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    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 8th Jan 19, 11:10 PM
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    jonesMUFCforever
    I've seen this deal with MGM properties through Mlife programme - I think this is a smashing offer what do you think??

    MGM Grand - 9 nights - 4 nights free/comped for a total cost of $306 (total for whole 9 day stay!) plus resort fees and taxes of $419 making a total cost of $725 PLUS $50 resort credit AND $50 freeplay.

    I have one extra question can I have the freeplay above and the $50 freeplay by using the LP points from the My Vegas game - I have plenty of points to cover this?
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
    • dan28
    • By dan28 9th Jan 19, 7:47 AM
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    dan28
    I've seen this deal with MGM properties through Mlife programme - I think this is a smashing offer what do you think??

    MGM Grand - 9 nights - 4 nights free/comped for a total cost of $306 (total for whole 9 day stay!) plus resort fees and taxes of $419 making a total cost of $725 PLUS $50 resort credit AND $50 freeplay.
    Originally posted by jonesMUFCforever
    That's a great offer IMO. Is it good for a Grand Tower Room or West Wing Room? I stayed in both and highly recommend the Grand Tower Rooms.

    I have one extra question can I have the freeplay above and the $50 freeplay by using the LP points from the My Vegas game - I have plenty of points to cover this?
    Originally posted by jonesMUFCforever
    No personal experience but heard from different people that it is possible without any problems. You can refund it if you can't use them anyway.
    • rpstdavids
    • By rpstdavids 9th Jan 19, 10:23 AM
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    Off on 28th Feb, trip No. 16 to Vegas.


    Staying first 4 nights in The D, downtown, and then last 3 nights on the Strip, still waiting for some deals from Mlife or TR before I book them.


    It's been 2 years since my last visit, getting serious withdrawl symptoms now.
    • ajdj
    • By ajdj 9th Jan 19, 2:50 PM
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    Booking a 3 week trip road trip in March.

    LAX- Palm Springs/Joshua Tree- Laughlin (quick overnighter stop)- Grand Canyon South Rim- Lake Powell- Zion- Vegas- Victorville (quick overnighter stop)- San Diego- wine county somewhere for a couple of nights somewhere before flight back out of LAX (maybe San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles areas)

    Vegas portion is 2 nights comped at MGM Grand via MyVegas. Only hotel available for our dates and never stayed there before so good to try somewhere new. OH wasn't fussed about stopping in Vegas at all this trip but it fits nice with the itinerary and we will be elsewhere in the daytime (Hoover Dam & Red Rock Canyon) with Vegas buffets/drinks/casino in the evenings. It was a good compromise considering I would happily spend longer there. Will probably do the neon sign museum this time too on our check out morning.

    We now live in Fuerteventura so tend to get good choice of reasonable flights from mainland Spain. Ryanair to Madrid returns are €25 each. Madrid to Los Angeles direct with Iberia £290 each. We've hired a car with Dollar via AutoEurope for £375 for the full 3 weeks.

    Its slightly off topic, but if anyone has done any of the hiking trails in Red Rock we'd be grateful for a recommendation- there's quite a few to choose from (2-3hrs ideally).
    • nvh
    • By nvh 12th Jan 19, 10:24 AM
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    LAX..... - San Diego- wine county somewhere for a couple of nights somewhere before flight back out of LAX (maybe San Luis Obispo/Paso Robles areas)
    Originally posted by ajdj
    If you're going to be travelling from San Diego to LAX, you may as well go to Temecula (https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/)

    I liked it there, but maybe do your research and see if it's what you're after (but it would save you travelling north of LA (just to then go back to LAX))

    Places in Temecula always seem to be coming up on Travelzoo too. https://www.travelzoo.com/uk/hotel-booking/hotel/2078/south-coast-winery-resort-and-spa/

    https://www.travelzoo.com/uk/hotel-booking/hotel/3211/temecula-creek-inn/

    https://www.travelzoo.com/uk/hotel-booking/hotel/4153/carter-estate-winery-and-resort/

    https://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/San-Diego/Restaurant/302061/Cave-Cafe-at-Oak-Mountain-Winery/

    https://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/Los-Angeles-Area/Getaway/310149/Inn-at-Churon-Winery-Temecula-CA/

    An up and coming area...
    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 12th Jan 19, 7:13 PM
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    We're normally booked by now, but somehow aren't yet. Flights aren't cheap. BA coming up at £500 or so, but they don't include any luggage etc, so it pushes the usual deal up to £600.

    We had been thinking about staying doing a bit of a road trip to Monument Valley etc. Also finding that very expensive - a recommended hotel 'The View' is coming out at £270 per night (only need one night there), but other stops along the way aren't cheap either. 5 nights hotels for the road trip are probably likely to cost close to £800. So not quite sure.

    We also usually stay at Platinum, but won't be staying there this year after last year's stay ended unpleasantly. So, we need to decide I guess!

    We've booked a cruise for May. We usually book Vegas first then get an early summer holiday sorted after.
    • John259
    • By John259 12th Jan 19, 7:30 PM
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    other stops along the way aren't cheap either
    Originally posted by vegasvisitor
    Have you tried searching in Google Maps for motels in each town you want to stay in? Depending on what you're happy with, you might be able to make some savings.

    Most US towns of any reasonable size have "gas, food and lodging" - you're not limited to big cities and tourist traps.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 13th Jan 19, 10:39 AM
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    secretmachines
    We're normally booked by now, but somehow aren't yet. Flights aren't cheap. BA coming up at £500 or so, but they don't include any luggage etc, so it pushes the usual deal up to £600.

    We had been thinking about staying doing a bit of a road trip to Monument Valley etc. Also finding that very expensive - a recommended hotel 'The View' is coming out at £270 per night (only need one night there), but other stops along the way aren't cheap either. 5 nights hotels for the road trip are probably likely to cost close to £800. So not quite sure.

    We also usually stay at Platinum, but won't be staying there this year after last year's stay ended unpleasantly. So, we need to decide I guess!

    We've booked a cruise for May. We usually book Vegas first then get an early summer holiday sorted after.
    Originally posted by vegasvisitor
    When are you looking to go? Booked a few weeks ago for a late April trip and just caught flights available in sales. Best flight prices I saw for around then were about £380pp for basic tickets. Our flights are with Delta/Virgin.

    We booked a package through ebookers, booking the same package today has increased by about £460 per person.
    Last edited by secretmachines; 13-01-2019 at 12:15 PM.
    • stevenhp1987
    • By stevenhp1987 13th Jan 19, 12:29 PM
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    stevenhp1987
    We're normally booked by now, but somehow aren't yet. Flights aren't cheap. BA coming up at £500 or so, but they don't include any luggage etc, so it pushes the usual deal up to £600.

    We had been thinking about staying doing a bit of a road trip to Monument Valley etc. Also finding that very expensive - a recommended hotel 'The View' is coming out at £270 per night (only need one night there), but other stops along the way aren't cheap either. 5 nights hotels for the road trip are probably likely to cost close to £800. So not quite sure.

    We also usually stay at Platinum, but won't be staying there this year after last year's stay ended unpleasantly. So, we need to decide I guess!

    We've booked a cruise for May. We usually book Vegas first then get an early summer holiday sorted after.
    Originally posted by vegasvisitor
    We're doing "the grand circle" over 11 nights in April and are spending less than that £800 on hotels...

    For the day we are doing Monument Valley we are staying in a motel in Bluff, UT (~ 51 miles away, $100 on arrival) and then after Monument Valley we are driving to Page, AZ to stay in the Best Western Plus (~£68 prepaid).

    Recommend taking a look at Google Maps for nearby towns!

    What route are you considering?

    It might come out cheaper if you book your flights and car at the same time on BA - you can have a car for part of the journey by choosing the Flight + Car option and selecting "Create Custom Trip".

    For our trip: Car + Flight was cheaper than Flight alone... Car + Flight + 5 nights Vegas hotels was cheaper than Flight alone... These trips give you 1 piece of luggage each too!
    • messalina79
    • By messalina79 14th Jan 19, 4:08 PM
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    Well, I've booked my 40th birthday trip to Vegas in April! There were some astonishingly cheap deals released on Boxing Day, we managed to get 9 nights at the Palazzo with direct flights for sub 1k (we could have had the equivalent at the Stratopshere for £460, but wasn't feeling quite that foolhardy!). It's one of the few Vegas resorts I haven't stayed at, so looking forward to checking it out. As it's my birthday I'm looking forward to going up the Eiffel Tower for free, and I'm going to see if there are any other birthday offers to take advantage of.

    <edit> Lastminute came out by far the cheapest for us, it's gone up a bit but still seems to be better than Travelbag, which is what we usually use.
    Last edited by messalina79; 14-01-2019 at 4:10 PM.
    • nvh
    • By nvh 14th Jan 19, 10:24 PM
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    nvh
    We had been thinking about staying doing a bit of a road trip to Monument Valley etc. Also finding that very expensive - a recommended hotel 'The View' is coming out at £270 per night (only need one night there), but other stops along the way aren't cheap either..
    Originally posted by vegasvisitor
    where else are you going on your toad trip?

    Just found my booking confirmation from The View (2013) stay:
    This letter is to confirm your reservation arriving on Saturday, August 31, 2013 and checking out on Sunday, September 1, 2013 which is a total of 1 night(s). We have you staying in 1 room(s) which is a 2 Queen Beds With Premium View. The rate for 2 adults and 0 children will be $219.00 weekday. The total amount of your stay, including tax (12%) will be $247.47.
    We liked the view from the view... the hotel was so-so (tourist trap) but get up for that sunrise!!



    What you also need to do is weigh up the cost of doing an organised tour there as well (if you want of course, but I’d recommend it.)

    We did Navajo Spirit Tours - cost $150 for 2 people but was really good (5 years ago!!)... do not entertain paying and taking your own car out into the valley. It’s not worth it! (Dust, “sand roads” and holes everywhere)
    • John259
    • By John259 15th Jan 19, 6:32 AM
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    It's perhaps worth mentioning that US163 through Monument Valley is a high quality paved public road which can be driven free of charge, and which gives an excellent view of the magnificent scenery. If you want to save money, just drive that road, and stay in towns such as Kayenta or Bluff. It might not give you quite the full experience but it will cost a lot less.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • nvh
    • By nvh 15th Jan 19, 10:50 AM
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    nvh
    It's perhaps worth mentioning that US163 through Monument Valley is a high quality paved public road which can be driven free of charge.
    Originally posted by John259
    Correct - to be clear, I was referring to dropping into the Valley from the View hotel (which is going on to Navajo land and maintained as such )

    The cars on the first picture hopefully give you a better indication of the sort of roads that you can pay to go on to...




    The following pictures give you an idea of the sort of views you can get from an organised tour (as well as the history of the Valley, and an up-close look at some of the ancient wall art etc that can be found in the Valley etc etc.)



    • ajdj
    • By ajdj 16th Jan 19, 6:22 PM
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    If you're going to be travelling from San Diego to LAX, you may as well go to Temecula (https://www.visittemeculavalley.com/)
    Originally posted by nvh
    Funnily enough after a load more research we decided Temecula was a great option. We got 2 nights at the newly built Best Western Plus in a King Suite with free breakfast at £59/night via an Expedia code and have already picked up 1 Groupon for wine tasting for $3 with a nice discount code they sent me. Got our eye on another one for the following day too.

    From there we are doing 2 nights in Huntington Beach and then the final 2 nights in Pasadena, LA before heading home. We’ve got some incredible accommodation deals- mix of good motels, MyVegas comp, Airbnb and heavily discounted hotels. 23 nights average out at £56/night.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 16th Jan 19, 7:02 PM
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    We also usually stay at Platinum, but won't be staying there this year after last year's stay ended unpleasantly. So, we need to decide I guess!
    Originally posted by vegasvisitor
    You wouldn't be getting any deals at the Platinum now anyway with Fernando leaving.
    The new guy in charge of looking after the rooms (Christian) has quite clearly told me that there will be no further discounts.

    Shame as we have stayed there over 250 nights since it opened 2006, seen 3 different room operations managers come and go, have always been looked after by their successors, but this guy is a stinker.
    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.
    • koalakoala
    • By koalakoala 17th Jan 19, 7:13 AM
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    Aw that's bad news Stoneman
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 17th Jan 19, 9:34 AM
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    That is bad news about Platinum. I wonder if they will stop doing the Travelzoo offers as well.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 18th Jan 19, 6:02 PM
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    That is bad news about Platinum. I wonder if they will stop doing the Travelzoo offers as well.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    That's the only way we will be staying there in future
    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.
    • baza52
    • By baza52 18th Jan 19, 6:36 PM
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    booked a week at the MGM in a Spa Suite for the last week of April with BA flights for £700pp.
    This will be trip #11 even though i said i would not go again after the tenth time lol
    Last edited by baza52; 18-01-2019 at 7:47 PM.
    • chris1002181
    • By chris1002181 18th Jan 19, 7:31 PM
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    Hi so usually i stay at the MGM but i havent been for 4 years and its a little expensive this time so looking at the mirage or new york new york, Both similar prices about 50 quid between the two. Anyone got any experience or recommendation on either


    cheers
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