My first trip report so be gentle. This was sort of a last minute trip. I don't have much vacation left and since my firm is giving us 7/4/ and 7/5 I will only have to take 3 days and still have time to rest up before going back to work. I was just at the Mirage in April but I left only 14,000 TC short of platinum. I think I was ripped off and should have made it in April. This was the month they had some computer problems and after some emails/posts my TC were going up and up but stopped 14K short. I think they did it on purpose. I live in Florida and wanted to get the free cruise before they change their minds and not offer them next year. I know it would probably be cheaper to just buy the cruise then fly across the country and spend days in the casino. However, it is the best way to describe why I'm returning so soon to the non-gambling types. Caveats: These are just my opinions, I know we all have preferences, don't judge! Sun, 6/30. This was my first trip on Southwest. I usually fly Delta first class but the 850 fare I usually get went up to 1200+ and SW flies direct at 540 so I thought I'd give it a try. I checked in 24 hrs in advance on the dot, got B9. I'm not against paying the 12.50 but didn't think it was necessary. I read where lots of people get As without paying. Oh well. Got to airport fairly early and my gate was already crowded. About an hour before the flight they make an announcement that it is a long flight and they don't serve food, so please get something to eat now. I brought one of those prepackaged meals with meat/cheese/crackers/cookie. Go Picnic I think. Then they tell us there are open positions A1-15 available for purchase at $40. Huh? Didn't seem like a deal to me, I pass. I get a decent seat on the aisle. A person at work who flies SW often gave me a bunch of drink coupons so I'm set for the 4.5 hour flight. My row fills up with a normal looking gambler on the window and some old hippie in the middle on her way back to San Diego from a family reunion. The hippie must way a buck tops but complains about the close quarters. What part of putting my earphones on was a invitation for you to talk to me? I knew the seats were would different than first class but I had no idea how much. I'm tall and not thin. My knees are on the seat in front unless I stuck them under the seat. I had all my crap stowed there since the seat pocket is only big enough for a leaflet. I'm trying to brush all this off, I'm going to Vegas and it's a direct flight. Suck it up. We take off and it goes down hill from there. The hippie is sneezing like crazy and NOT into her sleeve, NOT into a kleenex but either in her hand or over everyone else. They come around with drinks, OK, I can at least relax with drinks. Hell no. They NEVER come back. One drink service on a 4.5 hour flight? Seriously? I usually have 2 before take off. They came around again with snacks and water, but only 1 for drinks. The smells on this plane are hard to describe. Onions, pizza, popcorn and swear some sort of Chinese food. I'm very unhappy now. Not enough booze, I feel crunched up in this seat, the hippy won't stop sneezing or talking even though I'm watching a movie on my ipad and have my headphones on. We land after what felt like a 10 hour flight. At this point I'm thrilled that I had ordered the stretch package through presidential. I usually get the town car but I figured I might want to have extra room after this flight. I had gotten my text with the driver's name but nobody with my name at the bottom of the escalator. I wait a few minutes, still nobody. I'm getting nervous at this point that my trip may be a nightmare. I call the number and find he is waiting at the baggage stop. I find him and he is great. Very nice, talkative, and accommodating. He waits for my bag while I run to the ladies room. We start outside and because of he heat he tells me to wait and pulls the car up, even though it was only a few feet from the door. He pulls the cold cheap champagne from the ice and pours me a glass. Boy I needed that. He asks if I need to stop at the liquor store. I said no, but I really need some alcohol and an attitude adjustment before getting to the hotel. He took his time and cruised the strip for at least 30 minutes while I drank the champagne like water and we chatted. Now I'm feeling Vegas. That SW flight from hell is becoming a faint memory. I would highly recommend Dmitry to anyone! He really turned around my mood so I slipped him $40 at arrival. He asked when I was leaving and promised he would be my driver on the way back. Sweet! This is my first time at Bellagio. I usually stay at Mirage and pay the up charge for a Penthouse. I'm solo and only here 3 nights so I was fine with a standard room but wanted a fountain view. I had checked the website daily and knew they weren't going to be crowded since this is before the holiday. I head for the invited guest area and there is no line. I ask for the fountain view and he says to me "everyone wants a fountain view, there are only so many" Excuse me? The correct answer is "I will see what I can find. I'm sorry, nothing is available" I tell him I know they aren't full, and I'm willing to come back as it's only 4PM. He said they were fully on Friday and Saturday. So, what's your point, today is Sunday. He puts me in a pool view 18th floor and tells me to call the desk at 7. Not happy with your attitude invited guest desk clerk guy. I head for the casino and pop 200 in some machine. I'm gambling my way to the Mlife desk to load my freeplay. Lose about 80, move to the next machine and loose another 50. I see a Top Dollar machine I'd never seen before. I'm a big top dollar fan as I've run the most on those machines. This $5 spin, with 2x, 3x and 5xs symbols. If you get the bonus all offers are tripled. Great! I put in my 60 and on the second spin it stops on Bar, 3X, 5X. Bells go off, $1200. Now we're talking. Takes forever to get a slot attendant, had to go find one. My first thought is if I can keep winning maybe I can buy a ticket on real airline for the way back. Cash out and head to Mlife. Get my free play loaded. Amble around just checking things out and play a bit more. I go to the snack bar. I love having options like this where you can just eat and run but still have something hot. I had the cheesesteak and fries. Both the sandwich and fries were big enough to serve two. For $21 it should. I ate half and felt bad throwing the rest away. No other big slot wins. Too fatiqued to play attention at BJ or craps so just slotted around after dinner. While getting more cash out of my purse I find the MyVegas emails I had and realized I forgot to redeem them at the desk (getting old sucks). It's now about 7 so while they are doing to paperwork I call the front desk from the house phone and ask about the room. I let her know up front I'm willing to pay an up charge, I'm not asking for anything free. She only has a smoking room on the 8th floor. No thanks. She said to try again at 8. I ask if she's just putting me off or if something might really be available. She said they are still cleaning, call back. OK. So I play for another hour and now I'm ready to go upstairs. I really need a shower and am ready to call it a day. I think to myself you've already hit a hand pay, other than the first front desk clerk everyone has been very nice and I really like the casino lay out, so just be happy and take what you were given. Since I'm near Mlife and the house phone I call again. I'm offered a room in the Spa tower for $30/night or a 27th floor in the main tower for $60. I take the main tower for $60. Woo hoo. The best part is after answering some security questions she was able to switch my keys to the new room without having to go back to the desk. Now that's impressive. She asks if I need my stuff moved, I told her I had not been to the first room. I gamble my way to the elevators an stop at the store to pick up overpriced diet coke and water. Call to get the luggage delivered and checked out the view. Outstanding!!! This really is impressive. Not only the fountains but the whole view from that angle. I'm directly across from Paris and can see the mountains beyond the Flamingo. The only minor problem is the sound from the fountains when they do a big blast. Easy to get used to so after a few hours it didn't bother me at all. The luggage was delivered quickly. I found during this entire visit that everything is fast here. Probably because it is a slow time. I get cleaned up and head for bed a little after 10. Since it is after 1 my time I'm impressed that I was awake that long.