Today’s Daily Getaways offer is from MGM Resorts for a number of their different properties in Las Vegas.
In case you’re not familiar, Daily Getaways are daily deals sponsored by the US Travel Association. Some are better than others, so you need to think about whether you can take full advantage of the offer before buying.
For the more popular offers, they will sell out quickly, which means being around right when they go on sale each day at 1:00 pm EDT. Some offers will sell out in hours, some in minutes. It’s also important to be patient. If you click shortly after an offer becomes available and it shows sold out, keep trying. Someone may have an offer in their shopping cart but change their mind or have their computer crash. When that happens, their bad luck or change of heart can be your good fortune.
Finally, make sure you pay with an American Express card to save an additional 10%. Any AMEX card will do.
Feel free to e-mail me or post questions in the comments section. Good luck chasing the deals you’re looking for!
2-night stay in a suite plus dining, spa and show at Bellagio for $1,237.50 (with 10% discount for paying with an AMEX card) includes:
- 2 nights in a Bellagio suite (double occupancy).
- 2 tickets to a performance of “O™” by Cirque du Soleil®
- Dinner for two (2) at any Fine Dining restaurant at Bellagio (max $400)
- VIP entrance and beverage credit for two (2) at Hyde, the nightclub behind the fountains ($150 credit)
- 2 spa treatments (valued at $500)
- Round-trip airport limo transfers (between McCarran Airport and Bellagio).
- Invited guest check-in at the Bellagio.
This is one of those packages that you can get a ton of value out of if you use all the items included. Dinner, Hyde night club and the spa treatments cover just over $1,000 of the cost. Good seats to “O” can set you back $200. Hit all of those stops on your trip and the room is essentially free. I wouldn’t fall over myself to buy this deal but I would guess most people would save $500-$1,000 on this. This offer expires at the end of March, 2015.
2-night stay in an MGM Grand Skyloft Suite for $1390.50 (with 10% discount for paying with an AMEX card) includes:
- A 2 consecutive night stay in a one-bedroom LOFT (double occupancy).
- Two (2) 1-hour massages at the Grand Spa.
- Two (2) dinners for 2 at one of the following MGM Restaurants: Craftsteak, Shibuya, or Pub 1842.
- Round-trip airport transfer from McCarran Airport to/from hotel.
This offer expires December 30, 2014. The Skyloft rooms are supposed to be spectacular (I haven’t stayed in one yet). And, pricey. These rooms are at the very top of the MGM Grand and generally feature a two-story “loft” layout. Duh. They’re about 1,400 sf and very elegantly finished.
The cheapest rates I could find were $750 a night, with some nights much more.
The dinners are capped at $300 each. The spa treatments are probably worth about $300 depending on which treatment you pick. If you don’t mind paying roughly $500 for your 2-night room, then this is a good opportunity to try out a Skyloft. While you likely can’t slip a check-in person enough cash to get you moved to a Skyloft, you can always go the more affordable route and slip them some cash for a lesser suite and bypass the package.
4-night stay at Luxor for $481.50 (with 10% discount for paying with an AMEX card) includes:
- 4 consecutive nights in a Tower Deluxe Room (double occupancy) at the Luxor.
- 2 VIP tickets (preferred seating) to The World Famous Jabbawockeez
- $400 Food & Beverage credit for select Luxor restaurants.
I’m not a Luxor guy, but this strikes me as a reasonable deal if you’d consider staying there. You’ll have to make sure you can spend $400 at restaurants you like in Luxor as the credit can’t be used at other MGM properties. But the food credit almost pays for the package. Generally speaking, you can find rooms at Luxor for around $100.
3-night stay at Circus Circus for $126 (with 10% discount for paying with an AMEX card) includes:
- 3 consecutive night stay in a standard room in the West Tower at Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Las Vegas (double occupancy).
- Breakfast buffet for 2 people during stay and Dinner buffet for 2 people during stay.
- A $75 voucher for The Steak House restaurant inside Circus Circus.
- 1-day passes for 2 to the Adventuredome Theme Park.
- Please note that this offer is valid through December 30, 2014. Subject to availability.
I’ve never stayed at Circus Circus, but this packages strikes me as a “pass”. I guess if you were going to stay on a weekend, you’d get good value out of this. But, rooms are as cheap as $24 midweek.
3-night stay at Aria for $1,462.50 (with 10% discount for paying with an AMEX card) includes:
- 3 consecutive nights in a 1-bedroom suite at the exclusive Sky Suites at the ARIA hotel in Las Vegas (double occupancy).
- Dinner for 2 at your choice of one of the many fine restaurants inside ARIA, including: Sage, Sirio Ristorante, AMERICAN FISH, Julian Serrano, or Jean Georges Steakhouse.
- Spa treatments for 2 at The Spa at ARIA.
- 2 VIP tickets to Zarkana™ by Cirque du Soleil®.
- Round-trip airport limo transfers (between McCarran Airport and Aria Resort & Casino).
This one is interesting in that dinner is not capped at a dollar amount but includes “meal and one bottle of wine or two cocktails” plus tax and gratuity. I’ll spitball that at $300 if you chose something like Jean Georges, though it depends on the bottle of wine they include. Tickets to Zarkana are probably worth about $200. $300 for the spa. Sky Suites generally go for $600 or more a night. It still feels like you could spiff a front-desk agent to give you a Sky Suite during low availability, or another type of suite as Aria definitely has some nice ones.
Bottom Line It For Me, Ed
I’m not blown away by any of these deals but they’re certainly a whole lot better than the Palazzo and Venetian deals from Friday. Think carefully and make sure that you can not only use all the package elements but that you’re really comfortable paying for a suite, as Vegas hotel pricing is always very fluid.