The players: My Wife (J), her mother (MIL) and of course, yours truly! This was our 17th (or so) trip to Vegas and my first trip report. Don't expect any writing mastery, this is going to be mainly factual. This trip was served two purposes, Wife's surprise birthday gift and a CET trip for me to reach Diamond Tier (But don't tell her that). This trip was heavily planned, and I loved planning it (down to the little details)! I must let you know in advance that both J and MIL are HUGE Andrea Bocelli fans. Thursday December 5th, 2:30pm Halifax, Nova Scotia: (The surprise) J is Sr. Management at a company which will remain unnamed. I called J at her work and told her she is off for the day and to come home ASAP (I had previously arranged her vacation time with head office for this trip) We are both Newfies, and rarely does MIL get a chance to see J on her b-day cause she is a December baby and we travel home each year for XMas so most times we cannot do both. For this trip I decided to fly MIL to Halifax (from St. John's) and take her to Vegas with us as a surprise to J. (MIL was in the know about the surprise since it's inception in Oct). While J was on the way home from work, I popped out to the airport and picked up MIL. J arrives at the house and I greet her at the front door, (I have Andrea Bocelli playing on the Sound dock as background music), walk her into the house toward the Happy B-day sign and a lit mini cake with a candle on it on the island to her right...she was super happy and grateful.....then she turned to her left to thank me and saw her mom on the couch, "over the moon" would be good words to use to describe her reaction (they are SUPER close). We proceed to crack open 3 chilled Peroni's and tell her about all the planning that was involved to get her mother here for her birthday (haha, little did she know what was coming). at 3:15pm I hand her a sealed envelope, which reads something like this (coles notes): HBD, this is when your 37th birthday celebration begins...Below is the 5 day weather forecast to an unknown location: ...Forecast here... Don't panic, this is going to be awesome. what are you waiting for go upstairs and start packing, we leave for the aiport in 60 mins...Go Go Go! xoxox I had made sure that all of the laundry was done, so basically 60 mins was plenty of time to pack (I had packed mine the previous night and MIL already knew so she was packed also. We head out to the airport and did the Park-N-Fly...check in was smooth with the Air Canada reps letting me check in J with her passport and hand me boarding passes. On through security without a hitch and off to the lounge. Whew, made it to the airport lounge and J still has no idea where she is going, this is a huge success so far! I drove 3, 20oz Richards White aboard me like they we going out of style....J and MIL had one each We had a tight connecting flight in Montreal, and the plane was 20 mins late departing from Halifax, so we were going to have to boot it once we arrived in Montreal. Obviously J knows we are headed to Montreal, but she think that is the final destination (she thinks for a shopping trip with her mudder), we played along of course. We arrive in Montreal and BOLT for the connections area, the entire time J is saying shouldn't we be heading to baggage claim. The signs started to say "US Connections", now she is like WTF is going on (in a good way).....Then she had an epiphany "We are finally going to NYC", we play along again, until we get to the US customs area where they are not as lenient as AC and I have to hand her OWN boarding pass...."VEGAS, woooohooo, I'm going to Vegas for my birthday". Once we settle in on the plane and are in the air I give her the 2nd envelope, and kind of itinerary that I put together that kind of goes like this: Pg 1: By now you know you are on your way to fabulous Las Vegas for your birthday. ...Vegas Sign... Pg 2: Transportation while you are in Vegas will be provided by: ...Presidential Limo Logo... Pg 3: Will it be the beef Wellington or the Filet (don't worry you have until tomorrow night to decide because our reservation is not until 8:30): ...Gordon Ramsay Steak Picture... Pg 4: In case you get bored, I have arranged for some entertainment on Saturday night ...Andrea Bocelli Concert picture/details... - She absolutely looses it on the plane at this point, "OMG OMG", crying, hugging me and her mom etc, MIL starts crying, its a total shit-show! The flight attendant comes down to see the commotion, they tell her the story and SHE starts crying...Crazy! Random strangers asking what's up etc...good times! Pg 5: Some funny money for Vegas: ...500USD in hundreds... (she's a low roller so that was plenty for her) Not a wink to be had on the plane, but the $6 Heineken were going down as smooth as ever (I'm a bit of a caveman when it comes to beer drinking, and I always try to get my daily dose of at least 20 a day while on vacation).... We were all super excited at this point and made the 5 hour plane ride seem like 10!!! Next up, Arriving in Vegas baby!!!