I’m not a frequent poster but I did do a half-assed trip report last year in February that was supposed to be live but ended up being about half our trip and then I got lazy. This year I am about follow through though. My partner (my wife actually) and I enjoyed reading what I did write. Brought back some great memories of a really fun trip. Last year we were on a tight budget. We budgeted 300 bucks for 3 days and came home with 40 dollars. We were happy with that and it’s funny to look back on the past year since taking that trip. In that year we moved to a different state, we both switched jobs and I now travel 100% from Columbus to Seattle and back to Columbus as a consultant each week.. I have only been doing it a little over a month so while I’m almost to status with United, I’m not quite there. Good news is that wherever I want to go in the continental United States as long as I leave from Seattle and am back to work on Monday, I can expense my flight. So free flight for me whoohoo! When I booked this trip though I didnt know that I would get my flight expensed so I picked some pretty horrible flights because of price. I figure I may have to pay $150 to change them so I'm not getting in at midnight Thurs-Friday and leaving at the butt crack of dawn Monday morning. We did have to pay for the wife’s flight though from Columbus on Southwest at 450 RT. It seems like flights to Vegas from Columbus have been on the rise and with us going over MLK weekend, I’m sure it didn’t help with price. So we will be going Feb 13th through Feb 17th since I have MLK day off. Staying at The Quad comped the frst night and good ol El Co vintage room for the rest of the nights. I love downtown. I love the old smell, the seemingly looser slots and the proximity of casinos to each other on Fremont. I don’t know how I feel about the Vintage room though (which as I read that it seems like a contradiction to what I just said about downtown). I booked on Hotwire and sort of got bamboozled. It was DT, normally 145 a night night and priced at 53 bucks a night. I compared stars and saw there was no resort fee and I figured out pretty easily it was most likely El Co. I predicted it would be a cabana room thought because of the normal price and got book happy. Booked it and I’ll be damned if it wasn’t a vintage room. When has a vintage room ever been 145 a night? That’s what I get for pulling the trigger so quick. I’ve stayed in the tower rooms back in 2010 and was pleased but I’m a little concerned that you can only get to these rooms through a staircase. The week after we get back DW is having surgery on her ankle and while we will be doing a ton of walking I know, I don’t want to put her under more stress after a long day. When I check in I am going to talk to them and see what they might do. Budget for this trip is a little higher than last year. LOL We laugh pretty hard at our 300 dollar budget but we had a great time on it. Since making more money though and saving more for this trip our bankroll will be a little higher. I’m budgeting 1500 for three days so that breaks down to 500 a day for entertainment and gambling. Food is a separate budget. We are going to do a groupon/Restaurant.com/online coupon adventure for our meals which satisifies my budget concious inner being Sorry for posting so early but this site is like my pre-game and gets me hyped!