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Vegas Trip

May 29th, 2018 at 05:23 am

I have been debating the last couple of days if I should justify a trip to Vegas in November. I am not a gambler. The trip is for a mystery shopper conference. I decided to do it. It's business, so it is a tax write-off.

I figure I should be able to go for a total of $800 or less depending on airfare.

Conference fee: $125

Hotel (rate for attendees) for three nights: $201

Spending: $150 or less (I may justify one show if the price is right.)

Airfare: $250 ish (I hope!)

Misc: $50 (Uber/Taxi to and from airport)

Everyone I know in the business has doubled to tripled their work after attending a conference. I have wanted to go to one for a few years now.

On the off chance any of you who mystery shop are interested, I would be open to sharing a room. I am not booking anything for about a month. I want to see if there is any talk of any special pricing for the conference. It's early, so I know nothing will sell out. I want to pad my sinking fund a little more first anyhow.

6 Responses to “Vegas Trip”

  1. debtfreeme Says:

    Does your hotel have a shuttle? Or does the hotel next to your hotel have a shuttle?

  2. Laura Says:

    I am not sure, but I will look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Vegas airport has shuttles that will take you to the strip. I just googled and it looks like $15 round trip. It's one of those places you don't need a car or a taxi. So that will save you a few bucks.

  4. snafu Says:

    I hope you'll choose to take the trip and attend the conference. LasVegas can be a terrific, easy on the budget vacation but don't get caught off guard, unaware of 'resort' fees. Ground transportation easily, efficiently takes you up and down the strip and even Freemont [downtown] Wth a tiny amount of pre planning, visitors can have a grand time with free or nearly free entertainment and modest cost of meals supported with groceries. The other tourists are friendly, you feel safe and even staff are pleasant.

  5. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    It's definitely possible to do Vegas on the cheap! If you use Uber or Lyft, I'd recommend searching for codes and using those for the ride from the airport to the strip. We've taken the shuttle and for the $5 difference (shuttle was $10, taxi was $15 to Monte Carlo), it's not worth the stress. Shuttle was an hour late, and we almost missed our flight. Luckily, we'd intentionally booked an earlier shuttle and still just barely made it.

    There's a Facebook app called MyVegas. I haven't done it in awhile, but my mom still does for when she goes to Vegas. You play spin games to rack up points to redeem for rewards. There are hotel nights, but since it's deductible for you, it'd probably be better to use the points for buffets/shows. We saw both Ka and Tournament of Kings for $50 oop total for 4 people.

    If you stay on the side with Monte Carlo, Bellagio, Aria, Caesar's, etc., there's free shuttles between all of them to minimize walking and still be able to see stuff. Always give yourself extra time to get places; everything's a lot further than it seems there.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    There is plenty to do in Vegas besides gambling. Hope you enjoy the conference and the trip!

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