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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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    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 7th Jul 18, 6:47 PM
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    Wynn charged for parking in March this year when we stayed there, I have feeling it was introduced around that time


    edit, Wynn started charging in Aug last year
    Originally posted by photome
    Wow, they never charged us for Valet when we pulled up in April this year. Maybe the valets have their own system, " we charge the proper price and receive zero tip, or we let them park and get the customary tip on delivering the car"
    Vegas Valets have their own rules
    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 8th Jul 18, 10:23 AM
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    Can someone please explain to me what a max bet is as opposed to a normal bet?
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 8th Jul 18, 11:03 AM
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    minimum bet is the minimum amount, and max is the maximum !
    If a slot machine says minimum 50c per spin, upto max $5 a spin, and win value is 10 credits per bet amount if u win 3 cherries, you win more per your bet...
    There is no normal bet...!!! Bet is what you bet.
    Bet more, and don't win = u lose lots, just as I did (trip report)
    But if u pull off a win, sometimes its good!
    • slliw
    • By slliw 8th Jul 18, 11:55 AM
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    Thanks Stu, I wasn't sure if it was that or if it meant if you stick a $100 bill in a machine and pressed max bet then it would spin the $100 in one go
    Amazing trip review by the way
    • supermezzo
    • By supermezzo 8th Jul 18, 1:18 PM
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    Hi - can anyone help with a rewards question? The hotel reward say one night reward per person, per trip - what do they class as a trip? We're flying to vegas for a few days and then onto Utah for the weekend then back to vegas. Is there a specific length of time between when you can book again with a reward?
    It aint over til I've done singing....
    • photome
    • By photome 8th Jul 18, 2:08 PM
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    Thanks Stu, I wasn't sure if it was that or if it meant if you stick a $100 bill in a machine and pressed max bet then it would spin the $100 in one go
    Amazing trip review by the way
    Originally posted by slliw
    If you put a $100 bill in and the machine is a$1 machine with 100 lines then max bet would indeed spend your $100 in one spin

    There are also multi denomination machines so you could be spinning 1c,2c ,5c or more per line , just be careful before you press the button
    Last edited by photome; 08-07-2018 at 2:16 PM.
    • photome
    • By photome 8th Jul 18, 2:09 PM
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    Hi - can anyone help with a rewards question? The hotel reward say one night reward per person, per trip - what do they class as a trip? We're flying to vegas for a few days and then onto Utah for the weekend then back to vegas. Is there a specific length of time between when you can book again with a reward?
    Originally posted by supermezzo
    You can only use each reward once in 30 days
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 9th Jul 18, 9:28 PM
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    Wooooooooohooooooooooooooo !!
    Going back to the US in 2 months!
    I built up a good stash of Virgin airmiles over the past 17 months, and although picking Vegas next year in June = plenty of choice...
    Picking anything for mid September = limited! (like LON - SFO , then LAX - LON) !!!8230;.

    So plan I am looking at now (will be a Road trip with my Dad again), is flying into Vegas on the Saturday, then hitting the road straight away upto the US 95 (ET Highway / Area 51)!!!8230;..
    Guessing there is nowt to see, but another road off the bucket list...
    Plan is to get to some remote town called Tonopath (I think), stay in some motel, then hit the road and head north west upto Mammoth Lake (Mammoth Mountain) which is where we stayed for 1 night last year, and then following day head back to Vegas! 8 night trip, so 3 nights on the road (round circle I guess) and then 5 nights in Vegas!
    As usual, on a Budget! So using airmiles, target is 60k airmiles for both and max £600 in taxes/fees for both!
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 9th Jul 18, 9:32 PM
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    Tonopah is a dump. First time we drove to Reno, we were planning to stay there overnight. Took one look at the place and carried on all the way to Reno.

    They do have a clown motel there. It looks quite creepy.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 9th Jul 18, 9:52 PM
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    Creepy = sounds good!
    We had the 'Deliverance' feeling last year when we stayed in that house that was 3 miles off a desert road!!
    Creepy clown sounds good!
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 10th Jul 18, 2:33 PM
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    So plan I am looking at now (will be a Road trip with my Dad again), is flying into Vegas on the Saturday, then hitting the road straight away upto the US 95 (ET Highway / Area 51)!!!8230;..
    Guessing there is nowt to see, but another road off the bucket list...
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    hi
    unsure if it helps much but there is alot of youtube videos on area 51 stuff n what not,prehaps something you can look up?.There is a town called rachel which may have a motel kinda thing.Also any motion of camping- im sure there are some camp bases prehaps?
    There is a mountain range in which you can climb up (the name escapes me) and well I do believe it is the ONLY point you can see a part of area 51 but AFAIK it is a mega trek to get to .

    In our last trip in vegas my brother and I are pretty sure we saw a *janet* flight in the air! (this is a white plane with some red in it and takes employees to area 51)

    hope this helps and all the best
    • dan28
    • By dan28 12th Jul 18, 9:49 AM
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    • efes shareholder
    • By efes shareholder 12th Jul 18, 2:46 PM
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    I am looking to visit Vegas next Feb/Mar

    couple of things I could do with some guidance on as a first time visitor

    Mandalay bay or the Luxor hotel ? ( Looking at budget ranges but mandalay is pricing well)

    Secondly - Will the outdoor pools be operational at this time of year ?
    • photome
    • By photome 12th Jul 18, 3:15 PM
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    I am looking to visit Vegas next Feb/Mar

    couple of things I could do with some guidance on as a first time visitor

    Mandalay bay or the Luxor hotel ? ( Looking at budget ranges but mandalay is pricing well)

    Secondly - Will the outdoor pools be operational at this time of year ?
    Originally posted by efes shareholder

    If mandalay bay is similar price to Luxor, there is no contest, Mandaly Bay everytime.




    as for the pools , most outdoor pools open in end of March/April
    • dan28
    • By dan28 12th Jul 18, 3:23 PM
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    I am looking to visit Vegas next Feb/Mar

    couple of things I could do with some guidance on as a first time visitor

    Mandalay bay or the Luxor hotel ?
    Originally posted by efes shareholder

    Usually Luxor is cheaper than Mandalay. Overall Mandalay is the better property (bigger rooms, more restaurants, bigger casino, more shops) but some feel the location is a little bit isolated.
    Although it is connected via a tram with Luxor/Excalibur it is far away from the action of the Las Vegas Strip. Just consider this for your decision. So, Luxor for location, Mandalay for the rest .
    • efes shareholder
    • By efes shareholder 12th Jul 18, 3:50 PM
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    I have so much to learn

    There is so much choice , I have been advised the LINQ is a good choice and can also get a good deal on the Mirage

    Anyone know if outdoor pools will be operational ? and average temps Jan/Feb/Mar
    • John259
    • By John259 12th Jul 18, 3:55 PM
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    average temps Jan/Feb/Mar
    Originally posted by efes shareholder
    Here's your temps:
    https://www.vegas.com/weather/averages.html
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 12th Jul 18, 4:10 PM
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    I have so much to learn

    There is so much choice , I have been advised the LINQ is a good choice and can also get a good deal on the Mirage

    Anyone know if outdoor pools will be operational ? and average temps Jan/Feb/Mar
    Originally posted by efes shareholder
    If you can get a good deal on the Mirage then I would definitely choose over both the Luxor and Mandalay Bay.
    Have stayed in all 3 and in my opinion it is the nicest.Also location is far better than the other 2.

    The good prices you are getting for these hotels, have you factored in the resort fees ?
    • dan28
    • By dan28 12th Jul 18, 7:03 PM
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    Yes, if you can get the Mirage go for it for sure. Far better location, especially for a first timer.

    Most pools are closed for maintenance (and because it's no pool season) in Jan/Feb/Mar. Some resorts like Bellagio or MGM have one open at least.
    Last edited by dan28; 12-07-2018 at 7:12 PM.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 12th Jul 18, 10:03 PM
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    Right then guys, ideas!
    For those that have done some driving in the past, is this do-able do you reckon...!! (21st September)

    Direct Flight with Virgin = land at 1pm...
    Should be out of airport and at car rental for 2:15pm
    On road and ready to roll by 2:30pm (10:30pm UK time)

    Drive from Vegas to Barstow, then upto Bakersfield (big coffee break!), and then onto Fresno, which in theory should take just under 6hours with 390 miles to cover.....
    Thoughts ?

    (am toying with the idea of going through Yosemite and onto Mammoth again, then back to Vegas via ET Highway over a 2 night road trip, or 3 night maybe... That's 1 night in Fresno, and 1 night in Mammoth Lakes)
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