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Old 10-18-2009, 10:09 PM   #1
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Vegas again in January

I'm going back to Vegas with my wife to celebrate our 1 yr anniversary....


3 nights at the Golden Nugget, round trip with airfare, taxes, fees, baggage charges etc is $760...not too bad imho
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Congrats Mr. Fed, may I ask is that pricing is per person or two and if it's for two where did you get the pricing from?
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:08 PM   #3
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To us Vegas is like New Orleans... taken in small doses one can always go back for more.

Something fun to do with bonus = take the hoover dam tour, because right now you can throw in some amazing views of engineering feat of a bridge they are throwing together way up in the sky.



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I guess we are lucky to have lots of airline competition. We are further east than you (almost on the Atlantic ocean) however it is usually $600 or so for a so-so place like Harrahs or Imperial Palace on the strip including non-stop plane tix for 2, 4 nights hotel, taxes, fees, etc. The wife wants to go back AGAIN LOL (3rd time in 2009). Is it possible to get Vegas-d out?
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Imperial Palace is great, it's in that ever-shrinking list of smaller/older hotels that are right in the heart of the strip, so you get everything that the big boys have at much less cost. Besides Imperial Palace also Bill's Gambling Hall comes to mind, Bill's is about as perfect a location as you can get man.

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At this time, LV hotels are giving their rooms away. If you want to be in the middle of the strip at a mid range hotel, you can't go wrong with either Harrahs or Flamingo.
The Imperial Palace rooms are a bit dated, but just a smidge cheaper than either of the 2 above. Go to their website and then call the hotel for the best rates. I got 40 buck/night weekdays and 50 on the weekends a few months ago.

Luxor was giving 38/night with a free room for every 3 paid.

Prices on all hotels depend upon dates. If a convention is in town all bets are off (pun intended).

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Old 10-24-2009, 10:17 PM   #7
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this is thru travelocity, for 760 for both of us.

i like it downtown so much better than the strip...when my wife retires to the room at 11 or 12, i can wander around to 3 or 4 casinos and play all the blackjack i want...allthewhile being less than 1/8 mile from the room
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What activities are you planning? From what I understand it gets fairly cold at night at that time of year.

We're thinking of maybe going for Christmas week and leaving after Christmas morning. If we end up going we'd probably do the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Phantom of the Opera, and probably another show. We'd be driving, which will suck, but for us it would be a huge savings since airfare is fairly pricey still from Canada.
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What activities are you planning? From what I understand it gets fairly cold at night at that time of year.

We're thinking of maybe going for Christmas week and leaving after Christmas morning. If we end up going we'd probably do the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Phantom of the Opera, and probably another show. We'd be driving, which will suck, but for us it would be a huge savings since airfare is fairly pricey still from Canada.
WOW long drive. Have fun
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What activities are you planning? From what I understand it gets fairly cold at night at that time of year.

We're thinking of maybe going for Christmas week and leaving after Christmas morning. If we end up going we'd probably do the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Phantom of the Opera, and probably another show. We'd be driving, which will suck, but for us it would be a huge savings since airfare is fairly pricey still from Canada.
Really?
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Very smart to take time off for the two of you, thefed! We just saw "Couples Retreat" which was pretty stupid but that was the theme of it.

Have fun planning and anticipating the trip!
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Really?
Yeah there'd be three of us, so it's 500$ vs around 1200$. With the way my holiday time works this year I'm getting about 2 weeks at Christmas.

Plus we may carpool with another couple, so the gas would be even cheaper.
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At this time, LV hotels are giving their rooms away. If you want to be in the middle of the strip at a mid range hotel, you can't go wrong with either Harrahs or Flamingo.
The Imperial Palace rooms are a bit dated, but just a smidge cheaper than either of the 2 above.
Depends when you go and if you care what is dated. From Phoenix we usually hit Vegas on weekends. For the upcoming Friday & Saturday on their web sites you get:

Flamingo: $265
Imperial: $190

Harrahs isn't even in the same ballpark. Everyone has a different definition of "smidge" but saving $75 for two nights as long as they are both on the strip the room can be dated as it wants to be, it's just a place to stagger to and go to sleep.
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One bit of advice, back in May when I went with some of my friends after scouring the net, and me pester my "casino host", we found that by far the best room deal wasn't simply to call them on the phone, $39/night at the RIO IIRC.

I just heard a similar story from a couple that got back from Vegas. So even though we have been programmed to think the best deals are on the internet. Try the phone the Casinos are hurting.
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Imperial Palace is great, it's in that ever-shrinking list of smaller/older hotels that are right in the heart of the strip, so you get everything that the big boys have at much less cost. Besides Imperial Palace also Bill's Gambling Hall comes to mind, Bill's is about as perfect a location as you can get man.

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Yes, I love the IP's location - center strip, not a long walk to most of the mid strip locations, and not too far from anything on the strip really save Stratosphere/Circus Circus, since the south end has the free monorail from Excalibur to Luxor and Mandalay Bay. The IP is dated, but seriously who cares if you are stumbling back to your room at 3 am and back out on the Strip or poolside at 9 am? I don't know if we spent more than 6-7 hours in the room any given day.

Definitely memorize the basic strategy for blackjack. That's what I did. Then you get to look down your nose at those inferior players playing sub-optimally. However I did get some heat from pit bosses/security who for some dumb reason thought I was counting on a six deck shoe that was shuffled 1/2 way through. I may be good but I can't do the impossible. I guess some of the dumps I played at had never seen a player play perfect basic strategy.
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Depends when you go and if you care what is dated. From Phoenix we usually hit Vegas on weekends. For the upcoming Friday & Saturday on their web sites you get:

Flamingo: $265
Imperial: $190

Harrahs isn't even in the same ballpark. Everyone has a different definition of "smidge" but saving $75 for two nights as long as they are both on the strip the room can be dated as it wants to be, it's just a place to stagger to and go to sleep.
Price is really dependent upon dates. That is why I suggest that you check their websites. I usually plan my trips around the cheap hotel rooms, since we stay for quite a while. The last trip we had $40 weekdays and $50 weekend rates at Harrahs. The price was basically $5-10 per night less at IP. Having stayed, once upon a time, at IP, DW said it was not worth the savings to 'flop' at IP. I guess we're rich

Oh, btw, it also helps to plan ahead. Early web surfing helps. Also do call the hotel and ask for the BEST rate. As earlier poster has said, you could get the best rate that way.
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I'm going back to Vegas with my wife to celebrate our 1 yr anniversary....


3 nights at the Golden Nugget, round trip with airfare, taxes, fees, baggage charges etc is $760...not too bad imho
Will be in Vegas staying at the Nugget this weekend. Saturday and Sunday nights, at $110 for the two nights on Priceline. And probably bid too much. Flying out free on Southwest frequent flyer tix.

Taking the foreclosure bus tour on Sunday. Am looking forward to seeing how bad it really is -- bad enough to buy and move out there??

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Yeah it depends on dates, but like I said for some of us Vegas is a weekend road trip, and there sure isn't a $5-$10 difference per night between Imperial Palace and Harrahs. For this weekend from their web sites:

Imperial Palace: $190
Harrahs: $450

One doesn't have to be rich to see that's a different league on a weekend. Just for the hell of it let's do weekdays from their web site, Oct 26 staying four nights.

Imperial Palace: $140
Harrahs: $229

$90 is a lot of cheapo blackjack at slots-o-fun. For some reason the Monday really skews that one, I wonder if Harrahs has something going on? Either way, like you said check your dates.
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Just checked some dates for dec. tiuxiu, if you check for next week it's going to cost you. In dec, I found $40 and $50 nights again. long range planning is the key to cheap rooms (and airfares too).

see if this link gets you there: https://www.harrahs.com/MarketCalend...action=default

not a tout for harrah's, just trying to save people some money
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Fun = BlackjackInfo.com: Blackjack Rules, Basic Strategy, Card Counting, Message Forums, Tournament Strategy memorize the basic strategy rules for blackjack and practice with their online trainer. Then you can be the snooty one that rolls their eyes when someone else makes wrong move.
tiuxiu.......thanks for posting that site. The online trainer is great. I have a book w/ a similar strategy and was looking for a coin machine to be my victim this wkend when we were there. Only saw coin slot machines when we were there but didn't spend a lot of time searching for a blackjack one.

My wife started on a penny slot machine. I thought she would be there for an hr w/ a $1.00 stash but it was gone in 2 pushes of the button and < 30 sec. I thought we had been robbed until I found out from another player that a penny machine doesn't mean that only a penny is at risk each game.
It can be set for multiple players and multiple cents so either the default mode is that or maybe the previous player had set it there. Ignorance is not always bliss.
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