Wednesday’s Daily Getaways offers from the U.S. Travel Association and American Express are four vacation packages to different MGM Resort hotels in Las Vegas. (For more on Daily Getaways, read Sunday’s post.)
I’m conflicted over how I should value these promotions. On one hand, they are well discounted if you consider the cost of the meals. Dining in Las Vegas can easily cost a couple hundred dollars at a nice restaurant. On the other hand, I try not to splurge too much when I visit. It’s just like valuing airline miles or hotel points. If you wouldn’t normally pay full price to travel in such style, then you can’t really use that price as your baseline.
Further complicating issues is that Hyatt recently partnered with MGM Resorts and now offers the chance to earn elite qualifying stays and nights — but only when you book directly with the hotel or Hyatt. (Circus Circus is not a participating property.) By purchasing a package through Daily Getaways, you would not be able to earn that credit. So, being the kind of guy that I am, I probably wouldn’t book any of these packages. Experience has taught me that many people who go to Las Vegas aren’t like me.
Mandalay Bay for $1,650 ($1,485 with Amex)
- 2 nights in a 2-bedroom suite at Mandalay Bay. Maximum 4 people.
- 4 tickets to Michael Jackson ONE a Cirque du Soleil® show at Mandalay Bay.
- 2 dinners for 4 people at a restaurant of your choice inside Mandalay Bay.
- 4 tickets to Shark Reef Aquarium.
- 4 VIP access passes to the exclusive Foundation Room atop Mandalay Bay.
- Round-trip airport limo transfers (between McCarran Airport and Mandalay Bay).
- Offer expires January 31, 2014. Blackout dates apply for December 30, 2013 – January 2, 2014.
Aria for $1,625 ($1,462.50 with Amex)
- 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).
- Offer expires December 31, 2013.
Bellagio for $1,375 ($1,237.50 with Amex)
- 2 nights in a Bellagio suite (double occupancy).
- 2 tickets to a performance of “O™” by Cirque du Soleil® and a dinner package, including a prix fixe menu, for 2.
- 2 spa treatments (valued at $500)
- Round-trip airport limo transfers (between McCarran Airport and Bellagio).
- Invited guest check-in at the Bellagio.
- Offer expires March 31, 2014.
HOTEL32 (Monte Carlo) for $825 ($742.50 with Amex)
- 2 nights in a one-bedroom PENTHOUSE Suite at HOTEL32 (double occupancy).
- $150 dining credit at select Monte Carlo restaurants.
- Round-trip airport limo transfers (between McCarran airport and the Monte Carlo).
- VIP Lounge check-in.
Circus Circus for $140 ($126 with Amex)
- 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, 2013. Subject to availability.
The only packages I would consider purchasing are at Aria and Bellagio. They are high-end properties in central locations, and I’m interested in both of their shows. (Tickets to “O” often start at about $120 per person and are not the sort you can find at last-minute discount kiosks.) Those meals have got to cost at least $300 — though they don’t include alcohol. And I would expect to spend $150-250 a night on a non-suite at those properties for a popular weekend. So maybe the packages are a little over-the-top, but they include everything you need for the typical extravagant Las Vegas vacation and at a reasonable discount.
Packages at the other hotels are not necessarily bad deals, but they aren’t the kinds of deals I want. If I’m going to save money, I usually stay at a nicer hotel and eat a cheaper meal. I know plenty of places in Seattle that serve excellent dinners for half the price and don’t go to Las Vegas to eat. But I will be annoyed if I’m staying at some remote property like Circus Circus.
If you plan to stay at an MGM Resort in Las Vegas sometime soon, I encourage you to apply for the Hyatt Credit Card from Chase. It comes with complimentary Platinum status with Hyatt Gold Passport, and in August that will be matched to Gold status with MGM’s M life program. It may not be much, but it will make you eligible for some preferential treatment. Learn more from my post when the partnership was first announced. The credit card has a $75 annual fee but also comes with two free nights at any Hyatt when you sign up and spend $1,000 in the first three months as well as a free night at a category 1-4 hotel each year after that.
Disclosure: I don’t earn any affiliate income if you apply for the Hyatt Credit Card with this public offer.