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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 28th Jul 18, 3:44 PM
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    Do you have online accounts with total rewards , CET. m life. Boyd etc

    I donít get sent offers but I have offers on all of the above when I log in...CET at the mo is showing comped nights for every property most weeks next year., no weekends though.

    With Boyd I can get 3 free nights any time...handy for the weekends downtown at the Cal.

    We can usually get about 10 comped night a per trip, IMO itís def worth playing with your card in
    Originally posted by photome
    Yep I've got online accounts and they never show anything, just best rates.
    I used to have a host at PlanetHo as I played lots of craps but that doesn't register when accumulating enough for comped rooms, your host does that.
    When you consider that we go for 8-10 nights at a time, 3 times a year and probably play through (not put in) $400-600 a night each and the only thing we get is enough points for free buffets.

    But this has been the bee in my bonnet for some years now.
    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.
    • photome
    • By photome 28th Jul 18, 6:22 PM
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    Yep I've got online accounts and they never show anything, just best rates.
    I used to have a host at PlanetHo as I played lots of craps but that doesn't register when accumulating enough for comped rooms, your host does that.
    When you consider that we go for 8-10 nights at a time, 3 times a year and probably play through (not put in) $400-600 a night each and the only thing we get is enough points for free buffets.

    But this has been the bee in my bonnet for some years now.
    Originally posted by stoneman
    Not sure how much we play through, possibly more than that but not substantially more.

    Strange why you wouldnt get comps
    • newuser86
    • By newuser86 29th Jul 18, 12:24 AM
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    Not sure how much we play through, possibly more than that but not substantially more.

    Strange why you wouldnt get comps
    Originally posted by photome
    I have just left Vegas, put through 500 dollars through partners account and have now booked a week comp in Paris for next year. Stoneman - log onto total rewards and view calender for Vegas by month for all hotels and you should have some $0 dollar rooms
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 29th Jul 18, 7:08 PM
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    I have just left Vegas, put through 500 dollars through partners account and have now booked a week comp in Paris for next year. Stoneman - log onto total rewards and view calender for Vegas by month for all hotels and you should have some $0 dollar rooms
    Originally posted by newuser86
    Just did that for my account and OH, nothing but as little as $25 some dates.
    I used to look quite often but don't bother now. I doubt if I would use them anyway, we like where we stay and can afford their prices. Strip hotel rooms are too small, OH wouldn't be able to open up all her cases in one without them getting under foot.
    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.
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 1st Aug 18, 8:45 AM
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    weird email
    hi

    vegas related of sorts.Today whilst checking my emails i got an email from Spencer Acma (never met-nor heard of this person) and the email read alone thelines that he is a a Player Communication Specialist at The Mirage with MGM Resorts.and if i need any help with booking a room or dinner dinner, or transportation he d be happy to help.(he also says about he works at the mirage but can help with other hotels)
    Anyone know if this is a con?
    its been like 2 years 7 weeks and 15 days since i last left vegas( whos counting?) and i have never received an email like this before.

    can anyone advice?
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 1st Aug 18, 9:15 AM
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    no con, that guy and a few others send out mailshots to dormant/active mlife accounts. They are casino hosts.
    You'll get an offer of 1 or 2 room nights to get u back to vegas, etc.
    Handy when planning a trip, but using a Host vs Mlife offer = need to spend money/time (like minimum 4hours a day) gambling.....


    Either way, if you were planning 1 last trip to Vegas, and u could use a host to get a free room and not care about meeting a quota, do it....
    Most peeps use up the mlife corporate offers and don't care too much about there spend in that hotel (if not planning on going back for a while!).
    Hosts look at your previous play stat's, and make a judgement call whether to offer you a discounted room or free room, or free free room (meaning it includes resort fee).


    if u get any kind of freebies, use them !!
    • bobbyhibs
    • By bobbyhibs 1st Aug 18, 9:57 AM
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    no con, that guy and a few others send out mailshots to dormant/active mlife accounts. They are casino hosts.
    You'll get an offer of 1 or 2 room nights to get u back to vegas, etc.
    Handy when planning a trip, but using a Host vs Mlife offer = need to spend money/time (like minimum 4hours a day) gambling.....


    Either way, if you were planning 1 last trip to Vegas, and u could use a host to get a free room and not care about meeting a quota, do it....
    Most peeps use up the mlife corporate offers and don't care too much about there spend in that hotel (if not planning on going back for a while!).
    Hosts look at your previous play stat's, and make a judgement call whether to offer you a discounted room or free room, or free free room (meaning it includes resort fee).


    if u get any kind of freebies, use them !!
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    hi and thanks for the detailed feedback stuie !!
    we went to vegas 3 years in a row and never heard a peep from a host!!
    sadly im a bit *tight* with my money-though i often tell myself i money saving and if i go gambiling -which in vegas i do- i do tend to have a limit and 99 outta a 100 stick to it.Sadly i dont think i would gamble for hours at a time, 20mins here and there 30 here and there ,like alot of people we go to vegas put x amount down and 95 outta a 100 lose!!
    thanks again for your time and feedback !
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 1st Aug 18, 10:48 AM
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    Hence why saying if u don't care about X, Y & Z , use whatever freebies u can get, or abuse a Host!
    I did at the Cosmo in 2016.... A slots marketing guy put word out on the VMB board to entice players in (I only started playing slots in 2017/2018 , am more a table player) , I got in touch, who in turn put me in touch with a casino host for Cosmo....
    I blagged a little to get the 3 nights in City suite, and then blagged more at check-in to get the 'wrap-around terrace fountain view suite' which to this day, is by far the nicest hotel room I have ever stayed in (and waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out of my price range!)....

    Short story, I didn't live up to the value of the comp, and gambled more at Mlife properties on those 3 nights instead of in the Cosmo...
    As you can imagine now, they wont offer me a $1 discount on a room when I approach the hosts!!


    use & abuse ! (but if your going back, just use on the places u like to go back to ! )
    • gt568
    • By gt568 5th Aug 18, 3:02 PM
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    Friend of mine just mentioned that free drinks at the slots on the strip have been drying up? Anyone else noticed this?


    It's been 18 months since I've been...so not up to date!
    Down with the signature fascists!!
    • jonesMUFCforever
    • By jonesMUFCforever 5th Aug 18, 3:39 PM
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    Friend of mine just mentioned that free drinks at the slots on the strip have been drying up? Anyone else noticed this?


    It's been 18 months since I've been...so not up to date!
    Originally posted by gt568
    I had plenty when there back at Easter, mainly at Excalibur, Luxor NYNY and Mandalay Bay.
    What goes around - comes around
    give lots and you will always receive lots
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 5th Aug 18, 3:50 PM
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    We were there in April. Can!!!8217;t say we had a problem getting a drink at the slot machines. We went to Mirage, Cromwell, Bally!!!8217;s, PH, Aria, NYNY and Tropicana in a two week time span.

    Spent time off strip too, and didn!!!8217;t have a problem there either. Was definitely overserved more than once.
    • gt568
    • By gt568 5th Aug 18, 5:47 PM
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    Thank god for that!
    Down with the signature fascists!!
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 5th Aug 18, 5:55 PM
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    We were there in April. Can!!!8217;t say we had a problem getting a drink at the slot machines. We went to Mirage, Cromwell, Bally!!!8217;s, PH, Aria, NYNY and Tropicana in a two week time span.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Cromwell, now there's a joke. Ever notice that no one sits at the bar and plays VP? That's because their rule is you have to play FIRST, get the blue light, then they will give you a drink.

    We've never had trouble getting sloshed. Some of the higher end places that you think would be tight at the bars are the best, because the quality of drink is better.

    Ceasers sports bar is great, quarter machines, single bet and they will serve you all night long.
    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 5th Aug 18, 6:49 PM
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    Cromwell, now there's a joke. Ever notice that no one sits at the bar and plays VP? That's because their rule is you have to play FIRST, get the blue light, then they will give you a drink.

    We've never had trouble getting sloshed. Some of the higher end places that you think would be tight at the bars are the best, because the quality of drink is better.

    Ceasers sports bar is great, quarter machines, single bet and they will serve you all night long.
    Originally posted by stoneman
    We never play at the bar tops. OH doesnít care for VP, so we are usually playing machines on the floor. I canít say Iíve noticed a downturn in service anywhere.
    • gamboller
    • By gamboller 8th Aug 18, 3:47 PM
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    contemplating trip to Vegas number 8 in early October. Sort of 40/60 on booking at this stage. Will decide by 15th August.

    Hadn't looked at myVegas rewards since last trip in February. Seems pointless at this stage with the paltry "rewards". Managed to maintain some TR credits from the good days of social rewards to use in February but have none left and no proper offers from TR properties
    • gamboller
    • By gamboller 12th Aug 18, 9:56 PM
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    My Vegas reward rooms
    Hi does anyone have the link for the calendar on free hotel rooms with myVegas rewards. Have been purchasing the rewards and seeing if the dayes work but at the max 5 cancellation stage
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 13th Aug 18, 12:26 AM
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    Hi does anyone have the link for the calendar on free hotel rooms with myVegas rewards. Have been purchasing the rewards and seeing if the dayes work but at the max 5 cancellation stage
    Originally posted by gamboller
    Iím not sure, but if you join Vegas Message Board, they have a three that updates the calendars regularly.

    You should be able to see some of the threads without joining. Iíll have a look now and see if I can get a link for you.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 13th Aug 18, 12:32 AM
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    https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/2016-2017-2018-room-reward-calendars.132246/page-5

    A link. You may need to join to see it, but it!!!8217;s free.
    Informative message board too.
    • Hovis91
    • By Hovis91 13th Aug 18, 9:48 PM
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    So had an email today to say our flights with Thomas Cook for November have been changed to flying with Air Tanker( sounds like a wind up right?!!!) I have checked and they are a partner of TC .Does anyone have any experience of flying with them?? I know the in flight entertainment isn't good..it's a drop down screen for everyone or you download an app before you go and stream it on to your tablet / phone whilst onboard.Fortunatley hadn't already pre booked our seats ...will do it this week though.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 13th Aug 18, 11:17 PM
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    We fly with Thomas Cook next Month.
    We fly direct to Vegas, but the return is indirect using air tanker.
    TC have changed flight times 3 times already, each one more inconvenient.
    Not too fussed about the Air Tanker on the way back, as we usually watch one film then try to get some sleep, which never usually happens.
    Not that bothered over the in flight entertainment options either,as we have plenty of films loaded onto iPads to watch.

    I will let you know how we found it on our return home.
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