On the plane for our 4 hour flight back to Detroit and then our 3 hour drive home to Columbus Ohio. I have some time, so I thought I'd get started on our trip report. Pre-Trip: This was a belated birthday gift for me (3/26) and an early 15 year wedding anniversary (4/17) trip for us. My wife and I have been playing MyVegas for over a year. This was my 3rd time in the last 11 months redeeming rewards. Between the two of us we were able to redeem 8 rewards. Luckily, we were able to book 3 consecutive comp bonus nights at Aria! We also got; 2 Aria breakfast buffets, 2 premium tickets to Zumanity, 2 premium tickets to "O" and 2 Bellagio dinner buffets. Total LPs spent 1,019,000. Saved roughly $1,130. I first booked our one-way flight back to Detroit from Vegas on Southwest when it was at its lowest price and then our one-way flight from Detroit to Las Vegas a few weeks later when that was at its lowest. Total round trip cost was $248 per person. We live near Columbus Ohio, but I'm from Detroit, so if it's significantly cheaper to fly out of Detroit I will. It was about $500 less to fly out of Detroit this time. I received an offer from The Cosmo for 2 free nights based on my "$100 on them play" 2 years ago. The offer had to be used by 4/16, so the timing was perfect! Our original plan included renting a car for 5 days, driving to the Grand Canyon and staying one night in the National Park. Due to an "incident" we had to cancel the rental car and GC trip. I guess we'll have to plan another trip and visit the canyon next time. Three months out our flights, hotels and shows are booked! Then, the "incident" happened. We had friends come down with their kids in February and took the kids sledding. My first time down the hill I flew off the sled landed on hard snow and hurt my back and ankle. Due to the severe pain I went to the ER. Thankfully nothing was broken, but I was in a lot of pain. I received a call from an ankle specialist 3 days later and they wanted to see me. After having an MRI done, the doctor said to me "it's a lot worse than I thought." You never want to hear that from your doctor. I completely tore a ligament in my left ankle and it requires surgery. He wanted to schedule surgery March 10th. I said "I'm supposed to go to Vegas." After speaking with him and my wife we decided to postpone surgery till 4/14. He said I'd be in pain,and would be in a walking boot, but could not tear it anymore. We cancelled the rental car and GC trip and were able to book a third night at Aria to coincide with our other 2 nights followed by 2 nights at Cosmo and I reserved a mobility scooter to be delivered to Aria Monday morning. I emailed Aria about a month before our arrival letting them know we would be there to celebrate my birthday and asked if there were any upgrades available. I received an email back with an offer to upgrade to a Corner Suite for $50/night. I couldn't respond fast enough to accept that offer! I checked in online at southwest.com exactly 24 hours before the flight and got boarding number A60! I gambled on not paying for early bird checkin and won! Sunday 3/30 - Arrive in Fabulous Las Vegas! Left home around 10:30am to make the 3 hour drive to Detroit. This would give us enough time to stop for lunch, get to my friends house and have him drop us off at the airport with enough time before our 4:00 flight. Boarded the plane and I sat in an aisle seat while my wife sat in a window seat. We had the row to ourselves and had a very enjoyable flight. I "enjoyed" 4 Jack & Gingers while watching National Lampoons Vegas Vacation and The Hangover and my wife "enjoyed" a Bloody Mary and a couple beers all with southwest drink tickets purchased on eBay for less than $3 each. We arrived on time, picked up our bags and headed to the taxi line. Less than 5 minutes and we're in the cab. Here's the conversation between me and the cabbie: Cabbie: "where to?" Me: "Aria!" Cabbie: "have you ever been there before?" Me: "no" Me: "you're taking Swenson right?" Cabbie: "lots of traffic" Me: "Take Swenson." Cabbie"........................." We arrive at Aria. Total came to $17.80, I gave him $20, but I know what he tried to do. Check-in was a little bit annoying because we had 3 separate reservations that all had to be linked. Took about 30 minutes to check-in and I was told I would have to pay the $28/day resort fee plus $50/night upgrade fee which I expected. They did hold $130/night which I also expected. I should have asked for a high floor, but at that point I was just ready to get to the room. We make our way to the third floor into a beautiful room, but not much of a view looking over at Vdara. We unpack and then I sit on the bed. WOW! The sit has now become a lie down and I feel like I'm in heaven. I now have to "break in" the bathroom. The toilet seat is heated, it has a "rear cleaner" and a dryer!! The technology they use in the rooms at Aria is like nothing I have experienced in a hotel room before. The automatic drapes were Awesome!! The suite had a second 1/2 bath near the entry, but that never got used. We then went down and walked around the casino for a little bit. I put $50 in a 3 play $0.25 video poker machine and within 5 minutes was up $50, so I cashed out. We went to 5Fifty pizza for dinner. 3 slices of pizza and 2 beers came to $35. I just won $50, so I didn't mind. The pizza was great!! It was now 11:00pm local time, but being 3 hours ahead of time and having had a long day of travel, we decided to call it a night. Monday 3/31 - Spa & Zumanity Had THE best first night sleep in a hotel I have ever had!! Woke up rested and refreshed, but still on my east coast time, at 5:00am. My wife was sleeping so soundly that I got dressed and quietly snuck out so she could enjoy her sleep. I love the early morning in Las Vegas. It's fun trying to figure out who just got up and who is still up. I saw a couple professionals and non pros making the walk of shame. I needed to redeem a MyVegas reward, but the Mlife desk didn't open till 8am. Played a little VP, but nothing to report back on. It was about 7am, so I headed back to the room. My wife was up and said "that was THE best first night sleep of my life in a hotel room." She wanted to work out in the fitness center and I wanted to use the bidet again. After we were done taking care of business we headed down to redeem the MyVegas reward for 2 breakfast buffets at Aria. The Breakfast buffet was just meh. We purchased the $12.99/person unlimited drink package. We each had a Bloody Mary and a Bellini. The Bloody Mary was the best part of the breakfast. Would not do the breakfast buffet at Aria again and we were glad we didn't pay for it. After breakfast we walked over to NYNY to pick up our free Zumanity tickets from MyVegas. Monday was the Detroit Tigers Opening Day Game and Justin Verlander was pitching. I put $20 on the Tigers to win at the Aria Sports Book. Detroit won in the bottom of the 9th on a walk off single! We decided to pay $30 per person to use the Aria spa for the day. After about an hour there I realized I'm not really a "spa guy". The hot stone beds were ok, the salt room was kind of meh and the outdoor hot tub was not very hot. I took my "complimentary" iced tea and went to the sports book to watch the end of the Tiger's game and collect $32 on my $20 bet. My mobility scooter was delivered to the bell desk, so I picked that up and took it up to the room. This was the one and only time I used it. I felt like I was in the way and with all the people and construction on the strip I figured it would just be a hassle. I called the scooter rental place and told them they could pick it up Tuesday morning. I was requested/required to take a picture so my friends could have a good laugh at me, so I will post that. We had a nice little nap, showered, got dressed and headed to The Pub at Monte Carlo for happy hour. I had a pint of their locally brewed Pale Ale for $3 that was quite good and my wife had the locally brewed wheat beer. We shared chips and salsa, fries, a chicken quesadilla and 6 buffalo wings. The food was really good! I think the bill came to around $40 including tip. We would have had another beer or two, but the waiter never came back till we were ready to go. We then went over to NYNY to see Zumanity. I forgot what section we were in, but the seats were great! We were right in front of the stage 3 rows up. What a great show!! Funny, raunchy & very entertaining. The lucky guests that got called on stage were great too! I would highly recommend the show. The host/hostess (Edy) came over to us towards the end of the show and asked if we were married and how long we had been married. I answered 15 years and got a nice round of applause from the audience. Played a little VP at NYNY, headed back to Aria and played a little more VP then called it a night about 11pm. Wow, this is taking a lot longer than I expected. We're getting ready to land now, so I'll try to finish up later. I'll also post some pics if I can figure that out. Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoy the trip report as much as we enjoyed the trip.