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Flying home on the red-eye

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Flying home on the red-eye

Any advice on what to do once we have to check out of our room at 11 a.m. and our flight at 11 p.m.?

Hubby isn't much of a gambler so thought about leaving our bags at the hotel (is this ok?) and renting a car to go to Valley of Fire and Lake Mead.

Would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

A daytrip would be a good idea. Also consider leaving your bags with the bellmen, getting spa passes for your hotel and spending the day at the pool and using the spa to shower before your flight.

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2. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

We're taking the red eye home as well. I plan to ask about late check out. It'll be yes or no, but at least I can try. Not willing to spend a ton for this service, however. If yes, spend some time at the pool, back to room to shower and finish packing. If no, will check bags at hotel and gamble, eat, drink, etc. until it's time to go.

Since you'r hubby isn't much of a gambler, a day trip sounds good. Just be aware of the time!! It FLIES in Vegas, no matter what you're doing!

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3. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

Had the exact situation the last time we were in Vegas. Will say tho that we will NEVER fly the red-eye again. It was just too long of a day with no home-base. We checked out of the MB and took our car up to Mt Charleston. Found a nice meadow and spent some time walking. Ended up back at the airport around 6PM. Retured the car and sat in the airport until after 11PM. Arrived home here in MI

at 5AM local time. Never again!

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4. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

Here are some options,

1. Leave your bags with the Bell station and due what you normally would due in a VEGAS DAY.

3. Pools are still available.

4. Catch an afternoon show.

5. Drink.

6. Walk the strip.

7. Check out downtown.

8. Sight see some of the museums/free show etc.

9. Keep the room an additional night.

10. You could also request a late check out. Easier on weekdays.

Get the most of your last day.

Jersey
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5. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

I think renting a car and going to Valley of Fire is an excellent idea. You can leave your luggage at the bell desk of your hotel (tip when you get the luggage back). To me this is one of the "must see" trips. You can spend hours there. Be sure hike some of the trails. You can take water and food(none are available) and have a picnic lunch. They do have picnic areas. You can also take a cute paddleboat ride at Lake Mead. Then you can return to Vegas to have dinner at one of the great off strip restaurants. Then all you have to do is get your luggage and return the car at the airport-it will save you the cab fare getting back to the airport.

http://parks.nv.gov/vf.htm

You could try for a very late (6PM) check-out. They usually tell you to call the morning you are checking out. It is usually 1/2 the rate for that day. There are no guarantees. I really like the VOF trip more-especially if you haven't been there.

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6. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

Red Rock Canyon is also a nice excursion fairly close to town. We always rent convertibles in Las Vegas- it is well worth it if you will be sightseeing and a blast to take down the strip after sunset.

Jersey
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7. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

Red Rock Canyon is very nice but since you are trying to fill in the time during the day it would be better to go to VOF/Lake Mead. VOF is much more spectacular and much bigger. You will not regret going there (and Lake Mead).

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8. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

Why don't you see if you can rent a car from your hotel and return it to the airport? I made a reservation like this for a coworker who was staying at Luxor. He was taking the red-eye home. This way, they had their luggage with them and didn't have to go back to the hotel. They went to Hoover Dam and some off strip casinos. My coworker said it worked out great. Just a thought.

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9. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

Does every hotel have a car rental location in the hotel? We'll be staying at the Venetian.

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10. Re: Flying home on the red-eye

alot of people pay for the room for another day. That way you would still have your room until you needed to head to the AP.