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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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    • dollywops
    • By dollywops 1st Nov 18, 9:41 PM
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    I assume most people flew VS out of LGW for convince, because you live south of London. If their moving the operation to LHR you will have to consider if BA might be a better choice.
    There is so more you can do with Avios than Virgin miles and status is easier to obtain. By this I mean access to the lounge network.
    Originally posted by stoneman
    We’ve been collecting flying miles for a long time now. 4 years ago we were fortunate in being able to fly UC return to San Francisco using our miles. This last trip, because we booked fairly late, we could only use our miles foe economy. Could not use the reward upgrade to PE, as there was no availability and by the time we got to the airport, there was only one PE seat left.

    I think we will definitely look at an Avios cc. We have used Avios in the past. They paid for our hotel in Washington one year and in San Francisco 3 years ago.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 2nd Nov 18, 2:21 PM
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    I had around 18k airmiles in my Virgin Flying club, February 2017....
    I signed up for the MBNA Virgin Atlantic Amex/Visa card (white card), and started collecting miles....
    Had my Tesco clubpoints auto convert to miles.
    Paid for everything I could on Amex to get 1 point per £1 , and the visa for all else, made the wife an additional card holder as she spends around £350 - £400pm on Diesel (I spend around £450+ on fuel per month)....

    I kept my eyes peeled for how to earn extra points (converting my Hilton points to miles, although low value), I signed up to Virgin ISA, anything Virgin brand that gave miles, etc etc....


    By end of Jan this year (11 mths use, I had got around 50k miles in account!) , I was given a voucher for 'free upgrade from Econ to Prem' for spending over £10k on Amex last year....

    MBNA / VA were splitting, so I signed up early to the newly created Virgin Atlantic (virgin money) credit card (free one), I got 6000 air miles for that

    When the final break came between MBNA / VA a few months back, I had already spent £10k on Amex between Jan/June (anything I could use the card for, including work stuff!) , I was given a 2nd voucher for "free upgrade from Econ to Prem" !

    I then got the offer from Virgin money to say sign up to there 'paid' credit card which I think cost me £160 per year, and I got 15k airmiles sign up bonus, then 6000 miles for 3 months as long as I spend spend! (so 18k miles over 3 months)....
    I get 1.5 miles per £1 spent, and wifey is a 2nd card holder, and if my boss allows it, I still try and buy whatever I can with the mastercard!

    As it stands now ?
    I came back from Vegas end of Sep using my Airmiles (60k miles + £238 tax each) , still not done a trip report yet !

    As of last week, I booked us next years Vegas trip (LHR-LAX) for 60k miles + £491 tax (free upgrade to Prem , but have to pay Prem taxes!)

    I currently have 12k miles left! Safe to say, not bad going !!!


    Would'nt mind checking options for trying to do something similar for Avios ?
    • newuser86
    • By newuser86 2nd Nov 18, 3:58 PM
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    If you plan ahead stuie you can book delta one (business class) Amsterdam to LAX for 50k virgin miles and around £130 tax one way.. or the reverse trip is $6 dollars.

    Worth doing if you do a couple of days in Amsterdam and enjoy the drive.. YMMV
    • stoneman
    • By stoneman 4th Nov 18, 6:36 PM
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    I currently have 12k miles left! Safe to say, not bad going !!!


    Would'nt mind checking options for trying to do something similar for Avios ?
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    At one point I had nearly 500,000 Avios, but boy did I work for them.
    Mostly Tesco related, bought/sold phones (more than 40 in total), lego, sim cards. Paid deposits for games, cabbages, you name it I bought it. But now the Tesco gravy train has dried up. Now I actually earn most points by flying
    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.
    • mattyha
    • By mattyha 10th Nov 18, 12:23 AM
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    Anyone know if Norwegian will be releasing vegas flights from gatwick for next September?
    • photome
    • By photome 10th Nov 18, 7:41 AM
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    Anyone know if Norwegian will be releasing vegas flights from gatwick for next September?
    Originally posted by mattyha

    did they fly this year in september or is it still to hot for them


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    they didnt fly between march and november in 2017


    there are no flights to las vegas with Norwegian this week from anywhere



    I know non of the above answers your question but it doesnt look good
    Last edited by photome; 10-11-2018 at 7:51 AM.
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 12th Nov 18, 1:56 PM
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    Looks like our end of April trip won't be happening... Flights for a multicity aren't good value (and haven't been for a month or two), and hotels seem to be on the high side for the last weekend of April... But can't see any major events or conventions on...
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 12th Nov 18, 4:50 PM
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    Looks like our end of April trip won't be happening... Flights for a multicity aren't good value (and haven't been for a month or two), and hotels seem to be on the high side for the last weekend of April... But can't see any major events or conventions on...
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    Keep a check on prices you may be surprised one day with a an unexpected sale.

    i.e. I was checking yesterday and up to the end of March return prices to Las from Man were under £300 with AA (extra for luggage of course). Not the same as what you are after but goes to show it is worth checking regularly.

    Were the hotel prices high in San Fran or LV?
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 12th Nov 18, 5:56 PM
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    Keep a check on prices you may be surprised one day with a an unexpected sale.

    i.e. I was checking yesterday and up to the end of March return prices to Las from Man were under £300 with AA (extra for luggage of course). Not the same as what you are after but goes to show it is worth checking regularly.

    Were the hotel prices high in San Fran or LV?
    Originally posted by stevie11
    Vegas... For example Palazzo jumps from $175 to $374 per night.

    Problem is, if we hold off too long in the hope of cheaper flights, we'll miss deals on Plan B destinations

    Kind of gutted I didn't book a couple of months ago when flights were about £450
    They're now about £650, not including seats/baggage.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 12th Nov 18, 6:33 PM
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    Vegas... For example Palazzo jumps from $175 to $374 per night.

    Problem is, if we hold off too long in the hope of cheaper flights, we'll miss deals on Plan B destinations

    Kind of gutted I didn't book a couple of months ago when flights were about £450
    They're now about £650, not including seats/baggage.
    Originally posted by secretmachines
    I see what you mean it was a good deal a few months ago.

    If you are going off the idea of San Fran and LV how about a change of location, there have been some good fares to the far east recently, does that appeal?
    • secretmachines
    • By secretmachines 12th Nov 18, 7:10 PM
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    I see what you mean it was a good deal a few months ago.

    If you are going off the idea of San Fran and LV how about a change of location, there have been some good fares to the far east recently, does that appeal?
    Originally posted by stevie11
    I know you shouldn't look back at previous prices, but it's hard not to

    Only going off the idea of SFO/LAS because of price... Might consider other destinations in the States, but then where would compare to Vegas?!

    Far east really doesn't float our boat... We'll go as far as Dubai
    Hong Kong does appeal though, but not for this trip.
    • koalakoala
    • By koalakoala 12th Nov 18, 7:49 PM
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    Robbie williams doing Wynn in March if anyone likes him
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 12th Nov 18, 8:03 PM
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    True, where else in the world is like LV?
    • martmonk
    • By martmonk 14th Nov 18, 12:57 PM
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    Would'nt mind checking options for trying to do something similar for Avios ?
    Originally posted by StuieUK34
    Stu,

    as Stoneman says, lots of (IMO) better flexibility with Avios. And you can achieve similar (better?) results with the patterns of spending you describe.

    Headforpoints should be your first port of call, followed by Flyertalk, specifically
    https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1536545-ba-american-express-credit-card.html
    and
    https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1837890-ba-american-express-2-4-1-voucher-discussion.html

    To give you a context in the last 2-3 years my wife and I have earned and spent avios points to do the following on BA AMEX 2-4-1's;

    April/May 18
    Newcastle - San Diego (via LHR) in 1st, return San Jose - Newcastle (via LHR) in business, for £1100 plus the avios (142000)

    Booked for Jun/Jul 2019 is NCL-LAS in first, rtn in business, for £1200 and 142000 avios.

    We have another earned 241 that we'll use when the points build back up.

    Avios are earned by putting everything possible on AMEX - 1st the BA premium one (to earn the 241), then AMEX preferred rewards gold, then BA premium in wifes name (with me as supplimentary), then AMEX preferred, then back to me on BA AMEX.

    Just a constant apply, earn, cancel, repeat cycle (for the signup bonuses).
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