Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse Coming To Flamingo

Monday, 27 January 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Food.

The Flamingo is one of the oldest casino-resorts on the Vegas Strip. The classic roadside hotel and casino opened way back in December of 1946. Caesars hasn’t rested on its laurels with this vintage Vegas property. The Flamingo has expanded a lot over the years and now has more than 3,600 hotel rooms to go along with a 70,000 square foot casino.

WSOP 2020 Las Vegas

Friday, 24 January 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Gaming.

It’s time to get ready for the summer! The 2020 World Series of Poker (WSOP) will take place from Tuesday, May 26 through Wednesday, July 15. The world’s largest poker tournament will once again take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. The most well-known event at WSOP, the Main Event, will take place from July 1-14.

Hotel Rewards Programs In Vegas

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Hotel brands from all over the world have been partnering their loyalty and reward programs with Las Vegas casino more often every year. There was a time where a casino loyalty/players club was the only way to receive a discounted or complimentary room. The increase in hotel loyalty partnerships is another way for visitors to get complimentary or discounted hotel rooms at your favorite Las Vegas casino-resort.
Visiting Sin City is sometimes like being in another world and not real life. Remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! The ability to use rewards from hotel companies with properties around the world is a way to use work and “real life” travel to make your visits to Las Vegas a little less expensive. In a previous life, my work travel certainly helped increase my Vegas travel.
Just about every Vegas Strip casino has a hotel partner with properties all over the country (and world). The latest Las Vegas casino to become part of a major hotel loyalty brand is Downtown Grand in downtown Las Vegas. Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino is now part of Preferred Hotels & Resort.

Downtown Grand And Preferred

Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the world’s largest independent hotel brand. It represents more than 750 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Downtown Grand is just the latest Las Vegas casino to become a Preferred hotel. Wynn and Encore, Green Valley Ranch, and Red Rock Casino are also Preferred hotels. Downtown Grand is the least expensive option of the four properties.
“We are thrilled to partner with such an elite hotel brand and collection,” said John Culetsu, VP and Managing Director of Downtown Grand. “Preferred Hotels & Resorts has a premier portfolio and will offer our guests an elevated experience plus authentic connectivity to the market. With our new, 495-room tower set to open next year the timing for this partnership couldn’t be better.”
All guests of Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino are now eligible to enroll in the I Prefer hotel rewards program. This rewards program extends points redeemable for cash-value Reward Certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary internet to members upon every stay at more than 700 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations.

Best Hotel Rewards Programs

There are so many hotel rewards programs that it can become confusing. WalletHub recently released its list of best hotel rewards programs for 2020. Every traveler has different demands, so take the rankings as more of a guide than an absolute best. Here are the Top 5 hotel loyalty programs according to WalletHub.

  1. Wyndham Rewards
  2. Radisson Rewards
  3. Best Western Rewards
  4. Choice Privileges
  5. Marriott Bonvoy

Wyndham isn’t the biggest hotel company in the world so the number one ranking might come as a surprise. WalletHub’s CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou discussed that saying, “Many people will be surprised to learn that Wyndham, Radisson and Best Western top WalletHub’s list of the best hotel rewards programs for 2020, assuming bigger names such as Hilton and Marriott would lead the way. But smaller players in the travel space often provide more incentives because they have to do so in order to compete with bigger names. And that underscores the value in shopping around.” Papadimitriou agrees with something we said earlier, “The best hotel rewards programs aren’t the same for everybody, though, which is why we created a calculator to help people customize our rankings based on their own annual budget.”

Hotel Rewards Programs And Vegas Strip Casinos

WalletHub’s number one hotel rewards program, Wyndham Rewards, is a partner with Caesars in Las Vegas and around the country. Here’s a look at some of the hotel partners of casinos on the Vegas Strip.

  • Caesars – Wyndham Rewards
  • Casino Royale – Best Western
  • Cosmopolitan – Mariott (Bonvoy)
  • MGM Resorts – Hyatt
  • The Venetian/The Palazzo – IHG
  • Tropicana – Hilton
  • Treasure Island – Radisson
  • Wynn/Encore – Preferred

The names are programs may seem even more confusing when you look at which hotels around the world are connected to programs that might be connected with Las Vegas. Hospitalitynet has a good breakdown of which hotels belong to different loyalty programs.
Did you know that staying at Holiday Inn hotels could lead you to complimentary rooms at The Venetian? Both are IHG properties. I learned that today from old pal @baccarat_guy on twitter and the link above. Ya learn something new every day!
The bottom line here is that casino loyalty programs aren’t the only way to discounted and complimentary rooms in Las Vegas. Keep your options open there are so many rewards programs for travelers. Visit The Travel Game at Las Vegas Advisor if you’re curious how to use reward points and miles in Las Vegas.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend 2020

Monday, 20 January 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend is one of the most popular music and culture fests in Las Vegas. The event sells out every year despite not being a part of mainstream popular culture. Once again the four-day music festival will take place at The Orleans. This year the longest-running music festival in Las Vegas (23 years), Viva Las Vegas, will take place from Thursday, April 9th- Sunday, April 12th. This is the largest Rockabilly event in the world and attracts up to 20,000 guests annually.

Mesa Grill Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Friday, 17 January 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Food.

Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. The restaurant opened in the fall of 2004 and has welcomed nearly 2.5 million guests. I don’t find celebrations like this to be interesting very often but this strikes me differently. Mesa Grill is easily my favorite restaurant at Caesars Palace. This is quite a feat for a casino that has 13 restaurants, 7 quick-serve restaurants in its food court, and a mall with another 10+ restaurants.

Aces Of Comedy 2020 Lineup

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 by Blog Category: Entertainment and Everything Vegas.

The Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will celebrate a decade of being the place to enjoy the best comedy in Las Vegas with the unveiling of the first 10 comedians in its 2020 lineup. No less than 10 previous headliners will return to the stage for another stint at The Mirage.

Resorts World Scheduled For 2021 Opening

Monday, 13 January 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Resorts World Las Vegas is now scheduled to open in the summer of 2021. The project built on the land once home to the Stardust across the street from Wynn Las Vegas was once intended to be a major complex called Echelon Place. Genting purchased the land and stalled building structures in 2013 and announced the new property on the north Vegas Strip would be Resorts World Las Vegas. The property was originally scheduled to open in 2016.

Las Vegas Celebrates Chinese New Year

Thursday, 09 January 2020 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

I’ve become fascinated by the celebration of Chinese New Year in Las Vegas. While the east coast casinos would decorate for the occasion, the celebrations were always pretty low key. That’s not the case in Las Vegas as the city goes all out to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Limited Engagements Returning To Wynn In 2020

Tuesday, 07 January 2020 by Blog Category: Entertainment and Everything Vegas.

There are so many limited engagement shows returning to Las Vegas in 2020. We’ve mentioned a few shows returning to Las Vegas back in October. There must have been plenty of successful shows this year because at least four limited engagements will return in 2020.

Las Vegas Convention Center People Mover

Friday, 27 December 2019 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

We tend to focus on leisure travel at Travel Vegas because that’s the fun part of Las Vegas. However, over 6 million people visit Las Vegas annually for conventions, trade shows, and meetings. Casino operators like MGM Resorts and Wynn Las Vegas aren’t the only companies expanding convention space.

Raiders partner with M Resort

Tuesday, 24 December 2019 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Gaming.

M Resort Spa Casino recently announced an official partnership with the soon to be Las Vegas Raiders. The deal makes M Resort the “Official Raiders Team Headquarters Hotel.” Not coincidentally, the Raiders will practice just a few minutes away from M Resort when they move to Las Vegas next year.

Jerry Seinfeld and more at the Colosseum in 2020

Thursday, 19 December 2019 by Blog Category: Entertainment and Everything Vegas.

Jerry Seinfeld is returning to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace for at least a handful of shows in 2020. Seinfeld performing in Las Vegas is synonymous with Caesars Palace. He’s been performing at Caesars Palace since 2003!. His return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for two additional weekends in 2020 to perform his stand-up comedy will mark the 17th year he’s performed at the iconic casino.

Vegas Financial News You Might’ve Missed

Tuesday, 17 December 2019 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

We don’t normally discuss casino corporation earnings information at Travel Vegas. While there’s lots of information in the reports and on the calls, it’s usually a bit too business intensive. After all, the calls are to provide information to shareholders and stock analysts to sell shares of the companies.

Grammy Award-winning superstar Kelly Clarkson has announced that she will be headlining a brand-new Las Vegas residency. Kelly Clarkson: Invincible will open on Wednesday, April 1 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. The long-rumored residency was announced on Clarksons TV show after performing a medley of her hits during the “Kellyoke” portion of the show.

Circa Halfway Home – Construction Progress

Wednesday, 11 December 2019 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Earlier this year we gave you a heads up that construction for Circa Resort & Casino was about to begin in downtown Las Vegas. Building the casino has a short timeline as it’s scheduled to open in December 2020. The property recently reached the mid-point of its 22-month construction process.

March Is Madness In Las Vegas

Thursday, 05 December 2019 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Las Vegas is home to only one college basketball team. The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels plays its home games just off the Vegas Strip at the Thomas & Mack Center. This might be the only game in town for most of the regular college basketball season. However, Las Vegas explodes with college hoops after the regular season is over.

Enjoying Pai Gow Poker On The Vegas Strip

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Gaming.

Pai Gow Poker is now my favorite casino game to play on the Vegas Strip. The game is always fun but it’s specifically great on the Vegas Strip. It’s been a long trip for Pai Gow Poker to become one of my favorite casino games.

New Skill-Based Games In Vegas

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Gaming.

The Global Gaming Expo (G2E) was in Las Vegas recently and featured the latest and greatest in casino games. We rushed to get pictures of the new slot machines that you should see in casinos in the next year. Branded slot machines aren’t the only gaming trend that will continue.

It’s not every day that casinos in Las Vegas change hands. MGM Resorts International recently announced two deals. On the same day in October, MGM Resorts announced the sale of Bellagio and Circus Circus. One of the casinos will see a new operator while the other remains part of the MGM Resorts family.

New Wynn Spa

Tuesday, 19 November 2019 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Not everyone who visits Las Vegas enjoys their visit in the same way. My friend groups are a great example. I have some friends that always set aside time to relax in a spa for an afternoon. I have other friends that would never use their time in Las Vegas that way. To each their own.