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How do you book your rooms?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by tommy JC Nguyen, Mar 30, 2017.

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  1. tommy JC Nguyen

    tommy JC Nguyen Low-Roller

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    i usually book my room at Vegas.com .. or third parties websites lile expedia or cheaphotel.coms and such..and as long as i know .. vegas.com have the best prices...
    but where else is cheap like vegas.com
     
  2. bedaniels

    bedaniels High-Roller

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    Use your host or VIP services directly where you want to stay and play. If you have play history at that group of properties.
     
  3. VegasGroove

    VegasGroove VIP Whale

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    I book at:

    mlife.com
    bconnectedonline.com
     
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  4. deansrobinson

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    I'm pretty sure we've used Southwest Vacations for airfare & hotel for Vegas. I don't recall ever using third-party sites for anything other than non-Vegas travel.

    I just ran a real quick experiment with Trivago, LasVegas.com and Total Rewards for Bally's, four nights in April (in on Monday - out on Thursday) and they were all @ $156/night.

    Just curious...when you book your room...is your decision based on being more 'cost conscious' or do you select the resort you want and go from there?
     
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  5. eaglejohn

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    if you have ever stayed at CET property, look on calendar on totalrewards. you may be surprised
     
  6. Tarstarkas

    Tarstarkas High-Roller

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    Go thru host. He/She can't help you with covering the room if you go thru 3rd party.
     
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  7. PSM

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    I usually book directly through the hotel after browsing and confirming that it's the cheapest way to go (with promo codes I've found or offers they've given, obviously). I want to say one time I booked through some vacation deal a place like Expedia had going on years ago where - when combined with the flight combo deal - it was the cheapest overall option.

    My wife and I have been to Las Vegas together enough times now to know that our favorite hotel and location combo within our budget is almost always Mirage, so we start there. I keep an eye on other deals for similar or nicer hotels in the Central Strip area, but they're either more expensive or not any better than Mirage for what we like (pool is a big factor).

    BUT if I was going by myself, I'd book the cheapest option anywhere on the main part of the Strip. Whatever gets me to Vegas as soon as possible and gives me the most gambling money is fine by me.
     
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    I think it depends where you want to stay. Previously I found downtown hotel prices to be better on sites like booking.com, Hotels.com or kayak (which sends you to various sites). Only once did I use vegas.com because they had the best rates.

    For strip hotels I found it to be a toss up from third party sites to booking directly with the hotel. Also helps that many strip hotels price match, if you find a better deal they will match it.

    Lately because of resort fees I am booking more with the hotel, especially with the Boyd downtown hotels.
     
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  9. Universal

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    Mlife.com other than the occasional AMEX Fine Hotels booking.
     
  10. tommy JC Nguyen

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    well i am an mlife member and im suck bawls..lol..so m life dont matter to me.... but on vegas.com.. palazzo luxury king is 389.99 for friday throught sunday ..mother days weekend.. and that is the cheapest eevrywhere.. anyone have mlife hook up ?
     
  11. Osceola

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    Direct through mlife or CET unless I'm looking for just one night, in which case I'll often do hotwire secret rate... usually with great success.
     
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    When booking my own rooms I use a host.
    Sometimes book for friends and family and always book at the hotel direct.
    You do not have to prepay and have the chance at some backend comps.
    Call the hotel and give the Vegas.com rate and see if they will match it.They probably will.
    Or call and ask about other discounts AAA,military,etc.
     
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  13. Canuckgem

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    I book over the phone with CET marketing executive because I like to be sure all parts of my offer are included (free play and/or cash, food/beverage, extra TR club points). Never had an issue and my rooms are all comped which is very cheap lol.
     
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    The major travel websites are pretty much all owned by either Expedia or Priceline. They are great for checking pricing of hotels and airfares, but I always book directly now rather than through them.
    When the sites were independent there was competition and they often offered unique discounts. Now you can check numerous sites and the price is the same, since all are just different covers for the same parent companies. Package deals through these sites aren't what they used to be either. Seems they are often nothing but the airfare plus the hotel rate, with no real discount.
     
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    I am guessing, but I would think OP does not have a host. So any answers telling him to contact a host probably won't help. Unless he has a relationship with that property. I will add another site that worked for me once when I needed a room on short notice, and was cheaper than hotel rate by a mile.
    lastminutetravel.com
     
  16. SH0CK

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    I'm firmly in the camp of booking directly with the hotel. Of course, I will check most of the other websites listed in this thread too. But, most of the hotels I stay at also offer a best price guarantee so, if I do find a lower price elsewhere, the hotel could possible match or beat that rate. At least that way I will earn some points on my player's club card for the hotel spend and possibly get some knocked off at the end of the trip. Not to mention, that gives me the flexibility to book a lower rate later if I find one.

    Palazzo matches lowest prices found elsewhere and will also give you an upgrade.
    https://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/index.php?threads/best-rate-guarantee-updated-3-17-17.7835/
     
  17. C0usineddie

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    I dont get comps because i dont gamble alot so i will look at the hotels website and compare it to 3rd party sites.
     
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  18. tommy JC Nguyen

    tommy JC Nguyen Low-Roller

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    so i need to book into venetians then pay for a highrr price.. then gonprice match ?
     
  19. ItsVegasTime

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    I email my host and she books it. But prior to being set up with a host I would book directly through the hotels website.
     
  20. tommy JC Nguyen

    tommy JC Nguyen Low-Roller

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    what is a "host"... and how do we book with them.. or what are they.. sorry newbie here
     
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