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The Mirage Las Vegas Review

The MGM Mirage is located in the middle of the strip and strikes a nice balance between location, price and amenities. Since my Hyatt Diamond status gave me MGM MLife Platinum status, I was offered an MLife rate of just $91 on a recent Friday and Saturday, typically expensive weekend nights. Other ...

Hotel Review: Elara Las Vegas, A Hilton Grand Vacations Resort

So back in the early 2000's, some of the major Las Vegas resorts and casinos decided to add upgraded tower additions to their resorts.  Mandalay Bay created THE Hotel, Venetian added the Palazzo and MGM Grand built The Signature at MGM Grand, just to name a few. The fancy ...

Can I Access An American Express Lounge Without My AMEX Card?

I was in Las Vegas today and giddy to check out the American Express Centurion Lounge that opened last year. Available to American Express Black and Platinum cardholders for free or $50 to other AMEX cardholders, the lounge offers a great spread of food and a comfortable oasis from the airport ...

Hotel Review: Hilton Grand Vacations Suites On The Las Vegas Strip.

The Hilton Grand Vacations Suites on the Las Vegas Strip is a great hotel if you're not actually looking for a hotel that is "on the strip." Though technically, it's located on Las Vegas Blvd., it's located on the far north end of the strip and not near anything worth walking to. This hotel is ...

Hotel Review: Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas.

I love the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas.  It's definitely one of the nicer hotels on the strip and compares to other fancy resorts such as the Bellagio and Wynn.  If you're looking to take it up a notch, you can book a room at THE Hotel.  Attached to the resort, ...

Lounge Review: LAS The Club at Las Vegas McCarran Airport.

The Club at Las Vegas McCarran Airport. At $35/day, this is one of the cheaper airport lounges to get into. But it's also a smaller lounge at a smaller airport so you kinda get what you pay for. There are two lounges, one in terminal one and the other in terminal three. Both locations are ...

Beware of taxis in Las Vegas

I recently stumbled upon this article about how taxis in Las Vegas overcharged patrons by $15m dollars last year.  A number of years ago I had flown to Vegas for a conference and jumped in a cab to the MGM Grand.  For many people who have been to Vegas, they know the MGM Grand is basically ...

Tropicana Resort Las Vegas is Now a DoubleTree Hotel

Staying on the Vegas Strip just got easier with the new Hilton Doubletree located on Las Vegas Boulevard! Always been a wasteland controlled by MGM and Harrah's Club/Total Rewards, non-casino award stays on the strip has been difficult. Before, one of the only other options was Priority Club award ...

West Coast Loop – Part 7 – Business in Las Vegas

A colleague of mine from New York flew directly to Las Vegas, and we met at our hotel, the Aria.  Our time on the ground was less than 24 hours, and we got right to work.
While not my favorite hotel in Las Vegas, the Aria is new and clean - and does not have billowing shower ...

West Coast Loop – Part 6 – United SFO-LAS in Economy+

After a half day at the US Open on Thursday, it was time to head on to Las Vegas for the last stop on my trip.  It has been several years since I’d flown United out of San Francisco, so I wasn’t super familiar with their setup at this field.
Thanks to my Star Gold status via ...

West Coast Loop - Introduction

1 – Introduction
2 – DL Business Elite JFK-LAX
3 – Hyatt Century City (Los Angeles)
4 – UA 1436 SNA – SFO in Economy
5 – InterContinental Mark Hopkins (San Francisco) (and a visit with Jack Nicklaus)
6 – UA 259 SFO-LAS in ...


Over the 4th of July I decided to take a vacation with my friend to vegas. On my way there, I was upgraded to first class and needed to write a quick blog post while in the air. I sat down, removed my wallet, cellphone and keys from my pocket and placed them all in the seatback pocket because my ...

The Tank @ The Golden Nugget Las Vegas: Shark Tank / Swimming Pool Combo

Work has brought me to Las Vegas this week, and my fiancé and I decided to make a fun weekend out of it. We came to Vegas on Friday. I'm currently staying at the Westin Casuarina (she has since departed), but on Friday night we stayed at the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street in Downtown ...

Aria Resort and Casino - Las Vegas

Overview: A conference hotel on the Strip in Las Vegas, but a bit removed from the action
Strengths: Rooms
Drawbacks: Where is the pizzazz?; location is set well back from the Strip

Earlier this week, I headed west to one of the major conferences for my industry.  After a few ...

How Many Vegas Buffets Can You Handle in One Day?

I know my answer: somewhere between zero and one.

Harrah's Total Rewards is hoping you might be interested in two, three, four, or seven! I just saw this ad in the Vegas airport. Now I SUPPOSE I could see the value in paying $45 for a breakfast buffet and a dinner buffet, but I mean, in the spirit of the promotion, that's pretty boring. If you're going to go ahead and grab this sweet deal, don't be a sissy - eat at all seven!


Best Buffet on the Strip? The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas

I have a confession to make: I love buffets. Especially good ones, though I am rather easy to please when it comes to food. While it always makes me cringe to see the morbidly obese chowing down enough food to feed a small village or slimy kids putting their hands on everything, I think ...
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Giving JetBlue a Second Chance and One Final Trip to Las Vegas

I’m off to Las Vegas again for my final trip on the Expedia $300 deal. After slumming it at the Golden Nugget (poor choice) and downtown Las Vegas a few weeks ago, I’ll be staying at the Wynn tonight.
Also, I’ll be flying on JetBlue today from Burbank to Las Vegas. I figured ...

From Hate to Great: Continental vs. United at Las Vegas International

As I have harped on many times before, attitude is key when it comes to forming my overall impression of a flight or travel experience. The amenities, ticket price, and hard product can all be great, but unless the service is warm and friendly, I cannot give it high marks.
Yesterday morning I ...

My Las Vegas Hotel Dilemma

Last week Expedia's Canadian division ran a wonderful $300 off promotion that I took full advantage of. 
Booking the trips to New York City were easy, but the trips to Las Vegas were a bit more difficult. With Vegas, I was faced with two choices: book a mediocre hotel for free or pay an ...

Vegas, Starwood, and The Misery of Chasing Status

I'm chasing Platinum at SPG this year, and I'm short a few nights.  One of these years, I'm either going to get to Gold and be nowhere near Platinum, or I'm going to go over Platinum.  Until then, I'm tied to Planet Hollywood, the only SPG hotel on The Strip, for my Vegas Vacation - styled ...