I like to go to Vegas when my friends are in town. I've missed the last few trips due to helping my parents move and then some stupid health problems. I'm way overdue for a trip, so I'd really like to make this happen. Because it's been some time since my last trip, I've got no comps or credit available. Plus, there are a couple of conventions during the time they're going and room rates are crazy on the Strip. The rates for Mon & Tuesday: Bally's - 142/night (Murphy Parlor or Indigo Rooms) Linq - 170/night Flamingo - 174/night Paris - $275/night Planet Hollywood - 277/night NYNY - 249/night Mirage - 359/night Monte Carlo - 165/night TI - 287/night See? Crazy!! Once you add in the resort fee, plus parking at MGM properties? Too much, IMO. Most of the group is staying center Strip and I like to be close. Room rates are better for Wednesday on, but I'm still not sure what to do for Mon & Tues. I can skip those nights and arrive on Wednesday, but I'll miss a couple members of the group I haven't seen in years as they are leaving Wednesday. One lives overseas now, so I may not see her again for too long! I can stay Off-Strip or Downtown, but getting to the rest of the group quickly when impromptu things happen will be more difficult. I can just pay up and stay Center Strip and hope to hit the Megabucks to cover my extra expenses. What would you do?