My 2015 Las Vegas Trip

las-vegasI recently had the opportunity to visit Las Vegas, Nevada for my birthday. Las Vegas is one of my favorite cities in the country. It’s live 24-7 meaning that there is always something going on.

I booked my flights to and from Vegas separate. The total price was $317 including baggage. That’s a great deal in my opinion. I flew American going and Frontier on the way back home. I have heard mixed reviews about Frontier Airlines, so I decided to try them for myself. Make sure you check out my Frontier review post coming within a week.

During this trip, 3 of my friends and I stayed at the Harrah’s Casino. We booked two rooms (2 people per room). I found a deal on for three nights (Fri – Mon). The price for each room was $469.22. Each person paid about $235. *Note: Three of us got in town Thursday evening. I used some of my MyVegas points to get a “free” room at the Luxor hotel. Even though the hotel was free, I had to pay a $29 resort fee.

The Harrah’s was a pretty good hotel. The location was perfect. It was in the middle of the strip, almost directly across from the Mirage.


On Friday, we decided to check out The Strip for a little bit.  That night we ended up going to this club called “The Bank” which was located at the Bellagio. The reason that club was on my radar was that they were one of the few clubs on The Strip that played majority hip hop. In Las Vegas, EDM (Electronic Dance Music) is the wave right now. I can’t lie, I hate that sh*t. I made it a priority to find someplace that didn’t play it. The Bank was that place.

I was expecting to pay between $30-$40 for entry into the club. Boy was I in for a surprise when I saw a club host passing out free passes right outside the club. My crew and I won. The club itself was jumping. The DJ played great music all night.


Saturday started off real slow. I didn’t fall asleep until after 6 AM, so I slept until about noon. After I got up, I linked up with the fellas at this restaurant/sports bar called Tilted Kilt. If you’ve never been to the Tilted Kilt, it’s similar to Twin Peaks. Tilted Kilt was a great spot. They had TV’s nearly everywhere. We ended up staying there for a while to watch some of the college football games. Once we left Tilted Kilt, we checked out the shops at Caesars. I’m not big of a shopper, but they do have a Niketown. I love Nike shoes so I had to see if they had any exclusives.

Freemont Street

Freemont Street

That night we went to Freemont Street. Freemont Street is the 2nd most famous street in Las Vegas. There are casinos, bars, and restaurants in that area. We checked out two bars while we were down there. Both of them were fun. The first spot was called Commonwealth. They had a $5 cover charge. To get to the 2nd level they charged another $20, but two drinks were included with that deal. WIN! The DJ played top 40 and hip hop. The next spot was less than a block down the street. I can’t remember the name of the place, but it was free to enter. The DJ played everything from Prince to Lil Jon. He had the crowd rocking all night. I would recommend Freemont Street to anyone who wanted to get off the Strip for a while.


Sunday was a chill day. I ended going back to Tilted Kilt to watch some of the NFL games. After that, I grabbed a few souvenirs and went to the sports book in my hotel to finish watching the games.

1018151213Las Vegas was fun. I used Uber to get to and from the airport and to and from Freemont Street. Uber just started back up again in Vegas. They have been in and out of court with the Las Vegas taxi drivers. Technically, one of the conditions is that they aren’t supposed to take people to and from the airport because they can get ticketed.  I strongly believe in the saying where there’s a will there’s a way. With a little maneuvering, I was able to get dropped off to and from the airport. I’m not going to go into details, but if you’re interested feel free to e-mail me or contact me on twitter. Do y’all want to know the total charges for those Uber rides? *Drumrolls* the total charges were $2.46 (not including tips). I’ve been telling y’all that these free rides are a lifesaver especially if you’re frugal like myself.

Related Post:

My Uber Experience

This was a great trip. I didn’t even go over budget. It’s also my last trip of the year. I have two debts that I will pay off before January 1st (Speak it into existence). The grind is real. I also am starting to prepare for what is going to be an EPIC 2016 travel year.

Have you ever been to Las Vegas? What is your favorite hotel? What is your favorite attraction there?


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  1. Sounds like an awesome trip, Jason! My wife and I stayed at Harrahs back in July when we went. It was my second time staying at Harrahs and you can’t beat the location. Such a great spot and the rooms are affordable and clean.

    We stayed at the Golden Nugget the first couple nights and downtown Vegas is fun, but honestly I am a much bigger fan of the strip. I would like to go to Vegas at least once next year.

    Frontier is a decent airline. I flew it to Vegas once and it’s not better or worse than any other airline imo.
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  2. Sounds like a great trip. Never stayed at Harrah’s but think the property is great. Good tip on the airlines too. You didn’t mention if you won anything gaming??
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  3. I love Vegas for a quick, adults-only weekend. We have stayed at Mandalay Bay, the Mirage, and the Travelodge. LOL That last one had a really good deal going on.
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  4. Sounds like a super fun trip! I really want to go to Vegas for my 25th since it will be my golden birthday so I need to start preparing.
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  5. I’m happy you enjoyed your time in Vegas. There is a lot of interesting things to see there now and it has sure changed over the years. I’ve never been a big gambler, so not my first choice of vacation places, but can see why young people would love it.
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  6. Glad you had a great trip. My husband and I traveled there in September on a business+leisure trip. We stayed in the Mirage — the location is great and the room was fantastic but the common areas seemed especially smoky. I’d consider staying in the Venetian, Caesar’s Palace, or the Linq next time though I haven’t checked prices.

    We enjoyed going on the High Roller — which is a slow-motion gondola-type trip to see Las Vegas at night. It’s right behind the photo&go place with your photo. I really liked that open-air design around the Linq (near the photo).

    We got discount tickets to the High Roller at the box office at a show we attended, and we got a discount on show tickets by using a promo code from the cab ride.

    My favorite outing was a hike in the Red Rocks Canyon — we used points to rent a car and drove about 45 minutes to get there. (Uber would have cost us about $200 round trip). It’s really beautiful and not too crowded.
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  7. I take Uber in and out of Newark Airport under much the same conditions. Maybe someday Uber’s success will result in the taxi industry using technology to make their service more convenient and start giving us some competitive pricing.

  8. I have friends who, like you Jason, have been to Vegas and totally enjoyed it. My brother goes, but for the adventures outside of town or the shows. I was there about ten years ago during an HR conference and decided it wasn’t my cup of tea. There was just too much of everything! Does that make sense?

    The fun part in reading your blog is that you got some screaming deals and really delved into the experience.

    I was also lucky enough that two of my best friends came up from LA while I was there. We went to the Tropicana and they (being a wonderful vintage of ladies) regaled me with stories of the place in the fifties. What a treat!
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    • I understand exactly what you mean. There is too much of everything going on. I think for me that is part of the reason that I go back every few years. Also, deals should be my middle name. I love saving money 🙂 .

  9. Great post,
    I have never been to Las Vegas, this is one place I definitely want to go to.
    It is not something I am looking forward to go to, I just want to say I went Vegas.
    Thanks for sharing.
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