Just got back from a weekend in Vegas. Haven't really ever posted a trip report so thought it might be fun. I’m not a big gambler. In fact I probably in my life put less money in a slot machine or at a table game than some people tip a single dealer. I come to Vegas for the food, shows, atmosphere, and people watching. I will use every coupon available, every discount I can find. For me that is the fun in the trip. I used Priceline for my hotel (that might have been a mistake) and searched for weeks for cheap airfare. Finally found two one way fares that when combined were way cheaper than any roundtrip I could find. Day One: Trip started off great. Got to girlfriends house at 4am on Thursday to pick her up and head to the airport. Found out she had been up all night packing. (what a way to start a vacation) Get to the airport with a bit of time to spare. Virgin America to LAX then on to Vegas. Flight was fairly uneventful other than our landing in LAX where I think the pilot forgot how fast he was going as he came in for landing. For anyone flying I really recommend Virgin. I just like how they fly. What they provide and all that jazz. Got into Vegas at noon. Got off the plane and wondered why I came to vegas... I left sub 30 degree weather to come to somewhere warmer. Headed over to the car rental counter. Now I work for one of the companies that rents cars... Employee rates are great. Reserved a economy car and walked out the door with a bright orange Challenger. Forgot to mention this is the girlfriends 1st trip to vegas. Leaving the airport we had to head over to pick up our LVA coupon book. Got it on sale the day before we left. GPS is wonderful until you think you know where you are going and don't listen to it. Left there and decided to go up towards the Stratosphere and drive down the entire strip. I'm heading south down the strip pointing out all the places along the way. Her eyes are getting bigger and bigger as more and more comes into view. As we pass PH I almost hit the car in front of me because I am now staring at 13 Nascar Sprint Cup Series cars sitting on the side of the road. I should have know something from the Sprint Cup car sitting in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Now this has my attention. I'm a average fan of NASCAR. I don't watch every race but I keep up on it. Hurried to the Tropicana to check in and find out what was going on in town. Now as I mentioned earlier I had booked my hotel from Priceline. The gf is a HHonors member so we thought that might help out. Again forgot that by booking with Priceline one screws oneself out of most upgrades and discounts. Figured the $20 trick might be worth a shot so handed it over to the cashier with my ID and CC. His eyes lit up and he started typing. He finally settled on a room on the 18th floor in the main tower. Room wasn’t ready but he promised to call when it became available for us. We found out that NASCAR was going to be on the streets and burnouts/doughnuts in the two intersections. Since there was no room for us we grabbed out cameras and coats and headed down to PH. We got some really good spots on the edge of the overpass looking across at Aria. Waited for what felt like forever but it was well worth it. Just to hear those cars start and drive up and down the street was amazing. By now it’s close to 5pm and we have still not heard from out hotel. Time to head back and sort out that mess. Took a long shortcut and walked through part of the Miracle Mile shops. GF is completely blown away by the shops. Didn’t stop in many but there were a few that she has never been able to go into on the west coast. On our way back the gf stops at the Tickets 4 Tonight booth and buys us Blue Man Group. I have wanted to see this show for over seven years so this was special for me. Time to go figure out our room and dinner before the show. So for me here’s where my Vegas fun starts… How much can I save as I vacation. BMG tickets normally $137, picked them up for $74 each… Savings here $126 Back to Tropicana, they forgot to call me about the room being ready.. for the hassle of not being able to check in on time and the forgotten phone call they waive all the resort fees for the stay. (another $76 in savings) Finally in the room and change. Start considering options for dinner and decide that there is just not enough time for a full meal. Take the Challenger (did I mention I love driving this car) and run over to In-n-Out for dinner. Burger and fries later time to head to the show. Show was amazing. All that I had hoped for and more. After the show we were still hungry so decided it was time to break out the LVA coupon book. Decided on Ellis Island as we could use both a 2/1 food coupon and a $10 free play. Had dinner (really really good fish and chips) and got a players card. Also got a $10 free play off a spin after playin $1 in the slots. Walked away with about $10 cash after the two free plays. Plus won the original $1 back. Slot Winning: $11 in pocket. Cash outlay $0 (not a bad start). Savings on dinner $10 Back to hotel about 1am and time for bed. It’s been a long first day. I think the gf is in shock over everything in Vegas already. Thus ends day one……… Total savings for day one $212 plus $11 slot winnings.