The night before we had to wake up at 530am for our 7am flight, the fire alarm went off in our apartment building. Someone on the second floor had a minor fire in their bedroom. We stood outside at around midnight for an hour, woke the kids up and dragged them out too (they were going on a trip that same morning with my parents while we were in Vegas). Needless to say we figured this was an omen of our upcoming luck. When we woke up in the morning and heard about the terrorist plot and new airport security guidelinesâ€¦.only could happen on the one day a year that we flyâ€¦.yep, definitely an omen. We only had to wait a little while to get through security at DFW since it was early and we were flying America West (the flight was empty). I took one of my lighters out of my backpack and threw it away but when we got through security and to the gate, while looking for something else I saw another lighter in there that made it through! Great security. The flight was smooth and we arrived in LAS early. We could not believe the lines at McCarran airport. They were miles long for people trying to get through security. It was truly unbelievable! Of course we did something that I swore to never do again â€“ put money into a slot at the airport. $60 to be exact. Nothing, nada, zilchâ€¦.lost it all in less than 10 minutes. We took Bell Trans to the Mirage and went to check in. For the first time, the $20 trick did not work for me. Nothing seemed to be going right on this trip so far! I had requested a smoking room with my reservation but when I went to check in, I had the $20 in my hand where she could see it and I asked for an upgrade smoking or non-smoking it didnâ€™t matter.. Well first of all, let me say that 80% of the agents were wearing â€œIn Trainingâ€ badges. So, I purposely went to someone without that badge. Seeing the $20, this girl gets on the phone and says something to someone in the back. Then she tells me that they were sold out and did not have any views or upgrades available but that she had a room ready on the 2nd floor. I wanted to get our luggage in there and change clothes so I quickly pulled the $20 back and said â€œthatâ€™s fineâ€. It was a room on the end of the hall (which I think are a little bigger) but had NO VIEW whatsoever. We were on the back of the building looking over the roof. Oh well. Oh, also we tried to present our Check/Debit card (with a Visa logo) to put on our room and the lady said that since we are Casino guests (staying on comps) that we HAVE to present a Major credit card. Well, we donâ€™t have a MAJOR cc, so I had to give her travelers checks. $200. BUT â€“ I still cannot charge anything to the room. This is the strangest thing I have ever heard of, and I am a Front Office manager at a Hyatt! The only consolation to this is knowing that if we lose everything, we were at least going home with $200! hehe Now, I donâ€™t want to say too much about our first day. Letâ€™s just say we lost almost $900. Most in slots but some at the tables. We racked up almost 3K Points on our Mirage slot card in one dayâ€“ which I will tell you about later on. The good points about our first day was that we ate lunch at La Salsaâ€™s and had our free dinner for 2 at Cravings, the Mirage buffet. The Buffet was good â€“ a little too much to choose from, you really arenâ€™t sure what to eat first! The only slight luck we had that night was when my husband put in $100 to the Elvis slots at NYNY. I ran out of my $100 pretty quickly. He was able to hang in there on the same machine for almost 3 hours and walked away winning only about $50 more. Better than losing it though, and I was able to get lots of free drinks during that 2.5 hours!! Over all, we just walked around that day â€“ nothing exciting. Listen closely â€“ we went back to the Mirage and around 145 â€“ 2am we stopped by the players club desk to check on our points. This is when the lady tells us that we have almost 3K points and that we could get another comped meal in any restaurant except the gourmet ones. We couldnâ€™t decide which meal we might want the next day so she tells us to just come back tomorrow and we could get our comp then. More to come on this laterâ€¦.. The second day was fun, we didnâ€™t gamble much in the beginning because we had already lost our A$$es on Thursday. My husband went to TI to get us Starbucks. He was gone for an hour and I was sure that he was sitting down somewhere losing more money. When he got back, he said that the line for Starbucks was a million people long. Which proved to be true because when we went back out and took the tram to TI, there was still an unbelievable line. We ate lunch at the Paris food court, 2 Nathanâ€™s hot dogs. The bill came to almost $15 for 2 hot dogs, a thing of fries and a bottled water. When we had lunch at Stage Deli the next day, they bill there was only $15 for much more food than this! We joined the Ceasars Total rewards club to see if we could get anything by swiping our cards at any of the sister properties. Well in 2 days we didnâ€™t win one damn thingâ€¦.we just got our free â€œ3 Millionâ€ monster-sized T-shirts for stopping by 3 casinos, and a bunch of exercise for walking to all of them. We went to the Wynn on this day. It was really beautiful. It really reminded me of the Mirage in a way. All the tropical plants and waterfalls were very similar to that at the Mirage. We joined their slot club and played for a bit on the machines. I won about $80 on a Blazing Sevens machine after I put in $4 and had 2 pulls. I was hoping our luck was turning around. We went by the ticket box office to see how much seats were for La Reve. They turned out to be $88 for seats in row C. We bought 2 tickets for the 730 show that same night. On the way to Harrahs to take the monorail down to the South end, we went into Casino Royale and joined their slot club to get the free Margarita coupons. They give you a voucher for $50 in free play that you can ONLY use at their promotional machines. You cannot cash out until you rack up $100 in points or more. Did I mention these were dollar machines?? Well, nopeâ€¦.didnâ€™t win here either. But I did get my $1 Margarita and my husband got his free beer. When we got down to the South end, we went to see the Bodies exhibit at the Tropicana â€“ yep! I talked the Hubby into it. Wow was that coolâ€¦.I thought it was interesting. The baby section really got to my husband and at one point I turned around and he was gone. He didnâ€™t want to see any part of that. One thing that did bother me was that I couldnâ€™t get the silicone smell out of my nose for about a hour after we left. I promised him we would see the wax museum the next day because he was such a sport. Hehe. We joined the Tropicana slot club and played a little â€“ very little. Lost it all (not surprising). We quickly got back to the hotel to change for La Reve. We arrived for the show at around 710pm. At 715, they started the pre-show and at 730 the real show started. Let me just say that this show is AWESOME. We have seen Mystere, Zumanity and Ka and this one blows them out of the water (no pun intended). There is comedy mixed in there and great music. Steve Wynn really went all out on this one. They told us that row C is in the splash zoneâ€¦.we didnâ€™t get one sprinkle. They were awesome seats. I will post more later about the show under the â€œVegas Showsâ€ board. We left there around 930pm. We decided to go back to the hotel and check on that comped dinner â€“ we were looking forward to eating at California Pizza Kitchen. When we get to the player club desk, the lady tells us that we have no comps and only 990 points in our account. When we ask why, she said that since we are staying at the hotel on free nights, that they have to use the points we accumulate to PAY for the free nights. She then tells us that yes, last night we had almost 3K pts, but that at Midnight they applied the first free night, which brought us down to under 1K. My husband tried to explain to her that the lady last night had told us this and it was already after midnight. This lady was from Bulgaria and still just kept saying the same thing over and over. Our reasoning was that, we were told something â€“ they screwed up and gave incorrect info â€“ give us our dinnerâ€¦.that is their problem. But, I guess that they donâ€™t have to provide good customer service and do what is right because they are the Mirage â€“ and we are low rollers. So, even the supervisor said no and that she would â€œcounselâ€ the lady who told us about the dinner the night before. I never knew that they suck out your free nights from your point balance every day, that is ridiculous! I then inquire about the $75 in Free Play that came with our room, she credited that to our account and we took the $20 cash back that we had coming to us. Screw the Mirage â€“ we were not going to play any more slots there with our card â€“ what good does it do anyway?? We walked away with our $20 and $75 in Free Play and off of the Free play we won about $100. In your face Mirage! That paid for our dinner so we got a â€œfreeâ€ dinner regardless!! We were both really tired and fell asleep early that nightâ€¦around 11pm. Well, at least we werenâ€™t at the tables losing more money! Part II coming tomorrow, I have to go do laundry nowâ€¦let me just say that our luck turns around a bit on the 3rd day!