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Booking my next trip

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Count de Monet, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. Count de Monet

    Count de Monet High-Roller

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    So I have a habit of booking numerous hotels for each trip and when the date finally gets close enough I weed through the reservations and settle on where I will stay.

    With an unknown restart date for Vegas, I'm really getting into multiple dates this summer so I am prepared when opportunity arises. I already had a trip planned for early June with air and hotel reserved. Both have been revised multiple times already to take advantage of falling point requirements on Southwest for my award based flight and I added more comped hotel nights to choose from later.

    Now I am thinking about booking comped hotel stays in July in case all is not back to near normal by early June. I am also considering more reservations in August, again, just in case.

    I find the exercise to be relatively fun to keep the hope alive.

    Any one else over planning for their next visit?
     
  2. DaiLun

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    My trip to Asia was cancelled today, as the airline officially canceled the flight. They gave me three options:

    1)Rebook to another flight
    2)Refund your Booking
    3)Reroute to another destination

    I'm thinking of taking the refund, which will allow me the most flexibility in rescheduling my trip.

    With me, it's a little more complex, as I have to judge which countries will be "open" and which countries will have "adult entertainment venues open".
     
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  3. Marky147

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    I've got about half the strip booked for my next few trips :D

    Nomad/Cosmo/NYNY/Wynn/Mandalay booked for my 4 1/2 week summer trip that is 99% to be cancelled.

    Nomad/Paris/Mandalay/Ballys/ +1 TBC for my 3 week December trip.
     
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    I'm playing around with dates. I'm fully expecting school to close for the year, but whether I'll get paid remains undetermined. With that said, I've been toying around with an early August trip instead of the original plan, which is mid July with @notfromconcentrate. I think I want to have the benefit of time on my side in this situation.
     
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    I have my airfare booked for my 2 week trip commencing just after Memorial Day (May 25-June 8) but because of the large chance of having to re-book, I haven't bothered booking hotels yet. Can you even call the casino and book a room for that time period?
     
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    Depending on mode of travel, I think there will be lots of people with multiple dates booked.

    We had lots of trips, including Vegas booked over the next few months. Cancelled some this week,book a few others. It is easy for us since we use WN and points.
     
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    Same here. It's a fun exercise although still a bit unsettling. Surreal, like everything else, but a wonderful stress reliever.

    I have flights booked for late May (did those a month ago), for the July 4th period, and Labor Day weekend.

    When I next take a break from working at home, I'm going to nix the May and even the July 4th trips. I am keeping Labor Day weekend (Thursday night through Monday night) though I will be checking to see if fares have dropped.

    I am trying to be realistic and hopeful at the same time with respect to not just when Vegas is open but when I feel comfortable going and can really RELAX, including with friends who also want some comfort level. I'm aiming for a mid/late August trip around my birthday. I'm also hoping that a number of very good Wynncore promos that were going to be available to me in March, April and June, I can tap into in August. Those include a big shopping gift card promo that normally runs for a couple of weeks in April. I'm going to recommend to my host in a week or so (we are staying in touch on a purely personal front) that they may want to think about that flexibility to get more players at all levels in before Labor Day.

    Initially I was thinking about October as when I would reschedule the trip with my mother as she really does like that April/October weather, the pool, etc. But, that trip at this point is going to be April 2021. I just don't want to risk it with her, given that she is nearing 90, has heart disease, is diabetic, etc. etc.. If she can travel a year from now, at 88, that, alone, will be a huge blessing, even if it is going to a local favorite restaurant in my hometown.

    October also tends to be a slower month in Vegas but with still great pool weather, especially during the first half, so I'm going to book flights for October as well, possibly in addition to an August trip and potentially in lieu of an August trip though it would be great to do both, with a small group of friends at both and still being I hope a semi-solo trip. I am thinking October might be another month where postponed concerts, casino events, etc. might take place.

    Before all of this hit I had planned to go on a Mediterranean cruise in August and to do a bigger mixture of Vegas and non-Vegas travel. I'm nixing the cruise and I think, if I'm blessed to be able to do leisure travel at all for the rest of 2020, I want to be in familiar places where I KNOW I'll have a great and relaxing time and can easily plan. For me that's Vegas. My non-Vegas leisure activity will be right here in NYC, which needs my economic support more than any other place in the country. I've already started thinking about the plays, musical performances and museums I want to visit and the restaurants -- both well known and especially the local places -- that I want to support. I'll have to exercise more as I see myself gaining weight with all the eating out! LOL

    As soon as Jet Blue opens the schedule past late October, I'll book my annual quick post Thanksgiving Vegas trip, or, for the first time in years, I may skip it and instead do a super quick early December weekend trip for the Passport to Wynn Million Dollar Drawing event, which I definitely want to attend.
     
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  8. Marky147

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    I was planning to do a long weekend in NYC for my 40th in November, but due to having to take a 50% cut in my charges for the forseeable, that might be for my 41st instead, lol.

    Also thinking I might have to make it a week, so I have time to make it around all the little independent pizza parlors/restaurants that I saw on the pizza show :p
     
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  10. FormallyTD

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    Every trip, Claude Lemieux.

    I normally cancel one if I get a better deal at another place during the same dates, though. If the pricing is similar, I'll keep two reservations for the same dates until about a week out when I'm drunk in my office and I need to make the executive decision
    (that's a home office, people...as far as you know).

    I can't really stay in comped rooms as I'm never given anything above the basic room at any said property. That's not just because I'm incapable of understanding terrific value and am bad with money, but more because I do appreciate rooms more that I'm older and don't want to hang in a casino or book all day. I like space/size so I can relax or pace around while wondering why am I visiting here again.

    Why just this morn I double booked for my next trip and was thinking I should stay in a third hotel the final two days of a ten day trip. What do I do, @Count de Monet? I trust your advice with anything that doesn't involve the National Hockey League.
     
  11. Count de Monet

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    Well there, Syd Barrett.

    Good to hear from you and see you are primed and ready to support the Vegas economy as well.

    Yes, your visits are much longer than my typical 4-5 day stays so extra space would be beneficial, especially with your Vegas lifestyle.

    Between Busey and other couch crashers, bringing Heavenly delights to your room, the crazy habit you have of actually doing work while in Vegas and your need for kitchen amenities, yes, more space would be essential.

    As far as relocation mid trip, I see it a way to split it up between locations for the purpose of different home bases. Mid strip, south strip, downtown, off strip, I like to split my trips between two of them just to have a different place to call home in the evening.

    I'm thinking that after 8 days in Vegas, with your typical agenda of activities, the last two nights would probably be a bit more subdued as a human body could not endure much more abuse without some rehab time. I would think that you would not be to excited to expend the extra energy to move unless a strong attraction merits it. Downtown to be a close ride to the Palomino? Favorite sports book assuming there is something to bet on? Otherwise, I would remain in the same suite.

    Nonetheless, if it were me, I would still double book both a longer stay at one, two nights at the other, and make the call once in Vegas about midway thru the trip.

    The deals this summer should be fantastic whenever back to normal begins. There is no doubt that my reservations will re are extremely flexible and I am sure you feel the same way.

    Stay safe and healthy.
     
  12. Count de Monet

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    Totally agree and it's my dilemma as well. My wife and daughters are always concerned about their 60+ gambler husband/father going to Vegas solo and now? I'll still go but the price of me playing poker has gone up a lot in terms of payback.

    Thus the dream based current reservations.

    Stay safe and healthy in NYC.
     
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    Thanks Count and you too in TX!
     
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    Thank you, Dr. de Monet.

    Communication has been frequent and I feel very good about my Stairway To Heaven in the not too distant future.

    This means that I'm going to need a little less Mr. Joshua / Busey time this next go-'round...but the whole kitchen and work area space still applies.


    Be good down south.