Tiny Timâ€™s Birthday Trip After listening to some of my whining about missing Las Vegas, my wife (A), said sheâ€™d buy me Jimmy Buffet tickets for my Birthday. What a Gal!! As soon as she said that I booked the flights and got the Hotel rooms booked. Canadians canâ€™t change flight reservations with out forking out BIG BUCKS. Anyway I then proceeded to book the concert tickets only to learn it was sold out. OH OHâ€¦.Iâ€™m in trouble now!!! We decided to go with the Vince Gill concert in stead and was VERY happy with that choice. Weâ€™d seen him already but it was about 3 years ago. Never seen Jimmy yet so heâ€™ll have to wait for us to honor him with our presence. Flights: Direct (both ways) from Calgary with West Jet. Entertaining crew as always. They did the â€œLucky Pennyâ€ contest while waiting at the gate and my wife won. Whoever has the oldest penny wins a prize. She won a $50 West jet gift certificate (we think) but hasnâ€™t arrived in the mail yet. Off to a lucky startâ€¦should be a lucky trip. After a smooth flight we got to Vegas about 15 minutes late. No big deal. Rental Car: I wasnâ€™t going to rent a car as we were staying on the strip, unless I got a very good deal. Went with Alamo and an econo model. I tried to score a free upgrade using the Birthday but it fell on deaf ears. We got a Hyundai Accent that had a surprisingly large trunk. Price after all taxes and fees was $123., Friday thru Wednesday. I used two codes from www.rentalcodes.com Glad we had the car with all the running around we did. Hotels: NewYork NewYork â€¦I was offered 3 comped nights and $25 free play in a Park Ave Room through Players Club. I didnâ€™t try the $20 trick since it was a Friday but tried the Birthday excuse again. The clerk was friendly and joking with us but said there is the Pro Bull Riders in town and they were full. So I asked for a room close to the elevator and said a view wasnâ€™t too important thinking that it might help the cause. We got that. I should have asked for a higher floor (got 6th floor in New Yorker Tower with a view of two walls). Oh well. We booked 2 nights of the 3 free available as I donâ€™t want to abuse the privileges especially since we had a car. The room was nice, clean, modern and will definitely stay again if itâ€™s free. Caesars Palaceâ€¦Sunday thru Tues for $70 with Total reward Club. I FINALLY had success using the $20 trick. Did the Sandwich ($20 between Credit card and drivers license) emphasized the Birthday and requested a complimentary upgrade to a high room, close to the elevator, in either the Palace or Augustus Tower. He slid the twenty out beside the keyboard and typed for about 10 minutes. He then said â€œis the 42nd floor high enough? In the Augustus tower?â€ Yippeeeeee. The room was AWESOME with a separate Shower, a jet tub and separate little room for the toilet. The only down side to Caesars is the hike from the parking garage to Check-in and our tower but weâ€™d stay again with another deal like this. Food: We only eat 2 meals a day on holidays. â€œAâ€ has many food allergies so we ate almost exclusively at Buffets so she can pick and choose what to eat. The one exception was breakfast at America in NYNY. Good food at an average price. Dinner Buffet at Luxor ($20 each ) was good and had the BEST Prime Rib weâ€™ve had anywhere! Both A and I were raised on a farm and live in Alberta Canada so we know our Beef!!! I actually cut it with a fork. The rest was typical buffet food but didnâ€™t find the Dessert section until we were walking out. Probably a blessing in disguise. Breakfast the next day was a buffet at ChinChin in NYNY. Standard Breakfast fare. Good service. I think it was about $14. Each. Other buffet were the â€œBuffet of Buffetsâ€ at the Harrahâ€™s properties. This is a 24 hour pass and is $39.99 with a players card. We did this twice. Breakfastâ€¦twice at Caesars and once at Imperial Palace (yeahâ€¦I know IP gets slammed a lot But BREAKFAST there is one of Aâ€™s favorites.) Breakfast buffet at Caesars is very good but I donâ€™t think dinner there would be as good of a value as itâ€™s very small and selection wouldnâ€™t be near as good as other choices. Wouldnâ€™t know for sure though as it was closed for dinner on Tues and Wed. WTF???. Dinner Buffets were at Planet Hollywood (huge variety), Flamingo (skip the roast beef), Harrahâ€™s and Rio (both are always a favorite). Shows and exhibitions: Vince Gillâ€¦will go down as among the BEST concerts weâ€™ve seen. I should mention that Iâ€™ve worked in Radio for 16 years so weâ€™ve seen A LOT of concerts! Titanic Exhibition at Luxor: Was a little expensive ($65 for 2 after a $10 off coupon) but very glad we went. We almost passed due to the price. Perhaps checking at the Tix 2nite places would have saved a little more. Carrot Topâ€¦Tix 2nite gave a great deal and I loved it. A thought it was just OK Red Skeltonâ€¦Brian Hoffman does a spectacular job imitating a legend. I got the half-price tix http://www.vegas4locals.com/couponrememberingredskelton.html His show is now at LasVegas Rocks in Neonopolis, downtown on Fremont street. Right now, he only plays a day or two a week at 2pm so if youâ€™re looking for a hilarious afternoon showâ€¦this is a must see! Gamblingâ€¦A plays only penny slots while I play mostly slots and VP. I also got â€œkilledâ€ at BlackJack and lost over $300 in two sessions. I have the basic strategy down pretty good but the dealer was just a little better. IP had a $10 game paying 3:2 but I lost 13 hands in a row, heads up against the dealer. Wow! Caesars had a $15 game early on that quickly jumped to $25 at 10am but they â€œgrandfatheredâ€ me in. Texas Holdâ€™em (table game) at Flamingo with $5 minimumâ€¦a fun session lasting about 45 minutes or so and I walked away up a whopping $13. I also won about $80 at a $5 craps table at IP. The best single win I had was on a $1 VP DDB game at The Hilton after the Vince Gill concert. I hit quads for a $250. win. Another session at Caesars saw me hit quads twice but it was a 25 cent machine. We only witnessed 2 hand pays in 5 days. A saw a lady cashing out $2200. On a penny machine at IP and I saw a hand pay with A LOT of paperwork on a VP machine at Caesars. Not sure how much he won as it was a Royal Flush on a multi-hand game PLUS it had a multiplier. I THINK he won $4000. But not sure. Not much else to report but be sure to ask about the pool if itâ€™s important to you. â€œAâ€ goes to Vegas mostly to relax and suntan by the pool. We had ONE day that wasnâ€™t unseasonably cool and VERY VERY Windy! (Oct 22-27). After being at the pool for 1 hour, Caesars closed the entire pool area for a private function. :ÃžThis was about 2pm. She was NOT very pleased with that to say the least! Weâ€™ll ask in advance next time and might pick Rio or even Flamingo over Caesars if this happens again. Hard to give up that room tho. Refuelled and returned the car, then continued home on an another smooth flight. LasVegas has this rental car garage thing down to a fine art! If renting, be sure to sign up for the loyalty club and book ahead on-line for an absolutely painless routine. Thanks for readingâ€¦and planning on an April trip.