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Couple of newbie questions

Discussion in 'MyVegas' started by thess, Jan 5, 2016.

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  1. thess

    thess Tourist

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    Hi all. Very first trip to Vegas coming up. I've been playing around with the various MyVegas apps and facebook, but due to an eye condition (and short attention span), I don't expect to be able to rack up a huge amount of points before our trip. I'm currently doing the Slots and Blackjack iOS apps, the new Konami one, and Facebook. I also grab FB and mobile codes when I can. I've got about 11k points so far. (Haven't been doing it long, but again I also can't dedicate hours to, for example, playing blackjack).

    Anyway, since I've never been to Vegas I'm having a difficult time figuring out the bang-for-buck of the rewards, and I assume a lot of them have built-in 'gotchas'. I'd been thinking of Zarkana since we are staying at Aria, but I'd been wondering about the "LET tax" in the fine print. I just now saw this post, also:

    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?127420-Cirque&p=1256708#post1256708

    (Short version, someone trying to redeem for Zarkana is getting hit with $40 in service charges.)

    I already booked Aria for Feb 25-28. I see the various room discounts, but I assume I either can't apply to existing reservations and/or they will just kick everything else up to rack rates to offset any discount?

    Given all this, and given that we're just going to be getting our feet wet, it seems like the easiest thing to do would be to buy a 2-1 for one dinner buffet at Aria (15.5k points). I noticed it's weeknight only (gotcha!) but figured we could use it on our arrival night, which is a Thursday. Is this a bad idea? Other buffets that wouldn't be difficult to get to that we should try to redeem for instead?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Ty

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    thess,
    Welcome to VMB!

    For myself I've become fond of getting show tickets and dinner at the same place, especially if we are staying there. I ran us all over the strip in my early days of MyVegas, now I like to keep it simple and do rewards that are close together.

    The buffet at Aria seems to get good reviews.
     
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  3. thess

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    Thanks, this is kind of my thinking (short trip, first trip, probably going to stick close to 'home' resort). Do you have any insight into the fees charged for redeeming for Cirque tickets, such as in the post I linked?

    I do like running rewards systems (and credit card points/miles), and MyVegas seems easy enough to rack up a little bit to use, the dollar values just seem all over the map. :)
     
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    We went to Beatle's Love via free MyVegas tickets in May 2015, at that time we paid no fees. Just free tickets and a free room (resort fee on room).
     
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  5. emmas

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    There are no fees for the comp tickets. When you book it through MLife, before you complete the transaction it will show the various fees that would normally be charged but when the transaction is completed all of the charges are removed. Recently went through that process booking a myVegas ticket for the Australian Bee Gees.
     
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    Thanks, I see you posted in the other thread as well. I'm specifically looking at the "buy one get one", not a full comp, wonder if that matters?

    I guess I'll ask another question--it sounds like I would need to redeem, and then hope there was a date available for my already-booked trip?
     
  7. thess

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    Bumping for another couple of dumb newb questions.

    I signed up for mlife a few weeks back. Should I have received a card or anything in the mail? I haven't. If not, how do they track my losses, I mean spend?

    If I walk over to another property, say Cosmo, do I need to make sure I have some "card" there too?

    Do the slot machines strictly take cash? Meaning, is the typical route ATM machine > slot machine, or can I turn the losses into credit card reward points?

    2 for 1 dinner buffet at Aria purchased through myvegas, working on 2 for 1 Zarkana now.
     
  8. LordJacor

    LordJacor Newbie

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    You can stop by any players club at an mlife reports casino to get your card made when you are in Vegas. The slot machines only take cash. You don't have to have a card to play at other properties.
     
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    Hope this helps you out Have FUN
     
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    I bought the 40k KA ticket and my "free" ticket came with a nice $40 service charge. Is there anyway to dispute this? Why was this charged?
     
  11. JoJoR

    JoJoR High-Roller

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    Call up and they'll refund you this service charge.
     
  12. thess

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    Thanks for the responses!

    Can I ask who you're directing the person to call, specifically? I'm probably going to spring for BOGO Zarkana and trying to figure out what the real-world cost will be.
     
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    JoJoR High-Roller

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    That was in response to Bearcatnut. But I believe you could call up and ask how much it would cost and then just book it online after to avoid the $15 charger. I'm not sure of the BOGO's take in any promotional prices CDS might have going on at the time or what.
     
  14. thess

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    Sorry, I mean who should I call? Aria? I did the BOGO for Zarkana and got quite a few service charges tacked on.
     
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    Was there a number in either the email from MyVegas when you purchased the reward or after you booked the tickets?
     
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