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All good things come to an end. Before ~2010, we use to go to LV once a year because it was dirt cheap for a 3-4 day getaway. The workers used to go out of their way to make you happy. Some of the hotels had started instituting resort fees and we simply chose hotels that didn't charge them. Earlier this year, after a 7 year hiatus, we finally went back. Total rip-off. Unfriendly people. Hidden fees/surcharges everywhere on top of what were already high prices. A taxi driver who even argued with us that the tip we left was insufficient! Pretty sure we won't be going back any time soon.
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HelloGoodBuy wrote:
Nov 18th, 2017 10:28 am
All good things come to an end. Before ~2010, we use to go to LV once a year because it was dirt cheap for a 3-4 day getaway. The workers used to go out of their way to make you happy. Some of the hotels had started instituting resort fees and we simply chose hotels that didn't charge them. Earlier this year, after a 7 year hiatus, we finally went back. Total rip-off. Unfriendly people. Hidden fees/surcharges everywhere on top of what were already high prices. A taxi driver who even argued with us that the tip we left was insufficient! Pretty sure we won't be going back any time soon.
Hahaha this times 1000000

I'm only 30 years old, but I have been going to vegas since I was 21 every other year.

EACH time I have gone back it has been sadder and sadder. I saw 2 drink waitresses in my WHOLE 4 day stay.

Took my mom for her 60th birthday and she said "what is this garbage, son you will never experience true vegas. Looks like those days are long gone and dead."

Now they grease you for Everything, and expect a 20% tip for nothing. Flights, hotel, and food for a 4 day trip now a days and your looking at easily over $1500
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We got our trip booked... Unfortunately this sale isn't of help since we are doing April.

It can get expensive and you can really feel taken for a ride on fees. Been screwing about with myvegas to try and see where that can get me.
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In last ~25 yrs, I probably went to Vegas 12 - 15 times.

One of my favorite places to visit for short 3-4 day trip.

Was there twice this year.

It's getting more expensive with daily resort fee and recently daily parking charge (I usually rent a car).

You can still find deals if you look hard enough.

Great hotel deal I found for my 1st trip this yr was from http://www.mycheapvegas.com/
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The sandwich trick was always quite YMMV anyways.
First "resort fees" and now MGM properties make you pay for parking. No thanks Vegas.
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HelloGoodBuy wrote:
Nov 18th, 2017 10:28 am
All good things come to an end. Before ~2010, we use to go to LV once a year because it was dirt cheap for a 3-4 day getaway. The workers used to go out of their way to make you happy. Some of the hotels had started instituting resort fees and we simply chose hotels that didn't charge them. Earlier this year, after a 7 year hiatus, we finally went back. Total rip-off. Unfriendly people. Hidden fees/surcharges everywhere on top of what were already high prices. A taxi driver who even argued with us that the tip we left was insufficient! Pretty sure we won't be going back any time soon.
Totally agree. I hate to be one of those "remember when..." people, but Vegas has truly lost its charm lately as everyone on the strip tries to squeeze every last nickel and dime outta you...not really a worthy repeat experience anymore IMO.
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I'm the opposite, Vegas gets better ever visit for me. been 3 times in the last 10 years, and going again in April.
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Vegas is a different place for sure if you still plan on staying for almost nothing, gamble and drink like a fish on the casinos dime and eat like a horse and see and do all sorts of crazy stuff. Booze clubbing and fancy eats costs money and you at nothing but a dollar sign to the casinos.


I still like the place for a reasonable high end hotel stay for a couple of nights, a couple of comped myvegas meals, going on a free play coupon run, and seeing a few of the low cost attractions and maybe check out some new out of town stuff. Different for sure vs the stumbling drunken craziness of yesteryear but not worse imoh.

Parking costs are the only thing that irks me now, resort fees have been around at most properties for a decade. But I'll just walk a little around center strip and rent a car on a day for out of town trips.
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Just have to wait until the next recession for them to bring their prices down and comp'd resort fee's.

It's not just vegas anymore either. The entire tourism and hospitality industry is booming because everyone is rich now and spending money like drunken sailors. Cruise lines which have historically had really customer friendly policies have recently changed everything. Room service as of early 2017 was free for Royal Caribbean. Now it's $7.95 per order. Same with NCL. Before all rates were refundable up until final payment but now they have introduced non-refundable rates. Specialty dining and for charge services are increasing at the expense of previously all inclusive pricing.

Vegas can still represent good value for money but you have to dig a lot deeper now to find the deals. The ancillary charge creep is only ever going to get worse at the rate the economy is going.
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We just got back from Vegas having stayed at the Palazzo. Long story short, I have a strong distaste for those resort fees. We ended up with an additional $230.52 Canadian resort fees on a 4 night stay. Thank goodness parking was free as it is not with most hotels. Tack on another 30 US per day if you stay at any MGM resort or the likes for parking. Parking and resort fees amount to $400 Cad on a 4 night stay, ouch. Our morning java fix at the hotel meant another 7 usd per person. Off the strip isn't much better. 2 cappuccinos, 2 pastries, $21 usd at Delices French Bakery. So yes, Vegas is a huge gouge job. Instead of every 2 years we'll now go every 4 or so. Better bang for your buck places to go to IMO.
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So, if you book a package deal (flight + hotel) taxes in, does this mean resort fees and all other hidden fees are included in this price?
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StealthFinder wrote:
Nov 18th, 2017 10:19 pm
So, if you book a package deal (flight + hotel) taxes in, does this mean resort fees and all other hidden fees are included in this price?
Almost definitely NOT. Resort fees will be extra and payable at the hotel. (Unless it specifically says somewhere on the package that resort fees are included, but I highly doubt it)
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I agree with everyone about Vegas sucking more and more with every passing year. I've gone 8 times in the last 10 years. It use to be a cheap, quick vacation with amazing bang for the buck. But now they milk visitors so hard. I blame MGM, they own the majority of the strip hotels and were big to introduce resort fees and paid parking.

Getting free stuff from MyVegas is the only thing that keeps me going back. If they ever end that, I will probably stop going. For the same money, you can go a lot of other places.
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Looks like you are a Vegas pro. What is MyVegas and how do you get stuff free? My wife and I are first time travelers from YYZ or Buffalo and want to maximize on the lowly Canadian $$$. Any tips about getting deals to Vegas and shows, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon and other area attractions would be greatly appreciated. We are not gamblers but play the slots occasionally.

Thank you kindly in advance.
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Nov 18th, 2017 11:14 pm
I agree with everyone about Vegas sucking more and more with every passing year. I've gone 8 times in the last 10 years. It use to be a cheap, quick vacation with amazing bang for the buck. But now they milk visitors so hard. I blame MGM, they own the majority of the strip hotels and were big to introduce resort fees and paid parking.

Getting free stuff from MyVegas is the only thing that keeps me going back. If they ever end that, I will probably stop going. For the same money, you can go a lot of other places.
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There is a thread on MyVegas here: free-las-vegas-rooms-buffets-drinks-sho ... #p28391762

Basically you play video game slots on Facebook to unlock free stuff. The more you play, the more "loyality points" you earn. Some stuff like a BOGO lunch or dinner is easy to earn. Other stuff like free a hotel room take a lot of playing to earn. I've seen Ka (highly recommend) and Zumanity (strongly recommend avoid) for free (like completely free, no taxes or anything).

There is a "Five Hundy by Midnight" podcast about Vegas that I recommend to find out whats happening in the city.
One of the listeners compiled this list of happy hour (booze and food) in Vegas https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0

A number of ppl use Tix4tonight for last minute show deals. Basically all the tix aren't sold they sell off the day off (although they do advanced sales also). http://www.tix4tonight.com/

I recommend seeing Cirque's Mystere. It's the cheapest because its the first and therefore longest running show, but its a very entertaining to watch live. Cirque's O is the most popular and more expensive. If I were you I would grind slot play in MyVegas and get tickets to KA.

For the Grand Canyon there are a number of options. Hoover dam is on the way to Grand Canyon so tours normally stop there. Cheapest option is to rent a car and drive but its 4 hours each way and there are a lot of speed traps along the way I read. Next option is the bus tour, but its a all day event, like 14 hours and it starts at 7:30 am. Next option is to take a small chartered plane. It's not cheap (I paid $342), but its scenic and saves you a lot of time (6.5 hours compared to the bus's 14 hours). The final option is helicopter but that's for ballers, not RFDers =D That all said, go to the south rim, the west rim is closer but the view isnt as spectacular.
StealthFinder wrote:
Nov 19th, 2017 8:27 am
Looks like you are a Vegas pro. What is MyVegas and how do you get stuff free? My wife and I are first time travelers from YYZ or Buffalo and want to maximize on the lowly Canadian $$$. Any tips about getting deals to Vegas and shows, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon and other area attractions would be greatly appreciated. We are not gamblers but play the slots occasionally.

Thank you kindly in advance.
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