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    • vegasvisitor
    • By vegasvisitor 5th Jan 18, 7:51 PM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2018
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    • 5th Jan 18, 7:51 PM
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    Las Vegas guide and MSE thread 2018 5th Jan 18 at 7:51 PM
    Las Vegas unlike nearly every other holiday destination you may have visited. In Vegas the hotels ARE the attractions. Most have a huge casino attached, but if you think that's all there is to the place, you are sorely mistaken! Each hotel is very different, with its own theme and attractions.

    The good news is, is that Vegas can be a friend for us Money Saving Experts, with lots of free attractions, cheap eats/drinks and value for money to be had.

    This page cannot hope to cover everything, but should point you towards some good money saving tips. All information at the start of this thread is put together by members of the forum and is accurate at the time of writing - we will update it when we can.

    After reading the 'information' posts at the start of this thread, feel free to ask a question and join the discussion! We have lots of Vegas regulars contributing to this thread - join the gang!

    HOTELS & CASINOS
    • Click here for hotels & casinos on the Strip
    • Click here for hotels & casinos in the Downtown area (north) of Las Vegas
    • Click here for hotels & casinos just off the Strip
    Last edited by vegasvisitor; 05-01-2018 at 8:04 PM. Reason: removed the first line asking people to not reply until other posts added. Good to go!
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    • Triker
    • By Triker 26th Mar 18, 1:39 PM
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    Resort fees nugget of info.

    I found this out after watching a vlog on Vegas yesterday.

    Virgin Holidays have a deal with Tropicana and there are no resort fees.

    https://www.virginholidays.co.uk/destinations/usa/las-vegas/strip/tropicana-browse

    I do not know if this works with any other Virgin Holidays LV Hotels.
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    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 26th Mar 18, 6:26 PM
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    Resort fees nugget of info.

    I found this out after watching a vlog on Vegas yesterday.

    Virgin Holidays have a deal with Tropicana and there are no resort fees.

    https://www.virginholidays.co.uk/destinations/usa/las-vegas/strip/tropicana-browse

    I do not know if this works with any other Virgin Holidays LV Hotels.
    Originally posted by Triker
    My guess is that they have factored the resort fee into their pricing(and more!).
    Virgin IMO are very expensive with their packages - you can do much cheaper with booking your own flights and hotels - despite the resort fees.
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    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 26th Mar 18, 7:21 PM
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    My guess is that they have factored the resort fee into their pricing(and more!).
    Virgin IMO are very expensive with their packages - you can do much cheaper with booking your own flights and hotels - despite the resort fees.
    Originally posted by jonesMUFCforever
    Agree..Virgin packages way overpriced.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 1st Apr 18, 11:20 AM
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    and soon to be a virgin named hotel in Vegas! (Hard virgin rock hotel! )
    Handy if I can use airmiles there !!


    I've booked us 3 nights in the Rio when we in 8 weeks, will make a change staying somewhere non MGM! Its the pools that draw us in + wifey likes $5 blackjack tables which am sure the Rio has!
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 1st Apr 18, 2:16 PM
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    Just started packing for our trip. Off to Dublin via Birmingham Ryanair tomorrow then flight to Heathrow Tuesday then the normal BA Vegas flight codeshare with AA in Business.

    All paid for with some of the travel vouchers we got for self unloading twice in October.
    Then 9 nights at the Platinum.

    We've only booked a car for 3 days. Day one Walmart, bank, Joes Crab Shack. Day 2 Vegas Gun Club, M resort lunch and pool.
    Day 3 Anything we might need to travel a bit for.

    Gonna use Lyft Line to get to the car lot, last time it was $5 then Lyft for the rest of the trip.
    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.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 1st Apr 18, 3:37 PM
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    same flight setup as you Stoneman, except were in Cattle! and I cant pick seats and if anything like last year, still cant pick seats 24hrs before flight either
    • koalakoala
    • By koalakoala 1st Apr 18, 3:41 PM
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    Aw Stoneman what date do you leave the Platinum? We arrive on the 11th at night.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 1st Apr 18, 4:45 PM
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    Aw Stoneman what date do you leave the Platinum? We arrive on the 11th at night.
    Originally posted by koalakoala
    We check out on the 12th at silly o'clock. 7am flight to Philly
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 1st Apr 18, 5:40 PM
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    We will be at Platinum from 8th April all being well. Travelling on Thomas Cook because they were cheap.

    Only a short trip this time. We were supposed to be there until 20th May, but have had to cut it short this time.

    Maybe see you around, stoneman and koalakoala.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 2nd Apr 18, 9:23 AM
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    We will be at Platinum from 8th April all being well. Travelling on Thomas Cook because they were cheap.

    Only a short trip this time. We were supposed to be there until 20th May, but have had to cut it short this time.

    Maybe see you around, stoneman and koalakoala.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    We'll be in touch, Stir bar happy hour calls
    The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 2nd Apr 18, 9:31 AM
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    We'll be in touch, Stir bar happy hour calls
    Originally posted by stoneman
    Sounds good to me. I wonder if we will end up being neighbours again this time.
    • Hackers76
    • By Hackers76 2nd Apr 18, 4:29 PM
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    Afternoon all, I will be over start of May and (assuming it still goes ahead) looking for recommendations on a bar to watch the Canelo vs Golovkin fight. Ideally downtown to keep the drink prices manageable as we will be there a few hours. TIA
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 3rd Apr 18, 9:06 AM
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    Afternoon all, I will be over start of May and (assuming it still goes ahead) looking for recommendations on a bar to watch the Canelo vs Golovkin fight. Ideally downtown to keep the drink prices manageable as we will be there a few hours. TIA
    Originally posted by Hackers76
    All the bars everywhere seem to be showing 24 hours round the clock sports - you should not find a problem watching it.
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
    • Hackers76
    • By Hackers76 3rd Apr 18, 9:58 AM
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    All the bars everywhere seem to be showing 24 hours round the clock sports - you should not find a problem watching it.
    Originally posted by jonesMUFCforever

    Yup I know that but wanted to know if anyone had any recommendations where they enjoyed the atmosphere
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 3rd Apr 18, 11:27 AM
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    There may be viewing parties somewhere, but I havent heard of any yet. Check at the property youre staying at to see if they are holding one.
    Last edited by pebblesmax; 03-04-2018 at 4:34 PM. Reason: Punctuation not working properly. !!!8216;
    • nvh
    • By nvh 3rd Apr 18, 2:36 PM
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    Will be off to the Deep South in June / July.

    If the Lyft people are still really active giving out vouchers on the strip, can you post the code here (if they are eligible in other US states, and valid up to August)

    Particularly interested in the $5 off 10 rides that seemed to be active last year / year before
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 9th Apr 18, 2:11 PM
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    hi


    has anyone been late aug-early sept to vegas?


    been looking at mid to late aug-early sept for a weeks solo trip and found flights and hotel with ba for 1115 (using a cashback site) and staying at the mgm (would prefer here but would consider a close hotel to this) and am pretty tempted...are people finding deals- cheaper weeks? Last time i checked for mid aug was for 1600 for a solo trip
    any advice>
    • photome
    • By photome 9th Apr 18, 3:39 PM
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    hi


    has anyone been late aug-early sept to vegas?


    been looking at mid to late aug-early sept for a weeks solo trip and found flights and hotel with ba for 1115 (using a cashback site) and staying at the mgm (would prefer here but would consider a close hotel to this) and am pretty tempted...are people finding deals- cheaper weeks? Last time i checked for mid aug was for 1600 for a solo trip
    any advice>
    Originally posted by bobbyhibs
    Can you do better by DIY
    I know flights can be expensive cause its school holidays but usually if you return just after schools go back ( around 5/.6th sep) its cheaper and if booking direct with hotels they are often cheaper in Aug/sep because it is tooooo hot for many. yes I have been a few times then and it is toooo hot

    do you not have any offers via Mlife, or total rewards ( I find total rewards more generous)
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 9th Apr 18, 5:00 PM
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    Bobby, what are your proffered dates and departure airport plus are you prepared to go ex EU as there can be savings to be made.

    I have been at that time. Hotel deals are still to be had but you regularly have to check and make sure your reservation is cancellable.

    One thing to not that it will be very hot at that time of year
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 9th Apr 18, 5:18 PM
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    Does that price include the 200+ resort fee Bobby ?
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