So this was a very low-budget trip, meaning not enough gambling, drinking or shopping, but some of it. We basically had $35/day each for gambling. Southwest took us (hubby and I) from SeaTac just before noon on the 24th, we arrived at McCarran at about 2 PM and went directly to the taxi line as we only had carry-on bags. The first night we stayed at Hard Rock Hotel, where we had booked a suite using our BA avios from our last trip. When we got there, it wasn't ready yet, so we had lunch at Pink Taco while we waited. Tried again after eating, and got our room. 15th floor with a view of the pool (and a little bit of the Strip if we pressed up against the windows and looked to the left). We freshened up a bit and got changed, and then went out. Spent the afternoon/evening downtown, trying to get as much free-play as possible by signing up for players clubs. It wasn't much, but we did get $5 at Plaza. I used mine on Wolf Run and it lasted a little while, but in the end I walked out of there empty-handed, just as expected. We returned to HRH, and used the free-play we got for signing up there before calling it a night. I can't even remember which slots I played there. My main conclusion was that the casino felt too small, and adding the location to the equation, we probably won't be staying there again. The bed was maybe the most comfortable I have ever experienced, though. Really amazing. The next day, we just got up, got packed, left Hard Rock and went to The Mirage. Had two nights there through MyVegas, as well as a total of four buffet passes each. With some time to kill before check-in time, so we visited the Mlife desk to get new cards and redeem lunch passes before leaving our suitcases at the baggage assistance counter. And then we ate, which was of course great. Cravings has the best red velvet cake ever, no doubt! Still time to kill after lunch, so we just checked out the casino and bought a couple of necessities. When we finally got checked in, there had been a mix up, and our room wasn’t actually ready. So we got a new one. The room was nice, but I didn’t like the bathroom. I really hate shower curtains…. Oh well, we did get an email with an upgrade offer, but decided not to go for it, so that’s how it is. After changing and freshening up, we decided to go check out the Linq promenade, as it was still under construction the last time we were there. After that, we walked over to the Grand Bazaar Shops outside Bally’s, I didn’t even know it was there, but it seemed nice. Next stop was Bellagio, where we had dinner buffet passes (again, MyVegas), and had a really great meal. Came back to The Mirage just in time for the volcano, and after it was done we just hung out in the casino for a bit. We both played Betty Boop’s Fortune Teller for a while. Nice with the bonuses, but not really any big wins so we both gave up eventually. We gathered whatever we had left and spent it on an oversized double jackpot machine. Still no luck. So, eventually we just went to bed. On the 26th, we didn’t really have any big plans. After breakfast at the buffet, we found out that I had $10 in point play, so I used them on Money Comb, which I find to be a fun slot. Ended up walking away with $10, and we decided to try the Batman slots. Also a fun game, but the balance just kept creeping downwards. After this, hubby wanted to just relax in the room for a while. I would get bored really fast, so I stayed on the casino floor, wandering around just looking, and eventually decided to check out the shops. I ended up going outside to the pool area, and it was a huge mistake! Because I was tempted to just hang out by the pool for a while, but I didn’t have the chance to buy a bikini before we left, so it would have to wait. That sucked! After a while, hubby came back down, we had drinks at Rhumbar, before going bikini hunting at the Forum shops. Being on a tight budget, I don’t know why we didn’t just go to Fashion Show instead. I ended up with nothing. The tram between the Mirage and TI was out and we were both feeling lazy, so we didn’t wanna walk the entire way in the heat. So no pool time for this girl. We discovered the Lord of the Rings “The Fellowship”/”Land of Mordor” slots, and played a bit before getting ready for dinner. Bonuses hit quite often, but again – no big wins. We returned after dinner, and only one of them was available then, so I just watched for a few minutes before sitting down by a Wolf Run machine. On the first spin, what happens? First reel – All wilds. Second reel – all wilds. Third reel – all wilds except from the one in the bottom. Fourth reel – various symbols. Fifth reel – two wilds. $50 + win. About time I got something, even though I ended up losing it all again after a while. The 27th – check out time. Played a bit on the LOTR slots, tried cash coaster with no luck at all, and then one of the big 1,000,000 degrees slots. With no money left and time to kill we went over to Venetian, walked through the Grand Canal Shoppes, and back. Picked up our bags, got in a cab and went to the airport, longing for at least one more day (and a whole lot more money). All in all a pretty uneventful trip, but it doesn't matter. Always a great time in Vegas anyway!