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Vegas's 100th birthday celebrations continue with more exciting and tempting ways to get you to Sin City. It appears that practically every travel provider is currently offering amazing Vegas deals. Things are really heating up in the desert and the strip beckons you.

Vegas.com (tel. 800/851-1703; www.vegas.com), the official Vegas travel site, has some great deals on accommodations this spring. A low $45 gets you a night at the Gold Coast Hotel, $56 for the Tropicana, $105 for the MGM Grand and $110 for the Mirage or Paris Las Vegas. You can also purchase highly sought after tickets for Vegas's best shows including Celine Dion and the Blue Man Group. Don't want to wait in line to get into a famous nightclub? No problem -- you can secure your entry ticket and VIP passes online as well as make reservations at some of the most coveted restaurants in town.

For "High Rollers" only, Vegas.com is offering their ultimate "100 Hours in Vegas" deal, as part of Vegas's centennial celebration. The package price is a whopping $10,000 per person but for the discerning Vegas visitor, it's a once in a lifetime indulgence. This sensational package includes first class round-trip flights to Vegas from anywhere in the US; four-nights' accommodations in a high-end Strip suite at the Bellagio, Paris Las Vegas or Caesars Palace; 24 hour-a-day limousine service; champagne in your room; two rounds of golf (with 100 golf balls) at TPC Canyons or Bali Hai Golf Club; two 100-minute spa treatments; show tickets with backstage passes at Cirque du Soleil's KA, Mystere, or Zumanity or Lance Burton; a nighttime helicopter ride over the Strip; a romantic dinner for two at Bouchon, Lutece, Chinois, Spago, Roy's or AJ's; nightclub passes with table and bottle service at Rain, Studio 54 or Tangerine; a VEGAS.com blackjack table delivered to your house after your visit; 100 roses delivered to your room; 100 Nextel minutes so you can phone home and brag about your Vegas vacation; and 100 minutes on Vegas thrill rides. It's available throughout 2005 and must be purchased through the VEGAS.com call center at 800/851-1640.

Back down to earth for the rest of us. For exceptionally low weekend airfares to Vegas in May and June, try Orbitz (www.orbitz.com). Fares start at $97 from Los Angeles, $125 from Phoenix, $145 from San Francisco, $185 from Austin or Chicago, $196 from Washington, D.C. and $203 from Boston. Other departure cities are also available. These deals require specific Thursday, Friday, or Saturday departures and Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday returns. To find the lowest available fares, use the Orbitz "Flex Search", enter your departure city, choose option one, "Weekends" and search for May or June dates. Prices include all taxes.

Las Vegas is currently one of Expedia's (www.expedia.com) featured destinations. They have a number of hotel specials and airfare plus accommodation packages on offer. For example, round-trip airfare plus two nights accommodation at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino starts at a super low $229 from San Francisco, $262 from Seattle and $333 from Chicago. Or a similar package staying at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino is $242 from San Francisco, $275 from Seattle and $323 from Chicago.

Travel between May 29 and September 17, 2005, stay two nights and get the third night free at the five-star Ritz Carlton Lake Las Vegas, the three-star St Tropez All Suite Hotel and the one and a half-star Emerald Suites Tropicana. Or stay only two nights and save up to 25% at select properties -- New Frontier, Fitzgerald's Casino, La Quinta Inn, Mardis Gras Hotel and Binion's Hotel.

You can also book a variety of distinctly Las Vegas activities through Expedia, including Grand Canyon helicopter tours from $349 per person, tickets to Cirque du Soleil's Mystere from $95 or even a chapel wedding ceremony from $203 per couple.

Travelocity (www.travelocity.com) has Las Vegas packages to suit every budget. Their three-night airfare/accommodation special gets you midweek round-trip airfare in June from New York on Northwest Airlines and three nights accommodation at the Tropicana Resort and Casino for $416 per person including taxes. Three-nights at the luxurious Luxor Hotel and Casino including round-trip airfare from Boston is $472.

Eleventh Hour (www.11thhourvacations.com) has hard to beat budget packages for the remainder of May and the month of June, like three nights accommodation at Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel plus round-trip airfare from Denver for $187, or only $279 for the same deal from New York. Many other departure cities and hotel combinations available. Depart from Detroit and stay at the Westward Ho Casino for three nights for $340, or $189 for the two nights at the same hotel with airfare from San Francisco. Select departure dates only. These rates even include all taxes.

Southwest Vacations (tel. 800/243-8372; www.swavacations.com), features a few incredibly low-priced Vegas getaways from select cities. Round-trip airfare from San Jose plus two nights at the Imperial Palace Hotel starts at $139 per person when traveling between June 13 and September 6, 2004. Add $60 from Portland. The same deal flying from Oakland and staying at the Stratosphere Casino and Tower starts at $124 per person or $229 from Austin. Theses deals are for Monday and Tuesday departures only. Taxes additional.

America West Vacations (tel. 800/235-9298; www.americawestvacations.com) is jumping on the Vegas celebration bandwagon and offering heavily discounted airfare/accommodation packages staying at the Aladdin Resort and Casino. Direct round-trip flights plus two-nights accommodation in the heart of the strip start as low as $193 from Phoenix, $199 from San Francisco, $200 from Los Angeles, $248 from Seattle, $281 from Chicago and $335 from Boston. Book your stay now and receive a $10 dining credit at Tremezzo restaurant and $10 bonus slot play with $20 play. Prices valid for Sunday and Monday departures only in June 2005. Taxes are additional.

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