It all started in March We had been in Vegas in January, and in March my wife was talking on the phone to one of her friends about our trip to Disney World that we were going to take in June with the grandkids. I had been saying (whining, complaining) that I would rather go to Vegas. Out of the blue I heard her say "I think Dave is planning a trip to Vegas before that." What? I had mentioned it and she had looked at me like a piece of excrement. Perhaps my impeccable timing had been off? Anyway, I got right on it. It was March and TIME TO PLAN (half the fun!) Time to look through my offers. I had used the time share for the weekend, the trip in January, so I had to schedule the strip for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Schedule the time share for Sun., Mon., and Tues, leaving the first two days somewhere else. First, the strip Hotel, everything else should be easy. We stayed at the Bellagio in January, so I was thinking Mirage or Mandalay. Before January, we hadn't been to Vegas in 18 months, because of my Baby sitting job. So Mirage was only offering 3 nights and Boyz to Men tickets - my wife wasn't interested. Mandalay was 3 nights and $100 - I started thinking location and my wife's hips, so Bellagio, 3 nights, $150, and $50 in birthday money was my choice. I did have a 3 Complimentary Nights with Upgrade to a Contemporary Room- $150 in FREEPLAY - $100 in M life Resort Credit- 2 Complimentary Take 2 Buffet Passes at EXCALIBUR, but decided against it this time. I DID like the cheesiness, but am not quite sure my wife was ready for it. We did play there some, when we ate at the Steak house and went to the Australian BeeGee show on MyVegas last time we were there. The Steak house was excellent. The BeeGees were good. The hotel, a little cheesy. I called Bellagio and asked for the 16th, 17th, 18th, and was told "no go, a big convention". No problem, give me the 9th, 10th and 11th - DONE Next Get online and schedule timeshare, 12th, 13th, 14th, - 2 minutes later - DONE Now I will have to schedule the 7th and 8th, I'm thinking downtown. We stayed at the Golden Nugget in the Rush tower one night on our last trip in January. We loved it, The Charthouse was great, my wife liked the spa, But we weren't feeling any love, just emails talking reduced rates. $5 off? I looked at my Boyd offers to see if there was anything for MSS, - nothing. Oh well perhaps it was a little early for GN May offers, so I decided to wait. TIME TO GET THOSE MYVEGAS REWARDS!!! Now I don't need rooms from MyVegas, and I don't want to waste the rewards on cheap things, except the Belagio Buffet, since I love it and I am Staying there. FRIDAY MORNING comes and I'm in front of my desktop computer, my trusty laptop at my side (it's always there, right next to my smartphone. My wife thinks the tablet is hers) MyVegas - 4 for me, 4 for the wife. Yes we had both bought a small amount of chips, NOW FOR A LITTLE MyVegas ASIDE : I see so many questions out there about MyVegas and getting those rewards. 1.) YES if you can buy 4, you can use 4. 2.) I have Roadrunner turbo, a step up from basic, not as fast as their top speed but fast enough. Both my laptop and my Computer are I7- 3rd generation and fast. 3.) After I made a cut and paste file with my first name, last name, and email address and focused on the one reward a day, I never failed getting what I wanted. So here I go before I knew the above Bellagio Buffet, DONE Camelot steakhouse, DONE Zhumanity - DONE Getting anything else I wanted - SOLD OUT Check my Email - nothing from Golden Nugget. Log on to their site, log onto Landry's site - can't hurt to prime the pump - nothing. Check Snail mail, nothing. Make reservations for Zhumanity, Monday May 15th, Front row a, seats 7&8. Decide to get Nine Fine Irishman $100 dinner comp for the show on Saturday. Make Reservations at Southwest , PRICEY - arrive in Vegas at 9:15 AM leave 8 days later at 1:55PM. SATURDAY MORNING comes and I'm in front of my desktop computer, my trusty laptop at my side (it's always there, right next to my smartphone.) My goal: Nine Fine Irishman and Circus Circus Steak house RESULTS: my fat non-typing fingers screw me up between the two computers - Nothing! I make a file with my first name, last name, and email - I can cut and paste a lot faster, right up there with the best of them. I also decide that I should go for one thing at a time. After all, I have six weeks. My wife and I go out and hit a few rummage/estate sales and when I get home the snailmail has a Flyer from Golden Nugget. 2 free nights, $50 in slot play, not great, but resulting from a one night stay, I guess acceptable. I call and make the reservations, during the conversation, I mentioned we had stayed in the Rush tower, and was this for that? She said "no", I said I would be glad to pay the upgrade, she clicked a while and said "you have the Rush Tower." Now in the back of my mind, I remember someone posting a Travel Zoo Gordie Brown / Buffet deal at the GN. I book that, and now the first day is planned. Hit Hennessey's Downtown at 11AM for 2 for 1 fish taco Tuesday, drink a few, enjoy downtown, check in, eat at the buffet, 7:30 show. (That completely changed later) I look at the MyVegas rewards and Nine Fine Irishman is GONE. Oh well, maybe it will come back in the next six weeks. I'll save one for it. If it doesn't show, we can walk across the overhead and use the Excalibur Steak house reward, it is already in the bank. SUNDAY MORNING comes and I'm in front of my desktop computer, screw my trusty laptop at my side (it's always there, right next to my smartphone.) Open up my cut paste file. MyVegas 2 for me, 1 for the wife. I have decided to go for the Luxor Steakhouse, while the huge weekend crowd fights for the Circus. paste paste paste. Luxor Steakhouse - DONE MONDAY MORNING comes and I'm in front of my desktop computer, screw my trusty laptop at my side (it's always there, right next to my smartphone.) Open up my cut paste file. My vegas 2 for me, 0 for the wife. Today I go for Circus Steakhouse, - paste paste paste. Circus Steakhouse - DONE Now I will wait to see if Nine Fine Irishman comes back. Looking at all this booty, I just realized that I am going to have to overplan! Pity me!