Ssurprise 40th VEGAS>>>

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May 16th, 2000, 01:49 PM
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Ssurprise 40th VEGAS>>>

For Dear HUBBY.....Ok here we go. Help I have fallen and can't get up...I am looking for all your help as this is the 1st time I am planning anything solo let alone 1st time to VEGAS....I really don't know where to begin I will give you some starting clues.....Looking for website for cheap flight or even a pkg deal I am flying from Toronto Canada. ...Dont know which hotel to stay in.....Dont know where is the best to gamble...Where to eat..ANYTHING at all you can fill me in on would be great.. I am looking for any info As i said never been we are new to gambling minor trips around town here but nothing compared to vegas..How much should I budget for each of us for gambling and spending a ball park figure would be great.I am thinking from sun to wed all your help is great thanks ahead...cherbear
 
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May 16th, 2000, 02:09 PM
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take a look at www.lvol.com for virtually everything Las Vegas can offer. It's a good planning tool for your trip.
 
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May 16th, 2000, 03:56 PM
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cherbear:

Here are a few suggestions:

1. Go to one of the travel service sites (expedia, travelocity, previewtravel, etc). There you can get a feel for round-trip airfare costs on the various airlines.

2. Get a RECENT Las Vegas guidebook (the town changes seemingly by the month). There will be suggestions for hotel/casinos and restaurants. Also, Fodor's has Las Vegas info on the web. You can get recommendations for hotels there. (Go to "Create Your Own Miniguide" at the Fodor's home page.)

3. Sunday-Wednesday is perfect. The hotel rates are MUCH less on those days. SHOP AROUND!

4. Since it's your first trip: stay on the Strip (as opposed to "Downtown". You can walk to most casinos and get a flavor of the place. But take a cab downtown one night if you have time. It's a little older, and somewhat sleazier, but it's worth seeing.

5. Gambling: Figure out what you can afford and divide by two. If you find you enjoy the games, that other half might come in handy. BEFORE you go, go to the bookstore and get a primer on gambling games such as blackjack, craps, roulette. The books are cheap, but the knowledge gained is valuable. The games are not rocket science, but the first exposure to a large, busy casino can be intimidating to say the least. Learn the basics for at least a couple of games. It makes playing much more rewarding, in more ways than one.

6. Take a tour of Hoover Dam.



 
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May 17th, 2000, 06:10 AM
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I TRAVEL TO VEGAS SOLO, 46 AND FEMALE. <LASVEGAS24HOUR.COM> IS A WEBSITE BY THE TOURISM DEPT. OF VEGAS. BECAREFUL ALOT OF THESE SO-CALLED "DISCOUNT LODGING" SERVICES ARE A RIP OFF!! BEFORE GETTING DISCOUNTS FOR USING MY CASINO PLAYER'S CLUB CARD I FOUND PHONING THE LODGING MYSELF GOT ME MY BEST DEAL. I THEN USED MY "AAA" CARD.

THE STRIP IS FANTASTIC AND THERE'S NOTHING LIKE IT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD.
BUT YOU MUST KEEP IN MIND THAT A CASINO THAT APPEARS TO BE A BLOCK AWAY CAN BE CLOSER TO 3 BLOCKS. I GO TO THE STRIP DURING THE DAY BUT TRAVELING BY MYSELF
I LIKE TO STAY DOWNTOWN ON FREMONT STREET AT THE GOLDEN NUGGET. 1ST CLASS PLACE FOR 1/2 THE PRICE OF SOMETHING COMPARABLE ON THE STRIP. AS LONG AS I STAY UNDER THE FREMONT ROOF (ABOUT 4 BLOCKS) I FEEL SAFE 24 HOURS A DAY. THERE'S ALWAYS LAW ENFORCEMENT IN SIGHT EITHER ON FOOT OR BICYCLE.

THE AIRFARE WARS MOVE UP AND DOWN AS QUICKLY AS A TENNIS BALL MOVES RIGHT AND LEFT AT A TENNIS TOURNAMENT. I FOUND MY BEST DEAL BY CALLING MY AIRLINE (FREQUENT FLYER) DIRECTLY. THEY SAID THE CHEAPEST DAYS TO FLY IN AND OUT OF VEGAS WAS TUESDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND ??? . I'M FLYING OUT OF CHICAGO AND WAS WILLING TO MAKE A CONNECTION IN LA AN EARLY AM FLIGHT TO LV AND MID AFTERNOON DEPARTURE FROM LV FOR $235 ROUND TRIP. I BOOKED ABOUT 3 MONTHS OUT.

LOTS OF COUPONS IN VEGAS -- SOME AREN'T
WORTH THE PAPER THEY'RE PRINTED ON. THE GRAND CANYON IS A SITE TO BEHOLD. IF YOUR WANTING A FREE TRIP TO SEE THE COLORADO RIVER AND A MINI LV FIND THE COUPONS FOR A FREE DAY TRIP TO LAUGHLIN. THEY WILL GIVE YOU A FREE BUFFET AND GAMBLING COUPONS UPON ARRIVAL. THEY PICK YOU UP AT YOUR LODGING IN AM AND RETURN YOU TO YOUR DOOR LATE AFTERNOON EARLY EVENING.

GOOD LUCK SCHEDULING YOU VACATION AND THE "BEST OF LUCK" IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS.
 
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May 17th, 2000, 03:17 PM
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I surprised my hubby on his 40th with a trip to Vegas as well, and it was our first time. Wish I would have known about Fodors and some of the web sites I've since found before I made our plans. (especially reviews on LVOL.com)

I called around to a bunch of different travel agents in town for a package deal. Before they would quote prices, they all wanted to know where we wanted to stay. Go to LVOL.com and check out reviews of different hotels and decide what you want. Tastes range from cheap and nondescript to mid-range to elaborate. I'd advise you stay on the Strip. It being your first time, there's just so much to see there. We stayed at NYNY. It was okay and within our budget. Spend a day downtown, but for your first trip don't get your room there.

We budgeted $1,000 for three days. Although I never thought I'd be much of a gambler, it wasn't enough. (of course, we didn't win anything either)

Figure out what shows you want to see ahead of time and buy your tickets ahead of time. We waited till we got there and didn't have enough money left when we wanted to see the shows (some of them are pretty pricey). there's a bunch of free shows on the strip (Bellagio, Treasure Island, etc.) and they're all very cool but you may want to spend a few hours taking in an elaborate Vegas show. We will next time (when I turn 40).

We spent one day taking a cab all the way down to the Stratosphere end of the strip and walking back to our end, with a side trip to Rio. It took ALL DAY. It's not that it's that long a walk, but when you walk in and out of the different casinos it's quite a distance.

Have a great time, check out some other sites (hoover dam), maybe rent a jeep and go four-wheeling, but have fun!

 
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May 17th, 2000, 03:20 PM
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Oh, by the way ... If you want to keep this a secret from your husband, make sure to tell people not to e-mail you directly with any responses, suggestions, etc. Two days before we were supposed to go, my husband found all kinds of e-mails to me and was totally tipped off. He was nice, though, and didn't tell me until we got there.
 
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May 17th, 2000, 05:30 PM
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I just got back from Vegas two weeks ago and I am from New Brunswick, Canada. We stayed on the strip at the Barbery Coast at a cost of $49.00 a night. The prices vary all the time at all of the hotels. We got a good deal on airfare from the U.S. it was $300. Food was great and very reasonable. Our trip cost us about $2500 can. but I wished we had more to gamble but I guess you can never have enough. I absolutely loved it there and my husband did as well. I can't stop thinking about all the fun we had and you will too. We took in one show, gambled, and watched everyone else loose their money as well. We don't drink alot but if you like to have a few you will love it there because as long as you are gambling (even on the slots) waitresses bring free drinks. Even when we played on the nickle slots they were free. I want to go back soon. What I would do different is go on some of the day trips like Hoover Dam. Maybe next time. We met a family from Ontario and they love it too. Have fun!
 
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May 17th, 2000, 06:56 PM
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All the major hotels have their own web sites. However it is very confusing.
One thing that helped me was going to a AAA office and asking to see their brochures on LV, they gave me full color brochures showing all the hotels, prices, etc. It made comparisons easier.
it will also outline the various levels of hotel- super deluxe, deluxe, etc.
Stay on the strip, Center strip if you can afford it.
Stay in one of the new hotels built in the last 5 years if possible. If price is no object, Bellagio is the top hotel there.
Some package deals are not that great. Call the hotels and see what they quote.
Book some shows, I would recommend "O" but you need to book 30 days in advance.
Frommer's and Fodors both sell nice travel guides on LV, buy one of the other and read it thorougly.
 
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May 18th, 2000, 05:20 AM
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I also recommend that you visit the web site "Las Vegas On Line" at www.lvol.com

I definitely recommend that you stay on the strip. I prefer the mid strip area. Do NOT stay on the north strip area ( i.e. Circus Cicrus, Stratospere ). Flamingo Hilton, Paris, Ballys, Mirage, Bellagio are all excellent choices with the Mirage and Bellagio being more elegant and pricey. You have to check often on the rates. Room rates are very volatile in Las Vegas. One week they can be $39.00 at the Flamingo Hilton and next week they are $159.00. Check the following web site for discounted room rates: www.lvrs.com

You do NOT want to stay downtown for your first visit. All of the glitz and glamor are on the strip from the Mirage south.
 
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May 18th, 2000, 11:37 AM
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I just booked a trip to Las Vegas
last week. I found that most of the
travel websites mentioned do not offer that great of deals. I booked
my trip directly with the hotel and
airline seperately and it was about what the website were offering.
If your going on a Sunday you
should find some great hotel deals
on individual hote website. Just look under special offers or pro-
motions and you will do just find.
 
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May 19th, 2000, 06:04 PM
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I just wanna 2nd what Jim said. We checked out all the online sites too but ended up booking our hotel/air separately, on our own. We got airfare $100 cheaper per person than the pkg quote, but the hotel was the same. Still saved us $200 and we didnt have to pay $58 for the waiver since we were going to use AAVacations. Just check out all your options and do call into local travel agents to get price quotes too. Dont assume the best deals are at the online travel sites.
 
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