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Semi Live TR - 1/10 to 1/13 @ PH.

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Headache 21, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Welp, here we go back to the promised land.

    My first trip to Vegas was in 2012 for my bachelor's party, and I've been hooked ever since. Had a 2 year hiatus when we had our 2nd kid and when we moved from NYC to DC, but picked it back up last March and now ready to make my first NFL playoffs trip. It helps that my best friend from high school now lives in Vegas, and this weekend is his birthday.

    This will be my 8th trip overall. My brother in law will also be making the trip. I'm comped at PH and he's comped at Aria. We used to room together on our Vegas trips but since we both had comps and he snores like an angry wolverine we decided it would be best to get our own rooms this time around.

    Already scored the first win if the trip with my flight... had originally booked my arriving flight on points, but had to make a connection. Was worth it when I bought it cause, hey, free flight. But as I got closer the idea of transferring in Chicago seemed like less and less of an appealing idea. American had changed my connecting flight time an hour later than when I bought the tickets, so I took a shot and gave them a call to see if I could instead be placed on the only direct flight out of DCA. And score - they did and didn't charge me for the switch. So now I have a direct flight tomorrow morning at 7:59 am out of DCA - getting in 5 hours earlier than originally planned.

    Going to try to check in around 11 and will be my first time trying for a $20 trick upgrade. Why not, right? Can't win if you don't try!

    Will try to update as often as I can. More pics than words at times, especially as the booze flows.

    Looking forward to a weekend of $15 blackjack, cheep booze and football.

    Mister I ain't a boy, no I'm a man, and I believe in the promised land.



    See you in the AM.
     
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  2. Johnzimbo

    Johnzimbo VIP Whale

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    Football....cheep booze....following!
     
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  3. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    I think my Lyft driver just long haulled me to... DCA? This is a first.
     
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  4. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    Breezed through precheck and there wasn't a single person on the Dunkin Donuts line, which is the first time that has ever happened to me.

    Looks like I just missed an upgrade. Need to tell the boss I need to fly a bit more often so that this doesn't happen again.

    Boarding in 40...
     
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  5. kkinwi

    kkinwi VIP Whale

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    And a fun football weekend for sure! Good luck!
     
  6. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    Boarded up.

    Have Joker and The Irishman downloaded on my tablet. Should get me all the way from taco to gate.

    PH sent me the express check in email but F that... Gotta take my shot at an upgrade.

    Let's get this plane elevated

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Colesc15

    Colesc15 High-Roller

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    Following along!
     
  8. bshowell

    bshowell VIP Whale

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    Getting in 5 hrs earlier? Already a win!
     
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  9. BaileyPaws

    BaileyPaws Low-Roller

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    :headbang: couple good games this weekend! That sportsbook and bar is gonna be packed! Have fun! Tell us how the blackjack is down there:poker: I hope you get em' good. Withdrawal some of our long forgotten deposit $$$ :beer:
     
  10. LKG276

    LKG276 Tourist

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    The wife and I are heading out today and staying at PH also.......whats your betting strategy for the games??
     
  11. Kobra2848

    Kobra2848 VIP Whale

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    Looking forward to following along. PHO is my favorite place to stay and good luck with the upgrade. I have had great luck with just my charming personality.

    Mark
     
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  12. Slacker

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    along for the ride
     
  13. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    Same wing, better view

    [​IMG]
     
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  14. EastCoastVegasFan!

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    A fan of PH and a fellow DC area guy! By the way, your best option for direct flights to Vegas is out of BWI on Southwest, they have about 4 non-stops a day. That direct you have out of DCA is the only direct out of DCA, the whole day (on any airline). Have fun, look forward to reading about your trip!
     
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  15. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    Yes! I'm actually flying back into BWI on Monday. Just a pain to get there when DCA is 15 minutes away
     
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  16. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    Instead of showing is how to inflate our seat in case of a water landing, perhaps airlines should show a tutorial on how to deboard an airplane.


    Alas... Ordered the Uber as soon as I got baggage, was there right when I got to the ride share area... On my way to PH to give the ole $20 trick a whirl.
     
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  17. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    I'll count this as a win.

    Went to the Platinum check in and gave the sandwich over to the check in clerk. She put the money aside and started banging away at the computer. I asked for something high. She asked if I wanted a view. 10-4 on that one Cochise.

    Made some small talk.. asked if it's been crazy with CES. She said yes... also said they're only 30 rooms shy of a sellout tonight. This got me a bit worried that I was going to get the shaft.

    Finally came back and said she had me on the 26th floor, fountain view. Still an Ulta hip room, so no upgrade on the room type, but she gave me the $20 back and waived the early check in.

    Score another one. I normally end up on the 6th floor facing some AC unit.

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  18. Headache 21

    Headache 21 Low-Roller

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    There's a regular fridge in the room, happy days are here again.
     
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  19. boxofbirds

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    Good luck! Headed there tomorrow!
     
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  20. julia

    julia (was miss_sonja)

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    Nice view!
    I’ve been to DC three times in the last year, due to a kid in college there. Strongly prefer DCA-so nice to be a short Lyft ride away from the campus to the airport.

    Keep us updated!