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Costco Vegas.com Gift Cards - Done Deal?

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by CosmoM, Jul 12, 2012.

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  1. CosmoM

    CosmoM Low-Roller

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    The Vegas.com gift cards are no longer available from Costco, which sold $100 denomination cards for $79.99. I don't know if this is a temporary move which is coinciding with the $50 off $250 order promo on facebook, or a permanent move.

    I was looking to use the gift cards for a two-day weekday trip at the Vdara with a $75 food and beverage credit promo on Vegas.com.

    So with the end of the Costco discount, I looked elsewhere for deals:

    Priceline.com using the bidding feature netted $66/nt for a recent bidder with the same dates I was looking at, but without the $75 food and beverage promo.

    Priceline.com without bidding has the same room cost of $104/nt as given by Vegas.com, and includes the $75 food and beverage promo.

    Hotwire.com was $89/nt.

    After making adjustments for taxes and fees for all of the above, the priceline bidding deal was the best, even after discounting the $75 promo from the other deals. $75 over two nights = $37.50/nt. and applied after taxes and fees.

    I had a few Vegas.com gift cards left over, which discounted any Vegas.com deal by close to $8/nt (face value - cost) and this ended up beating the priceline.com bid deal.

    So it looks like I need to start refreshing my bidding strategies for priceline.com in order to get the deals I want.

    FYI, I am pearl on mlife and no offer there beats the deals I get from the above discount web sites.

    My trip strategy will be to gamble in the local casinos (and maybe a trip to the GN to try "free bet BJ"), where I will get better games and stay, eat and enjoy the nightlife on the strip.


    Cheers,


    Cosmo
     
  2. gamblersruin

    gamblersruin Low-Roller

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    So are you able to choose the hotel when bidding on priceline now?
     
  3. CosmoM

    CosmoM Low-Roller

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    Priceline.com has two options:

    1) Bidding, where the hotel name is hidden, with star rating and approximate location given as clues.

    2) Fixed price, where a price per night is given along with the hotel name.

    There are websites dedicated to bidding strategies and recent wins to give you more accurate clues as to the hotel you may win when using option #1.

    Priceline.com fixed price was the same as Vegas.com fixed price when I looked at staying at the Vdara.


    Cheers,

    Cosmo
     
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