Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by Paul_376, Jun 2, 2015.
What are the coupon book you guys use?
And where do I get them?
Las Vegas advisor ......go to lasvegasadvisor.com
American casino guide.......Amazon is the cheapest usually
Is it worth it to get both or are they similar in their coupons?
Been discussed many times, I'll give you my perspective:
ACG can be had for less than $15 delivered if you play your Amazon cards correctly. LVA costs about $40 to get one delivered.
In both cases you will find limited offerings on the strip. More of the action will be for off-strip and downtown.
There are match plays in both, but you'll find better match play and/or free play value in the LVA. You can get $40 in match and/or free play out of the LVA at downtown casinos.
LVA has a variety of buffet 2-for-1 coupons. ACG has some restaurant deals in it, but nothing that I have used in the past few years.
If you find yourself on the strip primarily, the coupon books probably aren't worth your time. If you are downtown a bunch, you're in good shape. If you expect to save hundreds of dollars with a coupon book, you'll be disappointed. If you want to get a little extra value for your money without a lot of work, the coupon books can achieve that. My goal: break even on the deal, and enjoy any bonus I receive out of it.
As a person who stays at Orleans, eats at Ellis island and gambles downtown during a normal trip, LVA works for me. There is a table games match play and an easy-to-earn free play offer for Orleans. Consider that $20 in value right there, regardless of the outcome. Coupons for 2-for-1 meals at both Ellis Island restaurants saved us money. That savings was more than $20. We eat there because we like the restaurants, not because we have coupons. And we also received free play for $10 coin in and complimentary drinks via the book. That was worth more than $20 to us.
And downtown we used a couple of match plays, both of which were profitable for me to the tune of $35 in bonus winnings, free play at the El Cortez and a 2-for-1 at the now shuttered, (IIRC), cafe at El Cortez, saving us $10 at breakfast one morning. We never went to a buffet anywhere during the trip, and there are a variety of buffet deals, including a couple on the strip.
So we saved $40 in food and stretched our gambling dollars easily with LVA. (I hit six match plays out of six on roulette during the last trip, resulting in $210 in winnings. (I'll never see that again in my lifetime.))
I also have ACG, but find the coupons don't offer a great benefit to me beyond the initial investment, but I'm using their coupons at places I already go and use LVA coupons, so I figure it's worth the small amount of effort to use them.
LVA: The terms of the book say you cannot detach them from the book prior to redemption. That isn't always enforced, but from a practical standpoint it's easy to keep the trim, thin book in a pocket if you don't have access to a purse.
For a handful of years I only used ACG. But from my experience the offerings of the ACG book have diminished. When I finally gave LVA a try with a discounted secondhand book a few years ago, I finally realized how foolish it was that I hadn't been using it for the past several years. If it fits your Vegas lifestyle to have a coupon book, don't make a goal of saving $1,000 during your trip. Save your buy in and you'll find that you feel good about paying less everywhere you use the book.
I really appreciate the information. I like to play downtown and will definitely get the LVA membership after the information. Looking more for the match play than anything. I am thinking of buying one for myself and one for the wife and doing the $25 black/red match play on roulette for a little profit... Thanks
Are there still coupon books located in the backseat of cabs?
some have them
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