Flew out of Flint MI at 12:30 on Sept 28. This fall trip included wife, Kathy, her sister, Mickey, and myself, John. We are to return Oct 2 so we had a nice 4 night stay, two rooms, comped at Harrah's. I am a platinum Total Rewards card holder so we did not have to pay the resort fees for our rooms. I hate the resort fees as we never use the extras that, I guess, these fees provide. The SWA direct flights out of Flint are very nice and only one hour from home, much nicer then going to Detroit, which is another hour and more traffic. We paid the extra $25 each for the early boarding both ways so we could have our pick of seats and all sit together. Good flight and arrived a little early. As this was Sunday I would have thought the cab lines would be short, but not the case. So much for thinking. We still arrived at Harrah's before the 3 PM check in time and was able to obtain two rooms connected for the stay, both Kathy and Mickey wanted the convenience of connecting rooms. Mickey lost her husband, Bill, to cancer last January and we spent many years going to Vegas as a foursome. Mickey still needs support on her loss of Bill but also needs to just get away now and then. A fun few days in Vegas does help the soul. After getting the rooms set up for the stay it was off to gaming. Sorry I don't take notes of various hits, or misses, as folks like Buddha do so I just have a general report in this area. I was lucky enough to hit one Royal, $1k, and two quad Aces with the kicker, $500 each along with Kathy also hitting the quad Aces with kicker for her $500 win. As usual, I brought my $2000 win back to the bank and also, as usual, Kathy brought her $500 win back to never be heard from again. I would think, horse shows with our horse and her grand daughter, but there I'm thinking again. Over all Mickey did well, although it is none of my business to what point. I do know on the second day she showed me two $500 chips she wanted to cash from "Let it Ride" game the night before. Judging from her general jovial attitude during the stay I assume she did ok, lol. A few things I did do this trip that was different then past trips might be of interest. First I did buy tickets from home to Improv to make sure we would go to at least one show. We have been to the Improv many times and it is always fun and this was no different. Buying tickets ahead of time assured us the table we wanted, etc. We could have waited and picked up the 2 for 1 tickets but just not worth the hassle and would not know where our seating would end up. It worked for us. Second, I have been playing the MLife Slots on the computer, never actually paying my money, but slowly collecting points and decided to cash some in. Picked up two three day Tram tickets along with 5 round trip Tram tickets for Mickey and 2 for 1 Buffet coupons at Mirage and Mandalay Bay dinners. Saved a lot on these. The Mandalay Bay is pricey and the last time we went it was worth it but not this time. Small shrimp, not pealed as before, crab legs not pre-cut as before. Don't think we will make the extra effort for their buffet again. Mirage's buffet is one of the better ones and we enjoy buffets over sit down dinners especially with the rising prices for a steak dinner and such. For the prices we can have 10 steak dinners on our grill at home and it is just as good. We can't duplicate the massive buffets at home. Just us as we used to do the sit down dinners several times each trip. Third thing we did this trip that was different is to use the Bell Desk to take our luggage to the airport for us. Only $10 a bag and we didn't need to screw with them to the cab, into the airport for check in, wait in that line, etc., just straight to the gate. Well worth the $10. Over all good trip, not too busy, normal crowds, still didn't get downtown for a couple of years, planning for next one. Sorry for not remembering details. Time goes so fast when we are there. Viva Las Vegas. Luck to all. Next trip in the spring (I might sneak in a solo trip in March). John, Kathy and Mickey in Michigan.