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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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    • nvh
    • By nvh 6th Feb 18, 5:38 PM
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    Try the numbers of your postcode as the zip code.

    E.g. if you postcode is AA12 3AA then try 12300.

    I bought something on Groupon USA the other day with a zip code as such.

    I've found it works on some cards, not on others...

    Also, you can use PayPal on Groupon USA?
    Originally posted by stevenhp1987
    Cheers for the zip code suggestion - didn't work unfortunately.

    Paypal wasn't working when I tried, but just tried again and its all sorted - thanks!
    • ajdj
    • By ajdj 13th Feb 18, 12:05 PM
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    Looking for 1 night in Fremont Street area for the last night of our stay. Been to Vegas before but not downtown.

    Preferably cheap, clean and with that old school Fremont vibe?

    Not sure if its worth being swayed by the ones with no resort fee or not in this situation?
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    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 13th Feb 18, 12:18 PM
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    I think all the rooms at California are recently renovated and they have no resort fees.
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 13th Feb 18, 3:19 PM
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    I think all the rooms at California are recently renovated and they have no resort fees.
    Originally posted by pebblesmax
    Pebbles..Am I right in assuming you have stayed in both California and MSS Downtown ?

    Is your preference for the Cal over MSS ?

    Itís just that we have only ever used Main Street when staying Downtown.We are more than happy enough to use for a couple of nights to get our Fremont fix,but would be interested if you feel the rooms are better at the Cal.
    We like the ďfeelĒ of Main Steet hotel over the California,and obviously the breakfast buffet at MSS is good for the price.But would maybe try the Cal on a future visit,can still walk through for breakfast at MS.
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 13th Feb 18, 5:31 PM
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    We have stayed in both and prefer MSS, but like the look of the newly renovated rooms at the Cal. A couple of friends have stayed in them and enjoyed the new look.
    Last edited by pebblesmax; 13-02-2018 at 8:33 PM.
    • photome
    • By photome 13th Feb 18, 5:58 PM
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    We have stayed in a renovated room at the Cal and will be doing so again in March., they are very nice.

    we love it there but have never stayed at MSS

    we have 3 free nights over a weekend there, we dont gamble much so if you have gambled there before have you checked your offers on Bconnected
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 13th Feb 18, 11:58 PM
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    Thanks Pebbles & photome.

    I always used to see comments on here about not needing to gamble much to get comped rooms at Boyd properties.
    I have always said we donít gamble much,but do play a little most days over recent visits.
    Yet we still never had even a sniff of a room comp.
    But during the last trip in October I had a mad half hour in the Orleans on the latest versions of Willie Wonka.I normally stop once I have lost a little,but for some reason this new wonka machine had me reaching in my pocket for more money.
    I quickly went through a loss of $300+ before having the sense to go to bed.

    But at the turn of this year when looking at my account,there was 2 nights room comp at any Boyd hotel...downside was available for first 4 months of this year.So no use to us.

    Nice to have had a comp offer though at last.
    • photome
    • By photome 14th Feb 18, 6:51 AM
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    Thanks Pebbles & photome.

    I always used to see comments on here about not needing to gamble much to get comped rooms at Boyd properties.
    I have always said we don!!!8217;t gamble much,but do play a little most days over recent visits.
    Yet we still never had even a sniff of a room comp.
    But during the last trip in October I had a mad half hour in the Orleans on the latest versions of Willie Wonka.I normally stop once I have lost a little,but for some reason this new wonka machine had me reaching in my pocket for more money.
    I quickly went through a loss of $300+ before having the sense to go to bed.

    But at the turn of this year when looking at my account,there was 2 nights room comp at any Boyd hotel...downside was available for first 4 months of this year.So no use to us.

    Nice to have had a comp offer though at last.
    Originally posted by Brats64
    do you keep checking your account, they update offers frequently and usually add offers before the expiry of the previous one .

    we normally get 2 free nights a month, was pleasantly surprised to get 3 free nights this time round ( and over a weekend) with no resort fees they really are free nights as opposed to the strip offers where resort fees are now $40ish a night
    • pebblesmax
    • By pebblesmax 14th Feb 18, 10:20 AM
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    We had a 2 free night offer a couple of years ago. Must have had a crazy half hour at some point for that, but we really don!!!8217;t gamble enough to get comps most of the time. I checked my win/loss statement for each casino in the Boyd group for 2017 and I had a total net win of $18 for the year. Go me!
    • Brats64
    • By Brats64 14th Feb 18, 12:07 PM
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    I check my bconnected a few times through the year,and never had anything before.
    On checking my win/loss statements over the last few years,I have usually been either just tens of dollars up or down.
    This last trip showed a $360 loss at the Orleans...that was obviously the mad half hour I had.

    While I hope not to let myself get drawn in to proper gambling like I did on that occasion,it does show that there is the potential to be rewarded for being stupid.

    Agree with photome,Boyd free rooms are free,as it says no resort fee to be paid on comped nights.
    If this isnt the case with strip hotels comped nights,I think thats unreasonable.

    Edit...Just looked at my comp for Boyd and its not for any property as I said,its only for Orleans,GC,Suncoast or Sams Town..so nothing was offered for Downtown.
    Last edited by Brats64; 15-02-2018 at 2:20 PM.
    • Cornwall Girl
    • By Cornwall Girl 14th Feb 18, 9:03 PM
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    Sorry if this has been asked/answered elsewhere, I can't find it. I've just booked with Virgin for March staying in Paris. It included breakfast credit each day, but no detail as to value per person per day, or where it can be used. Virgin online chat could not help. Anyone on here have any idea?

    TIA
    • photome
    • By photome 15th Feb 18, 8:00 AM
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    Sorry if this has been asked/answered elsewhere, I can't find it. I've just booked with Virgin for March staying in Paris. It included breakfast credit each day, but no detail as to value per person per day, or where it can be used. Virgin online chat could not help. Anyone on here have any idea?

    TIA
    Originally posted by Cornwall Girl
    I dont know the answer. cant even see where it mentions breakfast credit on virgin site. If it is a credit on your room account it will most likely be able to be used anywhere in paris or possibly any other Caesers property

    out of interest did you price up the same holiday DIY rather than a package
    • mickthetrick
    • By mickthetrick 15th Feb 18, 11:08 AM
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    Sorry if this has been asked/answered elsewhere, I can't find it. I've just booked with Virgin for March staying in Paris. It included breakfast credit each day, but no detail as to value per person per day, or where it can be used. Virgin online chat could not help. Anyone on here have any idea?

    TIA
    Originally posted by Cornwall Girl
    i stayed at Harrahs a couple years back and had the breakfast credit in with my stay. it gave my wife and i $9 each per day of stay and it could only be used at Starbucks in Harrahs. now im not saying yours will be the same but it is in the same hotel group so id tend to think it will be along the line of the $9 credit
    Last edited by mickthetrick; 15-02-2018 at 12:16 PM.
    • Cornwall Girl
    • By Cornwall Girl 15th Feb 18, 6:48 PM
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    I dont know the answer. cant even see where it mentions breakfast credit on virgin site. If it is a credit on your room account it will most likely be able to be used anywhere in paris or possibly any other Caesers property

    out of interest did you price up the same holiday DIY rather than a package
    Originally posted by photome
    Yes I checked it through expedia, and booking flights and hotel separately. I believe there was an issue with the Virgin site when I booked, as upgrading to Premium Economy took £1500 off the price, that was already £400 cheaper than next cheapest I'd found on expedia. Only problem now is that the seats are not together which is disappointing and unexpected, never booked a long flight so last minute before.
    • Cornwall Girl
    • By Cornwall Girl 15th Feb 18, 6:49 PM
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    i stayed at Harrahs a couple years back and had the breakfast credit in with my stay. it gave my wife and i $9 each per day of stay and it could only be used at Starbucks in Harrahs. now im not saying yours will be the same but it is in the same hotel group so id tend to think it will be along the line of the $9 credit
    Originally posted by mickthetrick
    That's probably going to be the same, I'm sure they'd be advertising it more obviously if it was something better than that. Thanks
    • flagrunner
    • By flagrunner 16th Feb 18, 10:31 AM
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    Hi

    I arrived in Vegas last night and it's great to be back. Personally, my favourite time is when it's 100+ degrees (nothing like stepping out of the airport for the first time and experiencing the hairdryer wind!) so it's a little strange to be a bit chilly at nights. I have a couple of quick flight queries and I thought I'd post here rather than the flights section. Hope I chose correctly!

    Firstly, I flew with BA direct from Heathrow. I started my trip in Aberdeen and checked in almost exactly 24 hours prior to checkin as that was the earliest I was told that I could check in. Incidendtally, I checked into both flights 24 hours prior to the Aberdeen flight and therefore checked in more than 24 hours before the Vegas flight. Upon going to choose my seat, I was gutted to see that there were only FIVE seats available to choose on the Vegas flight! All others were booked out. Now, surely, not everyone had checked in before me as I checked in about 1 minute after I was able to and actually checked in more than 24 hours before the flight. I couldn't even purchase seats (which I would have done if possible at that point as I really wanted a window seat). Did I miss something here? I've checked my flight home and, again, the app tells me I check in 24 hours prior to departure. I'll buy a seat if I have to but does anywone know how almost ALL of the seats were unavailable as soon as checkin opened? Is it likely that everyone bought their seats? Or had connecting flights before mine (I had a 4 hour wait in Heathrow so unlikely)? Or did BA restrict me for some reason (it was a particularly cheap fare).

    Secondly, our flight was delayed. Upon the plane arriving in London apparently one of ground staff damaged something and they had to source another 747. As a result we landed at Mccarran (and the door opened) 2 hours and 50 mninutes later than it was supposed to. Reading the flight delays section here, I understand that there is nothing I can do, claim-wise, as the flight was to outside the EU and was not at least 3 hours...is that correct? In all fairness the cabin crew were awesome and dealing with some rather cranky passengers.

    Thanks all
    • koalakoala
    • By koalakoala 16th Feb 18, 1:25 PM
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    I'm allowed to choose my seats when I book , as I am silver executive.
    So I imagine many others also silver or gold.
    • Hackers76
    • By Hackers76 16th Feb 18, 5:22 PM
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    Hi

    I arrived in Vegas last night and it's great to be back. Personally, my favourite time is when it's 100+ degrees (nothing like stepping out of the airport for the first time and experiencing the hairdryer wind!) so it's a little strange to be a bit chilly at nights. I have a couple of quick flight queries and I thought I'd post here rather than the flights section. Hope I chose correctly!

    Firstly, I flew with BA direct from Heathrow. I started my trip in Aberdeen and checked in almost exactly 24 hours prior to checkin as that was the earliest I was told that I could check in. Incidendtally, I checked into both flights 24 hours prior to the Aberdeen flight and therefore checked in more than 24 hours before the Vegas flight. Upon going to choose my seat, I was gutted to see that there were only FIVE seats available to choose on the Vegas flight! All others were booked out. Now, surely, not everyone had checked in before me as I checked in about 1 minute after I was able to and actually checked in more than 24 hours before the flight. I couldn't even purchase seats (which I would have done if possible at that point as I really wanted a window seat). Did I miss something here? I've checked my flight home and, again, the app tells me I check in 24 hours prior to departure. I'll buy a seat if I have to but does anywone know how almost ALL of the seats were unavailable as soon as checkin opened? Is it likely that everyone bought their seats? Or had connecting flights before mine (I had a 4 hour wait in Heathrow so unlikely)? Or did BA restrict me for some reason (it was a particularly cheap fare).

    Secondly, our flight was delayed. Upon the plane arriving in London apparently one of ground staff damaged something and they had to source another 747. As a result we landed at Mccarran (and the door opened) 2 hours and 50 mninutes later than it was supposed to. Reading the flight delays section here, I understand that there is nothing I can do, claim-wise, as the flight was to outside the EU and was not at least 3 hours...is that correct? In all fairness the cabin crew were awesome and dealing with some rather cranky passengers.

    Thanks all
    Originally posted by flagrunner

    I would imagine with long haul flights most people would pay for seats early to ensure they were next to family or friends. We are going in May and I have recently had to change our seat selections as we have an additional party member, there are limited options for us even with a few months to go.
    • Hackers76
    • By Hackers76 16th Feb 18, 5:24 PM
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    That's probably going to be the same, I'm sure they'd be advertising it more obviously if it was something better than that. Thanks
    Originally posted by Cornwall Girl

    Stayed at The Linq in 2016 and had the same deal. We are going back there this year and have booked in two groups. On one booking BA have specified the breakfast deal but there is nothing on the other booking. I am hoping that it is standard across all bookings within the group, if somebody can confirm that it would be great.
    • Cornwall Girl
    • By Cornwall Girl 16th Feb 18, 7:20 PM
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    I'm trying to put together an itinerary for 6 nights from 27th March, staying in Paris. Trying to do things we've not done before. If anyone could help with recommendations/or telling me to steer away from them for the following it would be really appreciated:
    -Shooting range of some sort
    -Eiffel tower
    -Zipline at Freemont Street
    -High roller (not sure about this)
    -Bellagio buffet
    -Ride other than New York New York and Stratosphere ones
    -Coyote Ugly bar

    I've redeemed a number of rewards on myvegas in case I use any of them, including $75 off in Tender, last time I went was 2015 and I loved the food and service, but open to new steakhouse suggestions. It's my birthday a couple of weeks before we go, so I'd be interested if any of you know any birthday freebies that I may get as it won't be on my actual birthday?

    Thanks
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