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A COVID Guide to Vegas During the Off-Season

Vegas! A place of fun, excitement, parties, and lots of drinks! Well, if you have ever visited Las Vegas during the off-season (i.e. during the winter months) there isn’t as much excitement. Now add on COVID regulations and there is probably a little less to do than normal. But I am going to give you a practical guide to going to Las Vegas during a COVID, off-season vacation!

First of all, let me preface this by saying that this guide will not be for everyone – I completely understand that everyone has their own comfort level with traveling or even just going out for a night so what me and my group did for our four day trip might not be your cup of tea. And that’s ok!

Moving along, my friends and I went to Las Vegas from February 1st to the 4th to celebrate a late birthday for me and an early birthday for one of the friends I was going with. But we actually got so excited to take our five hour drive from San Diego to Vegas to we ended up leaving San Diego around 8pm on January 31st and arrived at 2am in Vegas! Because that part was kind of a last minute plan, we bought a very cheap room at the Excalibur – with room fees and taxes it came out to around $38. We spent the first official night and the second night at New York New York, and our final night was spent at the Bellagio.

Now I know what you are thinking – that’s a lot of jumping around for a short trip and it must have cost you a grip to do that. Well here’s a secret – our rooms at New York New York and the Bellagio were FREE!!! I mean, minus the room fees and taxes. Those rooms were comped, but all comped rooms are still subject to the fees and taxes. How did we get free rooms? Check out my other blog that dives in to all the ways we saved in Vegas and got countless opportunities for free rooms, discounted experiences, free drinks, and many more rewards! What’s even better is that to obtain there rewards is 100% free!! You don’t have to spend something to get these rewards, you don’t have to open a fancy credit card – nope none of that. So check out that blog HERE!

So you need some ideas? Here are my favorites!

Hotel hop! If you plan on staying for a few days, maybe try staying at a different hotel each night just for the change of scenery. You can experience a different hotel room and a different view of the Strip!

Casino explore! Now even if you don’t hotel hop, that doesn’t mean you can’t check out all there is to offer at those different hotels. I mean the casinos are where all the action and shopping is! But remember to check what is open because some hotels/casinos during COVID times are shut down for half of the week. Our favorites were wandering around Caesar’s (it’s HUGE) and getting lost at in the shopping center at the Venetian. Both places are beautifully themed, as are most of the hotels on the Strip!

Find some cool bars! We found a few like the 1923 Prohibition Bar at Mandalay Bay, the SkyBar at the Waldorf Astoria, and the Vanderpump at Caesar’s. But remember to CALL AHEAD! Many bars either have different operating hours than what is listed on Google (they might even be closed even though Google says they are open and we ran into this problem for a few bars we wanted to check out) OR they require reservations. Either way, just call ahead to see what’s up so you aren’t left without plans.

Check out the cute Flamingos at the Flamingo Hotel, the Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay, or the mini zoo at Mirage! Since my friends and I all work at a zoo, looking at cute animals is always a must. However, the Shark Reef is a ticketed entry and I honestly don’t think it’s worth paying the $25 to see it. So if you want to go, get a comped ticket through the myVEGAS apps. Also, when we went, the Mirage wasn’t open during the week due to low guest activity, so again, just remember to look up what their operating hours are.

Download the myVEGAS apps and let the free rewards lead you around to new locations! There are so many rewards and it really let’s you get creative in how you explore this awesome place. Most of our plans were lead by these free rewards. We were able to get a lot of Loyalty Points very easily so we were all able to participate in these free activities together!

Whatever you decide to do, do it safely! More things will start to open up in no time!


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The Perfect Las Vegas Itinerary for a 4-Day Trip

There is so much to do in Las Vegas. With every trip you can find something new to do every time you go. If you’re looking for the perfect lLas Vegas itinerary for a four day trip there

Woman posing at the Seven Magic Mountains outside of Las Vegas
Seven Magic Mountains

Most of what we did during our stay was driven by the rewards we received by playing the various myVEGAS apps. If you want a full detailed blog about all of those apps and how it works, click here to read that blog! By playing the games on these apps, we were able to save a total of $200 on our trip!

Day 1

Our first unofficial stop was the Seven Magic Mountains which is right outside of Las Vegas! This is such a tourist hotspot so be sure to get there early. We arrived around 7am to take pictures and there was only one other group present.

Woman posing with the flowers at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden
Conservatory and Botanical Garden at Bellagio

Once we checked in to our room at the Bellagio, we went to redeem our first reward! To redeem your rewards from the app, you have to first stop by a M-Life Reward Desk (located in MOST MGM Grand Resorts) to pick up your membership card. Membership is free! Then depending on the resort, you then have to redeem your rewards for that specific location at each desk in the resort. I think the only resort that didn’t have a desk was Vdara. So we stopped by the Aria to redeem our free cocktail from Aria and our free breakfast at Vdara!

After that, we came back to the Bellagio to explore a little bit more! It was our first time at a fancy-schmancy hotel anyway. They have a beautiful indoor garden with some of the most incredible flower arrangements. It’s free to walk through, but it can get crowded from other visitors wanting to take a look. Most of our Day 1 was just walking around to the casinos closest to us like Caesar’s Palace, Paris, and the Cosmopolitan. Hotel wandering truly is an activity in Vegas. Every hotel has a unique theme and they’ll have fun activities to match!

Day 2 of the perfect Las Vegas itinerary

Glass of champagne at PRIME Steakhouse at the Bellagio
PRIME Steakhouse at Bellagio

We stopped by New York New York because, surprise surprise, we had a reward to redeem for a free beer. But first – breakfast! Because New York New York is a MGM Grand Resort, we were able to use part of our food and beverage credit at the Starbucks inside of the casino and they just charged it to our room at the Bellagio!

Next, we stopped by Luxor to redeem our reward for a free shot. A lot of the rewards you can redeem deal with food and beverage. On our walk back to the Bellagio, we just decided to casino hop our way there. I really recommend casino hopping just because it’s something to do and it’s fun to see the different themes of all of these hotels and casinos! Plus the rewards really helped motivate us to see them all.

After getting back to the Bellagio, we lounged by the pool for a little bit. We soaked in a few rays, got way too hot with dealing with that, and then left. The rest of the day was spent trying to get lucky on some slots because I had a reward for $150 in free play on slots. Later that night my husband and I used another reward at the Bellagio restaurant, PRIME Steakhouse, for two free glasses of champagne with a purchase of an appetizer. So we dressed up all fancy to get our appetizer and left. We saw the other prices on the menu and that was way more than we wanted to spend. The two free glasses of champagne alone were regularly priced at $54!! We did however get McDonald’s afterwards. That’s how you ball on a budget.

Woman lounging poolside at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
Poolside at the MGM Grand Lazy River

Day 3

We used a reward to get a free room at the MGM Grand because I wanted to experience their epic lazy river! At the time, we could not just buy a day pass to the pool. We had to be a hotel guest. So using that reward to get a free room allowed us to have a nice pool day and experience a new hotel!

After we did some laps around the lazy river, we made our way to the Minus 5 Ice Bar at the Venetian! It’s a really cool experience and a great relief from the heat of the desert. It is also highly recommended to dress accordingly! Wear closed toed shoes, long pants, and layer up. Many people who don’t dress accordingly can only last a few minutes inside and there is no re-entry. Don’t let your money go to waste!

Afterwards, we used our myVEGAS rewards to go to the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef. In full honesty, do not pay for this experience. Regularly, tickets would have been $29 a person, but we walked through the whole thing in 20 minutes. This place is TINY. Do not expect a lot. It was cool seeing the shark room, but other than that we got to the end and we both looked at each other like “that was it..?” Knowing that now, I probably won’t spend my reward points to go again either.

View of the Bellagio fountains from the Paris Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas
The Top of the Paris Eiffel Tower Las Vegas

At night, we walked around the strip and stopped to watch the fountain show at the Bellagio. The show occurs around every 15-30 minutes depending on the time of day. Be sure to check their online schedule so you don’t have to guess when the next show is! Then we got dinner at the Tilted Kilt because they had a great happy hour deal. After dinner we decided to explore the Paris hotel some more. We saw that you could take an elevator up to the top of it and we were sold. Tickets were around $30 a person and the view from the top was gorgeous! You can even watch the fountain show from the top too! You can’t really hear the music but you can see the fountains from a different angle and you can see just how high the water gets.

Avengers mural at the AVENGERS Station in Las Vegas
Avengers STATION

Day 4

As our final day, the only thing we had planned was going to the Avengers STATION! Me being a Marvel nerd, I was so happy. This amazing exhibit can be found at Treasure Island. It was pretty freaking badass seeing all the props from the movie and getting to interact with the exhibit itself. The website that we bought the tickets from was holding a sale and we got a great deal. We were both able to go for $60. Usually tickets are $41 per adult. Also we both got an exclusive pin from the exhibit for free when we checked in! I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend this experience! It was a blast and my little Avengers heart was so full.

Final words on the perfect Las Vegas itinerary

Overall, we got a lot done! Every group’s itinerary will be different, but we couldn’t have asked for a better schedule! If you plan on going to Vegas any time soon or even in the future, definitely check out my other blog to help you save some money and give you some motivation to try some new things! They are always adding new experiences and I can’t wait to rack up some more point and head back there ASAP!

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Making the Most of myVEGAS Reward Points

If you want to make the most of your trip to Las Vegas, then have I got the scoop for you! I am going to inform you about all the myVEGAS apps to use to gain free rewards for your time in Las Vegas, including how to get FREE rooms from MGM Resort hotels on the Strip! There are other vacation spots besides Vegas that you can use the points at, but the focus is definitely on Vegas specifically. And if you want to read about everything we did during our trip (including all the things we scored from these rewards), read my blog “The Perfect 4-Day Itinerary for Las Vegas“!

What apps to use

There are six apps in the myVEGAS family that, once connected, you will be able to connect all loyalty points gained across all the apps into one big bank! The five apps are:

Although having a Facebook account isn’t required, it can help immensely to gain more points! Especially since Konami Slots, myVEGAS Blackjack, and myVEGAS on Facebook will all require that you have a Facebook to connect your loyalty points into one pool and purchase rewards. However, if you don’t have a Facebook, you can still play and gain loyalty points to redeem free rewards. Just hook up your email or Apple ID to myVEGAS Slots and POP! Slots.

Want to know how many Loyalty Points you can stack up in a single day? I’ve got the answer!

Do I have to pay to use it?

A screenshot of the Facebook Daily Bonus of the myVEGAS games that can get you free rewards while you are in Vegas. No purchases required to get these rewards.

All of these apps are FREE! There are in-app purchases, but it is not required to purchase anything to gain points. Every day you will get a Daily Bonus for each app, and every two hours you can collect a Time Bonus that will give you extra coins! You can even receive daily emails with even MORE free coins to collect for most apps.

Even on Facebook you can make quite a bit! If you go to the myVEGAS Facebook page, they post regularly with updates, but every update also has a link to collect MORE free coins – either through the Facebook game or through myVEGAS Slots (sometimes both!!). And those links don’t expire for six days, so if you started playing right now, or if you don’t check Facebook for a few days, you can go back as far as 6 days ago and collect ALL of those free coins. So there’s really no need to pay to buy more coins to play the slots on the app because there are so many opportunities for free coins.

What are Loyalty Points and how do I gain them?

Loyalty Points will be how you buy the in-app rewards. You gain Loyalty Points by filling up your Loyalty Points “tank”. It starts filling up with each spin. The higher you make your bets per spin, the faster it fills up! Once it fills up, it will give you a certain amount of Loyalty Points based on your level within the app. The higher your in-app level, the more Loyalty Points you will gain. Each app has a different “tank” and each tank will award a different amount depending on the level you are on that certain app.

Also the higher level you are, the more spins/higher spin amounts it will take to fill up your tank. Per day across all apps, I can gain around 10,000 Loyalty Points. However that amount is smaller if for some reason I have more going on in my day and can’t have the games running on Auto. But again just remember to be aware of that green check mark next to your Loyalty Points! Once you see that, stop spinning or you will waste your coins.

What does the green check mark next to the Loyalty Points mean?

The green check mark you are seeing next to your Loyalty Points means that you have hit your maximum amount of earnings for your gaming day on that particular app. For more information on the myVEGAS green check mark, read What is the Green Check Mark on myVEGAS.

How long does it take to gain enough points for my trip?

I have been playing myVEGAS Slots for about a year, but I didn’t download or play the other apps until maybe a month before my trip. That’s when I was REALLY set on gaining Loyalty Points because at that point the trip to Vegas was already planned.

That being said, I really only played religiously for a month or two to gain what I needed to buy everything for Vegas. What’s great about gaining the points is that you can put the game on Auto Spin and walk away from it.

PRO TIP: If you don’t play the apps for a long enough time and then reopen them, the apps will reward you for coming back. I did this and was automatically awarded about 20,000 Loyalty Points per app that I opened!!

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These apps are designed to get you to go to Vegas and spend your money, and what better way than to entice you to come on over with a major boost in Loyalty Points. So play the apps, get some steam going, AND THEN STOP. Give it a month or so and reopen the apps. You will be pleasantly surprised with how much you can earn for doing nothing.

How to purchase and cancel myVEGAS rewards

Two phone screenshots of my redeemed and refunded rewards on the myVEGAS Slots Game app. It is very easy and straight forward to not only "purchase" rewards, but also cancel rewards if for some reason you need to cancel. You will be refunded the full amount of your Loyalty Points when you cancel your rewards!

It’s always fun to look at the Rewards page prior to buying just to get a feel for how much you need to gain to purchase that reward with your Loyalty Points. Most every single hotel, including the Bellagio, offer FREE rooms! That’s right COMPLIMENTARY rooms are available for the BEST MGM Resort hotels on the Strip!! However, you may have to pay for the room fees and taxes though. But still, it’s a good deal!

Before purchasing a reward though, make sure that the reward won’t expire before you can use it. If for some reason you do purchase a reward and you don’t use it, don’t worry! You can Cancel the reward and get your points back! Easy peezy!

Best course of action for buying/using rewards

We also kind of did a “divide and conquer” situation to buy rewards. I used my Loyalty Points to buy the bigger rewards such as our comped room at the MGM Grand or two free glasses of champagne at Prime at the Bellagio, and Cody used his Loyalty Points for 2-for-1 deals since those tended to be a lot cheaper. We found that this was the best way to gain as many myVEGAS rewards possible to keep our overall vacation bill as low as possible. But then there were rewards that we both bought to make sure we could do them together, like the Mandalay Shark Reef reward and the free shot at Centra reward.

Rewards aren’t just for Vegas!

Overall there’s no right or wrong way to get the rewards. You will find your own little system for your own trip that will help you and the person or people you go with to have the best time and maximize how much you are able to save. Especially since they offer rewards in other MGM Resorts across the nation. There are also rewards for Royal Caribbean cruises, and even Sycuan Casino here in San Diego!

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