Monday, February 14, 2011

Current 2011 promotions at MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas

Bellagio, one of multiple MGM Resorts in Vegas
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Currently, there's a ton of promotional savings available from thirteen separate and contrasting MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas. The following list depicts ongoing deals including rooms, dining, assorted amenities, and flight + hotel packages. We've included starting costs (Sun - Thurs / Fri & Sat), basic package descriptions, and promo expiration dates. Access the provided resort links to obtain additional details and for booking.

Aria Romance Package From $830 (Sun - Thurs) / $1030 (Fri & Sat). Includes two nights in a Tower Suite, two in-room massages, aromatherapy bath, complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, and two complimentary spa passes. Expires May 30, 2011.

Aria Free Upgrade w/ buffet credit From $139/$299. Includes free upgrade to City View Deluxe room and a $40 buffet credit. Expires June 30, 2011.

Aria $25 Daily Resort Credit From $139 / $329. Bookings include a daily $25 resort credit. Expires May 31, 2011.

Bellagio Romance Retreat Suite Package Per night package price of $995. Includes Lakeview Cypress Suite, limo to and from the airport, executive check - in, bottle of Veuve Clicquot, chocolate strawberries, 50 - minute couples massage, and dinner for 2 at Picasso or Michael Mina. No expiration date is in force according to the reservations rep at 888-987-6667; phone for availability.

Vdara Romance Package From $384 / $484 . Includes minimum , two night stay in a Deluxe Suite, chocolate strawberries, $50 breakfast in bed credit, travel intimacy kit, couples boutique experience at Kiki de Montparnasse, and a 15% discount at that boutique. Expires May 31, 2011.

Vdara Escape Package From $510 . Includes two night stay in a deluxe suite, two spa treatments, two spa robes,10% spa purchases discount, and pricing includes resort fees. Expires Feb 28, 2011.

Vdara Success Package From $313 . Two night stay in a Deluxe Suite, $25 in-room dining credit, $15 laundry / dry cleaning credit, $15 in room movie credit, free late checkout, and includes resort fees. Expires Feb 28, 2011.

MGM Grand VIP Suite Offer From $500 / $1100. Per night pricing for stays in Premium Suites and includes nightly access for two to Studio 54 or Tabu. Expires Feb 28,2011.

MGM Grand NASCAR Season offer From $69.99 / $230. Includes 2 for 1 buffet, two entries to Studio 54 or Tabu nightclubs,two free cocktails, and 20% off spa services. Promotion runs Feb 27 - March 24, 2011.

MGM Grand Winter Feast offer From $65 / $130 nightly. Offer includes two free buffets. Expires March 15, 2011.

Mandalay Bay Discount Suite From $90.99 / $301 . 20% off suites on select dates. Expires Dec 31, 2011.

Mandalay Bay Guarantee a Room Type From $99.99 / $190 . Offer guarantees guests will obtain choice of 1 King Bed or 2 Queens in a Deluxe room. Expires Dec 31, 2011.

Mandalay Bay Ultimate Upgrade From $269.99 / $410 . Per night stay in a Premium Suite including limo service to and from airport, invited guest check - in, welcome amenity, nightly turndown service, line pass to all property nightclubs, preferred spa appointments, entry to Mix Lounge and House of Blues nightclubs, and preferred seating at restaurants. Expires Dec 31, 2011.

Mandalay Bay Dog Friendly Program From $89.99 / $190. Bring canine companions ( up to two, as long as the combined weight is 50 lbs or less ) for $50 per night per dog fees in addition to room charges. Expires Dec 31, 2011.

Mirage promotions Mirage has many offers and they can be accessed here. These promotions include Terry Fator show packages, Beatles Love show discounts, room and golf deals, spa packages, and multiple dining offers. Check the link for room costs and expiration dates.

Monte Carlo / New York - New York Vegas Partyscape from $56 / $176 per night. Includes free margarita with purchased entree at Diablo's Cantina, 2 for 1 buffet, free shot with entry at Minus5 Ice Lounge, 2 for 1 cupcakes at Cupcakery, and 2 for 1 burger at The Pub ( all the above at Monte Carlo). This package also includes neighboring New York, New York deals including a free $10 game card at the Sporting House, 2 for 1 breakfast at II Fornaio, 2 for 1 roller coaster rides, 2 for 1 admission to ROK Vegas nightclub, and one free dessert at Nine Fine Irishmen restaurant. Expires Feb 28, 2011.

New York, New York Spa Suite Special From $95 / $290 . Upgrade any room to a Spa Suite. Expires July 31, 2011.

New York, New York Zumanity show promotions Several Zumanity promotions are offered including a second ticket for $7 after purchasing one at regular prices, a Zumanity + hotel package, a general $25 off ticket special, and $100 tickets to see both Zumanity and Criss Angel's Believe show at Luxor for one low price. Access this link or phone 702-740-3205 for details, promo expirations, and ticket purchases.

New York, New York Spa Specials Several spa specials including seasonal discounts, couples massages, manicure / pedicure discounts, and a Cupid's Getaway spa offer are available. Check this link for details and offer expiration dates or phone 702 - 740 - 6955.

Luxor All Inclusive Package From $249 / $270. All day - all you can eat buffet, 2 tickets to Criss Angel's Believe show, 2 tickets to Titanic exhibition, 2 tickets to Bodies exhibition, 2 spa day passes, 2 free admissions to Cathouse nightclub, and VIP check-in. Expires Dec 28, 2011.

Luxor Romance Package From $168 / $387 (involves 2 night stays ). Includes a romance kit and 6 chocolate covered strawberries. Expires Feb 26, 2011.

Luxor and Excalibur Spring Break Escape From $38 / $205. Includes free admission to Cathouse lounge, $3 off at the buffet, 2 for 1 Tecate at T & T bar, 1 free jello shot at Dick's Ultralounge ( @ Excalibur ), 25% off all retail purchases, and $15 off a custom airbrush Tan at Nurture. Expires April 30, 2011.

Circus Circus 40% off offer From $25 / $129. Expires Dec 29, 2011.

Circus Circus Kids Eat Free plus 40% off From $26 / $129. Includes $150 discounts in dining and assorted amenities. Expires Dec 23, 2011.

Circus Circus Cruise promotion Check the link to obtain details on this cruise promotion whereby guests can play select slot machines to earn points toward a Carnival Conquest 7 day cruise to Jamaica and beyond. Expires June 30, 2011.

Circus Circus Fall Entertainment package From $36 / $89. Save over $260 with inclusive 2 for 1 tickets to a myriad of MGM Resorts attractions. Those attractions include Adventuredome (Circus Circus ), Roller Coaster (New York, New York), Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden at Mirage, Tournament of Kings at Excalibur, plus discounts at Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay and 30% off Lion King tickets at Mandalay Bay. Expires Dec 23, 2011.

Circus Circus All Day $20 Buffet From $26 / $99. Save $16 per person per day over regular buffet prices when accompanied with room stays. Expires Dec 23, 2011.

Circus Circus Resort Passport
From $26 / $129. Book with Circus Circus and receive the Resort Passport worth over $150 in coupons. Includes 2 free well drinks, 2 free rides at Adventuredome, 2 free Midway games, $9.99 dinner special at Rock & Rita's, retail discounts, gaming coupons, and tour discounts. Expires Dec 29, 2011.

MGM Resorts Vegas Hotel + Flight Packages - up to 30% off Book flight + hotel packages through Expedia and save up to 30% on 2+ night stays. Travel must be booked by March 7, 2011 for travel through Dec 28, 2011. At Aria and Vdara, no Friday or Saturday stays are allowed with this package.

MGM Resorts Locals offers MGM properties really cater to Nevada locals by offering a ton of great room, dining, show, spa, and attraction discounts. Click the link if you have a valid Nevada ID and swim in all the savings for locals at MGM Resorts.

MGM Resorts Vacations Book customized MGM Resorts vacations at this user-friendly site. Currently they're running a 30% off promotion for 2+ night stays + flight packages ( expires March 4, 2011 for travel through Dec 28, 2011). Sign up for an email account at this site to receive online discounts and special offers.

M Life Players Club Check out MGM Resorts new player's club site and sign up online to begin receiving email discounts and offers as you accumulate player's club points.


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Mostly Useless (and approximate) Las Vegas Facts

1. Number of Las Vegas citizens   500,000
2. Number of Clark County residents   1,500,000
3. Year first casino licensed   1931
4. Number of slot machines in Vegas   200,000
5. Number of annual Vegas visitors   40,000,000 (and dropping)
6. Number of licensed gambling entities   1700
7. Hours per day average visitor gambles   4
8. Annual state gaming revenue   9 billion (and dropping)
9. Average gambling budget per trip   560  (and dropping)
10. Mean price per acre in valley   161,000.00
11. Price per acre on the Strip   11,000,000.00
12. Number of  hotel rooms   137,000 +
13. Number of pillowcases washed at MGM daily   15,000
14. Number of doors at MGM  18,000 
15. Annual no. toilet paper rolls used at Bally's   1 million
16. Lucky The Clown marquee sign at Circus Circus has
      1232 fluorescent bulbs, 14,498 incandescent bulbs, and
      3/4 mile of neon tubing light  (no wonder they're replacing
17. In good times, Excalibur goes through over 44,000 
      Cornish game hens, 15 thousand pounds of hamburger
      meat, and 4200 pounds of prime rib monthly
18. Caesar's Palace has used 2 million plus maraschino 
      cherries, 11 thousand ounces of caviar, 2 million ounces
      of tomato juice, and close to 600 thousand ounces of
      vodka yearly (bloody mary winner?)
19. Mandalay Bay has 5,300 palm trees and their wave pool
      has a capacity of 1,640,270 gallons of water
20. Average nightly room rate  119.00 (and dropping)
21. Average number of Vegas weddings per day   300+
22. Number of golf courses  37
23. Miles of neon tubing on the Strip and Downtown  15,000
24. State's nationwide rank in gold production  1st
25. Cost of Nevada marriage license   35.00
26. Average cost of filing for divorce  450.00
27. Average length of stay for visitors    3.7 days
28. Number of hosted conventions annually  3750
29. The electric bill to operate the Luxor pyramid beam is
      approximately 55.00 per hour.
30. Las Vegas has 17 of the world's 20 largest hotels   


Just a cautionary tip when in Vegas.. there are active
pickpockets all over town. I experienced this first-hand
and came within 10 seconds of losing my cash stash last July
while visiting one of those upper end joints on the strip.

I was gambling significantly at a video poker machine, unabashedly slipping C-notes in them. Somebody had been
observing my wagering behavior. I was happily winning at the time and my cautionary tendencies regarding my bankroll
money went south and out the window.

A lady approached me from behind as I played and was all aglow with my run of good luck. She initiated a conversation about nothing and anything . I was concentrating on proper VP strategy and responding to her comments with a lot of "yeah-yeahs". I was fortunate enough to get ahead on the machine again and I cashed out. I had a satchel (I normally never gamble under those conditions) with me that had assorted trip stuff in it. The satchel presence and the relatively high denomination coin-in amount collectively screamed " please rob me!" I placed my wallet in the satchel along with the machine cash-out tickets and proceeded to reconnect with my family and head to our room.

I had developed a sense of cautionary unease as I mulled over the contact with the effusively talkative woman at the VP machine. My senses told me that something about that encounter was skewed, although at the time I didn't know what it was and I wasn't bleeding profusely..yet. My group then proceeded to meander through a very crowded slot machine aisle and some other 6th, 7th, or 8th sense that vaguely detected an impersonal yet succinct encroachment into my personal space kicked in. Instinctively, I immediately dug into the satchel to locate my wallet and it was gone. I then immediately turned around and backtracked about ten feet (a matter of maybe 3 seconds, tops) as my endogenous adrenaline kicked in. I'm not sure that my hair wasn't on fire briefly.

I then spotted my wallet (and life) in a woman's hand who was playing a slot machine. I walked straight at her and demanded it post-haste in a tone that screamed seriousness. I immediately grabbed the wallet and called for security. The woman claimed she picked it up off the floor and so did the man (her accomplice) behind her, both vowing that they were planning to remit it to the security desk. My svelte ass they were.

This team of thieves including the woman who was all goony-googoo at the VP machine were pros. I have to claim part of the blame for the openly careless manner I had displayed with my money. They were held by security and the eye-in-the-sky tapes were to be reviewed.

The good thing is I didn't lose a cent because my peripheral senses kicked in immediately and they didn't have time to bury the evidence ( perhaps they weren't the best of pros?). Take heed folks..these people are everywhere in Vegas. Know where your cash is at all times; take precautions to protect it, don't flaunt it around carelessly as I did, and if you sense something is awry while gambling trust your instincts.

Distractions from one member of a team of thieves is a common MO. Store your gambling session monies in a front pants pocket or in one of those god-awful front-loaded fanny packs (pride be damned). The lesson I learned here after several years of Vegas gambling experiences turned out to be one of the most valuable for me personally.