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How I Plan to Pay for Las Vegas

How I plan to Pay for VegasIf you read my post from Sunday about my weight loss journey, then you know that my big brother is getting married this summer! And in Las Vegas! Here’s the slight problem, though. We live in Michigan. Michigan is not close Nevada. So not only do I have pay for food, entertainment, and a room, but also a plane ticket. Boo.

Have you ever checked flights from Detroit to Las Vegas? They are not cheap! The lowest I’ve seen is around $250. I can’t afford that. Not at where I am right now.

So. What to do? I have a ton of little plans that should add up big. Or at least enough to pay for my flight. I hope. 🙂

MyVegas

MyVegas is a game on Facebook. It was created by MGM. You get free chips every day and then play slot games. The more you play, the more loyalty points you get. The loyalty points are all you should care about. You can exchange this loyalty points for legit stuff in Vegas.

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Right now you can get:

25% off a room for 1,000 points

BOGO coupon for the Siegfried and Roy stuff for 2,500 points

A free kids meal at Wolfgang Puck for 7,500 points

A free shark reef ticket for 12, 500 points

A free ticket to Siegfried and Roy stuff for 25,000 points

A free ticket to Cirque du Soliel for 40,000 points

One night free for Mandalay Bay for 67,000 points

And while that seems like a whole lot, think of it this way. I’ve been playing for 2 weeks and I’m up to 20,000 points already.

A few tips:

Don’t buy chips. Ever. If you buy chips, you aren’t getting stuff for free.

Try to play at least three times a day. You get free coins every two hours or so just for logging in.

Use the autospin feature. I usually open a new window to play and then shrink it small so I can still do whatever on my main screen but still see when I get a bonus play or I need to reset the autospin.

Read the fine print. A lot of the food coupons say something like, “only valid with one night stay at an MGM resort.”

Don’t forget your free chips from your hotels. You ‘build’ hotels the more you play. Like with the normal free coins, you get free coins from your hotels every two hours.

MyVegas… App

There is more than just the Facebook game! Make sure you download the app. There is the MyVegas app and the MyKonami app. Basically, the same rules apply.

Make sure you check in at least three times a day, for free points or tickets. The MyKonami app gives you tickets, which you then cash in for a chance to win money or more tickets. Easy peasy.

With the MyVegas app, you don’t have hotels to build. Buy you do have challenges. When you go to select a game it will say under it if there is an active challenge. The challenge shows three games and you have to get however many points/cards/ect on one of the games. Once you do, you get extra stuff like points, chips, or xp points.

Cash Back

I’m going to split this into two sections: credit card cash back and online cash back.

Credit Card Cash Back

One of the first things I did was sign up for a cash back credit card. I had a bank issues credit card before, but it wasn’t giving me cash back or points. And that is lame. I got a Citi Double Cash card. I get one percent back for buying and another percent back for paying it off. Magnify Money is probably the best website for figuring out which cash back card is the best.

Online Cash Back

Whenever you buy online, get cash back! I’m not going to go super into this as I am covering all next week. 🙂

Receipt Apps

I LOVE apps that give me money for doing almost nothing different that I normally do. My three favorite for making money for Las Vegas are Receipt Pal, Receipt Hog, and Yaarlo.

Receipt Pal

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Enter receipts, get points back. You get to enter 20 receipts a week, from anywhere (except bills.) You get 25 points per receipt. Good rewards start at 2000 points, for a $5 GC. So four weeks just scanning a receipt, you get a $5 GC. Easy peasy.

Receipt Hog

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Just like Receipt Pal. You enter receipts, you get points. But with Receipt Hog, you can only enter receipts from stores, not from food. Only thing is here, the more money you spent on your receipt, you get more points. So under $10, you get 5 coins. From $10-$50 you get 10. And etc, etc. You can only enter 20 receipts in a 7 day rolling period. For 1000 points, you get a $5 gift card. So while this one is more complicated, still worth trying.

Yaarlo

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Yaarlo is kind of different. You scan in any receipt (except bills) and you get cash back based on that receipt. You can get between .10% and .25% back depending on what type of receipt it is. You can only scan 2 receipts per store per day. So from how I see it, you can scan as many as you want, just not more that two of the same store. There is a $10 minimum for gift cards and a $20 minimum for Paypal.

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Other

My last idea is a super old one. Returning cans. I live in a state that you can return every pop can and bottle for $.10 each. I plan on getting cans from as many people as a can and even grabbing everyone I see when I go dumpster diving. Trust me, they add up!

Will this pay for my entire trip to Las Vegas? Probably not. But I am hoping it will cover a chunk of it! Anything is better than nothing.

Have you been to Las Vegas? What is your best tip?

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1 Response

  1. Susan Woods says:

    If you’re staying at a hotel, timeshare etc., hook up with the concierge (or ask at the desk who you would speak to). Most generally, they have free tickets for shows and money-saving coupons for activities and food.

    When you go to book your flight – check to see what is available for cash back on cash back sites. You might find that paying $10 – $20 more for the ticket will reap you a lot more in cash back.

    And if you have time – hit Old Vegas (Fremont Street)…particularly at night. The light show is fantabulous.

    If you’re playing the slots – most generally you’ll do better in the local casinos (like – not MGM, or many of the others on the strip).

    Since you’re a blogger – you might be able to strike a deal with one of the hotels where you could stay at their place for either free, or huge discount – in exchange for a review. That said, you may just want to enjoy your stay rather than having to worry about pictures and shoutouts – many of the bigger hotels etc. offer deals on their rooms – like pay for one night – get two free. Whatever you do – don’t book with an establishments site online…or a site that manages those. Maybe try hotel.com. You can also look for a timeshare rental on Craigslist (that’s where we advertise ours, along with vacationtimesharerentals.com. And whomever you do book with – have them reiterate their hidden fees that they don’t tell you about upfront (timeshare rentals you’re usually booking with an owner and they’re aren’t any fees that I know of).

    And this was recently discussed in a group – don’t rent from Thrifty car rental – they seem to be a nightmare these days. And remember that most of your hotels, timeshares etc. have shuttles to different places 24/7 – you may not even need a vehicle.
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