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Results: What is your Favorite time of Year to visit Las Vegas

January/February

4.62% • 6 votes

March

5.38% • 7 votes

April

17.69% • 23 votes

May

11.54% • 15 votes

June

3.08% • 4 votes

July

5.38% • 7 votes

August

8.46% • 11 votes

September

21.54% • 28 votes

October

16.92% • 22 votes

November/December

24.62% • 32 votes

You may not vote on this poll

130 votes in total.

  • FIRST POST
    • trets77
    • By trets77 29th Dec 07, 12:37 PM
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    The Las Vegas Thread and MSE guide
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    The Las Vegas Thread and MSE guide 29th Dec 07 at 12:37 PM
    LAS VEGAS


    .. is not like other places you might have been, where the Hotels are near to the attractions . in Vegas the Hotels are the attractions. most have a huge casino attached , but if you think thats all there is to the place , you are sorely mistaken .



    in a Family Fortunes style question if you asked 100 people something they associate with Las Vegas , I'd bet you my house the top answer would be "gambling". yet there is so much more.



    This page cannot hope to cover everything , but hopefully should point you towards some good money saving tips

    How to get there



    Las Vegas is 5235 miles from London , with flight times in the region of 10 hours +

    you could book a package from pretty much any online or high street travel agent that would include flights and hotels. however this is a money saving site so we try to beat those prices by booking things separately .Thats not to say a package deal might not be a cheaper option . it's easy to work out if a deal you have been quoted is value for money . If the price of the package (X) is more than the price of the flight via the Airline (A) + the Price of the Resort ( or similar quality resort) listed in the deal links below (B) then why not save money and book things separately .

    so please before you post the question " is this a good deal " please work out the following is X>A+B ? . if you are booking in advance there might not be a deal for your hotel yet , but you should be able to get a reasonable idea of prices by looking at current deals, but be sure to factor in any holidays / sporting events / big conventions ect.

    only three airlines at the time of writing operate direct flights to Las Vegas , and only one of those operates flights everyday and BMI will terminate their direct flights Easter 2009 .


    Virgin fly everyday from Gatwick airport .however be warned this flight is poor quality . the planes used (747's) are old and tatty with cramped uncomfortable seats arranged in a bad configuration . there are frequent tales of failing in seat entertainment, running out of drinks halfway over, long queues at check in ( especially on the return flight) and surly staff.

    Virgin's new Airbus A340's planes and service are excellent but they are not on the Las Vegas route , and they only highlight more how poor the older planes are. Because Virgin have a monopoly on direct flights to Las Vegas from the south of England , they can get away with this , while trading on the reputation and feedback of their better flights ( which are on routes where they do have direct competition) . There were rumors of the 747 planes being replaced in the near future ,but it seems the credit crunch has ended this for now.

    Make sure you take the Quidco cashback available if you book with Virgin

    BMI currently fly from Manchester on Tuesdays , but the service will cease Easter 2009 !!

    Thomas Cook (AKA My travel )fly Wednesdays and Saturdays in summer and Wednesdays only in Winter , again from Manchester. Max jet was operating flights but went bust xmas 2007

    (a note about Thomas Cook flights , the baggage allowance is a very poor 15kg ( upgradeable to 20kg) , and the flights in June + July may well see your flight stopping off at Belfast or Glasgow to pick passengers up , making them not much better than indirect flights that connect in a American city . prices for these flights often get lower the nearer to your dates you leave it until they sell out , but probably won't in Traditional summer holiday times ( June to early Sept) where they are nearly fully booked well in advance.

    should you consider flying indirect there are many choices available , and far too many to cover here, but please be sure you know what you are letting yourself in for . flying times direct are 10 hours plus . you can probably add a few hours on top of that flying indirect .

    Getting a good fare is not straightforward . Factors that can see you getting that good fare are
    Flexibility
    be prepared to travel mid week not at the weekends like everyone else.
    Preparation
    look into you flight upto 11 months before you fly if you can.
    Time of year
    most Brits like to take holidays June till September .
    Research
    asking advice to regular posters on this site .
    Airline Sales and Offers
    airlines know when people start thinking about booking trips , keeping very regular tabs on the airlines websites for sales and fare reductions is a good idea. also some airlines offer reduced fares for frequent flyer's and members of there flying clubs.MSE members have found good fares by booking before Xmas for the following year , when Xmas is over lots of people start planning their holidays.
    Risk
    great fares can be had if you a prepared to wait till very close to your chosen dates.

    before booking you should check that you qualify for entry to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) . Also from January 2009 you will need to obtain a ESTA ( Electronic System for Travel Authorization ) to board a flight to the USA . you can find info on ESTA here . you can apply for one here

    Where to stay

    The Strip is where most visitors tend to stay , a few casinos worth staying at are slightly off strip and usually have a free shuttle bus to and from the strip.the other main area is called Downtown, where the standard of accommodation is lower ( and cheaper ) than most of the strip.



    if your a first time visitor you really should try to stay on the strip if your budget allows . you can then check out the other areas to see if you would consider them on a return visit.




    A common posted question on the old Las Vegas thread was "where is nice but reasonably priced ". It is a hard question to answer. none of the main strip hotels are likely to make it on to a " Hotels from Hell" show on ITV, but you do get what you pay for. a good starting place is to look at the following link

    http://www.vegas.com/resorts/

    anything with a Four star rating is unlikely to displease the Vast majority of people . but a fair few people will probably be happy with something in the Three star bracket and consider the hotel to be nice.

    A word of warning about using Tripadvisor to pick your hotel. there are nearly 300 hotels reviewed on the site meaning good hotels can end up way down the list in the 30's 40's and below . Also the site lists hotels that are in the Las Vegas area , but no where near the strip. South point for example is listed as 8th best reviewed hotel , and is on Las Vegas Boulevard but it is about a 15 min car ride to the heart of strip and is not walkable in any circumstances .

    The Hotels on the strip to most wary about are unsurprisingly the cheapest. They are Circus Circus , The Stratosphere , The Rivera , Sahara , The IP , Excalibur ,Hooters and The Tropicanna . post for some advice before booking


    There is no set price for the majority of hotel rooms . it's a myth that rooms are given away for next to nothing. rooms are priced on a supply and demand basis . if the hotel is selling rooms at a high price why discount? but if they are not then there is no money to be made from empty rooms.



    prices for your hotel room can vary day to day , let alone week to week. Normal Friday and Saturday night prices are always more expensive than normal weekday prices ( upto 3 times as expensive is not unusual) . other things that can have a big impact on the price you pay to stay at your preferred location are.

    Big sporting events
    Super bowl weekend in January for example or the Rodeo finals at the start of December, March Madness basketball which starts on the 20th in 2008.. also Big Boxing matches

    Large Conventions
    Events like the The Consumer electronics show , can have 150,000 attending . here is a calendar to try to avoid large convention dates http://www.lasvegastourism.com/conventions_jan.htm

    USA public holidays
    19 Jan Martin Luther King Day.
    16 Feb Presidents' Day.
    25 May Memorial Day.
    4 Jul Independence Day.
    7 Sep Labor Day.
    12 Oct Columbus Day.
    11 Nov Veterans' Day.
    26 Nov Thanksgiving Day

    also special events like Halloween etc can push prices up.

    Popular times
    a lot of this has to do with the weather . July and August are often disliked because of the intense heat. January and December are also quite months ( pools often close down in October till March ) . That said Las Vegas is a year round destination. Many consider the best months to visit as April, May , Sept , and October . Prices for UK flights in traditional UK holiday months of June to Early Sept always seem to much more expensive than April or May ( excluding bank holidays and Easter of course) , yet April and May are better times to visit . By not going in the Traditional UK holiday season , you could save a considerable amount of money on your flight, meaning more money to spend on your hotel.


    finding a good deal on a room usually only requires a small amount of searching. Booking through the Hotels direct has BIG advantages . first you are cutting out the middleman . second all of the hotels operate the same booking policy, that you only need to pay your first nights rate as a deposit and the deposit is 100% refundable if you cancel upto 72 hours before you stay. this is generally the rule with all hotel offers but there are exceptions . Some Luxor offers and other MGM group owned casinos ,offers have recently have been NO REFUND offers and The Rivera charges a small cancellation fee at the time of writing. be sure to check all terms and Conditions before you book to be sure .Offers can become available any time , but generally start appearing 12 weeks before your dates

    There are several websites that list offers and discounts for hotels. remember these sites simply list the deals that Casinos release so there is no need for a flashy website.Unless stated the offers usually take you to a direct booking with the Casino
    http://www.vegas-promotions.com/ is a good place to start as it lists offers in date and/or hotel order . and it's sister site http://www.vegashotelhunt.com/ which allows you to type in your travel dates to search all the deals available .

    the next link you should check is the Fatwallet deals thread . there is very handy round up of all casinos current offers on the 1st page as well
    http://www.fatwallet.com/t/63/704925/10193203#m10193203

    Other sites to check out are

    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=13

    http://www.openvegas.com/vegas/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=17

    http://www.vegashotelspecial.com/

    http://www.harrahs.com/hot-deals/

    http://www.vegas-hotels-online.com/

    http://casinotripreports.com/smf/index.php?PHPSESSID=3ccf0aabc1ad93b1d7868846e86c67 3e&topic=57.90

    http://www.smartervegas.com/

    http://www.earlyvegas.com/promo_codes.html

    please be careful about posting on these boards though as some are for the posting of deals only , not for questions on deals etc.


    some deals say they require you to be a member of the Players club to book. usually if you can book it without a players club ID, then they won't generally ask for it at check in.
    FAQ number 4 on the Fatwallet page (http://www.fatwallet.com/t/63/704925/10193203#m10193203) covers this subject well. but the important thing is NOT to bombard the hotel with phone calls and e mails about honoring the booking without a players club card. otherwise they might pull the offer ect ( or tip them off to very thing you are concerned about) . people on this thread have done these type of bookings without being signed up members .. no problem .you can of course join the club before checking in if you want . personally i would not worry , but don't be tempted to call the hotel if you book it and you are worried

    when you have found and booked a hotel , it's a good idea to keep checking the new offers as they come in on the Fatwallet Thread as you might find a better deal for the same dates . If the better offer is for the same hotel , you can probably get the hotel to match the better price under your existing booking by calling them up ( don't forget to use the MSE International call checker !!) . Really good offers may not hang around if there is a lot of interest , so get in early if you see a new one thats a great deal .

    Moving hotels is also a good idea if you find great deals for different blocks of nights , and is not as much hassle as you might think.

    Some people ask if it is better to find a hotel when you arrive , this is most defiantly not a good idea. besides the fact that you need to have your 1st nights stay booked up , to enter the USA under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) , simply showing up at a casino without a booking will almost certainly mean you being charged "Rack Rate " for a room , which is pretty much the most you can end up paying.

    Arrival


    McCarren Airport is right next to the strip . Shuttle Buses operate to all the main casinos . A Taxi is by far the most popular way to get to your hotel though. you can find a good estimate of the fare to your Hotel here http://www.taxi.state.nv.us/FaresFees.htm
    if your hiring a car you will find directions clearly posted at the airport.
    If you really want to arrive in style why not rent a Limo from the airport , they cost around $50 a hour. If you share with someone off your flight it may work out as much as a Taxi

    Check in
    you can check in from the airport at some Casinos.
    when you check in the clerk will will assign you a room . some rooms of the same class are more desirable than others. Strip Views are always more sought after , as are corner rooms or rooms overlooking a casino attraction ( the Bellagio fountains for example) . also try to get a room that is not situated directly next to a elevator.you should try to do as much research on the rooms within your casino as possible to find out what to ask for

    Cash is King is Las Vegas.. the following sites give advice on how to try and obtain a upgrade or a better positioned room by tipping the check in clerk using The $20 Trick.This works more often than not , but you may find it harder to get a upgrade by doing this if you have a long stay, or if the hotel is fully booked .Also don't expect to get a Penthouse suite from a standard room booking , you will probably only get one or two steps up the luxury ladder

    http://www.frontdesktip.com/

    http://www.thetwentydollartrick.com/

    http://vegasuncovered.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/las-vegas-20-free-room-upgrade-trick/

    regardless of if you tip of not , if your not happy with the room , complain and get one you are happy with.


    Getting around
    If hiring a car you will have the choice of parking it yourself at the hotel( usually free) or using the Valet service ( a tip is usually given for Valet). The strip is very busy at most times traffic wise .Hiring a car gives you the freedom to explore the many great places to visit around Las Vegas , Like Lake Mead and The Hoover Dam for example , while being able to hop around the strip easily and cheaply


    Taxis are good option for speed and convenience , but cost more than the other methods of getting around the strip. also you cannot flag them down either , you have to get them called for you from the Casino or designated pick up areas .

    The Deuce is the local 24 hour bus service and is pretty reasonable.


    $5 is all it costs for a 24 hour pass up and down the strip. be warned though the buses fill up at popular mid strip locations and make it hard to get on at busy times.


    The Monorail runs from MGM Grand to The Sahara .


    full list of prices can be found here http://www.lvmonorail.com/ride/ticket_info/. while it is certainly fast, clean and comfortable ,the downside is that you have to walk through which ever casino you get off at. Casinos are designed to be difficult places to escape , so it can be a trek to get back to the strip. if your going less than a mile your probably better off walking.

    Strip Trolleys are cheap at $2.50 a ride or $4.50 for a all day pass. however they don't run 24 hours , are not the most comfy ride , and tend to drop you at the back and sides of casinos http://www.striptrolley.com

    There are also 2 free to ride Monorails . One connects The Mirage with Treasure Island. The Other one connects The Excalibur , Luxor and Mandalay Bay. This one has a interesting set up . If you catch it at The Excalibur it does not stop at the Luxor heading south. The Casino owners don't want you skipping Mandalay Bay , so it only stops at the Luxor on the return North journey .
    Eating
    There are hundreds upon hundreds of places to eat in Las Vegas. It would be impossible to scratch the surface in terms of recommendations on this Post.


    Las Vegas provides pretty much every price range of food , from practically every type of world cuisine. from headline super pricey Celebrity chefs to cheap pile em high buffets ( and everything in between ) , you will find it in Vegas. so where do you choose to eat ??
    Your casino will almost certainly have more than a few places to eat at. But bare in mind the casino has a captive market so in house restaurants are often more expensive than independent/ off site restaurants . a good resource for dining options is a well researched guide book . i recommend "The Unofficial Guide To Las Vegas " it gives great tips on dining. or you can also find info and deals on this site www.restaurant.com



    There are still great deals to be had on food if your prepared to search them out. although some deals come and go , a few have been running for many years and should be around when you visit.

    $6.95 steak dinner at Ellis Island
    It's long been a table topper in Las Vegas Advisor's top 10 Vegas Values. a 10 oz Steak with salad , beans and choice of Potato . it's isn't actually on the menu though , you have to ask for it.available 24/7 . Ellis Island also does a highly rated BBQ for a mere $8.99. and thats not all, you can get a voucher for 2 for 1 meals @ Ellis island from either of the coupon books listed in the coupon section below.

    Shrimp Cocktail 99c at Golden Gate
    served from 11am till 2am

    Pasta at California Casino
    at the Pasta Pirate Restaurant

    Breakfast Specials $1.49
    served at Wild Wild West , Wildfire , Gold rush and Magic star. 12 am till 11 am

    Steak and Eggs $3.29
    at Arizona Charlie's Decatur . 24/7



    The most famous of dining options in Las Vegas are the Buffets . for a set price you can eat and drink as much as you want from the food selection available . Again you can choose from the Bargain to the expensive. don,t expect to find a small selection of food , Most buffets offer a huge choice of dishes. The Cravings Buffet in the Mirage for Example has many different stations from around the world , where food can also be cooked to order. Nearly all the Strip casinos have a buffet and it is unlikely you are either going to feel short changed or not find something you enjoy at nearly all of them. From the many many reviews i have read ( and of course the ones i have been too ) a few buffets come up time and time again with top marks. they are

    Planet Hollywood ( previously The Aladdin ) Spice market Buffet.
    Bellagio Buffet
    Paris Le Village Buffet
    Mirage Cravings Buffet
    Rio Carnival world Buffet
    Wynn Buffet
    Dishes @ T.I

    You will probably be pleased with the quality of most of the other Buffets on the Strip , however like the above certain Buffets Constantly get Bad reviews . there isn't enough time to get around the one's that get good reviews , let alone wasting time with ones that get regularly moaned about IMO. The buffets that most get moaned about are.
    Circus Circus
    Excalibur
    Sahara
    Last edited by trets77; 31-12-2008 at 12:07 PM.
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    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 23rd Apr 08, 1:38 PM
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    I'm hoping to be even bolder at the MGM and ask if there is a suite available. Well that's the plan, but I may chicken out.

    2 more sleeps!! I have been up since 4am and was up at 5.15am yesterday. I'm always like this a few days before Vegas and must be more excited than I realise.
    Originally posted by luci
    Have a great trip and good luck on the upgrade! I had a look at frontdesktip and it does seem like quite a few managed a suite upgrade, so will have my fingers crossed for you...and if it works for you, maybe it will give me the courage to be more bold than 'are there any complimentary upgrades available?' I'm alway so nervous that if I at least get that question out I feel like I've achieved something great.
    • bairn7
    • By bairn7 23rd Apr 08, 3:04 PM
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    Hi Guys,I've been following this thread for a while and just want people's opinions. I've just used priceline.co.uk for the first time and got a room at PH for 2 nights in July for 70. My first bid was accepted. So what I would like opinions on are(1) Did I bid too high and does this seem like a good deal? and (2) Will there be certain (perhaps not so good) rooms allocated by PH for these type of sites (since they are effectively discounted) or will I have as much chance as someone booking through PH website of getting a decent room?Thanks guys2 months to go, woohoo!!
    Last edited by bairn7; 23-04-2008 at 3:05 PM. Reason: typo
  • weiser
    i think you are right regarding virgins flights to las vegas now just wish another company would come in and give them some competition it does seem a regular occurence to run out of drink to but im sure that dosnt happen up stairs in first class
    • jonathonjordan
    • By jonathonjordan 23rd Apr 08, 4:20 PM
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    Can anybody Help ?
    Trying to find out wheres the best place to find a flight and acommadation.
    want to go to Vegas on 14th May for either 10 or 14 nights. Wheres best place to start looking for flights ?
    Also want to book either 10 or 14 nighs accomodation.

    Can anybody guide me to the right place ?
  • carson
    just a few questions

    Never been to america before....if i want a beer in a glass do i ask for a pint like here?

    Has anybody been to the car shows....the exotic car collection at caesars....the auto collection at imperial palace or the wynn ferrari dealership(i heard you have to member to go to the ferrari showroom is that true?)

    what's some good fast food shops(not mcdonalds but like them)thats in the malls or on the strip.

    how much is a taxi up and down the strip from top to bottom?

    any elvis fans on here....wheres some places to go for memorabilia?
  • Steve1981
    just a few questions

    Never been to america before....if i want a beer in a glass do i ask for a pint like here?

    Has anybody been to the car shows....the exotic car collection at caesars....the auto collection at imperial palace or the wynn ferrari dealership(i heard you have to member to go to the ferrari showroom is that true?)

    what's some good fast food shops(not mcdonalds but like them)thats in the malls or on the strip.

    how much is a taxi up and down the strip from top to bottom?

    any elvis fans on here....wheres some places to go for memorabilia?
    Originally posted by carson
    I just asked for a pint - and more often than not got a pint

    went to the car collection at the imperial palace (got free tickets off the rep when attending a meeting) thought it was good (not spectacular) had a lot of cars all in great condition and definatly a few that made us go wow

    we stayed at the mirage next to caesars so ended up a planet hollywood for grub in their a few times and it was great food and reasonably priced.

    macdonalds is next to hurrahs ( we gave it a miss as there was always a queue) aside of that there is burger king at the back of the Irish themed mini pub/casino downstrip from ballys (not certain on this as memory is a touch hazy)
  • redrichie2001
    This might be of some use....

    http://www.vegas4locals.com/couponip.html

    Rich
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 23rd Apr 08, 8:26 PM
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    has anyone ever used www.expertflyer.com? I read about it recently and the ability to check seat maps of upcoming flights was intriguing to me...so today I signed up for the 5-day free trial and checked some dates we were looking at for October.

    Gobsmacked to find on our top choice outbound date 2 pairs of seats at the back of that Virgin plane were available - usually they go much earlier than this...so after frantically checking with in-laws that dates worked for them (were planning on discussing this in a few weeks time).

    Have now booked and got the seats we never thought that we would get for the outbound leg, at least!
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 23rd Apr 08, 9:32 PM
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    ferf1223
    Trying to find out wheres the best place to find a flight and acommadation.
    want to go to Vegas on 14th May for either 10 or 14 nights. Wheres best place to start looking for flights ?
    Also want to book either 10 or 14 nighs accomodation.

    Can anybody guide me to the right place ?
    Originally posted by jonathonjordan
    I hope you do not take this the wrong way - but have you read through post number 1? Trets has compiled masses of info there which will be a really good place to start for you giving you loads of suggestions to get you going. Again, I'm not being rude by saying this - but what you've asked is really a very wide question.
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 23rd Apr 08, 9:54 PM
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    Stratosphere offer in travelzoo's weekly email...not my choice for hotels but seems very cheap!

    http://hotels.travelzoo.com/las-vegas-hotels/398981

    The landmark Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, located right on The Las Vegas Strip, is offering rates as low as $35-$39 per night. For stays Sunday-Thursday, this offer is valid on over 50 dates through Sept. 4. Weekends are also available starting at $89 per night.
    To sweeten the deal even more, the resort is throwing in more than $100 in extras, including:
    • A FREE Upgrade to the Premier Tower upon check-in (with spacious rooms and contemporary decor)
    • 1 elevation pass and 1 ride pass per person (up to 2 people) to the 1,149-foot tower, the tallest structure West of the Mississippi featuring the world's highest thrill rides ($36 value)
    • 20% OFF spa treatments over $50
    • 2-for-1 show tickets to "American Superstars" or "Bite" ($50 value)
    • Waived resort fee ($5 per night)
    • FREE admission to Polly Esther's nightclub (before 11PM)
    • pennylane99
    • By pennylane99 23rd Apr 08, 11:02 PM
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    I handed them over and very politely asked if there were any complimentary upgrades available. The guy at the Bellagio actually said, "I'm sure there are"! At PH they said they would check and came up trumps every time.

    I'm hoping to be even bolder at the MGM and ask if there is a suite available. Well that's the plan, but I may chicken out.

    2 more sleeps!! I have been up since 4am and was up at 5.15am yesterday. I'm always like this a few days before Vegas and must be more excited than I realise.

    luci
    Originally posted by luci

    Have a good trip...I am flying out tomorrow too...
    • Sheel
    • By Sheel 23rd Apr 08, 11:38 PM
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    what's some good fast food shops(not mcdonalds but like them)thats in the malls or on the strip.
    Originally posted by carson
    You might like Fatburger
    Mark me! Always take a Murtagh.
    • duchy
    • By duchy 23rd Apr 08, 11:47 PM
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    duchy
    Even better than the Strat for July is the current Gold Coast deal. 16th and 17th July $22 on a pricematch with hotels.com (US version not UK) On the same deal (also owned by Boyd) for the same dates Orleans for $40.
    Both hotels have a free shuttle to the Strip and I found nicer and less crowded than the Deuce
    I Would Rather Climb A Mountain Than Crawl Into A Hole

    Apparently having a "Quirky and Hipster" wedding
    • duchy
    • By duchy 23rd Apr 08, 11:52 PM
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    duchy
    i think you are right regarding virgins flights to las vegas now just wish another company would come in and give them some competition it does seem a regular occurence to run out of drink to but im sure that dosnt happen up stairs in first class
    Originally posted by weiser
    I've seen Virgin claim to run out of booze on the Vegas flights as a ploy to stop serving a large stag group. Seemed to be easier to stop serving the whole of economy than get into conflict with a group.
    I Would Rather Climb A Mountain Than Crawl Into A Hole

    Apparently having a "Quirky and Hipster" wedding
    • duchy
    • By duchy 23rd Apr 08, 11:53 PM
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    duchy
    You might like Fatburger
    Originally posted by Sheel
    In and Out burger is always highly recomended too. Great shakes too
    I Would Rather Climb A Mountain Than Crawl Into A Hole

    Apparently having a "Quirky and Hipster" wedding
    • pennylane99
    • By pennylane99 23rd Apr 08, 11:55 PM
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    They often run out of drink on the return leg to UK, as they dont re-stock in Vegas, so if they have over used the outward allowances, wont be enough for the return
    • atro1
    • By atro1 24th Apr 08, 7:07 AM
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    Reading what everybody is now saying about Virgin.
    Virgin is one of Britains best loved companies, its a shame that we could not get passed the management and let its charismatic boss know how people feel.
    I do agree its time for another company to come in, and do a 'Virgin' the fleet and the way they now handle customers is all a bit tired.
    End of rant!!
    Be ALERT - The world needs more LERTS
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 24th Apr 08, 8:53 AM
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    what's some good fast food shops(not mcdonalds but like them)thats in the malls or on the strip.

    how much is a taxi up and down the strip from top to bottom?
    Originally posted by carson
    I agree with Duchy about In and Out Burger...best fast food burgers ever (IMHO)...though there isn't one on the strip or in any of the malls that I can think of. THere is one on Tropicana toward The Orleans though. You must read about the secret menu though - otherwise you'll probably be disappointed in the selection.

    http://www.badmouth.net/in-n-outs-secret-menu/

    One day I will try Fatburger to see how it compares. we almost tried it in March - walking to MGM, saw Fatburger on the way but decided not to.

    As for other fast food - there is a Subway and Burger King (along with a few others - I think mexican and pizza) at O'Shea's.

    There's also a food court at the Showcase Mall - where the M&M store is - they have a lot of fast food places.

    As for the taxi question, if you mean to start at one end (Stratosphere or Mandalay Bay, I assume), drive to the other, then turn around and drive back to your origin I would think it's going to be pretty expensive. Most taxi drivers will avoid the strip when possible in getting from hotel to hotel due to the traffic, they go the back roads most times - the traffic on the strip will increase the fare due to the waiting time. I would think that for the time you will spend at a standstill it might be better to consider the Deuce bus if you want to see the strip this way. Or hire a limo and do it in style.
    • lasvegaschris
    • By lasvegaschris 24th Apr 08, 11:38 AM
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    saturday 20th september - friday 26th september, return flights with thomas cook (klm or northwest airlines) 333.64 return!

    just booking now, best deal i've seen!
    • pcg2001
    • By pcg2001 24th Apr 08, 3:23 PM
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    pcg2001
    saturday 20th september - friday 26th september, return flights with thomas cook (klm or northwest airlines) £333.64 return!

    just booking now, best deal i've seen!
    Originally posted by lasvegaschris
    Hi,
    How come I can get cheaper fares via ThomasCook than direct with the airlines? Is there any catch here?
    Thanks.
    Last edited by pcg2001; 25-04-2008 at 10:28 AM.
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