of the strataosphere or the ny ny ny rollerocaster and well no way i was doing ANY of the rides at the strataosphere !!

    i was shaking when i got off the ny ny rollercoaster mind
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 9th Sep 17, 8:51 PM
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    There are a few rides at the top of the Stratosphere tower. I haven't tried any of them, too scary for me, but they seem popular.

    There's an offer on travelzoo for the high roller and Eiffel Tower combined tickets for $25 per person too.

    Have a great time.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Well I went to the top of the Strat and looked at the rides - would I ride them - not in a million years not even for a handpay win!
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
    • Hovis91
    • By Hovis91 10th Sep 17, 9:13 AM
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    I did all he rides on 2 separate occasions and they are scary....the first time was ok but the second time it was a little windy( not much) but it made the swing ride really fly out and I had an empty seat next to me which seemed to make it worse!!! The little roller coaster one is the worst..you think it's done and it drops suddenly down onto another track....My OH is terrified of heights so he spent the time hugging the back wall and refused to even go to the edge to look over!!
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 10th Sep 17, 1:22 PM
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    I did all he rides on 2 separate occasions and they are scary....the first time was ok but the second time it was a little windy( not much) but it made the swing ride really fly out and I had an empty seat next to me which seemed to make it worse!!! The little roller coaster one is the worst..you think it's done and it drops suddenly down onto another track....My OH is terrified of heights so he spent the time hugging the back wall and refused to even go to the edge to look over!!
    Originally posted by Hovis91
    That was me too
    Worst for me was having a drink in the bar and reading the message not to lean on the glass wall!! like its going to give way
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 10th Sep 17, 6:35 PM
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    The weather has been a bit funny here in Vegas! Friday night it rained while we were in Crystals (using a Wolfgang Puck myVegas reward). Limited options of where to go without getting very wet (huge puddles). Opted for the tram to Bellagio, we sat at a slot machine and got drinks really quickly, and then good service continued, it was actually too quick. Headed back quite early once the rain was off.

    Yesterday, it rained in the morning, so we waited a while the went to take our car back. Got our first Krispy Kreme of the trip at TI, then walked back via Caesars. Stopped by Fizz to make sure there was no private parties in the evening, and then on to Spago to make sure our Opentable reservation was ok for a myVegas reward. Then walked back and had an hour or so of sun at the pool. Our evening was happy hour appetisers at Stir in Platinum, then on to Spago then fizz. Then walked back.

    Looks like nice weather this morning, so we're about to go to the pool.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 10th Sep 17, 7:14 PM
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    We've been looking more into the Wolfgang Puck rewards for next trip. How have you found them? Did you need a reservation to use them, or is it ok to just walk up?
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 10th Sep 17, 11:19 PM
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    We've made reservations all three times. Summerlin I booked on the phone, a few hours before going, on labor day and it was fine. Cucina was quiet on the Friday night, but we reserved through opentable and that was fine. I put a note on it to say it was myvegas. Their phone line told me to book via the web though. For Spago, I used opentable without trying to call. Decided to stop by and check it was ok in the afternoon (for 7pm). They said it was fine. When we arrived it was busy, so not sure how that would have gone otherwise. It was Saturday night though, and Caesars is a busy place compared to Crystals for Cucina.

    Have enjoyed the meals, though I've had pizza margherita at all 3. Pizzas have all been a little different. Cucina was very light on the cheese, which I like anyway. All fresh tasting and nice though. Staff were unattentive at Summerlin. Pricing exactly same at Cucina and Spago, yet the total came out different. Cucina charged us tax on the full amount then deducted $25, Spago deducted it then added tax. Can't both be correct, so who knows which was the right way! Not a huge difference, but strange all the same.

    We're getting into our last few days now and have sufficient meal options to last the rest of the trip. Kevin didn't have the points to get many rewards, so I got the 3 WP ones which has worked out well. Better value than a 2/1 buffet I feel. We've only done 2 buffets so far this trip! Red Rock breakfast, Spice Market dinner.

    Tonight I think we're doing Spice Market again to use up some social reward points as they'll expire if we don't use them this trip. I have a feeling someone mentioned a way to keep them active, but can't be sure that will work long term, so I think safer to use them than risk losing. If we have time to use them up that is!!
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 11th Sep 17, 6:45 AM
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    You just need to put one point on your TR card and the points will stay for another 6 months from that date. I used nearly all mine last trip, but Tony has loads left. He just played a bit of VP at Bally's one day, and we checked his account a few days later. His expiry date had moved to mid November.
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 11th Sep 17, 4:48 PM
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    You just need to put one point on your TR card and the points will stay for another 6 months from that date. I used nearly all mine last trip, but Tony has loads left. He just played a bit of VP at Bally's one day, and we checked his account a few days later. His expiry date had moved to mid November.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    I know, but we won't be back within the 6 months, so without some sort of other trickery they'll expire on us. Hopefully you can use yours up before they expire too. Used a chunk last night for Spice Market buffet with drink bump. Spice Market has a reduced buffet just now, due to a water leak. The price is down a bit too. They're not supposed to be accepting coupons, but they did take our destination coupons $5 off after management approval. They're looking to have the coupon taken down from the site though, so if anyone is planning to try to use it best print it asap.

    I just noticed on the WP rewards...not sure if it's because I'm looking at different rewards here for locals, but they say only one reward in 30 days. I've used 3. Only one has been redeemed on my account so far though, and it's the second one I used. I'm sure I'd have noticed if I was only allowed one when I was purchasing them. It doesn't say on the reward itself, but then neither does the Mirage buffet reward I have sitting either.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 11th Sep 17, 7:39 PM
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    They don't have any specific rules on the ones I've bought so far.

    Let me know if you don't get rid of all your points. We can put a point on for you at the end of our trip to prolong it a bit.
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 12th Sep 17, 6:05 AM
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    Thanks Pebbles, only way I could think of, but still kind of hard to get to next September. Have used some tonight again, Also realised we can get freeplay, so might do that if need be. I would be nice to keep them if it was easier. Quite like using them at Burger Brasserie for happy hour drinks in the passing (4-6pm) but that seems a bit pointless when HH and free wine hour is on at Stir at that time. Might just be about $100 between us now, and 4 nights to use so hopefully we will manage.
    • Jgantz
    • By Jgantz 12th Sep 17, 10:38 AM
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    First Timer End Oct 17 Few Questions
    Hi All,


    Been reading for a month or so while prepping for first trip in 6 weeks.


    Staying at the Luxor for 6 nights on 21st Oct. (booked a tower room on advice I read)
    Anyone know about the pool situation we were told the pool is open year round..
    Flying Virgin out and Delta back. (Not really sure why that was 450 less hopefully a good choice)


    Have a few questions below which I am sure have been asked many time so apologies, but I haven't been able to find much detailed info.


    When we land I have read to use UBER/LYFT, I have Uber I use here in UK.
    When the time comes where is the best place to download LYFT and where will give me the best codes to use in Vegas?
    Also is the Wi-Fi at the airport free to use for booking after we land, as current phone package has no US data?


    Tipping?
    Waitresses and cocktail waitresses etc when do you tip for dinks, after they bring you drinks or before?


    Tour.
    We really want to do a helicopter trip down to grand canyon.
    There seems to be so many offering the same trip, is there any you recommend.
    (like the look of the tour that just goes out to west rim via hoover damn and the lake etc as we don't want to spend all day out)
    Should we book a landing tour or non landing? And morning or Afternoon.
    Is it best to book out there or here before we leave.


    Can we use credit card most places like eating and bars, (prefer to get the best rate on no fee card)
    Will just use cash for random bits, gambling and tips etc.


    Started browsing Groupon, TZ and LS as advise on here. thanks


    going to try and see 2/3 shows if we can, again should we book before or "gamble" and try get better price while there?


    I have signed up to a MiLife card online (do I pick up when I arrive or at check in), if I am understanding right I use this whenever I buy anything MGM related, restaurants bars etc, gambling machines etc.
    Then when we come to check out I ask then to review card and if they can do anything on the bill?
    or am I way off the mark?


    Any other tips would be most welcome.


    thanks so much


    James
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 12th Sep 17, 1:23 PM
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    hi Jgantz welcome to the board!
    I feel i can help with some of your questions, though not all of them
    as for tipping the waitress in the casino you ask them for x drinks(usually 1 per person ) and its usually $1 per drink and you tip them when they come back but i guess thats maybe minimium

    As for your shows question i think its a bit hit n miss imo about booking up before or when you are there but i think IF you see a good price before you go and are happy with that price then go for it.
    there were tickets booths tix4tonight , one was outside the mgm grand(not too far from the luxor) which offers tickets for shows the same day-night which sometimes saves money
    I dont think gambiling for shows is a good idea unless you are playing big, though what big is i think depends on alot of factors.I of course would strongly advice NEVER to gamble for comps or discounts. only gamble what you can afford to lose, .When my brother and I went we stuck to a limit of $100 each per day and did stick to it pretty much- we did win sometimes which meant sometimes the next day we had more than $100 each to gamble.I would strongly reccomend settign a limit to what you gamble

    As for your Mlife card each Mlife properity has there own Mlife desk, there are often sign posted and easy to find .You go to them with id to get your card.ceartainly use this when usuing the slot machines and the table games and buying mgm properities stuff, i think some shops in the mlife propertiies offer a small discount i think 5%( not 100% if this is still the case)

    If i recall in reagrds getting your card reviewed again you go to the Mlife desk , and see what they can do for you ( im not sure how to ask i think its rating your play or something)
    when my brother and i were there we went and spoke to the Mlife desk to see if we were able to get anything comped(free) and we had a bit of luck and if i recall we got a buffet each free and a couple of drinks free at the poolas well.
    so speaking to the Mlife desk will help!!

    have you thought/included resort fees as well?

    hope this helps some , kind regards
    Last edited by bobbyhibs; 12-09-2017 at 3:03 PM.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 12th Sep 17, 3:42 PM
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    Book before you go, look on the likes of TravelZoo and Groupon....
    Tix4Tonight = tourist booths...
    ie: cost u a bit more ..
    Example:
    Book a "Penn & Teller" or "Jabbawockeez" show with Travelzoo, and compared to the Tix4 prices, they are cheaper as I compared when I was there a few months back...
    Think the tix booth wanted $88 for Jabbawockeez 2hrs before show time.....


    Cant recall about wifi in airport, although u get free wifi in the Tom Bradley terminal in LA (not helpful I know! )
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 12th Sep 17, 4:08 PM
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    Book before you go, look on the likes of TravelZoo and Groupon....
    Tix4Tonight = tourist booths...
    ie: cost u a bit more ..
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    hi
    thanks for the info in regards travelzoo and groupon, i have heard of groupon before though never did much buying there.

    In regards tix4tonight - when we were there last year(damn sooo long ago) we were getting tix for david copperfield and found them cheaper than getting them from the mgm i tihnk it was something like $5-$10 difference though, still a saving though.

    have fun when your trip comes around!!
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 12th Sep 17, 4:16 PM
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    Welcome to the forum!

    Luxor - we have stayed there twice and chosen to stay in a pyramid room both times. It's a bit of a unique experience staying in the pyramid. They have been refurbishing thy pyramid rooms lately too, so they are actually the most recently refurbished (if they have done them all now?). As for the pool, it was open when we were there last November, as the weather was particularly good. I wasn't expecting it to be open though, we were expecting to have to use the Excalibur pool next door, which we were told would be open all year round and available to Luxor guests. Maybe Luxor pool is now open all year, but I don't think it was in the past.

    Shows - look at prices online. Some of the online prices are actually really good. Find prices then search the internet to see if it's the best price or not. There are the ticket booths in Vegas, but it's hard to tell what they will have. If there's something you really want to see, might be best to book it from home.

    Lyft - download it as close to your departure as possible, as you should be able to get a code for $5 off your first 10 rides, but it usually lasts a week or two. It's easy to use, although obviously you need wifi. Do you arrive at T3 in Vegas? If so, the Lyft pickup is in the 'valet' area of the car park. You have to walk along a bit, go up in a lift and cross a bridge to get there. There are two bridges, and the second one is closer. You only get wifi on the 'airport' side of the bridge, so you would need to do your booking on the app from there then cut across to get the pickup.

    Mlife - to me the mlife card is only for myVegas as I don't gamble enough to get points or any offers. Total rewards do seem to offer me discounts for previous play (even my low play), so it might be worthwhile getting that card. Also look up for offers for new signups at other places. Some places do freeplay etc for newbies, although I think that has reduced a bit over the years.

    Have you downloaded the Cityzen app? It gets you a free drink daily at 3 bars in Vegas, plus some 2/1 offers. Also have a look at happy hours and see which ones you like the look of for food and drinks. Some of them are really good value, and can be a substitute for going out for a meal if you're not that hungry.
    • photome
    • By photome 12th Sep 17, 4:23 PM
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    Hi All,





    Staying at the Luxor for 6 nights on 21st Oct. (booked a tower room on advice I read)

    personally I would have gone for the pyramid as its the only time you will get to stay in a pyramid and ride an inclinator ,you can stay in a standard hotel room anywhere


    Anyone know about the pool situation we were told the pool is open year round..

    Not sure about Luxor pool being open all year round, most close around sep/oct as it starts getting too cold to use them

    Flying Virgin out and Delta back. (Not really sure why that was 450 less hopefully a good choice)

    its possibly cheaper as you may have chosen a non direct flight on the return AFAIK Delta dont fly direct to the UK from Vegas.






    Can we use credit card most places like eating and bars, (prefer to get the best rate on no fee card)
    Will just use cash for random bits, gambling and tips etc.

    Have you got the best value cards Halifax clarity and Post office are 2 good ones along with prepayment cards such as Revolut altough I think Monzo is possibly better now, but yes you can use cards.






    James
    Originally posted by Jgantz
    my answers in red
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 12th Sep 17, 7:59 PM
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    Delta flight return is the Virgin plane... as Delta merged with Virgin back in 2014, which is how I flew direct in June 2014 for £598 with Virgin by buying the ticket through Delta!
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