5 of us in total, myself and hubby (28 years old), his parents (50), and a friend (25)
Online check in.....was an adventure....
I checked in the day before online (as advised on this forum) to get our boarding numbers to try and get all of us sitting together.
My hubby thought having 2 screens open would save us time as there were 2 booking numbers and we wanted to try and get both done quickly to get the desired" A" category. Couting down the last second to hit the 24 hour mark we clciked the "check in" button and drummmm rolllll......A42 and 43 OHHH YEAH!!!
He then quickly went to the next page and checked in the 3 other members. Well this was a mistake as we did not print off our info, and our numbers were now given away to his parents and our friend. OOOPPSS. After figuring our what happened we finished off with them and re-entered our info to get A601 and B1. Oh well what can you do, leason learned for next time!
Waiting for my last day of work to end was like waiting for paint to dry!! I have been waiting for this vacations for months, trying to satisfy my Vegas crave by reading and posting on this forum. Thank God my boss told me I could take off an hour early so my vacation could beginn!!
We flew out of Buffalo (rather than my usual Toronto), so we stayed a night in Buffalo at the Clarion Airport loction ( to avoid any morning delays at the border).
The front desk clerk was extremely pleasant and helped us find dinner options in the area. He even went out of his way and called to get us on the waiting list as we got seattled in our room. It was an irish pub (can't remember the name) but he didn't steer us wrong! Good food and great atmoshpere (as it was Cinco de Mayo)
Went back to the room and crashed early as our flight went out at 8:00 am. WOOHOO
After a restless night due to being overexcitted, 5am rolled around and I woke up my husband and called the two other rooms with the rest of our group to give them their wake up calls :)
RISE AND SHINE!
We caught the first shuttle out of our hotel at 6am, as we have never flown from Buffalo and thought we better leave a little early.
We arrived at the airport and what a breeze!! Sooo much smaller and less busy than Toronto, why the heck didn't we do this sooner! Time flew and we were on our plane in no time! I must admit I wasn't sure what to expect with Southwest's boarding procedures, but it was definately quick and painless!! When we boarded the plane we were very pleased to see the amount of leg room, talk about luxury compared to some other airlines.
The onflight staff was fantastic, very friendly, attentive, and provided great service. 4 hours into the flight they decided to play games to pass the time. For example checking all hour bill notes for our flight number, and naming 10 body pasrts (clean ones) that consist of three letters....I bet some of you are now trying to think of all 10) Winners get a free drink. BONUS! (we didn't win, we were one body part shy)
Total flight time 5 hours 15 minutes, land in Vegas at 10:30 am Vegas time! Let the fun begin!!!
We take a taxi to the airport, 20.00 incl tip to Flamingo. Check in was fairly quick considering the line about 20 minutes. My father in law went and grabeed us some ice cold beers while we wated our turn to check in...after all we are on vcation and in vegas (it may be 10am here but its 1:00pm back home!! :))
They offered us all the option to upgrade to the "GO" room for 40.00 per night. Hubby and I thought about it after all the mixed comments about the regular rooms, but we decided to gamble early and take our chances.
Our rooms were not ready yet so we dropped our bags off at the baggage claim, and ventured to Ellis Island for the steak special!
I have been craving their root beer since last year, and our friend couldnot believe the food for the price. All our steaks were cooked perfectly and were very tender. I wasn't a fan of the beans but I didn't really have room for them anyway :)
After lunch we got a call from another group of friends that are in Vegas to catch up and hit up a happy hour! We met them at MGM near the lion habitat, and ventured to House of Blues at Mandalay for some drinks. We stuck around for a couple hours, and starting to feel very happy after 3 or 4 rounds of margaritas the 7 of us decided to venture onto another destination.
Up next an unexpected/ Uncensored stop at Coyotee Ugly...things could get a little messy!