We decided to take up CET on their offer of a great gift wrap up event which was held August 3-6. Attending the event gives you an additional 42,000 points and then you can add to that with your play and reach a tier where you can top up to an extra 80 some thousand points. The great gift wrap up event itself takes place the first week in November and the first week in December. Flying out of Calgary, the only direct flights to Vegas are WestJet and Air Canada Rouge which could be loosely translated as "sardine can" air. I really don't have much good to say about Air Canada Rouge but I fly Air Canada for business and have status that allows me to usually book a couple of flights using my aeroplan miles. I found out at check in that the flight was overbooked. I asked if I could be put on an upgrade list but the agent said my fare was too low. Flip her my status card and I get put on the list. Get to the gate and my name is called and we are upgraded to Premier Rouge which is their version of first/business class. This trip is starting out great! Comfy chairs, no knees pressed into the seat ahead of you, Rum and coke before the hot meal, wine during the hot meal and a few Grand Marnier's after the meal... you know, to help prep for the final descent into Las Vegas. I have had a host for a few years now and he is based out of the Flamingo and has always taken care of me. He had a limo waiting for us when we arrived and was hoping we could get to the hotel before the VIP check in closed at 10. We got there at 9:58 and it was closed... Thankfully, there was no line at regular check in which is rare. My host told me that he would hook me up with a suite but at check in, I found out that he booked us in a Metropolitan suite. The biggest suite they have. I found out later that he did that because I was bringing my better half and he wanted everyone to be happy that trip... but not to expect that on a regular basis. Mission accomplished. That room is 500 a night on their website to book. Some pics are not too great but hey, I was using a crackberry and did the best I could.