Day 1: Flight was different this time around as we flew united. At the time I only had enough southwest miles for the return flight so I needed to book a departure flight. Southwest was high at the time so I booked a united flight out of flint that connect in Chicago first class. This would be first time in first class so figured what the hell. The flight from flint to Chicago was on the smallest plane I've ever flown on. It had 1 window seat aisle on the left and the right side had only 2 seats all the way back. The seats were actually comfy but as soon as the seat in front of me declined I was out of space. It was a very short flight to ensure though then onto first class in Chicago! This flight was obviously larger we were in the 2nd row, the seats were just as large as the big front seats on a spirit flight but these came with first class perks. The seats had tvs in them and had direc tv channels. All seats had them and the tv made an announcement that 5 new release movies were included so I'm assuming the whole flight got to take advantage of this. I watched blended the adam sandler/drew Barrymore movie, it helped pass the time. The flight had goose island 312 in cans so I had to get one of those even though it was breakfast time. When food was served I got a coffee. I was given scrambled eggs, potatoes, a small sausage patty, a cinnamon roll, a fruit bowl and a Greek yogurt cup that I didn't eat. It was actually pretty good and hit the spot. It was nice having the bathroom just for first class, so I would definite fly again if the price was right. I went through the new terminal 3 as southwest doesn't do this and it's pretty nice, animal statues, cool paintings even a full coach store. We went out to get on the rental car shuttle and I got in line for my alamo rental car because for some reason this time it would t let me checkin online, I should have known something was wrong. When I handed my printout to the counter he told me it had been canceled! My heart sank, I had a premium car booked for 5 nights for 168.00 I knew If I had to book the day off I would be screwed. He gave me an 800 # to call and I dialed frantically. She told me on the line the reservation was cancelled a minute after it was booked. I remember booking and rebooking a lot as I always do but when I changed flights I must have done this a lot more and lost track of the correct reservation. I finally asked her to search my name and see if I had an alternate reservation booked, I did! Thank god!! I sneak back up to the counter as I stated that guy over here told me I could come back up and got away with not having to get back in line. Just when I think I'm out of the water he tells me I had this reserved for 4pm pickup (it wasn't quite 11 at this point) and said is be charged an additional day. Nothing I could do at this point, but then he looks at it again and says I would only be charged tax (7 or 8 bucks) so I must have had some weekly rate. I used the American casino guide contract I'd and coupon code so that must have saved me. We almost pick the chrysler 300 between than Taurus's and some Nissan something's. We load up in the 300 start it up and the wife thankfully talks me out of it as the Taurus's were limited's so they were fully loaded and the one we got in only had 2000 miles on it! So we quickly ditched the 300 and took off in the ford. I'm a little worried at this point as it has no plate and the registration tag in the windshield expired over 2 weeks ago, but it's vegas so we gamble! Way to early to check in we stop at the rio first as I've set aside $500 to play the $1 single full bay bonus poker machines they have. I am starting the trip with a little over 6500 tier credits and want to hit 2500 in a day for the 5000 bonus and nail diamond this trip. We stay for a bit over an hour I get maybe 325 points but managed to break even so we depart for so double doubles with shakes from in and out. We the. Park at ballys it's about 130 and decide we are gonna try to check in early, it's a gamble as it's Saturday so I only bring my backpack in just in case. Sure enough a room wasn't ready for us but Tina I think her name was very nice and pleasant older lady at checkin said she was upgrading my room (I booked a jubilee tower comped room but no view) told me to come back in an hour. Through some super times bay and regular triple play bonus poker I lose $200 in that hour. It did manage to nab 4 aces once (to bad I'm playing quarters now) so it could have been much worse! Oh the highlight was that I asked about ipa's and they offered me a lagunitas (draft) so I was happy to enjoy some good beer while losing at least! It's not bottled but it's not bud light either so I was very pleased and tipped accordingly. We go back to the checkin counter and she said she's gonna give us a different room yet again this one with a nicer view(is she looking for a tip? (If I'm doing the $20 trick this trip I'm saving it for bellagio not ballys). Well anyway we get 1 floor below the top all the way to the end of the hall with a view of Paris pool and tower and a 1/3 view of the fountains not to bad. She warned us though it's Saturday night and we are between 2 clubs. Our rooms do not have double pane glass and we probably won't sleep tonight! Hell, I love her honesty! She even gave us ear plugs, our plan was to take a nap as soon as we check in anyway as getting up at 3am east coast time is starting to wear on us, curious to see how bad it will get. As I lay down for a quick nap, the first fountain show since we check in goes off and I can here the music from the fountain show plain as day, as cool as that is it's probably a precursor for what's to come tonight, we shall see!