Travel hacking Vegas

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  1. serion

    serion Silver Member

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    I'm thinking about celebrating the anniversary of my 21st birthday in Vegas in about a month. :) This will be my first time to there and could use any points & tips I can get.

    Here are a few things I have questions about:

    - What are the best properties to stay using points?
    - What are the best deals on stays paying with cash?
    - I’ve read a few different places that if you ’bribe’ the check in person you can get a nice upgrade and possibly waive resort fees. Is this true? If so, how much should you try to ‘tip’?
    - I’ve also heard you can sign up for various casino club’s and receive free credit. Which are the best?
    - And finally food! J I’ve heard Vegas is famous for their buffets – which are the best?
    - What’s best way to get from the Airport to your hotel on the strip?
    - Is there any place to get discount tickets for shows? (Like in NYC)

    Anything I left out or might be missing out on?
     
  2. Jimgotkp
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    Jimgotkp Gold Member

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    1. Not many prime properties to use your points at. The best properties using points would be Cosmopolitan (Marriott) and Venetian/Palazzo (IHG). Since you're turning 21, I recommend Cosmo over V/P, since they cater towards the younger crowd and have one of the best nightclubs, Marquee.

    Maybe do Marriott's Platinum status match so you can get some bennies at Cosmo. I believe their Plat bennies are:

    1. One category upgrade, based on availability.
    2. Two Wicked Spoon buffet passes per stay.

    2. Best deals when paying with cash are the deals that offer $75 F&B credit. I would say casino rates but you need to know someone who has a player's card with one of the casinos and is willing to go with you on the same dates.

    The properties I recommend if you're paying cash would be:
    1. Wynn/Encore, they're now catering towards the younger generation.
    2. Planet Hollywood
    3. Mirage
    4. MGM Grand (if Hakkasan opens by then)

    3. The $20 trick is a hit or a miss. It depends on the FD agent and property... I've heard from someone who worked at Treasure Island that their property runs off tips from cutting the long lines to getting upgrades. There are a few sites that give you some "reviews" but I wouldn't count on it too much..

    4. Not sure on the casino player's clubs. However, if you plan on gambling a good amount, I recommend signing up for the cards.

    5. IMHO, best buffets are at Wynn and Bellagio. I just came back from Bellagio's buffet and brunch and I think they are better than Wynn's. I heard good things about Caesar's Bachannal buffet but it's overpriced at ~$50 per person.

    6. Personally, I recommend taking a cab to the hotel if you will be with other people. The shuttles aren't worth it unless you will be taking the cab by yourself to a hotel that is located past Bellagio. LAS is located very close to the Strip which is convenient.

    7. I heard great things about Tix4Tonight but never purchased tickets from them. They are located at different areas on the Strip.
     
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    Scottrick Gold Member

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    The Mirage is one of the few hotels on the strip I actually enjoyed staying at. It's reasonably priced (rare in Vegas) and the drinks by the pool weren't watered down.
     
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    can't add much here. But congrats on turning 21. :)
     
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  5. serion

    serion Silver Member

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    Thanks for the great tips!! I'm adding all of this to my 'notes', so I can try to pull all of this together this weekend.

    BTW, I think you all might have missed my humor in my original post. In my OP, I said, "celebrating the anniversary of my 21st birthday". In other words, I'm not turning 21, just celebrating my birthday as if I was 21. lol
     
  6. tommy2tone

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    My recommendations:

    1. Use Priceline for your hotel. 2 great resources: Priceline Vegas Hotels and Priceline Winning bids. You can get a 5 star for anywhere from $80 to $150 per night depending on your bidding success. You'll

    2. Use the $20 tip to get an upgrade. Just google "20 vegas trick" and you'll get lots of results.

    3. I wouldn't get too picky about which buffet you go to. Most of them are spectacular. My wife likes seafood and I don't, so what's great for her isn't great for me. You are welcome to ask them to have a look before you pay $40 to eat. If you don't like what you see, move on.

    4. Yes, there are casino loyalty clubs, and you should sign up whenever you gamble. But to be honest, the best way to save money is to play at the low minimum tables. I always have a dilema when I go to Vegas: I want to stay at high end hotels but don't like $25 minimum to play a hand of blackjack, so I find myself hanging out at the lower end casinos with $5, 10 or even $2 tables.

    5. Airport to strip: Pretty much everone uses taxis. Some hotels like Palazoo will have a limo come and pick you up. If you're with a group, why not treat yourself to a limo or towncar.

    6. www.jackcolton.com is a pretty good vegas discussion forum.

    Have fun! Wish it were me.
     
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    Wicked Spoon > Wynn/Bellagio IMO

    But yeah what other people have said here is good stuff. Though w/some higher end hotels a $20 aint gonna cut it. Friend tried it @ Wynn and the checkin just slipped it back to him and winked. He proceeded to pull out a $50 and got a 2 room suite =)
     
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    Agree with "Wicked Spoon > Wynn/Bellagio IMO" There are some really not good buffets (Excalibur, Treasure Island, come to mind.)

    I don't think you can avoid paying the resort fee using the "$20/$50 sandwich" though.

    The lines for taxis at LAS can be insanely long. If you're going with a group of people - try a "gypsy" limo. It might cost you the same. (Note: It's illegal and, of course, you could end up getting kidnapped or something... but I've done it.)
     
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    Concur. Tix4tonight also offers a small discount (lower fee) for return purchases with a day or a week or something. Take-away: only get one set of tickets on your first visit. Or perhaps find someone else who will let you use their discount or buy tickets for you.

    Cirque often has some Vegas specials listed on their website: sometimes 20-40% off of category B seats. The advantage of that is going through the normal online booking engines and seeing your seats. I once scored front row aisle seats for Ka that way. (It's a unique perspective -- perhaps not the best one, but I highly recommend trying it.)

    Likewise, somewhat concur re: priceline, though the Vegas resort fees can make out-of-pocket total less predictable than usual. Note that the new "Express Deals" disclose exact resort fees in the fine print. Don't expect kayak, Orbitz, etc. to have the best rates; instead look for property-specific specials.
     
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