Today’s Daily Getaway offer features discounted packages at MGM Resorts 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.
There’s no 10% discount this year for paying with an AMEX card. However, it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the pricing of most deals, with some being slightly better (and others the same or slightly worse) than last year.
Here’s what I wrote about the offers yesterday:
- 3 nights in a Bellagio suite (double occupancy).
- 2 VIP tickets to a performance of “O™” by Cirque du Soleil®
- Dinner for two (2) at any Fine Dining restaurant at Bellagio (max $400)
- 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 a slightly different version of last year’s offer. The differences are a 3rd night in a Bellagio suite and the subtraction of a VIP night in one of their clubs. This takes the price up to $1,500. If you value suites, this can be a solid offer, given that between dinner, massages and show tickets you’re already over $1,000 in value. But, if you weren’t going to max out those items, it’s going to be hard to get really big value out of this package.
- A 2 consecutive night stay in a Skyline Marquee Suite (double occupancy).
- Two (2) 1-hour massages at the Grand Spa.
- Two (2) tickets to see KA™ by Cirque du Soleil.
- One (1) dinner 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 is somewhat similar to last year’s offering, though it includes tickets to KA and costs about $150 more. If you like Cirque shows, $150 is a good value. But, since it only includes 1 dinner instead of 2, I’d say it’s a big higher priced than some of the other deals. Here’s what I wrote last year about this giveaway:
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.
It’s still a good value given the price of a Skyloft suite, but only if you’re willing to spend the money to stay in a suite.
- Four consecutive nights in a Tower Deluxe Room at the Luxor (double occupancy).
- 2 VIP tickets (preferred seating) to The World Famous Jabbawockeez
- $400 Food & Beverage credit for select Luxor restaurants.
- Offer valid anytime through January 31, 2016. Blackout dates of December 30 and 31, 2015, apply.
Essentially the same deal as last year, $19 more. I’ve stayed at Luxor a few times and the rooms aren’t actually that bad, though wireless internet in the rooms is lacking. Luxor rooms can be as cheap as $70 a piece but average closer to $100 a night. Given that the $400 credit is for the entire stay, not just one meal, you’re essentially getting a free room if you can use the show tickets. I’ve eaten at their steakhouse, Tender Steak, and had a decent meal. It would definitely be possible to burn through $400 between all the eligible restaurants on-site.
- Three (3) consecutive night stay in a standard room in the West Tower at the Circus Circus Hotel Casino in Las Vegas (double occupancy).
- Breakfast buffet and dinner buffet for 2 people during stay.
- A $75 voucher for The Steak House restaurant inside Circus Circus.
- 1-day passes for two to the Adventuredome Theme Park.
- Offer is valid through December 30, 2015. Subject to availability.
This is a repeat of last year’s deal. I’ve never stayed at Circus Circus but there are plenty of better places to camp out in Vegas. Room rates can be found frequently at $25 a night. Pass.
- Three consecutive nights in a one-bedroom suite at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas (double occupancy).
- Dinner for 2 at your choice of one of the many fine restaurants inside ARIA, including: Sage, Bardot, 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).
- Offer is valid through December 31, 2015, subject to availability.
This is a downgrade from last year’s offer in a few respects. Last year’s price was $1,462; the suite last year was called out as a Sky Suite, this year’s is undefined. And, the dinner is more limited, now a dinner for 2 using a prix fixe menu. I like Aria and love Julian Serrano for dinner. I don’t actually think the changes make this a viable deal any longer.
Bottom Line It For Me, Ed
The Bellagio and Skyline Suite at MGM are good high-end deals if you can max out all the items. The Luxor could be interesting if you enjoy staying there. But, buyer beware to make sure you can max out the packages.
There are still some deals left here and there for other offers, and you can find my write-ups of the previous weeks here:
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