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Old 08-27-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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We have been planning a trip to Las Vegas this December. As usual we researched the heck out of everything and came to a price for flight, car, and hotel.

One of the first things we did was drop Allegiant as our airline because they have changed their flights and we can only arrive after 8:00pm. We have flown with them for every LV trip for so long I don't remember when the first time was, but no more.

After figuring out everything Mrs. Tek decided to go to the AAA website and see what they had available. Flight and car only as we had found a really good deal at TI for the hotel. Good room price and 2 for 1 at Mystere, the spa, and buffet.

AAA online beat the best price we could find anywhere else for the fight-car combination.

We then decided we should call our AAA agent and see if she could match that price. Why not give her a commission? Not only did she beat that price she got us an upgrade from a midsize SUV to a fullsize for less money, and a room at Paris for enough less that we can still go to Mystere, pay full price, and save money. We also get a free ride to the top of the tower (so-so, but why not). We were probably never going to use the 2 for 1 spa and buffet anyway.

So, same flights, better hotel deal, bigger SUV, and less money. No-brainer.

And since we are AAA Plus members we are going today to get our passport photos taken for free.

I think from now on we'll call our agent first....
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:55 AM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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From what I've seen AAA is good for packaged, type stuff, they sell a package. Ask them to do more then that there TA are clueless. For non/package stuff they fall back to we have this other package (by someone else) we can sell you. But asked them to set up hotels in some small town in europe they looks like deer caught in headlghts...
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Old 08-27-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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Well I'm glad that you got a good trip at a good price.
But I also have to agree, my impression from just trying to get their help with a trip to Yellowstone is that if its not a cruise or Orlando or Las Vegas etc. they don't offer much.
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:43 PM
 
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Interesting except this not a package. The initial request was for flight and car only and I hardly call that a package. We had those booked before the subject of a hotel entered the picture. Perhaps we are fortunate to have the agent we have and you are unfortunate to work with the ones you have.
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Old 08-27-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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This is good to know. We joined AAA last year, although I haven't booked anything other than lodging yet. Thanks.
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Old 11-14-2010, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Appreciated your post Tek_Freek. Thank you.
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Old 11-14-2010, 04:04 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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You should never pay much for a hotel in Vegas. We're going next week and NY NY is $60/night, weekend including. We also got the Marquis suite, which is 700 sq feet, not the regular room. Vegas deals are always out there, you just have to find them!

Our flights were $29 there, and $39 back on Southwest. No car, since the airport is minutes away and the cab ride to the strip is $10-$15.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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It would be nice to live where air flights are cheap. Alas, here is not such a location. That is one of the considerations were are looking at for retirement.

We always rent a car because we spend time away from Vegas when we are there. Red Rock, Valley of Fire, etc. It's good to get away from Vegas for a bit. It also allows us to get to places like The Palms easily.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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Flights are NEVER cheap here. It's ridiculous that a flight to Vegas is usually over $200/pp. SW was having a sale recently, and that was the first time since we moved here that the flights were that cheap, so we jumped on it. Usually, we just drive.

We flew to San Francisco recently to meet up with a friend from NYC. Her flight from NY was cheaper than ours from San Diego, makes absolutely no sense. We gave up all those cheap flights when we moved from the East coast to here 2 years ago, but wouldn't trade it for anything since living here is paradise.

Since you have a car, go to Fremont Street and have some fried oreos at Mermaid's Casino. We accidentally stumbled upon it on our last trip and I can honestly say I'll never make fun of people that eat deep fried cookies!

Have a fun trip! I'll be there on Wednesday.
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