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It's a sad day in Vegas. Charging for parking is spreading

Discussion in 'US - Western States Timesharing' started by dougp26364, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. AwayWeGo

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    [triennial - points]
    Each casino parking gate payment machine needs to add a Double Or Nothing option.

    -- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​
     
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    I also felt great disappointment with loading money into machines. I used to enjoy the quarter slots and was quite bored with it last year. Rick and I spent a total of about $26 on slots and didn't gamble otherwise. We did see four shows, and that was our Vegas fun. I also really enjoyed a few restaurants around town. But I don't see going back for a few years, at least.
     
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    Dh and I went to Las Vegas twice in a two year period. Prior to that it had been quite a few years since we'd been there. I'm done with it at this point, feel no need to go back.
     
  4. dougp26364

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    I'm sure that's what they're counting on, just like they counted on the fact the subtle changes to the odds wouldn't matter to gamblers. Granted paying for parking in Chicago, New York, LA or most major cities is considerably more expensive than Vegas, the old Vegas customers were accustomed to being treated like royalty, even the low rollers, in exchange for their patronage. Bennie Binion use to walk through the casino handing out rolls of nickels to gamblers. They use to offer gamblers specials such as $4.99 steak and eggs, just to get people in the door and, they knew everyone they got in those doors was worth X amount of dollars. The hostess at the coffee shop use to know the average gambler by name. It use to be more personal. They don't appear to need that anymore.

    Now, sadly, it's becoming more and more a situation of, give us your money and get out.

    On the plus side, we stopped going exclusively to Vegas for vacation and we've explored a lot more of the world. I do miss the "old" days when gamblers were king and queen.
     
  5. SmithOp

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    Geez, Benny Binion died over 25 years ago, hardly relevant, times change and people are still enjoying Vegas. I'm here this weekend and its packed with cowboys for the national rodeo finals. The first direct flight from Beijin arrived yesterday and the new Lucky Dragon grand opening is today. I don't think Vegas will miss the Binionaires.

    BTW, the most obnoxious people here are the timeshare hawkers, we were accosted three times at Harrahs by Wyndham employees, one almost grabbed my wife by the arm but I gave him the don't even think about it stinkeye.
     
  6. suzanne

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    Residents free parking at MGM is slated to end by January 1st, according to our local news station. The other properties starting to charge for parking next year have not said if residents will have to pay or not. That being said about parking, the new stadium was approved adding a 1 cent tax hike to all strip hotel stays to help pay for the stadium. I rarely go to the strip, preferring instead South Point or Sunset Station Casino Restaurants.

    Suzanne
     
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    Can you share how to get boo coupon for monorail? I will need to get 4 x 2 day passes, this will help.
     
  8. pedro47

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    Will the Venetian be charging for parking?
     
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    I read that neither the Venetian nor the Palazzo will charge, nor will Treasure Island. Also, the Station casinos around town don't charge. There are some others but I can't remember which ones.

    I got this email today about a way to avoid paying for parking at the MGM properties:

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    Here's Your Free Parking Pass
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    Complimentary parking for Nevada residents will end on December 29, 2016, but you can continue to enjoy free self-parking at all our Las Vegas resorts. JoinM life Rewards today, and then apply for the no annual fee2 M life Rewards Mastercard. Once your application has been approved, free self-parking is once again yours!



    In addition to free self-parking at all our Las Vegas resorts, the M life Rewards Mastercard also gets you:


    • Automatic Upgrade to M life Rewards Pearl Status1
    • Priority Hotel Check-In at M life Rewards Destinations
    • Buffet Line Pass at Las Vegas Resorts
    NO ANNUAL FEE2

    I would assume that offer would apply to anyone, not just Nevada residents.
     
  11. dougp26364

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    I suppose I could cancel our AA credit card and take this one out. The only reason we have the AA card was to put a card in my wife's name and for the free checked bag. The problem is AA is our LAST airline of choice as it stands now and we haven't flown them in over 2 years. I'm also having a great deal if difficulty using our FF miles with AA unless I want horrible flight times with 2 changes of planes. So, maybe the free parking will make more sense plus, no annual fee beats paying a fee on a card who's benefits we're not really using.

    Still, I feel as if the casino's are herding me into profit centers for them rather than working on attracting me into their casino's.
     
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    I play the mlife slot games on a app and get free rewards for Vegas, this upcoming trip I have a free buffet, 2 fo1 sandwiches at Carnegy Deli and 2 for 1 monorail passes.
     
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    Give me South Point or Downtown. More laid back. More fun from my perspective.

    George
     
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    Unfortunately HET has decided to follow MGM's lead, which means every casino on the strip except TI, the Venetian and the Stratosphere will charge for parking.
     
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    Beware blackout dates. DW did not get all of her benes when she was in Vegas earlier this week.
     
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    There are 4 HGVC TS's (free self parking) and the Marriott Grand Chateau (free valet parking): for TS owners and exchangers. I haven't heard of any changes for these TS's.

    I also haven't heard of any change for the Jockey Club, which offers free self parking in the Cosmopolitan, on a designated floor and area.

    We live in Vegas and if we go to a strip hotel for a dinner and/or show, we just valet and will continue to do so.
     
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    South Point very friendly and will comp you on minimal play. I have never been turned down for a comped meal. Buffet oyster bar or the restaurant. Station casinos also a great value $2 buds and hot dogs on nfl game days
     
  19. dougp26364

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    HGCV Elera uses the Planet Hollywood parking garage. PH is a HET property. I'm assuming (could be wrong) that guests at Elera will pay to park in the Planet Hollywood garage.

    If I was renting a car to leave it parked in the TS parking garage, I wouldn't rent a car. We use the rental car to go from Casino to Casino as my wife has issues with her feet, knee's and back the keep her from walking long distances. Even standing in the sometimes long taxi lines causes her to have pain. Thus the rental car in an area were many people find a car to be more of a hassle than a benefit.
     
  20. VegasBella

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    Reasons I see for the parking fees:

    - The land used for parking could be converted into buildings that would bring more profit than free parking brings, as this becomes clearer and clearer it makes no sense to continue offering free parking.

    - Vegas is becoming more and more environmentally-friendly. While most tourists will never notice, Vegas is eco-conscious and free parking is NOT good for the planet. When people pay for parking they carpool more, use mass transit more, make their trips more efficient by doing more at one location.

    - There has been a trend over many years where profits are shifting from gaming to food and entertainment. We are shifting from offering things like free food and entertainment as a draw for gaming revenue to simply offering excellent food and entertainment at a cost. In the past 30 years the percentage of profits from gaming has dropped significantly while the profits from rooms, food, entertainment, and 'other' have increased significantly.

    Consider reading:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/business/economy/15view.html

    http://gaming.unlv.edu/reports/NV_departments_historic.pdf

    http://www.fool.com/investing/2016/09/20/the-millennial-problem-the-problem-with-the-casino.aspx
     

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