TR. 10/7-10/10 Info for you Invited to a CET VP Tournament, so off to Vegas I went with the wife. Staying at Bally’s. We try to take advantage of every offer we can to make the trip cheaper. We are low rollers, retired and in our early 60’s. First, I’d highly recommend if you like CET properties to get the new Visa card. No annual fee. You get $100 in TR credits if you put $2,000 on the card within 3 months. Obviously you pay the card off every month so there is no interest charges. You get two free passes to CET 24 hr buffet of Buffets. Most importantly you get instant upgrade to Platinum card for one year. I’ll go back to gold card after one year because I don’t gamble enough to maintain Platinum status. Benefits of Platinum card to follow. Smooth arrival on SW airlines and off to pick up our rental car from Enterprise. Again, lets talk about saving money. First the airplane ticket. Got a Southwest Airlines credit card. The promotion is similar to the TR credit card. Put $2000 on the card within 3 months and SW will give you 50,000 reward miles. My flight to LV round trip is about 11,600 reward miles. Wife’s is the same. So I get free flights(no black out dates) for the 2 of us for 23,300 reward miles. This leaves me 26,700 miles remaining for 2 more round trip flights to LV. Reward miles never expire. So airfare is free. Car rental. 4 days in LV for $78. Regular rate is $118. $40 coupon from my Discover card reduces cost to $78. Think about it. Cab fare to and from the airport is about $20 each way. Getting from Bally’s to Freemont Street, other casinos, etc cost. Again we are in our 60’s. We are health and enjoy short walks. It might seem only a short walk from Bally’s to NYNY, Mandalay Bay, or Encore, but man it is a long way. Take the car and do valet parking for a dollar or two. Arrive at Bally’s around noon. Line for check in is long. About 40-50 people in line. Wait, there is a Platinum only line. LINE IS EMPTY. Thank you Platinum card. Employee watching line does not want me to wait for next Platinum check in person. Tells me to go in Diamond lounge for check in. YES!! Diamond employee greets me with a nice smile and can she get me a water or cup of coffee. Two waters please. Proceed to check in. I tell clerk that last visit the clerk told me a Platinum player gets a free upgrade. No cost. No $20 trick. TY Platinum card. She agrees and asks me if I would like a new “Jubilee” room? Yes!!! Winner, winner, chicken dinner. At check in they give you a bunch of coupons that can be used at different CET properties on the strip. Free slot Tournament at the Quad, free play at certain casinos. Discount food and show tickets at CET properties. “Jubilee” room. These were the old South Tower rooms. The remodel was just completed in September. They have view of the strip. Not like North Tower which has view of Bill’s reconstruction. We had partial view of Bellagio water show and Caesars. Room furniture is all new. TV, refrigerator, coffee pot. Mattress and pillows are brand new. Shower was walk in, no tub. One sink in bathroom. Carpet new. Very nice room. A lot better than the remodel at Flamingo of the “Fab”rooms. 1st night when down to Freemont Street. No transportation cost because we had rental car. We like to do a lot of people watching and Freemont St. has some weird people. Park car for free at Golden Nugget self-parking. Get ticket stamped at main cash cage. Huge LED light canopy over Freemont St. Light and music show every ½ hour or so. Lots of fun. Tonight’s show was the band “Queen” music with light show. Also they have 1 or 2 live bands or some type of entertainment. We always stop for a greasy burger at Binion’s little café. Potato salad is good too. At Binions you can get your picture taken with a million dollars for free. Come back in 20 minutes and you can get your free 6” x 8” picture in a nice folder. Very enjoyable night. To be continues…..