I just got back from a trip to Vegas with my wife and thought I’d share some things.
First, Allegiant Air has some good deals. We flew out of Santa Maria (free parking!) and booked a 3 night stay at the Wynn hotel. The off-season rates allowed us to choose between some strip hotels we wouldn’t pay $500+/night for in tourist season. I chose Wynn as the Allegiant bundled price made it even more attractive. We booked a panoramic view room but when we arrived we were offered an upgrade to a Tower Suite for an extra $5/night. WOOT! The room was amazing. Floor to ceiling windows with an amazing view my wife loved. When you walked in the room you just hit a “All On” button and the lights went on and the window shades opened displaying the view. We also ate at the Wynn buffet. Having tried a lot of the other buffets in Vegas, this was our first time trying the Wynn and both of us ranked it #1. Pricey ($39 for dinner), but worth it considering the cost of other things in Vegas.
We also ate at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. I had been to one of these in Denver but it was my wife’s first time. I really like this place and it would seem it would be a perfect fit for downtown SLO and give Firestone Grill some competition. The server said they had recently changed from franchises to corporate restaurants and they plan to do a lot of expansion.
Nothing drastically new in Vegas since our last trip. They added a zip line in downtown that went down Fremont Street for a block. It was fun to watch but wasn’t interested in paying to do it myself.
If you do take a Allegiant Air vacation, the price they quote isn’t all inclusive. You’ll need to pay taxes for the rental car ($50 for our 4 day rental) and resort fees if the hotel charges them. Also, Allegiant charges $35 to check a bag. If you plan to have a carry-on, you need to make it to check-in pretty early as they give out these colored tags for overhead compartment bags. Once the tags are gone, you have to check your bag but they didn’t charge for that and the wait for the luggage claim at Vegas wasn’t too long. Another nice thing about Allegiant is the line at the Vegas airport isn’t that long for check in. We walked up this morning and there were 2 people ahead of us in line. Much different than the United check-in next to us which had probably 75+ people in line.
If you can take a vacation in the off season, Allegiant Air to Vegas is a good deal. With taxes and hotel fees, airfare for 2 from Santa Maria, 3 nights at the Wynn, and a rental car for 4 days it was around $1100.