Hi. I'm new here but have been reading these forums for a while. Anyway, I came up with a random idea to take my mom to Vegas for her birthday next month. I'm not 100% sure I'm going to do it but if I could I want to. I'm trying to find good airfare rates for departure on the 7th and returning on the 9th (her birthday's the 8th.)
I could easily afford somewhere like Circus Circus or Excalibur but we've stayed at Excalibur before. I have no complaints with it, I just want to stay somewhere nice for her. She loves the Paris but the nightly rate is a little out of my price range right now.
I've been thinking about either the Monte Carlo, MGM Grand (which we stayed at for my 21st a few years ago), or the Luxor. My original plan was to book a package with airfare and hotel and then get her a massage at the hotel spa. So I'm just going to throw out a few questions that I'm wondering about:
#1 What would be the best way to get plane tickets? Through a travel site like Travelocity or Cheaptickets or directly through the airline? We are also AAA members but I don't really think they have the best deals.
#2 I've been discovering that instead of getting a vacation package, it seems to be cheaper to get airfare from one site and then book the hotel room directly with the hotel itself. Is this the way to go? Also, if I mention at the hotel desk that it's for my mother's birthday that we're here, what are the chances of a free upgrade?
#3 What are some good websites for promotional codes for hotels and whatnot? I found one on here yesterday but I can't find the thread I read it in!
Any help is appreciated. Like I said, I'm not positive that I'm going to go through with all of this but if I could get a good deal for airfare and a hotel, it'd make it possible. Thank you in advance!