Obviously, trip durations are influenced by the frequency of visits, available time, and expenses; but how long is too long? Being retired, I now have plenty of time (though not necessarily plenty of money) for going to Vegas as often as desired; but in a weird sort of way, trip planning has never been more difficult. When working in Corporate Land, I had a limited amount of vacation time and usually had to pick dates well in advance. And while airfare, room offers, and other factors always enter into the equation, the most difficult part these days is just deciding how long I want to be there! Especially when the number of free room offers exceeds any reasonable trip length, how do you decide? When do x number of visits and staying x number of nights make it more sensible just to move there? Ms. Gecko and I have been trying to put together a mid-August trip for weeks now and have lost track of the number of scenarios we've come up with. Trip duration has gone back and forth between 5 to 9 nights ... probably ending up at 9. (More free nights are available, but Ms. Gecko is hemmed in by other commitments. Besides, with the gambling results we've had lately, we shouldn't be going at all!) Even after deciding on the number of nights, it's usually a royal pain trying to match offers with air. Dates, flight times, and fares are often not compatible, which necessitates starting over or playing the old wait and see game. Airfares bounce all over the place, and delay risks missing out entirely or paying through the nose. Flying Delta, flights are cast in stone once purchased; and while we often play "musical hotels," it's much more convenient to book on-line and not have to call to make changes, especially when three or more hotels are involved. Being Vegas veterans and twice as anal brings other elements into play. Since we like staying at multiple properties and almost never rent a car there, hotels are often selected by the logistics of getting from one to another. Heck, we sometimes even consider specialty buffet nights and the work schedules of some of our favorite pit critters. Sometimes the planets are in alignment and everything comes together fast and easy, but most of the time we find trip planning a BITCH! We're wondering how the rest of the maddening crowd goes about planning when trip frequency and duration aren't issues.