Las Vegas is a lot more than an adult land. Even if you don't love to gamble or love to eat or love to people watch or love Celine Dion, there's still something to smile about in Las Vegas no matter if you're five or ninety-five. The second you step off the plane, and hear that first slot machine go "cha-ching," you know you're somewhere special. Fortunately, airlines flying into Vegas include it on their vacation specials list, making three days in Vegas even more affordable. Air and hotel combo trips even give you a choice of accommodations, at choice accommodations.
Northwest Airlines Vacations (tel. 800/800-1504; www.nwaworldvacations.com) extended a four night vacation to Las Vegas to an August 12, 2006 booking deadline. Travel is good from now all the way through December 15, 2006. Air and hotel with accommodations at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino costs $197 out of Seattle, $213 out of Grand Rapids, $273 out of Indianapolis, $283 out of Detroit, and $327 out of Minneapolis/St. Paul. A three night package from Memphis costs just $258. Just minutes from the Strip, the Palace Station has been around for more than twenty-five years. The hotel has eight restaurants and a nightclub as well as 84,000 square feet of casino floor.
U.S. Airways (tel. 800/2FLY-AWV; www.usairwaysvacations.com) gives you a choice of three hotels for their two night air and hotel specials. For a stay at the Riviera, the trip with air will cost you $298 from Boston, $256 from Chicago, and $174 from Denver. For Treasure Island, the same two night package costs $351 from Baltimore, $384 from Philadelphia, and $247 from San Francisco. Finally, for a two night stay at Mandalay Bay with airfare as well, you'll pay $395 from Pittsburg, $375 from New York, and $350 from Seattle. Tickets for Cirque de Soleil cost $60 for the Mystere show at Treasure Island. For a two night stay at Wynn Las Vegas, Sin City's newest luxury property, U.S. Airways has deals out of San Francisco ($329), Chicago ($346) and Boston ($379).
For a rundown of the events and concerts in Las Vegas, the U.S. Airways site has a list at http://awv.vegas.com/shows. Ticket prices and purchase options are available. Some of the events available include Celine Dion for $115, Penn and Teller for $82.50, Mamma Mia for $82.50, and the old doo-wop group the Platters for $37.95. Also in Vegas, the U.S. Men's National Basketball (www.usabasketball.com) team is gearing up for the upcoming world championships with practices and games at the Thomas and Mack Center. Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony are among the NBA stars on the team.
Southwest Vacations (tel. 800/243-8372; www.southwestvacations.com), always a player in the deals and package trips to Las Vegas, also has some very low-priced deals. A two night trip with airfare from Phoenix with accommodations at Circus Circus costs just $114. Yes, you read that right. Travel is good from August 28 to October 3, 2006 with Monday and Tuesday departures. The same package with lodging at the super-swank Bellagio costs $244. From Providence, it's just $329 for air and hotel at the MGM Grand. You must book these trips at least seven days prior to departure. Of course, airport security taxes are additional. Check the Southwest site for prices from your departure city. Deals to Vegas are available from anywhere where Southwest flies. You need to book these trips by August 10, 2006.
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