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4/18-4/23: my 10th trip from Germany to Vegas

Discussion in 'Full Las Vegas Trip Reports' started by MaGu1982, Apr 14, 2019 at 2:17 PM.

  1. MaGu1982

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    Hi everyone

    I am Matt (actually Matthias, the German equivalent to Matthew), German living in Switzerland who can’t get enough of Vegas. Since English is not my native language, don’t be too hard on me. ;) Also this initial post is longer than I anticipated, therefore the key points again at the end of this post.

    My wife (lives in Germany) and I will be in Vegas from 4/18 until 4/23 (5 nights), but the trip already starts on Wednesday 4/17 when we both travel to Frankfurt by train.

    We have a special relationship with Vegas (especially since 1 October 2017) and try to squeeze in at least one annual trip. My first trip was in 2010 and this will be the 10th trip overall, the 8th with my wife and the first as married couple. For my small anniversary I thought a trip report is appropriate. I am not sure how regularly it will be updated, but I try to at least post some pics with Tapatalk.

    Preparation:

    Some months ago we discussed the holidays for 2019 and considered a short trip over Easter Break (Friday/Monday are public holidays) as one of the options. Then United offered great deals out of Frankfurt ($480/person roundtrip). How can you not book that offer. This was the first win.

    Next problem, what hotel should we stay at? One hotel or split the 5 nights? The first 6 trips we stayed at the Flamingo (students/beginning of our careers; travelling on a budget + wifey loves Flamingos = easy decision). For 2017 (10 nights) we had a farewell stay at Flamingo (4n), then Aria (3n) and Cosmo (3n; cancelled because of our sudden early departure). Aria and Cosmo were our hotels in 2018 and we loved both of them. Since we didn’t have any offers for our 2019 stay yet we used Cyber Monday and booked Aria for 5 nights. Then we received an offer for Aria (4n, $75 Freeplay, $50 F&B) and booked the first 4 nights. Then Cosmo offers were updated and I booked for the last 4 nights (3n Studio Fountain view, 50 F&B + my Sterling night).We will stay at both.

    Our plans:

    Catch some sun, shopping, having a good time with friends (they fly in SFO/LA; use our Cyber Monday reservation) and going home a winner at the tables/slots. We both already have MyVegas rewards for Aria Dinner and Times Square Bar (both valid until 4/18), a pool side cabana at Boulevard Pool on our last full day. I plan to match my MLife Gold with Caesars for our trip in November and we have far too many restaurants on our list and try to check some of them off the list. Apart from that we try to be spontaneous. Also if the VGK play game 6, I might go to the game.

    On Monday 4/22 we will have a meet up with some people from a German “Vegas message board” at a reserved Craps table at Mirage.

    Hope you will enjoy my first report and please feel free to reply, ask questions, send suggestions or just leave a “Hi”. Have fun.


    Matt


    When: 4/18 – 4/23

    Travel: Train to Frankfurt; Frankfurt with United via ORD, back via DEN with Lufthansa

    Where: Aria (4/18-4/22) and Cosmo (4/19-4/23)

    Why: you know why

    Plans: sun + pool, good food, gambling, drinks
     
    #1 MaGu1982, Apr 14, 2019 at 2:17 PM
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019 at 2:41 PM
  2. MaGu1982

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    Today it was snowing again in the surrounding mountains. Vegas can’t be soon enough. Just 3 more days until we start our trip.

    Here are some pics from the last trips.

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  3. TR888

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    Welcome to Las Vegas/ USA. Wishing you good luck and have a fun filled vacation and win some big jackpots. Enjoy!
     
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    Good timing, first home playoff game tonight! Good luck and have fun!
     
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    I’ll be at Cosmo the same dates as you. I hope with both have lucky and winning trips! Safe travels.
     
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    Sounds like fun. Good luck.
     
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    I will also be at the Cosmo the same dates as you. It sounds like a wonderful trip you all have planned. Love to see the Vegas love is international!
     
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    How long does it take you to travel to Vegas from Germany? It amazes me how long the flights can be.

    Good luck and have fun!
     
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    Gut spiel gemacht Matthias
    Ich bin schon unterwegs,jetz auf schiphol( auch nach chicago erst dan vegas)
    Viel spass
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    Good luck and a fun time. Maybe our paths cross.

    How can someone not love Vegas. :) It's always worth the long trip.

    A direct flight would take roughly 11 hours, but there are only very few and usually they are rather expensive. Our flight to ORD is scheduled with 9h20 and from ORD to LAS another 3h50. That's actually ok, since we only have a 2h layover in Chicago, which should be plenty for immigration (we have global entry), rechecking the bags and do some administrative stuff like activating the dataplan for our US phones, maybe update the trip report and relax at the United Club or at a bar.

    We usually prefer layovers in SFO or LAX, since the flight to Vegas is shorter, but this time we wanted to arrive the earliest possible time to make the most of the 5 days. Touchdown is scheduled for 2.30pm on Thursday which is 11.30pm in Europe.
     
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    Thanks Vegasnuts. Safe travels my fellow European and lots of fun and many wins.
     
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    Good luck, win big and do Vegas.
     
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    Good luck and safe travels!
     
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    Matthias chicago is a drag they transport you with busses to terminal
    Took me total of 3 hours all together getting bag security etc
    At schiphol it only took 30 minutes
    Anyway i made it
     
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    Good to know since we only have 1:55 :fearscream:

    With Global Entry (immigration never took longer than 5 minutes), priority luggage and TSA pre I am still positive to have enough time for a drink between flights, although the shuttles kind of suck.
     
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    Suitcase packed

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    Ready to leave this place

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    to have fun here

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    Safe travels and have a great trip! We love Vegas for the pool time too and Aria is our favorite!
     
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    Have fun! But, home looks beautiful to come back to when the fun is finished.
     
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    Love your pics. Good luck!
     
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    Done with work. Off to Frankfurt by train now. Leg 1/3 to Zurich

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