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smokescreen15 wrote:
Jul 25th, 2016 2:33 pm
Does anyone have experience staying at the Rio LV? Prices during the week look decent and obviously want to get reduce/remove as much of the resort fee as possible ($32/day). Will be looking for 4-5 nights and spending 1K in table games and slots.
My personal opinion is that the Rio is too far and isolated. The Rio is with three casinos (Palms and Gold Spike? I always forget the name of the small one) and the shuttle only runs until 12:45am/1:00am. It's a massive property, but my opinion is that if you are looking to save money and do not want to stay on the strip, why not stay on Fremont Street? It's a great atmosphere and you'll be able to easily cab to / from the strip if that's your desire. Plus it's within walking distance of the outdoor outlet mall if that is your thing.

If you want to stay on the strip, the Best Western @ Casino Royale still does not charge a resort fee (as far as I know). And the big plus is you are right on the strip in the middle of a lot of different casinos (with varying price ranges to suit everyone's budget). TI also has a no resort fee type rate (I think it's called the "TV Offer") but I think the catch is that it's Sunday to Thursday or something like that.


Either way, I would much rather stay at Fremont or the Best Western/TI than stay at the Rio. Unless you have been to Vegas a lot and want to keep trying new hotels, it seems silly to stay in such an isolated location.
(and that's just my opinion, so no offense to Rio fans)
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TrevorK wrote:
Jul 25th, 2016 1:48 pm
I personally doubt you'll be getting resort fees waived with such little spending. Everyone always says to try - but you have to take it with a grain of salt in regards to the success.

But I'm going to throw it out there - do you want the hassle even? With the amount of gambling you plan to do the comps will be low. With total rewards you can save $1 off at a restaurant there. There are some "skip the line" areas but I assume they have changed them all to require the higher level cards.

At the end of the day, make sure you enjoy your trip. If you think it's going to be annoying to have to always remember your card, always plug it into your machine, rub it on your pants because it didn't take it the first time, then remember to flash it at the restaurant - then don't get one.


It's RFD and bound to be an unpopular idea, but unless you're using MyVegasRewards (which is worth looking in to) or something to get decent rewards I'm not sure it's worth the hassle. Eat where you want, play where you want.
dealguy2 wrote:
Jul 25th, 2016 2:22 pm
I had a $900 USD bankroll at Harrah's and only really gambled occasionally there and spent most of my time at TI but got my fees waved and now have lots of offers coming in. So you never know. The key for sure is to make sure to get rated when playing table games and put your card in at the slots.
Thanks guys. I'm playing MyVegas but have been lazy. Have about enough for a 2-for-1 buffet. Should I just sign up for Mlife online? DO I just get a Players card in advance or can I get one when I'm there?
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Canadianpsycho wrote:
Jul 26th, 2016 8:47 am
Thanks guys. I'm playing MyVegas but have been lazy. Have about enough for a 2-for-1 buffet. Should I just sign up for Mlife online? DO I just get a Players card in advance or can I get one when I'm there?
Just get one there because there may be some incentive for new sign-ups like a little bit of freeplay or something. You won't get anything if you sign up online.... that's what happened to me. Plus they don't mail them out so you will just have to pick it up there anyway. You would only need to sign up online if you were getting a myvegas reward for rooms or show tickets (something you have to book before you get there).
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TrevorK wrote:
Jul 25th, 2016 10:35 pm

If you want to stay on the strip, the Best Western @ Casino Royale still does not charge a resort fee (as far as I know). And the big plus is you are right on the strip in the middle of a lot of different casinos (with varying price ranges to suit everyone's budget). TI also has a no resort fee type rate (I think it's called the "TV Offer") but I think the catch is that it's Sunday to Thursday or something like that.


Either way, I would much rather stay at Fremont or the Best Western/TI than stay at the Rio. Unless you have been to Vegas a lot and want to keep trying new hotels, it seems silly to stay in such an isolated location.
Thanks, I'm actually looking at going during Sunday-Thursday because of the cost isn't as steep as the weekends. Went on Booking.com and can confirm still no resort fees at Best Western.
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I'm seeing deals on flight centre but every flight gets in @ around 10PM. Is it me or is there no point in doing this 3 night deal because aren't you pretty much losing a night (not technically speaking) when you do this? unless you get there and just don't go to sleep at all for 18+ hours after flying in... Although it would be pretty cool to see how Vegas looks when flying in.
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XtremeModder wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2016 3:05 am
I'm seeing deals on flight centre but every flight gets in @ around 10PM. Is it me or is there no point in doing this 3 night deal because aren't you pretty much losing a night (not technically speaking) when you do this? unless you get there and just don't go to sleep at all for 18+ hours after flying in... Although it would be pretty cool to see how Vegas looks when flying in.
I've done this plenty of times, just rest on the flight. You'll get to your hotel room before midnight, change and head out. Depending on the day you arrive it might make less sense, such if you arrive on Saturday and the hotel room is costing $200 a night, maybe arrive Sunday when the room is $70 (just examples). But plan to go out and walk around the strip when you arrive. The flight back is usually a red-eye home therefore you have the last day there and fly home at ~10pm? so you get 3 fullish days, just plan accordingly.
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wackojacko wrote:
Aug 2nd, 2016 10:06 am
I've done this plenty of times, just rest on the flight. You'll get to your hotel room before midnight, change and head out. Depending on the day you arrive it might make less sense, such if you arrive on Saturday and the hotel room is costing $200 a night, maybe arrive Sunday when the room is $70 (just examples). But plan to go out and walk around the strip when you arrive. The flight back is usually a red-eye home therefore you have the last day there and fly home at ~10pm? so you get 3 fullish days, just plan accordingly.
Ah ok now it makes sense. I'd be going on a Monday-Thursday (fly back Thursday)
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Hi RFD,

I've been to Vegas 3x myself. Hilton Elara, MGM and the Cosmo. My mom's birthday is in mid-October and I'd like to take her to Vegas for a 3-day stay. She's never been and she's always said she'd like to go someday everytime I've come back from visiting there.

The dollar is awful right now, and I'm looking for ways to get the best deal when booking flight and hotel together. We live in Niagara Falls, so I've always flown out of Buffalo. I've always done connecting flights, but I will need a direct-flight when travelling there with her.

Any suggestions? I was looking at the 17th-20th and it seems to be the cheapest 3 days, coming in at $800 or so for most strip hotels. I've never paid that much! Not even at the Cosmo for 4 days!

Eeeeek!
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Nurse2B wrote:
Aug 4th, 2016 8:03 pm
Hi RFD,

I've been to Vegas 3x myself. Hilton Elara, MGM and the Cosmo. My mom's birthday is in mid-October and I'd like to take her to Vegas for a 3-day stay. She's never been and she's always said she'd like to go someday everytime I've come back from visiting there.

The dollar is awful right now, and I'm looking for ways to get the best deal when booking flight and hotel together. We live in Niagara Falls, so I've always flown out of Buffalo. I've always done connecting flights, but I will need a direct-flight when travelling there with her.

Any suggestions? I was looking at the 17th-20th and it seems to be the cheapest 3 days, coming in at $800 or so for most strip hotels. I've never paid that much! Not even at the Cosmo for 4 days!

Eeeeek!
Southwest is your direct flight option out of buf, you need to book directly on their site Check out packages like aircanadavacations. I would usually look to buf but we got flight and hotel for 1050 for 2 and buf flight with hotel was around 1200 cad.
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Has anyone taken the shuttle from the airport? Just wondering how long it takes to get to the hotels on the strip. Got free passes but will take Uber if its too long.

Thanks
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webshark wrote:
Aug 6th, 2016 2:07 am
Has anyone taken the shuttle from the airport? Just wondering how long it takes to get to the hotels on the strip. Got free passes but will take Uber if its too long.

Thanks
Depends on how long you have to wait til the shuttle is full and how long everyone gets to their hotel and where you're on the drop - off list. As little as 25 minutes or as long as 90 min.
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Vegas used to be much better. I started going in 1997. Before the monstrosity called city center was built(anyone remember the tiny strip mall that was there and the helicopter rides started there). I used to love staying at the BoardWalk, small very good service cheap food..AWFUL BUFFET...LOL. But I always got it comped. Since then I have stayed at every strip hotel BUT Monte Carlo,Wynn,encore and Paris. Mirage is my GOTO place now(only because of comps,resort credit and free play) otherwise I enjoy the LINQ. IMO planethollywood is a great location, close to the strip not a long walk to get to the strip(unlike bellagio,aria) I hate the direction that Vegas is taking resort fees parking fees now possibly limiting free drinks. I'm at 30+ trips (flying outta Montreal) so it's not a short hop. The value isn't anywhere near what it used to be. Might be time to start finding better uses for my vacation $$. That being said, I'll be there sept 11-16 for my 50th bday. Come one come all !!
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Aug 6th, 2016 10:17 pm
webshark wrote:
Aug 6th, 2016 2:07 am
Has anyone taken the shuttle from the airport? Just wondering how long it takes to get to the hotels on the strip. Got free passes but will take Uber if its too long.

Thanks
Just ask what stop your hotel is and decide from there.

Depends on how long you have to wait til the shuttle is full and how long everyone gets to their hotel and where you're on the drop - off list. As little as 25 minutes or as long as 90 min.
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