Monday, May 29, 2006

It's A Date

If things went smoothly while trying to book this Vegas thing then it wouldn't seem like a real vacation. Last night we went on line and changed the dates to accommodate Melody and added high speed internet for Robin and YIKES, the cost went up to $500+ per person. I tried putting back in the same dates that I had used last week and it was still over five hundred per person. The flight had changed too from a Northwest flight to a Spirit flight. There were only two hotel choices and they were not any of the ones on my previous lists. So I went to the Sam's Town website and they don't list internet connectivity, I check out the rates for the room packages and they have a birthday special during the month of your birthday they don't go all the way to October but September is $35 and $75 a night, I then called Sam's Town and asked them about internet connection. They said that they did not have high speed connection in rooms they date data/modem ports. But that there was high speed connection within the hotel. So back to the selection removing high speed internet from my requirements. This accomplished (I had to delete cookies and temp files since I could not get back to the screen where I listed my hotel preferences, I could change my dates but for my convenience they remembered my preferences) the rates were back down to the $350 range. They still had the Spirit flight though and I wanted to get Melody on the same flight to Vegas as us. So I opened a new window and went to Orbitz to check on the flight for her, the cheapest flight was on Spirit and included the same flight to Vegas, I booked it. Went back to the Vegas packages and attempted to book us with the Sam's Town package. The page had timed out and I had to reenter. Good the same flight came up, select Sam's Town (I keep wanting to type Sam's Club), "Sorry our system in unavailable right now please try again later" later, what if I don't get the same flight!? Going back to Orbitz I look for 4 tickets to Vegas for the dates I want and the cost with the birthday rate for the rooms is slightly less than the package deal on the other web site. So I book the flights. So we have tickets but no room. Melody leaves LA on 10/12/06 at noon and arrives in DTW at 7:25pm, we all leave DTW on 10/25/06 at 9:15 and arrive in Las Vegas at 10:35, 4 of us leave Las Vegas on 10/28/06 at 11:05pm arriving back at DTW the next morning at 6:00am. I figure we have a few months to see what room deals are available. I'm getting real excited.


marty said...

If you don't get a room, there are a lot of freeway bridges in town. Bring a cooler and a camp stove.

Adrienne said...

1 Mel leaving LAX or BUR
2 Arriving in Vegas AM or PM
3 Isn't mom flying home with you from Vegas
4 Do we have to book rooms now or can we wait and see if my players club sends me anything
5 Are you here yet

Gretchen said...

1. Mel leaving from LAX
2. Arriving AM
3. Yes, but she needs a ticket from DTW to LA and then Vegas to DTW and can fly on her own if necessary.
4. Waiting is fine, Gordon is familiar with homeless shelters there if necessary.
5. Almost almost.

paulette said...

By now you have received my email re tickets. I am not flying home from Vegas but will drive back to LA and fly home from there on 11/2.

Adrienne, Rita has a coupon book for casinos and many of them are in Vegas. She has been saying forever that she will give it to me (or more specifically to you since the person that signs the card has to be there to use it and lots of coupons are for buffets etc) but I will get after her to see if any of the coupons are for room deals.

If freeway bridges become the option, get me a room nearby.

ez said...

As if, sleeping while sitting at a penny slot machine was not an option. We saw a women in Detroit have so many free games running that she went to a seat across the aisle and put her head down for a while.

Adrienne said...

Ooohhhh, what machine was that? I wanna play!

Adrienne said...

what airline is Mel on?