Note: I'll break this up into a day per post to make it easier to read since it's long with a lot of details. My wife and I are back after four fun-filled and WINNING nights in Las Vegas! We each got two free nights at Mirage via MyVegas and ended up on one of the best vacations we’ve taken. If you like plenty of pictures, detailed trip reports, and most importantly, ROYALS, read on! THURSDAY Our flight was at 3:30pm direct out of Austin. I had the day off but my wife had to work a half day, so it was strange having to wait as I normally like to fly out first thing in the morning. These flight times saved us some money and saved her a half vacation day, though, so it was worth it. The Frontier flight was smooth and basically on-time - under three hours in the air - so we landed around 4:30pm Vegas time. We actually ended up doing a little loop around the valley because as we were coming in to land, we were apparently too close to another plane. The pilot sped up and climbed back up again before banking left and circling around past Red Rock for a second attempt, this one successful. It gave us a little overhead tour of the whole valley and Strip, which was cool. We grabbed our checked bag and a shuttle to the rental car center where we picked up a black Kia Rio hatchback from Avis for $89 total. Gotta love the cheap rental cars in Vegas. How do you beat $89 total for four nights, even in a Kia Rio? The drive up the Strip to Mirage had minimal traffic and we soaked in the sights with the windows down. I usually rent a car, so that first drive up the Strip is where it really hits me that I’ve finally arrived. I love seeing the pyramid, the castle, and especially the gold lion at MGM. We self-parked at Mirage with free parking for the whole trip because I got the MLife MasterCard. This also gave us a sign-up bonus of over $100 in comp points because we paid $1,000 worth of bills on it over the first few months, so that was nice to have. Check-in went well and we had an awesome check-in person who took care of an issue with the MyVegas booking that I had screwed up. She also gave us a 15th floor Strip view king room looking out towards TI, Wynn/Encore, Venetian/Palazzo, and Harrah’s/High Roller, so I tipped her for going out of her way for us and being extremely pleasant; gotta start off with that good karma! We love the rooms at Mirage; they’re everything we need and nothing we don’t. Plenty of space for two people, plenty of drawers for clothes, good quality, modern feel, and not worn or dated. The only thing we felt needed an upgrade was the shower head but that’s not a big deal. After we settled in, we decided to get dinner at Fin in the Mirage. I’ve read mixed reviews but we both thought it was really good, if not a little pricey. I got the general Tsao’s chicken and she got some sort of seafood thing. It was expensive but I wouldn’t necessarily say overpriced considering the general cost of Strip hotel restaurants. The ambiance was unique and very cool. Afterwards, we just wandered the Strip up to Cromwell and back. I had never seen Cromwell and wanted to check it off the list. Neither of us was particularly impressed but there was nothing bad about it. I’d gamble there if they had good DDB, but then again I’d gamble just about anywhere that had good DDB. We crossed the street and wandered through Caesars and forum shops, then eventually crossed again and wound up playing video poker at the bar at Casino Royale. No more 9/6 there, unfortunately, but at that point we had been in Vegas for hours and I just wanted to gamble and sip on free drinks. She played quarter DDB for a while and didn’t hit anything but I found out they had nickel triple play DDB, so I stuck with that on five coins. I ended up hitting two different Aces with kickers on lines 2 and 3 and a single quad, although it was only nickels, so not huge payouts. It didn’t matter, I just like playing nickels so I can play for a while. We’re low rollers and I like the playing aspect just as much as the winning aspect, so if I can play nickels for a long time and end up roughly even, that’s worth it for the hours of entertainment. I can’t normally play quarters for hours unless we hit something good right off the bat because $100 can go so fast on quarters without a good hit. I ended the night up $20, though, and she didn’t lose much after hours of both drinking for free, so I’ll take it. After that it was back to the room somewhere around 12:30pm Vegas time.