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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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    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 12th Jul 18, 10:38 PM
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    Will you be able to sleep on the plane? I!!!8217;d do it if I could guarantee a few hours kip en route. Sadly I can never sleep on a plane, so it would be a no from me.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 12th Jul 18, 11:01 PM
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    nah, I can go days without sleep to prepare for flying and being tired, and I am lucky if I can get shut-eye for about 30 mins (which makes me so jealous when I see everyone else fast asleep !!)


    Just booked the virgin flights (236 with 30k air miles)

    I wonder...!!! .. several shots of expresso along the way = might work ?!
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 12th Jul 18, 11:07 PM
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    Stuie or anyone else iteressted. AA/BA have some good deals out of London to Lax for September time. I am interested myself in booking a late notice road trip. For 380 return inc bags.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 12th Jul 18, 11:25 PM
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    That's not a bad price !
    I found BA/AA flights to SFO, and return from LAX to LHR (which is what I wanted), and the cheapest price I got was 354.....
    But that's on the 'Basic' booking which doesn't include Baggage....
    I found 'United' were doing same route (LHR-SFO direct and 1 stop from LAX) for 318 for the 'Basic' flight.... Add in baggage for 45 each way when sharing 1 suitcase, put the flight in the do-able catergory cost wise...!!!8230;..

    I went for the cheapest option in the end, with just an initial ballache drive !
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 12th Jul 18, 11:45 PM
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    Stuie, in the past few months I have noticed a lot of the airlines searches are returning 'basic' fares so yes add on the cost of the bags etc. Basic means basic ufortunately, HBO, no earning points and I think you get the last choice of seats.


    The LAx deal out of London for 380 includes hold luggage each return for 60 each. A basic fare was 320.

    I was also interested in SFO deals out of Man but the LAX deal from LHR is a better price but added incnvenience of getting there and back. Can't have everything I suppose
    • photome
    • By photome 13th Jul 18, 7:21 AM
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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

    I answered your pool question in my first post. most open at end of march beginning of April, its too cold before then. a couple have all year round pools but you need to be brave.


    You asked first about MB and Luxor, where there is no contest as you said prices were similar, You are now looking at somewhere different on the Strip and at 2 different (class) hotels, Mirage being best of the 2. Linq is a budget hotel but has just been refurbed,



    If you ask 50 people where to stay in Vegas you will prob have a list of every hotel in Vegas.


    Decide which part of the strip you want to stay and how much you want to pay.


    central strip Caesers Palace is my fav but is likely to be more expensive than the Mirage,
    • efes shareholder
    • By efes shareholder 13th Jul 18, 9:01 AM
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    Thank you for your help and your time and apologies for missing the pool information

    I get that its a complete minefield and one mans meat is another mans poison - Now I know pools wont be functional , a nice pool area is kind of out of the question unless its an indoor I guess

    I have my dates , just need to tie the hotel up - I think there will be lots of time on trip advisor the next few days !
    • dontone
    • By dontone 13th Jul 18, 2:23 PM
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    Thank you for your help and your time and apologies for missing the pool information

    I get that its a complete minefield and one mans meat is another mans poison - Now I know pools wont be functional , a nice pool area is kind of out of the question unless its an indoor I guess

    I have my dates , just need to tie the hotel up - I think there will be lots of time on trip advisor the next few days !
    Originally posted by efes shareholder
    If it helps a bit. I haven't been as many times as some who frequent this part of the forum, (we've been 6 times) and I still get hints & tips etc, from the peeps here.
    The thing is, is that everybody has a favourite hotel, casino, place to eat. Everybody is different.
    If I had any advice for you, I would say that for Vegas, the longer you can stay the better, and get a hire car.
    As for hotels, depends on your budget, and now, you have to figure in these stupid, rip off resort fees, so it can screw your spends up a bit.
    The last two visits we stayed in the following hotels -

    Wynn - which was lovely, but on a weekend, you could still hear the nightclub, even if you were 30+ floors up. It's a lovely hotel, but it lost points with us for that. And it seemed popular with a lot of college kids too.
    Venetian - Gorgeous place. The $20 trick got us a suite too at a discounted resort fee rate. It just has that 'wow' factor. Expensive, but worth every penny.
    It depends if this will be your only Vegas trip if you want to splash the cash or not.
    We are usually too busy pottering round looking at everything than chilling out by a pool. There is tons to see & do. There is a lot to take in, and it's a bit knackering the first time you go, because you want to see everything, and shop till you drop. Even somewhere like Walmart is a fun experience 'cos even the mouthwash is sold in 2 litre bottles (other sizes are available).
    HTH. And, don't be afraid to ask on here for help. If you aren't sure, one of the peeps on here will gladly answer your questions.
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    comping = nowt more thrillin' than winnin'
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 13th Jul 18, 4:17 PM
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    Thank you for your help and your time and apologies for missing the pool information

    I get that its a complete minefield and one mans meat is another mans poison - Now I know pools wont be functional , a nice pool area is kind of out of the question unless its an indoor I guess

    I have my dates , just need to tie the hotel up - I think there will be lots of time on trip advisor the next few days !
    Originally posted by efes shareholder
    Efes, good advice by photome and dontone. Planning a first trip to LV can be overwhelming with all the choice and decisions. Some hotels open their pools or Part of their pools in Winter but even then with the weather being so variable may have to close for the day on occasions. I have spent some quality time around pools in Dec and Jan even going for a quick swim.

    Hotel wise decide when you want to go and what your budget is then search for hotels and what facilities they have that interest you. The nearer to the end of March you are more likely to get better weather and more pools will be opened.

    LV has so many conventions and events going on during the year that these can impact significantly on price and availability so worth considering when deciding on your dates. Do some dummy bookings on flight and hotel web sites to come up with comparison of costs at the different dates you are looking at.

    A couple of more tips, if you are thinking of organising the trip yourself note many of the airlines are now quoting headline fares that do not include hold luggage, this can add anything from 60 to approx 100 per person for a return trip. Also resort fees at the hotels are anything up to $50 a night on top of your hotel rate. Car parking can add another $15 a night.

    If booking through a tour operator you may get a good deal from time to time, check out BA holidays. You will probably still have the extras to pay plus you don't have the flexibility if you want to change hotels.
    • vanilla8
    • By vanilla8 13th Jul 18, 9:44 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)
    Originally posted by StuieUK34

    Stuie I wouldn't fancy it! If you decide to stay one night in Bakersfield the Padre hotel is lovely!
    ET Highway is one long boring road! We also nearly missed the sign for pics!!
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 14th Jul 18, 12:32 AM
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    From listening to you guys, I think the 3 night road trip is gonna see us stay around Bakersfield or a bit north if I think we can pull it off... Upto Mammoth Lakes, then we plan to stay at the 'Little Ale'Inn ' ! then into Vegas for 5 nights ...

    The alternative to staying there, would be to stay at 'The Clown Motel'...!!! .. Pebbles mentioned it, and since looking at it (it looks cheap and nasty mind), it looks very creepy, the kind of place I don't think I will get much sleep ! , but I guess the scare/creepy factor makes it all that special !
    Failing that, I wanna get a selfie with those clowns, along with a selfie at the alien place!

    And yeah, roads look boring, but I did the death valley drive in Sep last year, its the same layout !

    Clown motel, even has creepy a$$ clowns in the rooms !!!!
    • Chyna-s
    • By Chyna-s 14th Jul 18, 11:05 AM
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    Stuie I wouldn't fancy it! If you decide to stay one night in Bakersfield the Padre hotel is lovely!
    Originally posted by vanilla8
    We stayed at the Padre as a stop off from San Francisco to Yosemite and it was really nice. We were lucky it was Bakersfield's Christmas parade the night we stayed which was lovely to watch all the decorate floats amongst the locals.
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 15th Jul 18, 4:55 PM
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    Thank you for your help and your time and apologies for missing the pool information

    I get that its a complete minefield and one mans meat is another mans poison - Now I know pools wont be functional , a nice pool area is kind of out of the question unless its an indoor I guess

    I have my dates , just need to tie the hotel up - I think there will be lots of time on trip advisor the next few days !
    Originally posted by efes shareholder
    Platinum has a year round indoor/outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi.
    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.
    • dontone
    • By dontone 15th Jul 18, 10:22 PM
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    Quick question(s)...

    I was being a bit naughty and was looking at Expedia for June next year, to get a general idea, and came across something re. the flights, that said that they now charge to put luggage in the hold
    The prices were 45 for the first, and 65(ish) for the second?
    When the fudge did that happen?

    So, not only do airline charge to watch films, charge for seat allocation, and when you get there, there are rip off resort fees & car parking charges. You now have to factor in suitcase charges.....

    Going to Vegas is getting far too expensive.....
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    comping = nowt more thrillin' than winnin'
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 15th Jul 18, 10:39 PM
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    Dontone, some of the cheaper charter type airlines have been doing this for a few years but I have noticed the major schedule airlines such as BA, AA, KLM, Air France to name a few have been offering the basic fares for a few months. It is only once you click through the search results to purchase it will give you the option to add bags or purchase the normal 'economy' fare that includes luggage.

    The airlines state it is to give the passenger a better choice.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 16th Jul 18, 1:17 AM
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    Yes. I was looking at flights with Virgin earlier, then now have three levels of economy flights. Ridiculous.

    On a lighter note, there have been reports that Wynn are removing all parking charges for residents and other customers. I don!!!8217;t know the details, but I am glad that if we stay there again we won!!!8217;t get a $28/night charge for parking there.
    • dontone
    • By dontone 16th Jul 18, 8:27 AM
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    Dontone, some of the cheaper charter type airlines have been doing this for a few years but I have noticed the major schedule airlines such as BA, AA, KLM, Air France to name a few have been offering the basic fares for a few months. It is only once you click through the search results to purchase it will give you the option to add bags or purchase the normal 'economy' fare that includes luggage.

    The airlines state it is to give the passenger a better choice.
    Originally posted by stevie11
    Yes. I was looking at flights with Virgin earlier, then now have three levels of economy flights. Ridiculous.

    On a lighter note, there have been reports that Wynn are removing all parking charges for residents and other customers. I don!!!8217;t know the details, but I am glad that if we stay there again we won!!!8217;t get a $28/night charge for parking there.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax

    Well, I must say that I got a whiff of bullpoo when I read that reason.
    Outrageous!! Anything to maximise the amount of cash they can get out of us (I know that some of the smaller airlines do it, but the big companies.....sheesh!!)
    They will be charging for wear and tear that your bum causes on the seats next.
    The car parking charges I don't get, it's like the hotels are doing their best to keep people away, instead of encouraging them to spend their money in there. I hope that if the Wynn goes ahead with doing away with the charges, then others will follow suit. If you stay for 2 weeks, and have a car, $10 a day adds up to quite a bit.
    BEST EVER WINS WON IN ORDER (so far) = Sony Camcorder, 32" lcd telly, micro ipod hifi, Ipod Nano, Playstation 3, Andrex Jackpup, Holiday to USA, nintendo wii, Liverpool vs Everton tickets, 250 Reward Your thirst, 500 Pepsi, p&o rotterdam trip, perfume hamper, Dr Who stamp set, steam cleaner.

    comping = nowt more thrillin' than winnin'
    • efes shareholder
    • By efes shareholder 16th Jul 18, 9:25 AM
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    Efes, good advice by photome and dontone. Planning a first trip to LV can be overwhelming with all the choice and decisions. Some hotels open their pools or Part of their pools in Winter but even then with the weather being so variable may have to close for the day on occasions. I have spent some quality time around pools in Dec and Jan even going for a quick swim.

    Hotel wise decide when you want to go and what your budget is then search for hotels and what facilities they have that interest you. The nearer to the end of March you are more likely to get better weather and more pools will be opened.

    LV has so many conventions and events going on during the year that these can impact significantly on price and availability so worth considering when deciding on your dates. Do some dummy bookings on flight and hotel web sites to come up with comparison of costs at the different dates you are looking at.

    A couple of more tips, if you are thinking of organising the trip yourself note many of the airlines are now quoting headline fares that do not include hold luggage, this can add anything from 60 to approx 100 per person for a return trip. Also resort fees at the hotels are anything up to $50 a night on top of your hotel rate. Car parking can add another $15 a night.

    If booking through a tour operator you may get a good deal from time to time, check out BA holidays. You will probably still have the extras to pay plus you don't have the flexibility if you want to change hotels.
    Originally posted by stevie11
    Well , after blinding ourselves with hotel after hotel and using using earth and street map, our booking is made

    We are travelling late feb as this was easier for my companion to organise with work and child care

    We are staying at the new york new york - I am sure some will love it and some will hate it , however it came down to location and also my friends want of a "theme hotel"

    We are travelling direct with Virgin and managed to get a 5 day deal for 500 so we are more then happy with that

    I liked the look of the mirage but it didnt sing to her so we took the mid range option
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 16th Jul 18, 10:01 AM
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    U got a 5 night deal in the NYNY & direct flight (inc luggage) with Virgin for 500 each in Feb ????
    If so, that's a dam good price, and handy info for me!!
    I need to arrange a stag bash to Vegas in 2020 in Feb, so having a rough idea on cost helps!
    • efes shareholder
    • By efes shareholder 16th Jul 18, 11:26 AM
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    We havent added a bag for the hold , the tour op told us we could do this when we check in

    We are only going to take one between the two and its to bring things back really

    This was 4 nights so 5 days - There are some great deals in Feb
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