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FREE ATTRACTIONS

7.19% • 10 votes

WEATHER

3.60% • 5 votes

SHOPPING

9.35% • 13 votes

SHOWS

5.76% • 8 votes

FINE DINING

0.72% • 1 votes

BUFFETS

2.88% • 4 votes

WEATHER

4.32% • 6 votes

CASINOS

32.37% • 45 votes

VALUE FOR MONEY

18.71% • 26 votes

HOTELS

15.11% • 21 votes

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  • FIRST POST
    • photome
    • By photome 31st Dec 11, 9:08 AM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2012
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2012 31st Dec 11 at 9:08 AM
    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



    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 . British Airways , Virgin and Thomas Cook


    Virgin fly everyday from Gatwick airport and twice weekly fromManchester from 2011 .however be warned this flight is poor quality IMO. the planes used (747's) are old , with cramped uncomfortable seats arranged in a bad configuration ,

    UPDATE
    Virgin Atlantic is to refurbish its fleet at Gatwick with new economy and premium seats and an updated entertainment system.
    The £100 million refit, which also includes its Boeing 747‑400 aircraft operating out of Manchester, is due to be completed by October 2012.
    The premium economy cabin will feature leather seats with a 38-inch pitch, dual-position footrest, lumbar support and adjustable headrest with wings.
    The newly fitted aircraft will also include the IFE touchscreen entertainment system, which allows users to watch a film at the same time as following the moving map on the handset.

    Extra leg room seats - if you would like more leg roomyou can purchase exit row seats at Gatwick airport on selected flights on the day of travel from between £50 and £75 one way depending on the route. Alternatively Virgin Atlantic is creating a number of Economy seats on its Gatwick fleet of aircraft with a larger seat pitch of 34 inches which will also be available to purchase at check in for only £30 one way.

    Upgrade at the airport - if you want to travel with more space and luxury why not upgrade at the airport to Premium Economy. Depending on your economy ticket type an upgrade can be purchased on the day of departure at the airport, prices start from £149 one way. Premium Economy offers passengers a leather seat with a seat pitch of 38 inches. Passengers travelling in Premium Economy benefit from many dedicated services including a dedicated check in, cabin crew and meal service along with priority boarding and luggage.

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

    Thomas cook fly 2 times a week from Manchester. but only in the summer

    (a note about Thomas Cook flights , the baggage allowance is a very poor 15kg ( upgradeable to 20kg) , and some flights in June + July could see your flight stopping off at Belfast or Glasgow to pick passengers up , . prices for these flights used to get quite low when they used to fly before May , and you booked late .TIP: try searching for a holiday on the TC site , you get a option without hotel added on .

    Feedback regarding new British Airways direct flight .
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2174765&page=252


    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 with My travel .

    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
    TIP: Print off your ESTA approval and/or write your ESTA number in your Passport

    Dont forget insurance!

    ]http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/insurance/cheap-travel-insurance

    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.

    Great site for lots of hotel pics including room pics and reviews

    http://www.oyster.com/las-vegas/hotels/#


    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 be most wary about are unsurprisingly the cheapest. They are Circus Circus , The Stratosphere , The Rivera , The IP , Excalibur and,Hooters . 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 15th in 2011.. also Big Boxing matches (beware the fight set for May 1st 13th 2010)

    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

    National and Public Holidays 2012

    January 2New Years Day
    January 16Martin Luther King Day
    February 2Groundhog Day
    February 20Presidents Day
    April 16Emancipation Day
    May 13Mothers Day
    May 28Memorial Day
    June 17Fathers Day
    July 4Independence Day
    September 3Labor Day
    October 8Columbus Day
    November 12Veterans Day
    November 22Thanksgiving Day
    November 23Thanksgiving
    December 25Christmas 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 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/
    http://www.vegashotelhunt.com/
    http://casinotripreports.com/smf/index.php?topic=57.0
    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/for...splay.php?f=13
    http://www.openvegas.com/vegas/forum...splay.php?f=17
    http://www.vegashotelspecial.com/
    http://www.harrahs.com/hot-deals/
    http://www.vegas-hotels-online.com/
    http://casinotripreports.com/smf/ind...3e&topic=57.90
    http://www.smartervegas.com/
    http://www.earlyvegas.com/promo_codes.html
    http://www.vegasuncovered.com/pages/special_offers.htm
    http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/trav...6400/?start=40
    http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/hotel...promos-35.html

    Also some hotels now have Facebook pages , that sometimes have deals on . see post 4

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


    also give the 3rd party sites a try , people sometimes get good prices .


    http://www.atlaschoice.com/new/
    http://www.netflights.com/
    http://www.cityandshow.com/
    http://www.travelrepublic.co.uk/
    http://www.hotels.com/


    don't forget Quidco if you use these


    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 various threads, 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.


    A recent and unwelcome addition to the cost of some hotels is the Resort Fee . a mandatory amount per room per night that covers the cost of things like Wi-fi or Gym access . full list of which hotels charge what and what for here . be sure too factor in this cost if applicable .
    Tip: Casino Gym's are something that are generally not free , so if you plan on making use of the Gym most days the resort fee might work out better value .

    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://vegas.taxiwiz.com/?lang=en
    TIP: instruct the Airport taxi driver to NOT take the tunnel



    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/
    note: The MGM Grand is known to be a difficult place to use the $20 trick

    regardless of if you tip of not , if your not happy with the room , complain and get one you are happy with.
    Last edited by photome; 30-08-2012 at 7:06 AM.
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    • adamg
    • By adamg 3rd Jan 12, 7:34 PM
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    Forgot everything you read on tripadvisor! Massive difference in the two hotels, mandalay bay is right at the bottom of the strip and is fantastic, great pool, buffet, restaurant, bars. Bus stop outside and monorail taking you to luxor and excalibur.
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    • Froggitt
    • By Froggitt 3rd Jan 12, 7:45 PM
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    The Tropicana ( £1684 ) which is ranked at 15th on Trip advisor or the Mandalay bay resorts (£ 2051 ) which is ranked at 77th despite being 5 star as opposed to the Tropicana which is only 3.5 star.
    The price difference between the 2 isnt a lot and we can afford either but after reading trip advisor I am more inclined to go with the Tropicana..............

    Just after general advice, Our main thing is we want a good pool area as will be spending a couple of days around the pool hence going for 9 days as opposed to a week.

    Any advice on the hotels at all ? or any other tips we may benefit from ?
    Originally posted by mrsrowley2012
    MB is a different class to Trop. However, Trops just been refurbished and I think its fab. Pool Club there called Nikki Beach which rocks apparently.....plus regular pool. MB pool from memory has a quarter mile of beach, and I would think it beats Trop poolwise.

    For the same price, I go MB. TA reviews for Vegas used to be meaningless.....a couple of mank hotels in the top ten.
    illegitimi non carborundum
    • Froggitt
    • By Froggitt 3rd Jan 12, 7:49 PM
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    Staybridge Suites Las Vegas
    #4 of 281 hotels in Las Vegas






    Joke!!!

    La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Airport South
    #6 of 281 hotels in Las Vegas
    illegitimi non carborundum
  • carlw
    Thanks for everyones help on all of my many questions.

    Does anyone know of any offers or deals out there for the IMAX at Grand Canyon?

    Thanks

    Carl
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 3rd Jan 12, 8:23 PM
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    any advice for transfer from las vegas airport to hotel - Ba charge £127 eachway.

    many thanks in advance Carol

    Originally posted by caz07
    I do hope that's a typo or it is a REALLY big party? Or maybe includes a flight to Seattle or something?

    Maybe consider checking hotel prices here:

    http://www.lowcostusa.co.uk/

    I haven't used them, but for the higher-end properties a lot of times people seem to find good deals and Venetian may fall into that category, worth looking anyway.
    Does remembering a time that a certain degree of personal responsibility was more or less standard means that I am officially old?
    • credit_crunch
    • By credit_crunch 3rd Jan 12, 8:35 PM
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    Great thread.

    1st post on here so fingers crossed I'm in the right place.

    Were going to Vegas for our honeymoon later in the year and are lucky that a friend works for virgin and we can get his discount of 20%. We are going to do 9 nights from Gatwick on the 11 Sept and have narrowed it down to 2 hotels,
    The Tropicana ( £1684 ) which is ranked at 15th on Trip advisor or the Mandalay bay resorts (£ 2051 ) which is ranked at 77th despite being 5 star as opposed to the Tropicana which is only 3.5 star.
    The price difference between the 2 isnt a lot and we can afford either but after reading trip advisor I am more inclined to go with the Tropicana..............

    Just after general advice, Our main thing is we want a good pool area as will be spending a couple of days around the pool hence going for 9 days as opposed to a week.

    Any advice on the hotels at all ? or any other tips we may benefit from ?
    Originally posted by mrsrowley2012
    hi we are hoping to honeymoon in vegas from 6th sept for 10 nights, but will split it 5 nights one hotel, and 5 nights in another. i have been pricing hotels on the following websites
    www.lowcostusa.co.uk
    www.travelrepublic.co.uk
    www.expedia.co.uk
    ** i have just priced 5 nights at new york new york for under £500 for 2 ppl which leaves you well under budget for the rest of your stay**
    Also dont forget to check cashback websites like quidco as you can get a few quid back when using a site like expedia

    hth :-)
    • xnikkix
    • By xnikkix 3rd Jan 12, 8:44 PM
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    http://www.skyjumplasvegas.com/Hours

    Anyone done this or know of any discounts?

    Also looking at thegunstorelasvegas.com

    I know a few of ye have been. WHats the easiest way to get to it? taxi? and is it easy to get a taxi back. Read somewhere they were hard to get if you go off peak.


    Thanks in advance
    Originally posted by gamboller
    We went to The Gun Store last January, we went by taxi and there were taxis outside waiting to go back to the strip. It was pretty busy when we went (Sunday lunchtime) we went on the private range but I'd estimate it was maybe a 30 minute wait for the regular lanes. The only coupons I saw were for $5 off which was pretty measly given what we spent! I think they even forgot to apply it at the end. We did get very cool souvenir t-shirt and vest top each which were included in the package.

    We're back over in less than two weeks now, getting very excited!
    • pennylane99
    • By pennylane99 3rd Jan 12, 8:45 PM
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    I do hope that's a typo or it is a REALLY big party? Or maybe includes a flight to Seattle or something?
    Originally posted by ferf1223
    looks like thats the price BA are charging for a private sedan transfer to or from the airport with Coast to Coast Limousine
  • mrsrowley2012
    Thanks for all responses x x x
  • Cand
    Happy New Year everyone, feels good to be able to say am off to Vegas this year now!!!!

    Just seen this on Facebook about Bellagio adding 3 new songs to the fountains... http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2011/dec/28/bellagio-adds-three-new-songs-its-fountain-attract/
    • My Fathers Daughter
    • By My Fathers Daughter 3rd Jan 12, 10:08 PM
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    Looking forward to new fountain songs...although we will be able to see them but not hear them from our room!!


    Daft question alert - is a UK Photo Driving License acceptable as ID in Vegas?

    We have been ID'd before going into the Nine Fine Irishmen (we were 30 and 40 at the time!!!) so we carry our passports. When travelling in New England we were told our DLs weren't acceptable as ID because 'they could easily be fakes and nobody would know'. Obviously I would rather leave my passport in the hotel safe if possible.
    please listen to MFD - she is a wise woman
    Originally posted by r.mac
    Proud Mummy to the gorgeous Benjamin John born 14 March 2009, 8lbs 14oz
    A new little seedling on the way, due 30 September 2012
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 3rd Jan 12, 10:18 PM
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    Looking forward to new fountain songs...although we will be able to see them but not hear them from our room!!


    Daft question alert - is a UK Photo Driving License acceptable as ID in Vegas?

    We have been ID'd before going into the Nine Fine Irishmen (we were 30 and 40 at the time!!!) so we carry our passports. When travelling in New England we were told our DLs weren't acceptable as ID because 'they could easily be fakes and nobody would know'. Obviously I would rather leave my passport in the hotel safe if possible.
    Originally posted by My Fathers Daughter
    We've had mixed success...at Harrahs/Caesars properties I've been knocked back just to get a copy of my players card trying to use my UK photocard licence - last trip they refused my US Passport Card too...I was so miffed as the ONLY REASON I got the Passport Card was to use as ID in Vegas rather than carrying my passport around...but she showed me the notice behind their counter that said in no circumstances could it be accepted due to the level of fakes around. Other places not so much trouble.

    I'm sure that I read somewhere some time ago that a lot of casinos decided not to accept foreign driving licences as ID...but maybe am making that up...and while I would think that the rules would be the same for gambling and drinking (since the legal age for the 2 is the same), maybe it's not.

    We did try taking a colour photocopy of my husband's UK passport and use that as ID, but the two times we tried they handed it straight back and said 'no copies'...though I know some have had more luck than we did.
    Does remembering a time that a certain degree of personal responsibility was more or less standard means that I am officially old?
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 3rd Jan 12, 10:20 PM
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    Happy New Year everyone, feels good to be able to say am off to Vegas this year now!!!!

    Just seen this on Facebook about Bellagio adding 3 new songs to the fountains... http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2011/dec/28/bellagio-adds-three-new-songs-its-fountain-attract/
    Originally posted by Cand
    I'm not sure I get the Billie Jean thing...but Lucy in the Sky could be awesome!
    Does remembering a time that a certain degree of personal responsibility was more or less standard means that I am officially old?
    • My Fathers Daughter
    • By My Fathers Daughter 3rd Jan 12, 10:35 PM
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    Thanks for that ferf, we will just carry the passports, we have them with us all the time when we are on roadtrips so it is no different really. Hubby read somewhere that you need ID if you win the jackpot on the slots so will need it for when we hit the big bucks


    Carl - I think we picked up a 2-4-1 flyer for the Imax in the hotel reception.


    MrsRowley - I too would pick Mandalay Bay over Tropicana every time. Although for 9 nights I would try to split the time personally, different parts of the strip just feel so different.
    Last edited by My Fathers Daughter; 03-01-2012 at 10:39 PM.
    please listen to MFD - she is a wise woman
    Originally posted by r.mac
    Proud Mummy to the gorgeous Benjamin John born 14 March 2009, 8lbs 14oz
    A new little seedling on the way, due 30 September 2012
    • ferf1223
    • By ferf1223 3rd Jan 12, 10:50 PM
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    Thanks for that ferf, we will just carry the passports, we have them with us all the time when we are on roadtrips so it is no different really. Hubby read somewhere that you need ID if you win the jackpot on the slots so will need it for when we hit the big bucks
    Originally posted by My Fathers Daughter
    I carry my hubby's passport in my bag most of the time...one night, I was tired and decided to head back to our hotel (Bally's) while hubby continued on playing at Paris...I got back to the room, washed face, took out contacts, changed into jammies and was pottering about in the room...and in huffs hubby stating that he needs his passport as he has won a jackpot over $1100 and has to get back to Paris with his ID...have never gotten dressed again so fast in my life as no way was I missing out on this. So it CAN happen!
    Does remembering a time that a certain degree of personal responsibility was more or less standard means that I am officially old?
    • luci
    • By luci 3rd Jan 12, 10:56 PM
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    Hi ferf, Happy New Year to you and Jamie!

    Where was the copy of the passport refused? I use the original passport when checking in at hotels only because I have it on me. The laminated copy has never been refused when used as ID when using a credit card and I use it a lot in Vegas.

    The only times a copy has been refused was at check in at Caesars Palace, as we were only there one night and had left the original at the other hotel. Hubby's photo driving licence was accepted though. The other time was trying to open a Total Rewards account at Harrah's.

    The copy was also accepted when buying alcohol at a convenience store.
    • hcb42
    • By hcb42 3rd Jan 12, 11:08 PM
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    re the hotels and trip advisor, remember these are only people's total impressions, which will include vfm and often budget hotels will show up veru high, just like Premier Inn always seem to do in the UK.

    Between those two I would go for Mandalay Bay every time.

    However i just stopped in Platinum Suites, which is no 2 or 3 in Tripadvisor, 1100 sq ft suite for a very good price, and I didnt regret not staying on strip, especially as sister was in Bellagio and it could take nearly as long for her to walk through hotel and casino to outside as it did for us to walk the block back. (and the strip view rooms are great!)
    • crow99
    • By crow99 3rd Jan 12, 11:23 PM
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    I've never had a issue with my driving license for normal ID purposes although often have to point out where the Date of Birth is although I only seem to get asked for ID when Im with other people

    Only exception to this is to sign up and/or replace lost players club cards which are a bit different...
    • tarkytarks
    • By tarkytarks 4th Jan 12, 7:09 AM
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    The other thing to think about when choosing a Vegas hotel is if you are a non smoker I would definately pick a non smoking hotel over any other hotels. We did one night in the planet hollywood last week, and even though it was a non smoking room you could still smell the smoke and I was really glad we only spent the one night there!! After a day/afternoon/evening in smokey casinos it's lovely to get back to a smoke free hotel.
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    Didnt seem relevant.

    Does the zero excess apply only to theft do u think?
    Originally posted by Froggitt

    Possibly.

    I read it as having zero excess on everything which is the reason I thought it relevant.

    Maybe someone else can clarify
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