My partner and I have been on vacation since Tuesday evening. We started with four days in Las Vegas and are finishing with a couple days in Denver. I keep an eye on airfares and have noticed the price to Las Vegas from Tampa has dropped just a bit. We paid $144 each for our one-way tickets, which is about $50 less than what I paid last year. We arrived home early this morning.
I chose Fox Car Rental, which has always been a hit-or-miss experience. This time was definitely a miss. I waited an hour and 20 minutes to reach the counter, and then my requested car was sold out. They gave us a huge mini-van and asked us to come back in a few hours, and even offered a one-day credit if I would do a swap, as they needed the mini-van for someone else. They applied the credit, but somehow goofed up the paperwork. Later in the day, an employee called to ask why I had two cars rented. Then when I returned the car, there was an error on the bill. Rather than waiting to resolve the issue and miss our flight, I am to call Monday.
We spent four nights in Las Vegas, and three of them were free: two nights at the Suncoast and a points redemption from Choice Hotels to BlueGreen Vacations Club. That room was amazing: for 12,000 points we received a unit larger than my house: it had two large bedrooms, two bathrooms with three showers (including a walk-in shower that had dual faucets), two kitchens, two living rooms, and four flat-screen televisions. I paid for one night at the El Cortez, which was around $30. I'm hopeful that our paid stay there will result in free room offers moving ahead.
Besides the free rooms, all our food was free. I'm not a heavy gambler; just a savvy one. The South Point had an offer where, if you earned 600 points, you received a lunch and dinner buffet, plus got to keep your points. You only have to run $600 through video poker to earn 600 points. The expected loss on that gambling is less than $3, which is certainly worth two meals! The Suncoast offered a free buffet with 300 points, and I had two free buffets at Palace Station courtesy of MyVegas.
MyVegas is a great tool to earn comps in Las Vegas. We received two premium tickets to Zumanity as well as the buffet.
We didn't win in the casino; I lost a little more than $200 this trip. That's a cheap price to pay for free drinks, food and hotel rooms.
Saturday we flew to Denver. Our tickets were $49 each and I received a $75 voucher towards a future flight because Frontier canceled our early morning flight and moved us to a later one. I redeemed Choice Privileges points for the two nights we are at the Sleep Inn.