2016 McHugh/McHugh/McHugh/Strunk Las Vegas TRIP Sunday, February 21st 9AM On our way to Philly airport ! (Joe & Rose already there) 10:30AM Ready to check-in 11:37AM Waiting to board our Southwest flight! 3:18PM LANDED in VEGAS!! 3:28PM Baggage claim 3:37PM Rental Car Shuttle 4:16PM Alamo Rental car....through autorentals.com* NO problems although the employees at the Alamo counter seemed unenthused and skeptical about them......who knows..... We got 2 Chrysler mini vans (with tip) one was BRAND new, one almost new. Off we go!! *198.50 per vehicle for 9 days. 4:37PM THE FLAMINGO!! Usually they let the WHOLE PARTY check in at VIP, we have 2 platinums.....this time they said they were understaffed and couldn't do it. NOT REALLY So check in was fast for 2 couples, the other 2 couples not so much, although then we saw the self check in kiosks. One couple checked in through that, the other couple tried but couldn't SO we went to the KEY line. She gave them an executive room on the top floor strip view, like we had (28086). The other 2 couples had High Roller view studios. 6:27PM Dinner at Carlos n'Charlies in The Flamingo, used $50 GCert purchased from Vegas4Locals on Ebay. 8:15PM Checking out THE Cromwell (formerly Barbary Coast and Bill's Gambling Hall) next door...... Monday, February 22nd GOOD MORNING LAS VEGAS !!! 9:59AM Hollywood Car Museum (Vegas4locals) 12:38PM Palace Station Grand Cafe for lunch! (myVEGAS 4 $10 GCert) 1:12PM Back to Flamingo for nap?rest?break? 5PM Menopause the Musical at Harrahs Las Vegas (Vegas4locals) 6:49PM Some ppl playing slots at Margaritaville 6:50PM Meet limo van to go to CASA DI AMORE for dinner!!!! (Vegas4locals) 7:11PM Listening to live entertainment at the restaurant. Fun time 9:50PM Back at The Cromwell.....for Jameson,Ginger&Lime for me at least LOL Ireland trip influence!!!! Best ones on the trip!!!! Tuesday, February 23rd 10:07AM Arrive WESTGATE Resort (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) 10:26AM ELVIS THE EXHIBIT (Groupon) then play free play (Las Vegas Advisor) on slots in the casino (they have the same system as the Hilton did FYI). 2:04PM PETE ROSE SPORTS BAR and GRILL for lunch. 3:40PM V THEATER in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for POPOVICH COMEDY PET THEATER show (Vegas4locals). 5:42PM TOMMY WIND THEATER for his magic show (Vegas4locals). 8:15PM Back at Flamingo 9:06PM Johnny Rockets in Flamingo Food Court (American Casino Guide) for hamburgers and shakes!! 9:25PM The LINQ Casino next door (formerly Imperial Palace and The Quad) where Marie hit for over a grand on a 50 cent bet!! WOOHOO!!! Wednesday, February 24th 10:06AM Still checking out the view from our room at THE FLAMINGO! 10:54AM Arrive at CIRCUS CIRCUS 11:38AM On the BIG BUS TOUR !!! (Vegas4locals) First up the downtown tour! EXCELLENT TOUR GUIDE Matthew (not Deborah) with driver Miss Toni 12:27PM Slots a Fun! quick lunch! then more BIG BUS tour of THE STRIP! 3:12PM Back at CIRCUS CIRCUS for slots and big drinks from VINCE NEIL'S bar (Groupon) 6:33PM Back at THE FLAMINGO 6:46PM Paris 6:55PM Le Village Buffet (3 free out of 4 from earning 50 TR points) 9:07PM Las Vegas Strip Thursday, February 25th 12:28PM Still playing slots at THE FLAMINGO. 1:18PM Le Village Buffet (4 free for getting 50 points each) MY CREPE!!!!!! 1:55PM Checked out Bally's 2:07PM Grand Bazaar Shops walk through. 3:15PM ELLIS ISLAND visit to use tshirt and free play coupons !!! (American Casino Guide) 5:24PM GOLD STRIKE in JEAN, NEVADA STEAK HOUSE DINNER very good. (Vegas4locals) 7:45PM THE NEON MUSEUM NIGHT TOUR-- 2 thumbs up 9:20PM Fremont Street Golden Gate 10PM Fremont Street Experience 11:45PM Good night Las Vegas! Friday, February 26th Bye Bye Joe & Rose 10:42AM THE MIRAGE picking up LOVE TIX 11:06AM Checking out of the FLAMINGO bye bye wonderful room 28086 :-( 11:56AM Palace Station to pick up 4 free tshirts from myVEGAS !!! 12:21PM DuPar's Restaurant at GOLDEN GATE for our FREE pancakes (Las Vegas Advisor coupon) YUMMY 1:06PM Binion's 1:25PM Playing at Golden Gate 2:34PM driving through HENDERSON 2:48PM driving through BOULDER CITY 2:52PM Driving by LAKE MEAD 3:10PM HOOVER DAM!!! Ate lunch....Binion's sandwiches thank you Joe! 5:51PM There's Laughlin! 6:35PM Settled in at HARRAH'S LAUGHLIN for the weekend! Room 20462 8:39PM Fresh Market Square buffet using American Casino Guide coupons ...... Saturday,February 27th 8:36AM Good Morning Laughlin and Colorado River! 12:03PM ARIZONA gas is 1.34.9 !! 11:25AM Back in Laughlin 1:01PM Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall 1:06PM (time is wacky here......it keeps fluctuating by one hour because of Arizona not having daylight savings time!) Beach Cafe Harrahs lunch ...with more ACG coupons! 6:04PM Fresh Market Square buffet more ACG coupons 8:41PM Colorado Bell Casino 10:32PM Riverside Casino ! Sunday, February 28th 10:55AM Beach Cafe last of ACG coupons! 10:57AM Getting a Miami Vice at the slots! yum 10:58PM Outside enjoying the beautiful day overlooking the Colorado River and Harrahs beach! then checkout and driving back to VEGAS!! 12:52PM driving through SEARCHLIGHT 2:51PM Checking in at THE RIO got room 29011... partial view of strip but total view of their zip line! 4:27PM Harrah's Las Vegas to meet Jackie and Sean!!!!!!! 5:51PM Ruth's Chris Steakhouse in Harrah's for dinner with Jackie and Sean! 7:56PM The High Roller Observation Wheel with Jackie and Sean! 9:09PM Meeting up with 2 other couples to see THE BEATLES LOVE at THE Mirage (myVEGAS) our seats were really good (200 R 41 & 45) Monday, February 29th LEAP DAY 12:38AM Still at Harrahs playing slots! Jackie and Sean conked out on us L<3L 1:08AM back at THE Rio 11:08AM HEXX Kitchen and Bar at Paris Las Vegas on the PATIO for brunch with Jackie and Sean! OVERCOOKED BACON !!!!!! (2 myVEGAS B1G1 drinks) 12:24PM Bellagio Conservatory and Gardens 12:30PM Playing slots with Jackie and Sean at THE BELLAGIO!!! 2PM Bellagio Fountain Show 2:46PM Back at Harrahs to get cars Jackie and Sean leaving for home! 3:25PM Back at Rio 5:46PM Carnival World Buffet at the Rio (2 free again from earning 50 points each) 7:11PM ROCK of AGES show at the RIO (Groupon) After show I played the Britney machine for at least 2 hours LOL Tuesday, MARCH 1st BYE BYE VERY NICE RIO ROOM 29011!! 9:43AM At the airport!!!! 10:41AM At our gate for our Spirit flight!!!! 6:46PM Landed in Philly!! 7:32PM Have luggage waiting for Mike the chauffeur! LOL 10:39PM We are home!! PS Spirit plane only had one bathroom useable on the flight home so we just FINALLY got an email back that gives all 6 of us 25 dollars towards a future flight. MISCELLANEOUS Casinos visited this trip. Flamingo, Cromwell, Harrahs, Ballys, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Mirage, Bellagio, Linq, Palace Station, Rio, Gold Strike in Jean ,Golden Gate, Binions, Harrahs Laughlin, Colorado Belle, Riverside, Pioneer. Total Rewards....we participated in a play in AC get comps in Vegas offer last year. We had 40 in comps due. NO ONE KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I finally emailed and they took care of it, but sheesh. Oh well...... The free buffets were worth a lot of money once we all figured out how to get them, no real instructions anywhere. We got a total of 7 free buffets (Mike and I) The rooms we got were very very good.... all 3. Harrahs Laughlin was still totally comped like it used to be in Vegas The Cromwell's drinks were the best of the Harrahs properties, but Laughlin had excellent frozen drinks! On the subject of drinks... Stella bottles are served at the Golden Gate, and the Bellagio Cocktail is still wonderful. Next trip no rental car I am thinking because of the charging for parking thing. I would think the car rental companies would be kind of upset over this. I liked Circus Circus but we only played in the very front section. Good drink service and slots were good. They have their own players card that includes Slots of Fun.....we earned a free Tshirt LOL Found SEVERAL of my FAV old slot machines this trip yippee Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Munsters, Money Storm, I Dream of Jeanie, Benny Big Game. NO PHANTOM YET THOUGH Why don't they like Jail Bird in Nevada??? Hubby played craps and blackjack successfully in a few casinos. He won a big brown jug of Ellis Island beer of his choice....ROOT beer!! ....for getting a suited blackjack of the day which was nice. Didn't get to Gilley's although one couple did The Secret Garden looks better than I remember it from my daughter's pictures, so it goes on my list for next trip!! And I didn't get to the Cosmo for my raspberry lemondrop...... Great trip, cannot wait for next one!!!!