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LVA vs. American Casino Guide coupon book

Discussion in 'Las Vegas for the Frugal (not Cheap)' started by spunky96, Oct 20, 2012.

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  1. spunky96

    spunky96 Tourist

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    I recently bought an online membership ($37) on LVA. However I am not able to log in online to print out any of the coupons offered. I can only reach them Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm. I'm arriving this Saturday in Vegas and was hoping to have all my coupons printed out. I didn't opt to pick up the book in their office because of their office hours. I emailed them and got a response Friday and hoping they can solve my log in issues. I forgot about the American Casino coupon guide and could get that book through amazon a bit cheaper. Which book is better? Has anyone bought an online membership with LVA and had issues loggin in or printing coupons?
     
  2. Frankr163

    Frankr163 Low-Roller

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    There are only a few LVA coupons that can be printed out online.You can click on the link for the coupons in vegas.
    The MRB coupons are only contained in their book. I'm not sure about the p/u options in Vegas,as I have the full membership, and have the newsletter and book sent to me. I know that's not an option for you given your timing, so you may have to make arrangements to p/u in person after you arrive in Las Vegas. Good luck.
     
  3. spunky96

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    Thanks for your response. I was under the impression the online membership would be the same as getting the book except you have to print out the coupons and dont get the newsletters. For $37 not sure what i'm getting now?
    I never paid the extra $3.50 to pick up the book because i just thought I would print out coupons plsu the book can only be picked up mon - fri. I'm arriving Saturday and leaving thursday morning so i wouldnt be able to use the coupons until monday when i picked up the book. Glad i asked my question on here so i know what i got myself into.
    Hopefully I can cancel my membership now.
    Thanks again : )
     
  4. Grasp

    Grasp Low-Roller

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    Frank is correct. The "printable" coupons are in general of little value. All of the good stuff is in the physical book.

    As for the LVA book vs. ACG, that's been discussed a number of times both on this message board and the LVA one. The LVA book clearly has more valuable coupons, but costs you ~$40 vs. ~$10 for the ACG. You really need to know where you are staying and planning to visit in order to figure out if either or both of these books are right for you. For example, if you are staying on the strip and not planning on leaving the strip at all, I probably wouldn't bother with either. If you were staying downtown for a few nights, I'd probably buy them both.
     
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    As far as one being better than the other I believe that all depends on what your looking for. Were leaving next week for 16 days and always rent a car so we tend venture off the Strip so I get both of them. One negative I have with the LVA is that over the years they have less and less match plays, the one huge positive over ACG is the size, I generally slip it in my back pocket or my jacket.
    Good Luck
     
  6. theshaah

    theshaah Low-Roller

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    Please be aware that the online membership gets you the same coupon book that you would get if you were to get the mailed newsletter. It is a physical book and you would have to pull the coupons out directly in front of the redeeming casino. They do not accept printed or copied LVA coupons at the casinos.

    There are a few coupons you can print out online but these are only for certain casinos (just about all of them WAYY off strip) and are of very little actual value.
     
  7. jr7110

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    They actually don’t charge you to pick the book up in person – it is for mailing the book that they charge you extra!! Last year I joined and waited a very long time with no book in sight – when I called LVA Customer Service they informed me that there was an extra charge to mail the book to your home – an option they did not mention at all upon checkout!

    I would have gladly paid the shipping charge when I signed up rather than wait in limbo without a word. Otherwise, you can pick up the book free of charge at their offices the next time you are in town.
     
  8. Natural21

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    How about the membership "card" in these books? Does anyone ask for them?
    Thanks and good luck. :beer::beer:
     
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    It's too bad they don't offer the MRB via Amazon or other online retailers. I'd probably have a copy of the MRB if it were for sale via Amazon.
     
  10. teacher1

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    The American Casino Guide comes with a credit card-sized cardboard ID card that you are to cut out, sign, and show when you use a coupon. Most places don't ask to see it, in our experience, but some do. This year we had GNugget buffey, Edgewater buffey (Laughlin) and El Coetez ask to see it.

    The LVA Membership Rewards Book is very small, fits in my back jean pocket, and the coupons are not to be taken out except in the presents of the casino personal when using. I usually show the book and ask if it is ok to take it out "now". Some says they have used the LVA coupons out of the book, but I have never tried that because it is so easy to carry around.
     
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    That's because you have to be a "member" (free) of the LVA, in order to purchase the MRB ... from the LVA. They control all purchases (books, casino aids, etc.) through their own vendor service.
     
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  12. Kc4400

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    I used the LVA 241 Mirage buffet coupon that I had traded for earlier this year. The cashier at the buffet gave me a pretty good hassle before finally accepting it from me and chastising me that it needs to be torn out in front of her in the future.
     
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