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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 14th Apr 18, 8:29 PM
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    Stuie, nothing wrong with mid or full size, even a compact it will get to the speed you want

    Seriously the prices are on the increase, this is commented frequently on other LV forums. I used Advantage last year, mainly due to price and there was nothing wrong with the deal, the only downside was they show you to a pre determined vehicle. I was offered a mustang convertible for $15 a day extra but I didn't have any longer trips planned to make the most of it plus I would prefer the gt coupe rather than V6 convertible.
    • JoseChungsDoomsday
    • By JoseChungsDoomsday 15th Apr 18, 11:54 AM
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    Hey folks,
    Just realised that Norwegian fly LGW to LAS. Anyone tried them? I know all the horror stories but curious to see if anyone has first hand experience with them?
    • photome
    • By photome 15th Apr 18, 2:07 PM
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    Hey folks,
    Just realised that Norwegian fly LGW to LAS. Anyone tried them? I know all the horror stories but curious to see if anyone has first hand experience with them?
    Originally posted by JoseChungsDoomsday
    What are the horror stories?

    I know they stopped flying to LAS during the summer a couple of years ago because it was too hot. have they started summer flights again
    • Lee399
    • By Lee399 16th Apr 18, 10:35 AM
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    Car hire
    We bit the bullet last week and hired a car from Hertz for 9 nights in mid June, in the end we paid 190 for Group D (Jetta or similar) veichle as we have an Amex card and used the Amex CPD. Also we managed to bag another 10 cash back via quidco. We had noticed rates had fallen as last time we checked the same car was 221 a couple of weeks ago.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 16th Apr 18, 2:56 PM
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    Lee, that is a good rate for 9 days for all inclusive rental.
    • dan28
    • By dan28 17th Apr 18, 11:10 AM
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    Resort fees for Fremont, Mainstreet, and Cal are live now. $14.99 + tax per night.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 17th Apr 18, 3:52 PM
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    Resort fees for Fremont, Mainstreet, and Cal are live now. $14.99 + tax per night.
    Originally posted by dan28
    What's a resort fee??
    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.
    • slliw
    • By slliw 18th Apr 18, 6:43 PM
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    Hi everyone, just a couple of questions on car rentals.

    I'm planning my first trip to Vegas in Sept for 12 days with a trip to grand canyon in the middle. I'm looking to rent a car for the middle bit and wanted advice on where is the best location to pick up the rental.

    We will already be on the strip by the time we need the car so its either I pick it up from one of the nearby hotels (less choice of cars) or go to the airport (loads of choices of cars) What are peoples preference?

    We are also considering an SUV but want something smallish like a half car half SUV that seems popular over here and not the massive monster trucks that I imagine they will have in America

    Also, what do people do for GPS? inbuilt into the car do people bring their car cradles and use their phones?
    Any advice appreciated
    Last edited by slliw; 18-04-2018 at 6:55 PM. Reason: edit
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 18th Apr 18, 7:04 PM
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    How many in your party and is South or West Rim you are going? South Rim is a lot further so you may want a more comfortable car.

    Some of the strip hotels have rental agencies which is probably more convenient but as you say choce may be limited. Check the the opening and closing times as you may have to pay for an extra day depending what time you want to leave for GC.

    The downside of getting from the airport is that at least one of you has to go and get it and take it back so more inconvenient.

    Unless you need the size of an SUV, a mid, standard or even compact would easily do the journey.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 18th Apr 18, 7:16 PM
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    Hi everyone, just a couple of questions on car rentals.

    I'm planning my first trip to Vegas in Sept for 12 days with a trip to grand canyon in the middle. I'm looking to rent a car for the middle bit and wanted advice on where is the best location to pick up the rental.

    We will already be on the strip by the time we need the car so its either I pick it up from one of the nearby hotels (less choice of cars) or go to the airport (loads of choices of cars) What are peoples preference?

    We are also considering an SUV but want something smallish like a half car half SUV that seems popular over here and not the massive monster trucks that I imagine they will have in America

    Also, what do people do for GPS? inbuilt into the car do people bring their car cradles and use their phones?
    Any advice appreciated
    Originally posted by slliw
    We usually get our car from Dollar at TI but this time went out to the airport because the pick up charge for the hotels was quite high.
    If you use Lyft/Uber and only one of you go out to get the car you can get there for about $7 if you use Lyftline, that's where you don't mind if someone else gets in the car with you. The driver is only allowed to pick up someone on the way and going to the same place, he's not allowed to go off route.
    You do need to have data allowance to use it as it's run off an App, I'm on 3 so have my UK allowance to use in the U.S.
    If you are interested pm me and I'll give you my promo code to use, you will get money off your first ride.
    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.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 18th Apr 18, 7:38 PM
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    Running on from my reply to a post I thought I would do a rundown of using Lyft/Uber in Vegas.

    First off you will need to have data allowance for your phone, or alternatively most hotels/casinos have free wifi and it usually runs out far enough to the pickup point where you are going to get your car. I have tested LAS free WIFI and it works out as far as the Rideshare area.

    Through experience I only use Lyft, they are ALWAYS cheaper than Uber, how do I know? I have an app you can only get on the US app store that instantly compares both companies in real time when you put in your destination, and Lyft prices are fixed, where Uber has a range of a few dollars.

    There are 3 main advantages to using Lyft/Uber. First they are always cheaper than the rip off cabs in Vegas (Lyft from LAS to mid strip will be less than $20 easy)
    Second you don't need cash, the trip is paid for out of your storred card and you can leave a tip via the app as well when your journey is finished.
    Third, the drivers are all really friendly, they have to be to get you to give them 5 star ratings. Usually your car will have at the very least free water bottles in the back and a selection of phone charging cables, lots also have a small selection of sweets and nibbles, and the top guys also have laminated boards with the prices of the strip clubs hung from the headrest!!

    So before you leave Blighty you have downloaded the App, you have signed up and had your phone number verified, and added your payment method. (I use my LLoyds Avios Amex with no forex fees).

    Vegas is well set out to accommodate "Rideshare" remember this word, you will see it everywhere to direct you where to go to pick up your ride.All major hotels have a designated pickup area with clear signage, you wont be able to miss it, look for all the people looking at their phones tracking their rides.
    Youtube video of all the hotel pickup locations

    You arrive at T3 in LAS fire up your App (using McCarron free wifi if you want) pick up your luggage, and head for the signs that say Rideshare, the pick up point at T3 is to leave the luggage area and head down to the far left of the terminal, take the last lift up to the parking garage, over the bridge, and then the lift DOWN to the Valet level. The area is right in front of you and well marked out as "Rideshare pickup".

    DO NOT summon a lift before you get to the bridge, a car will be with you within 3-5 minutes and they only wait for you for about 2, so you might miss them and will have to pay a cancellation fee. You will see on the App how much it is going to cost you, so no worrying if you are going to get tunneled or driven around the airport, like we did once.

    To give an idea of pricing, using Lyft from hotel to hotel anywhere along the strip seems to be a set fare of $7.47 whether its going from Bellagio to PlanetHo, or Bellagio to Palazzo, and with all the hotels bar Wynn and Venetian/Palazzo charging at least $10 for parking it's a no brainer IMO.

    The one thing you have be aware of is if you have a lot of luggage. Rideshare basic cars can be as small as a Ford Focus or as large as an SUV, you have no way of telling until the driver accepts the trip, then you will be given the drivers name, type of car, colour and reg number. If you have lots of luggage ask for the next car category up, it will only be a couple of dollars extra
    Last edited by stoneman; 24-04-2018 at 10:18 AM.
    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.
    • slliw
    • By slliw 18th Apr 18, 8:32 PM
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    Thanks for the response, we used Lyft last year in Miami and maxed out the promo codes then.
    Do the rentals come with GPS or you bring your own?
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 18th Apr 18, 8:44 PM
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    Thanks for the response, we used Lyft last year in Miami and maxed out the promo codes then.
    Do the rentals come with GPS or you bring your own?
    Originally posted by slliw
    You can have them added at extra but I just use Google maps on my phone
    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.
    • Stew68
    • By Stew68 19th Apr 18, 1:18 PM
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    Good tips there Stoneman, I used Uber all the time I was in Vegas last year and found them excellent, I once used the App at Ceasers Palace and found myself standing right next to the driver when he accepted!

    I'll have to give Lyft a try next time (whenever that might be!)
    • nvh
    • By nvh 22nd Apr 18, 12:11 PM
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    Through experience I only use Lyft, they are ALWAYS cheaper than Uber, how do I know? I have an app you can only get on the US app store that instantly compares both companies in real time when you put in your destination, and Lyft prices are fixed, where Uber has a range of a few dollars.
    Originally posted by stoneman
    What's the app you use to compare?

    If you would like a few dollars off your first trip pm me and I'll send you my promocode, I of course will get a few dollars added to my account as well.
    by stoneman
    Will this work in any state? If so, can you bung me over a Facebook message with the code? (and the $ amount it gets?)

    Cheers
    • nvh
    • By nvh 22nd Apr 18, 12:13 PM
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    Just in case people haven't seen, there's an offer at Cosmo on... not sure if it's any good - you can decide for yourselves

    $105 & up Flash Sale: Swanky Las Vegas Strip Resort, up to 30% Off

    * A 2-night minimum stay is required for the "Ditch Everyday" promotion
    * Refundable price; book now and cancel up to 72 hours before arrival if necessary
    * A nightly $40 (tax inclusive ) resort fee is additional and covers Wi-Fi and fitness center access

    https://www.travelzoo.com/hotel-booking/hotel/2168/the-cosmopolitan-of-las-vegas/
    • Triker
    • By Triker 25th Apr 18, 9:45 PM
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    In 2009, and possibly previous to that, I purchased Restaurant.com vouchers to use in Las Vegas.

    I dutifully printed them out and took them with me on at least 3 Vegas trips and never used them.

    I have just checked my account after a absence of quite a number of years and found I have $150 worth of giftcards to use.

    Nice surprise for our impending vegas trip.
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    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 25th Apr 18, 10:07 PM
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    Well done Triker. I!!!8217;ll have to check my account too. I recall they changed the certificates to no expiry date a few years ago. I can!!!8217;t say I!!!8217;ve bothered with them in recent years due to the good deals on Groupon and Travelzoo.
    • photome
    • By photome 26th Apr 18, 6:51 AM
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    In 2009, and possibly previous to that, I purchased Restaurant.com vouchers to use in Las Vegas.

    I dutifully printed them out and took them with me on at least 3 Vegas trips and never used them.

    I have just checked my account after a absence of quite a number of years and found I have $150 worth of giftcards to use.

    Nice surprise for our impending vegas trip.
    Originally posted by Triker
    I am the same,as like Pebbles I stopped using them as I had so many other deals.

    be aware that you may have to swop your vouchers to another restaurant as the one you originally chose may have stopped participating , at least thats how I remember it last time I looked
    • slliw
    • By slliw 27th Apr 18, 3:07 PM
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    How many in your party and is South or West Rim you are going? South Rim is a lot further so you may want a more comfortable car.

    Some of the strip hotels have rental agencies which is probably more convenient but as you say choce may be limited. Check the the opening and closing times as you may have to pay for an extra day depending what time you want to leave for GC.

    The downside of getting from the airport is that at least one of you has to go and get it and take it back so more inconvenient.

    Unless you need the size of an SUV, a mid, standard or even compact would easily do the journey.
    Originally posted by stevie11

    Only two of us in our party and we are going to South rim so will want something comfortable which is why we want the SUV for the long journey. Currently I drive a 5 door Ford fiesta and wouldn't fancy doing 5 hours drive in that to the canyon. Will probably end up keeping the car till we fly out so in total will rent for about 7 days. Also plan on doing some shopping to the Outlets so can see the need for a bigger car

    How does it work? I've been told by colleagues they just walk you to the car park and show you a range of SUVs and ask you to pick one.

    I guess worse case if the SUV range on offer are too big I can always downgrade to a medium sized car
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