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Vegas Strip. Only for the elite

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by ShelbyCharger, Dec 4, 2016.

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  1. ShelbyCharger

    ShelbyCharger MIA

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    There are costs when you go to big cities, but they are not supported by gambling? How far will Vegas take our attraction to it as far as $
     
  2. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty Doing retirement again and happily so....

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    Just a little further. Always just a little further.
     
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  3. wanker751

    wanker751 Dutch Rudder Enthusiast

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    Depends on where you wanna put your resources I suppose...
     
  4. FYMYAWF

    FYMYAWF It's not a bender, it's a lifestyle.

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    They'll take it as far as we're willing to keep paying to go, which according to tourism numbers is about as high as it's ever been.

    I'm far from an "elite", on national average on the mid-high end of middle class, but I still manage to take 4 trips a year. It comes down to what your priorities are and your situation in life. I have low debt, no family, a decent amount of expendable income and a high desire to go to Vegas. It keeps me out of a rut I would otherwise fall into in daily life. So I'm fine with saving up/spending the roughly $16K a year I budget to Vegas trips.

    Frankly my overhead is actually very low on Vegas trips as opposed to other destinations. I don't pay for rooms (outside of resort fees) and my flights are usually under $200 round trip. So I don't see myself getting priced out of taking trips anytime soon, despite new, creative fees being added yearly.

    The people who chap my hide on this board are the ones who can't stop complaining about how expensive the strip is, like that's some kind of new thing. If you can't swim in the deep end, at least for a few days, and be OK spending/losing money while there then you're not going to enjoy yourself, and the endless complaining about the costs of Vegas are just dragging everyone else down.
     
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  5. mjames1229

    mjames1229 # of visits includes only trips w/ hotel stays

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    But that's why the internet exits, isn't it?
     
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  6. deansrobinson

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    I don't think the strip is for 'elites', given the range of options available. Obviously, a vacay in San Francisco is gonna be considerably more than at the KOA. Just people watching, I see a good swash of the socio-economic spectrum ambling down Las Vegas Boulevard, so maybe it is a function of what percentage of you're willing to part with. What's the driving force: is the location or the amount you can spend on vacation? This goes back to that whole champagne on a beer budget philosophy.
     
  7. Jon E Coyote

    Jon E Coyote Low-Roller

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    I've blown through my entire gambling fund within 1 day on a 4 day trip, still managed to have fun for the next 3 days on literally a few hundred bucks.

    There's all kinds of cheap/free stuff to do
     
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  8. kps

    kps High-Roller

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    The strip is definitely not for the elite. My best deal was MDW at Aria for my wife and I with round trip flight included coming from Florida for $980 all in Thurs to Monday on Southwest's vacation sight.

    I'm a low roller who primarily pays for the room but I am also willing to shop for the deal.
     
  9. Snidely

    Snidely VIP Whale

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    Definition of capitalism
    1. : an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market
     
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  10. Its Only Money

    Its Only Money VIP Whale

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    The concept of Supply and Demand should also be defined. Demand has consistently gone up the last 5 years and supply has basically stayed the same. That means increasing prices.
     
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  11. shokhead

    shokhead No big spender unless eating drinking having fun!

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    Love the strip and couldn't be further from elite.
     
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  12. Bond

    Bond Low-Roller

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    I think the Strip really has something for everyone from the lower end properties to the ultra high end so I don't think of it as only for the elite. I do think there are more upscale properties than there were 20 or 30 years ago but there is still a place for the lower and mid tier gambler.
     
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  13. shokhead

    shokhead No big spender unless eating drinking having fun!

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    Let's not forget, DT was the place to be for a long time until the Strip reinvented its self. Because of the strip, I'm not sure GN would have changed and upscaled it's self as much as it has if it wasn't for the strip. Just imo of course.
     
  14. Royal Flusher

    Royal Flusher Savvy Gambler

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    Whatsit say about oligopoly?
     
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  15. Sonya

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    I love The Strip for all the glitz and sights to be seen. However, my bank account would prefer I roll a little lower. :) I'm not sure how the new costs and fees are going to effect my Vegas time. I suspect I'll be spending more time off-Strip in the future. The number of trips I've managed to take over the last five years have decreased, but not because of any changes in Vegas, but personal stuff. I'm hoping to correct that in 2017.

    Unfortunately, because of the fewer trips, comps are hard to come by. I drive to Vegas as I stop to visit family on the way to/from and the parking fees have me wondering if that's a good idea or not. I may break it up and visit family separately and just fly into Vegas and use Lyft to get around. I'd like to get back up to 3-4 trips a year which will help with comp offers, but those parking and resort fees still annoy me on principle.

    We just did two trips to other cities. One trip was to a condo at the beach in WA where we paid $150/night. Last week we stayed in a hotel in a suburb of Boise and paid $180 a night. No parking fee there, but there would have been one if we were in Boise itself. So, I don't think Vegas is more expensive than many other places, but I also didn't have to walk through a casino asking me to slip hundred dollar bills in on my way to breakfast either. It used to be easier to find a deal in Vegas than it is now, but I don't think you have to be a rich person to stay there. You just have to shop around a bit more than you used to. :)
     
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  16. Chuck2009x

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    Elite has nothing to do with money.
     
  17. Sidekicknick

    Sidekicknick Low-Roller

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    My wife insists we take one of our annual trips with her cousins / family ... there are two couples who never stop complaining about the costs when we go. Its a bummer. About half the group realizes Vegas is what it is, and is ready to spend what it takes... the others are upset about a $18 burger, tipping everyone, a club needs nice clothes and drinks aren't cheap, etc etc. They seem to forget there are costs on top of their cheap flight and cheap lodging and we're not in rural Wisconsin anymore... its like they're expecting an all-inclusive resort on the strip (which would be awesome).

    We're not rich, but comfortably in the middle class ... we set aside money knowing these trips are coming and have fun within those limits. Its pay to play in Vegas, and I get 1st timers not quite knowing what they're getting into ... but I've gone with enough people who have been multiple times and still don't get it.
     
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  18. azlefty

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    I am an elite and I never stay on the strip.
     
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  19. the nuts

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    Money complainers are the worst! We are you wealthy but understand the cost involved in a trip to Vegas. We seem to end up hanging out with these people too and believe me it spoils the mood and eventually wears you down. I usually find a way to "get lost" or use the old "we will catch up to you at dinner" excuse to get away from them. If you cant afford the Vegas budget, or any vacation budget for that matter, then stay home and save until you can.
     
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    As long as we drive or fly to Las Vegas to play negative expectation games.:headbang:
     
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