Hi to everyone on the board. This was our second trip to Vegas this year and decided after lurking on this site for many months and harvesting great info to finally register and post a trip report. Flight: Allegiant Airlines is the only non-stop flight to Vegas from this midwestern location. But with rates as low as $79 one wayâ€¦â€¦no problem! The aircraft are older but seem to be well maintained and clean. Flight attendants are friendly and accommodating also. After a smooth two-hour ten-minute flight we landed in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. No checked bags so we headed directly to the taxi stand. (Side note: My wife and her mother flew Allegiant Airlines from this location last October to Vegas. Flight coming back was delayed for several hours due to mechanical problems. Two weeks later they both received in the mail a voucher for a free round trip back to Vegas for their being inconvenienced. Very nice!) Hotel: We skipped the airport check-in this time because last April the desk clerk said they canâ€™t offer free upgrades at the airport location. Donâ€™t know if that is completely true or not but that is what we were told. A short $10 cab ride and we arrived at the New York New York Hotel and Casino. Proceeded directly to the reservation desk and after a few minutes in line we were waited on by a very nice young lady. I told her that I had a reservation and she asked us if we had stayed there before and I told her yes just last April and had received an offer through the internet for $67 a night for a standard room. Prepared to do the $20 trick learned here on the board, I asked if there was any chance of a complementary upgrade with a strip view? Before I could hand her my ID and credit card with a $20 folded in between she said â€œsureâ€! We were upgraded to a Park Avenue Deluxe on the 32nd floor with a strip view plus she gave us three coupons for 2 for 1 breakfast at the â€œIl Fornaioâ€ restaurant, two roller coaster tickets, four free drink tickets at â€œThe Times Square Barâ€, and a $10 dollar voucher at â€œStarbucksâ€. I non-chalantly handed her the $20 anyway. I felt she had a good attitude and treated us well and that is a great way to start a vacation whether we got that great of a deal or not. The room was as nice as could be with a great view of the strip, close to the elevators and just across from the ice machine. Only wish the rooms came with a coffee maker and small fridge. I guess that is their way of getting you back downstairs to spend your money. Food: Ate at our favorite places at the NY NY. Breakfast two mornings at the â€œIl Fornaioâ€. The eggs benedict and omelets are wonderful. The sandwiches at â€œGreenbriar and Sons Deliâ€ are so big and fresh and the fish, shrimp, and calamari rings at â€œFoultonâ€™s Fish Fryâ€ are very good. Had the barbecued mahi mahi sandwich at the â€œESPN Zoneâ€ one afternoon. Came across a coupon for 2 for 1 Guinness at â€œNine Fine Irishmenâ€ too. Experienced the crabcakes at Jimmy Buffetâ€™s â€œMargueritavilleâ€ at the Flamingo. â€œThe Buffetâ€ at The Bellagio is the only buffet we wonâ€™t miss each time we go to Vegas. IMHO, I think itâ€™s a push between it and the Paris buffet. Had dinner one evening at â€œMon Ami Gabiâ€ for the first time. Because it was so hot outside we didnâ€™t have to wait long for patio seating on the rail. We both had the onion soup, salad, and I had the steak with brandy peppercorn sauce and my wife had the roasted pork tenderloin with garlic spinach. We also a shared bottle of the Chardonnay house wine. The misters werenâ€™t much help against the heat but as soon as the sun went down behind The Bellagio they helped keep it bearable. The great service along with the fountains from across the strip made it a great evening. Thanks to the info from this board we found the .99 shrimp cocktails one evening downtown at my new favorite little casino, The Golden Gate. I slammed three of those things and I am still suffering from a little â€œshrimp lagâ€! Monorail: Thanks to David B. and his detailed report we couldnâ€™t wait to check out the new monorail. Bought the $10 24 hour pass at the MGM and away we went to see The Fremont Street Experience for the first time. According to the automated voice at the MGM station, a new train arrives every six minutes. And that was pretty accurate each time we re-embarked. The cars are nice and air-conditioned and were never really too crowded except later in the evening. And the only problem as David B. pointed out, not enough handrails. They donâ€™t go real fast except in few spots but they do accelerate quickly catching most people off guard. Got off at The Sahara station but couldnâ€™t find the bus talked about here for the .50 ride downtown. Asked around about it but nobody was clear if it was still running or not. No problem! Went to the bus stop across the street and grabbed the next bus on the strip for $2 each and away we went to Fremont Street. How great it will be when they expand the monorail all the way North. And since we purchased our 24-hour pass in the early evening we were able to use again most of the next day too. Fremont Street: I must admit, the light show was not as cool as I thought it would be but we really liked downtown Vegas. Couldnâ€™t believe that this is our fourth trip to Sin City and we hadnâ€™t experienced it yet. Next trip we will definitely spend more time there and maybe even stay there. Only had a few hours to get back to the Sahara because the monorail stops at midnight so we were kinda pressed for time. Started at one end and tried to duck into most of the casinos, making obligatory deposits along the way. Went into the Golden Nugget looking to catch a glimpse of Tom, Tim, John, Tommy or any of the cast of â€œThe Casinoâ€. We saw Monique in the pits and I asked her jokingly for an autograph, she got a chuckle out of that. I guess you could call that a celebrity sighting. (Last April we saw some of the cast of â€œWill & Graceâ€ along with John Cleese filming an episode at Caesarâ€™s.) Anywayâ€¦â€¦most impressed with the vibe downtown with the bright lights, low ceilings, friendly crowd. Iâ€™m sure this is the old Vegas style feeling my late father-in-law used to talk about all the time. Canâ€™t wait for next trip to spend more time there. At 11:30 PM we grabbed the bus back to The Sahara to catch The Monorail back to MGM. Gambling: Since this is only our fourth trip to Vegas it stills seems hard for us to spend any amount of time in one spot with all there is to see and do. I still feel a little intimidated by some of the table games except early in the morning when the tempo is a little slower but heyâ€¦..baby steps! Although we obviously are not big gamblers my wife canâ€™t pass an Elvis or Wheel of fortune slot without making a deposit. She had a pretty good run on Elvis at NY NY one afternoon and cashed out up $250. I did about the same on VP at the same locale also. We were drawn in one evening by a table game there called â€œSic-Boâ€. The players at the table along with the dealer kind of lured us in. Bought in for $20 and spent over an hour there. Up over a $100 at one point but ended up giving it all back and walking away when I got back down to $20. What a fun group. We played a few slots and VP in a few other casinos up and down the Strip and downtown but nothing significant was pocketed. Departure: Smooth check out at NY NY front desk at 6:00 am for 8:30 am flight. Two-hour uneventful flight home. Honestly I donâ€™t know how anybody spends more than three days in Vegas. Iâ€™m always completely exhausted by the time we leave but who comes to Vegas and leaves rested right? Must spend more time in training before next tripâ€¦â€¦â€¦.stay up longer and drink more! Ramblings: Props to the staff at New York New York Hotel. Everyone from the front desk clerk to the cocktail servers and even the maintenance staff were most friendly. Although the pool is pretty much a non-event compared to the others in Vegas, the drink and food service there was really good. Saw Big Elvis at the Barbary Coast for the first time. That big man can hardly walk but he can sing! Got to love those .99 shrimp cocktails at the Golden Gate, my new favorite casino downtown. The new Roman Plaza area outside Caesarâ€™s is coming along nicely. Fountains are up and working and an outdoor lounge there is a welcome relief from the heat. The dueling piano bar at NY NY is a great place to make an arse of yourself. Walking the strip didnâ€™t seem as crowded as trips before. Thought maybe it was because of the monorail? Circus Circus is kinda scary. So is that souvenir store across from the Sahara where we found some REAL Vegas gifts (not those crappy ones from the airport) including the Elvis sunglasses with attached sideburns which eluded us in Memphis last summer. I donâ€™t think they appreciate the humor of them down there. And lastlyâ€¦â€¦.why do parents bring their children to Vegas? Iâ€™m outta here!