Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cashing In: 3 Weeks in Vegas on a Shoestring

Want a view like that for free? Or close to it, anyway. As faithful readers will no doubt recall, one of the reasons you always sign up for a player's card when you first visit a casino, and use it whenever you play, is that casinos will shower you with offers, even of free rooms, to (a) get you back if you haven't returned in a while or (b) reward you for your frequent's a win-win. As a case in point, here's the itinerary for our next trip to Vegas. A caution: These days, with most of the casinos adding a "resort fee," even the "complimentary" nights cost you something. The Cosmopolitan's fee is the highest at $25/night...but if you saw the room you get for that 25 bucks I doubt you'd complain. Besides, it will generally get you in-room wi-fi (which otherwise you'll usually get charged for anyway) as well as access to the fitness center and pool (assuming it's pool weather), which is not necessarily a horrible deal. Also, many of these offers include goodies like free casino play and free meals, which will offset that cost. Anyway, here's our trip-on-a-budget schedule:

The Grand (Downtown, on the site of the old Lady Luck): 2 free nights (plus $10 free play, $10 food credit, & a free deck of cards...woo hoo!)
Stratosphere - 3 free nights (and I won those two free show tickets online, too!)
Gold Coast - 3 free nights, plus choice of $25 Macy's gift card or $20 casino play
Harrahs - 3 free nights, free poker tournament with $25,000 for first place
Cosmopolitan - 2 free nights
Gold Coast - 2 free nights, plus $25 food credit (2 buffets' worth) & $30 in free bets, per day
El Cortez - 4 nights on a Buy 1 Night for $30/Get 1 Night free coupon
Paris Las Vegas - 3 free nights, $50 in casino play
Riviera - 3 nights at $12/ $5 table games play, two free show tickets & a free drink

That's actually 24 nights or three-and-a-half weeks...Don't bother adding them up and challenging my math; two of the hotel stays overlap one night because they're tied to specific events at the respective casinos. And my poker buddy and frequent Vegas traveling companion will be getting his own room at The Gold Coast for three of those nights, having received his first comp offer by e-mail. All were promotions offered to me by mail or e-mail by each casino, except for that coupon at the El Cortez...and I'll explain how I came by that in a future post, real soon.

By the way, I just got offered three free nights at Bally's in March, which will accomplish my goal of having stayed at every one of the Caesar's Entertainment properties in Vegas.


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