A bit of history, 2013 was not such a great year for us. In late June our 37 yr old son passed away suddenly. He is a single parent of a now 14 year old son, our grandson, who is now living with us here in Michigan. Since July we have been busy working on settling his estate. As the holidays were approaching we decided to go down to North Carolina to spend Christmas with our daughter and her family. We decided that we needed a getaway, and what better place than Las Vegas. I was able to get round trip air from Charlotte for points and a $10 charge per ticket, so round trip for $20 cash and points. Found a deal at Red Rock for three free nights and the 4th night at $89 including all taxes and fees. The final piece was a rental car through Alamo at $143 for 5 days. The grandson would stay with his aunt and cousins while we were gone. Our outbound flight on 12/26 arrived on time at around 3:00 on Thursday afternoon. By 4:00 we were in our rental and on the way out to Red Rock Resort. This would be our first stay at Red Rock, and we'll be happy to return in the future. The room as very nice, in fact as nice as most anything on the strip. We'd like to offer our sincere thanks to those that donated coupons to us for our trip. They came in quite handy allowing us to never have to pay full price for any meals, and of course a few nice match plays to go aloong with that. After settling in the room we headed downstairs to the casino and the buffet. It was nice to see that they have a seperate line for higher level players AND hotel guests. The regular line was rather long, but the hotel guest line had only a few people waiting. Using one of our LVA coupons dinner was half price for us. We found the buffet to be very good for the price, not gourmet, but good. After stuffing ourselves we headed out to explore the casino. I quickly discovered the Willie Wonka machine. Put in a $20 to get started and soon hit an Oompa Lumpa bonus. That 40 cent bet hit for $150, what a great start to the trip. Played my total down to $150 and cashed out $130 ahead. Walked over to the $10 Pai Gow Poker tables and had a lucky run of good hands. Played for several hours before calling it a night and walked away at +$200. If only every session would go this well. Friday was our day for exploring the strip and cashing in a few MyVegas rewards at Aria. We slept in a bit later than planned and got to Aria just a bit after 1:00 and headed straight to the Mlife desk. We both had Aria lunch buffets through MyVegas that we wanted to redeem. The booth put them on our cards and we headed off to the buffet line at around 2:30. After waiting in line for about 1/2 an hour we got to the cashier. My card went through with no problem, the wife's card didn't show the buffet. We paid cash for hers so we didn't have to go through the line again. They were running "holiday prices" so the buffet cost $40 in round figures. Our highest compliments to the Mlife staff. After eating we took our receipt back to the mlife desk and explained what happened. The Mlife people got on the phone to the buffet and arranged for us to get a cash refund for the buffet we paid for. We would have been quite satisfied with that resolution, but they went the extra step and added two addition dinner buffets to my wife's card for Saturday and gave us a line pass for the entire weekend. Of course we came back on Saturday to take advantage of that. All in all we had a really good time. Explored the sights on the strip and made it downtown for a day on Sunday. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Red Rock and will return in the future. We had a red eye return flight that left just after midnight on Tuesday getting back in to Charlotte just before noon on New Year's eve day. Back to reality. Got back to Michigan on Jan 2, just in time to clear the snow out of the driveway one day before the Arctic blast hit us. Found myself out in -30 something wind chill blowing snow out of the driveway for the next several days. It's now back to normal with temps in the mid 30's today and rain this evening. Wish we were back at Red Rock.