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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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    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 9th Apr 18, 5:42 PM
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    Bobby, throwing this one out to you 3 to 10 Sept Dub-Las staying at Mardi Gras Inn. Flight 379, Hotel approx. 300 (inc resort fees), then you need your positioning flight to Dub. A bargain eh All that extra cash for your entertainment spends
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 9th Apr 18, 11:18 PM
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    September is also when Thomas Cook from MAN do flights at OK prices.....
    Especially if you fly to SFO, and home from LAX.....
    At least u get to see lots of rock on your way to Vegas!!!
    Granted we flew out at end of Sep last year to SFO with ThomasCook, but at 369 return (MAN-SFO , LAX-MAN), flight was good price!
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 10th Apr 18, 2:03 AM
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    Sounds good to me. I wonder if we will end up being neighbours again this time.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Were in
    1608
    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 10th Apr 18, 5:36 AM
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    We are 1618.
    • photome
    • By photome 10th Apr 18, 7:00 AM
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    Were in
    1608
    Originally posted by stoneman
    We are 1618.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    neighbours
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 10th Apr 18, 7:02 AM
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    neighbours
    Originally posted by photome
    We were next door to each other last year.

    Just missed each other at MAG earlier too.
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 10th Apr 18, 10:57 AM
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    hi

    and thanks for all the advice!Sadly no comp rooms for the Mlife offers but savings i think were 20% (think for end of august 31-6sept) was 750 including resort fees(think it was like $1053)

    its either go to vegas 31st aug-6th sept ( or a day or so either side) or go in november first week ( 3rrd-10th give a day or 2)

    As for prefered depature airport, im open i can get flights easily enough down to london (manchester and dublin too) gee soo many options!


    and thanx for the advice about the heat stevie11 . in our last trip in 2016 in june i think it got to low 40C's so like 100 odd F

    Thanks again for everyones input!!
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 10th Apr 18, 11:23 AM
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    Bobby,

    Would you not consider a cheaper hotel to keep costs down ?
    If you were to stay at the Luxor for that week 31-7th September the price would be $658...about 470 total.Resort fee included.
    Plus a $25 food & drink credit.
    We have stayed at the Luxor a few times and it!!!8217;s fine for us.Also nice to try different hotels.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 10th Apr 18, 11:39 AM
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    Bobby, good suggestion above there are cheaper deals on hotels.

    Anyway if you are set on dates and MGM then it looks like the BA package is your best bet currently coming out at 1027 for 31/8 to 7/9 from Man. You have to factor in cost of resort fees plus getting from Lgw to Lhr on the return leg. The London option is over 200 more.

    The benefit of booking the package is that you can pay a deposit, the downside is that you find a better hotel deal you are probably locked in on the package price.

    Good luck.
    • martmonk
    • By martmonk 11th Apr 18, 6:57 AM
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    Bobby, have you looked at ex INV?
    Assuming you can get there as easily as you can MAN etc then you may see some cheaper options due to reduced (0) APD.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 11th Apr 18, 10:44 AM
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    Looks like our last resort fee free hotel has now succumbed.

    Main Street Station Hotel Downtown looks like future bookings now have a near $17 per day resort fee added.

    I would hope we wont be charged this, as our September booking was made last December.
    Last edited by Brats64; 11-04-2018 at 11:40 AM.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 11th Apr 18, 11:50 AM
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    Looks like our last resort fee free hotel has now succumbed.

    Main Street Station Hotel Downtown looks like future bookings now have a near $17 per day resort fee added.

    I would hope we wont be charged this, as our September booking was made last December.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    It is getting harder to find a hotel without resort fees, if that is your thing. At least downtown properties should still be less than strip.

    I would stress to the check-in receptionist that your booked on the understanding that there were no resort fees and hopefully that will work. I have had resort fees removed or reduced for various things so with management discretion they can remove them.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 11th Apr 18, 5:30 PM
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    Looks like our last resort fee free hotel has now succumbed.

    Main Street Station Hotel Downtown looks like future bookings now have a near $17 per day resort fee added.

    I would hope we wont be charged this, as our September booking was made last December.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    Ive read on another message board that it is only being charged on bookings from April this year, so you should be fine. Just take the original confirmation with you just to be sure.
    • photome
    • By photome 11th Apr 18, 5:57 PM
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    photome
    Looks like our last resort fee free hotel has now succumbed.

    Main Street Station Hotel Downtown looks like future bookings now have a near $17 per day resort fee added.

    I would hope we wont be charged this, as our September booking was made last December.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    Along with Fremont and California (all Boyd hotels)

    I was reading on Vegas messageboard the other day about these new charges and I think you may be ok

    Do you have any play with them. I have just stayed at the Cal 3 nights comped, and didnt have to pay the $5 a day parking charge either


    EDIT, I see pebbles had already posted much the same
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 11th Apr 18, 11:43 PM
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    Our booking for the weekend stay at MSS is through AA airmiles.
    We had a total of 7 to pay for Friday & Saturday night stay.So should not really complain about a resort fee,but being as I am, I will not be expecting to pay it.As the introduction of it is long after the room was paid for.
    We do gamble at MSS but not enough to make any difference...although the Orleans has comped us rooms this next trip.
    It is interesting how different hotel chains regard the resort fee on comped rooms.
    Boyd properties dont charge the resort fee on a comped room, yet the 2 nights comped at the MGM Grand still requires payment of the resort fee.
    $40+ per night.
    • dan28
    • By dan28 12th Apr 18, 9:59 AM
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    It is interesting how different hotel chains regard the resort fee on comped rooms.
    Boyd properties dont charge the resort fee on a comped room, yet the 2 nights comped at the MGM Grand still requires payment of the resort fee.
    $40+ per night.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    Absolutely ... but when strip hotels started to add resort fees to their room rates comped rooms were also excluded from fees. These days it's another story in many cases.

    I am excited if Four Queens will benefit from Boyds' new resort fees.
    Last edited by dan28; 12-04-2018 at 10:04 AM.
    • photome
    • By photome 12th Apr 18, 3:44 PM
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    Absolutely ... but when strip hotels started to add resort fees to their room rates comped rooms were also excluded from fees. These days it's another story in many cases.

    I am excited if Four Queens will benefit from Boyds' new resort fees.
    Originally posted by dan28
    Much talk on other message boards about people deserting Boyd for the 4queens
    • dan28
    • By dan28 12th Apr 18, 8:14 PM
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    Much talk on other message boards about people deserting Boyd for the 4queens
    Originally posted by photome
    Yes, I've read it too. Perhaps 4Q will be the big winner at the end of the day.
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 14th Apr 18, 12:10 AM
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    Yes, I've read it too. Perhaps 4Q will be the big winner at the end of the day.
    Originally posted by dan28
    What usually happens when demand exceeds capacity?

    Normally it will push prices up - we will see.
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 14th Apr 18, 7:32 PM
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    Car Hire
    Hey guys,
    One of you mentioned about the cost of car hire many many weeks ago on here, and it had a few replies, etc etc.....

    Well, safe to say, from keeping my eye on costs, and checking back over my previous records from years etc, yeah, costs are a lot higher
    Last year on Memorial weekend, I picked up a std SUV for 158 (Dollar rental, via auto Europe)...
    and average 1 week rental for a full size car (Alamo or dollar), was about 145...

    No matter how I look at it now, using a few sources, and excluding "europcar" who use Advantage rental, rates are certainly higher!
    180 for a full size car, and like 240+ for a std SUV ~!!
    Quite the hike in prices, as looking back at my previous rentals, I have never paid more than 150 for a full size car for 1 week, and some of those included full tank of fuel...
    Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!!!!!!!

    Were doing a gamble with Hertz rental for the 1st 4 nights car rental, but even that's costing 125 for Group D (intermed), then hope given its Friday night of Mem wkend at 8:30pm, the Gold/5* will be empty and we end up with something super bling for free (that's my hope!! )
    But for the week rental, I think I am going to bite the bullet and book the full size SUV (Alamo) which will cost 280..... (instead of the lesser car and work my magic in the garage)
    That's a lot of Hope I win big in the casino's to offset the costs!!!

    Technically, a pointless post, just making conversation about the increased prices in car rental !!
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