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Trip Report: June 8 through June 11, 2017

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by duffer1991, Jun 17, 2017.

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  1. duffer1991

    duffer1991 Whale

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    My Trip Report

    I had a last minute trip. Courtesy of me Frontier Airlines credit card, I had to fly anywhere before June 14, 2017 to keep the miles valid. They only gave me 2 weeks notice, so where else will I go? I was able to use 40,000 miles for a free, direct, non-stop flight from CLE to LAS. Well, free is a bit of a misnomer. There was about $12 in tax and then a $50 mileage redemption fee -- WHAT?!?!!?!

    I thought the whole lure of an airline credit card was using the miles. I have redeemed miles on United, Korean Airlines, Delta and others and never had to pay a fee for the privilege. Oh well, $62 round trip is obviously a good thing, so I booked the flight from Thursday night until Sunday afternoon. I have not been in Las Vegas on a full weekend in a long time so it would be nice.

    The next thing to do was book a room. BConnected and Station Casinos always have good offers so I checked the websites. Since Boulder Station is always good to me, I decided to check them for a two night stay and then double book the second night with the Orleans. I called and spoke to Dee at Boulder Station reservations and she was a doll. I booked Thursday and Friday night and she said there would not be a resort fee (I assumed so). Then she said I would need to pay $29 for Thursday night and $69 for Friday. Again, I was surprised that I was having to pay anything considering I give them lots of play. I just booked Thursday and decided to book Orleans for Friday and Saturday night.

    Booking the Orleans was a breeze. No charges, no hassles, just great service and it was done in about 25 seconds. As much as I love being on Boulder Highway, I think I might just forget it in the future. I love the remote location and the quiet. I always have a car but I think I might keep up with BConnected since they are always very good to me and very flexible. Since I just had a 2 night stay with them, i booked the Boulder Station for the first night and should have just asked Orleans for 3 nights.

    I then booked my car. I do rental roulette by booking then cancelling when things go down each day. I finally got $50.05 for three days through Payless. I know Payless is a chore sometimes, but by prepaying you do not have to wait at the desk. You just go down to the booth to get your keys. No extras, no up-sells, no hassles.

    BONUS INFORMATION: They FINALLY installed lights in the rental car areas. Even in the day before you could not see the condition of the cars. They now have it very nicely lighted and it looks 1000% better.
     
  2. duffer1991

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    Frontier was fine as always. It is not so comfortable, but fine. And the best part is the plane arrived 45 minutes early. Every time I have flown CLE to LAS, Frontier has arrived at least 30 minutes early. It is a nice bonus.

    I picked up the car and was at Walmart at Pecos and Tropicana by 9:30 p.m. I got my water and chips and got to Boulder Station quickly. Check-in was easy and I was given room 1408. It was very quiet and no smokey smell.

    I dumped my bag and washed up. I then made a beeline for the craps table. I played about 1 hour and was up $300. It was DEAD as always in the casino but I got along well with the players there. The dealers were really great as always, and they really appreciate tips and bets made for them -- more than most casinos. I guess they don't get a lot of generosity on the Boulder Highway.

    I went to bed at midnight and woke at 5 am Vegas time. I went to the cafe and had the skillet breakfast special for $4.99. It is a great bargain and the food was delicious.

    Back to the room with a full belly but I could not sleep anymore. I did a little work via email and then back to the casino. Things went COLD. I did not win any bet at craps: no pass line, no place bets, nothing. I lost the $300 and a little more, so I checked out and drove to the Orleans.

    Since it was 12:45 pm, the attendant told me there is a $15 early checkin fee since I was checking in before 1 pm. I laughed and said I will wait. I HATE nickel and diming me when I am on a comped room, so I went to play craps and after an hour, I lost $100.

    Then it happened, I had at tweak in my back and the pain shot down my leg while I was just standing in line. NOT GOOD.

    I went to the room on a high floor and my back went out pretty soon thereafter. I spent the rest of Friday on the floor (on a towel) and hoping for the spasms to stop. On Saturday I got a hard massage in the spa and it did help a little.

    The rest of Saturday was a bust too. Even when I felt a little better, I had no luck in the casino. I went to a movie, ate very little and took medicine.

    Sunday was a nice day. I woke early, drove to the Smith's grocery near the Orleans and got some food about 7 am. On the way back I saw the prostitutes walking the parking lot. My first few times at the Orleans, I thought they were girls done with partying and waiting for a taxi or bus. I know I am naive. I know they are working girls now and admit they look like they have had hard lives. I wonder how many men will pick up a prostitute near the Orleans. It is not for me, but if so inclined would you not at least find someone pretty?

    Anyway, I flew back to Cleveland and we landed 45 minutes early -- score. All in all I lost about $100 which is nothing for me, so it is ok. I did eat well and see a movie. It was not the worst trip of my life, but I will certainly need a do over in September.
     
  3. BobLasVegas

    BobLasVegas Low-Roller

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    Wow, tough trip healthwise! I like Boulder Station, stayed there once. Since I always rent a car, it is very
    feasible for me to consider another stay there. It is very nice. I enjoy the Orleans too! ( Maybe it's a Cleveland thing! )
    Thanks for sharing, hope your next trip is better!
     
  4. duffer1991

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    Thanks! I am sure the next trip will be better. My back had been fine for a couple of years, and I guess I need to pay extra on Frontier for the more padded and reclining seats. That might have caused the trouble.

    Always nice to hear from another Clevelander!
     
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  5. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Thanks for the report! Sorry to hear about the back, you definitely may want to invest more into their "better" seats. The seats are definitely the worst part.
     
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  6. pleasemum

    pleasemum High-Roller

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    Thanks for the report - a do over is exactly what you need - start planning!
     
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  7. Richard Alpert

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    Thanks for the report, duffer!
    I feel your pain. I've had several back issues since falling flat on my back on the ice (not in Vegas) several years ago.

    Hope it goes better next time you go back, no pun intended...:D

    RICHARD
     
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  8. duffer1991

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    Thanks everyone. It was not a lot of fun, but it did not cost much and I slept a lot. Of course that is not why I go to Las Vegas. It is more fun to live life and see the drunks on the weekend nights.

    I am still amazed at the prostitutes who get shipped in every weekend. There were some probable working girls on my flight. I talked to one young thing on the plane and she said she goes to work the weekends in Las Vegas twice a month at a bar. I am sure I interpreted her words correctly.

    But nothing compares to a big fight weekend. I was there for a Mayweather fight a few years ago and you literally see the prostitutes arriving on buses across the street from the MGM in the afternoons. It was like something out of Wild Kingdom (if anyone remembers that).
     
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