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The second biggest hotel in Las Vegas (and in the world) is the MGM Grand and with everyone trying to stay solvent and save money, they are doing their best to fill their rooms, restaurants, and shops with clients so that the people who work in those places keep their jobs.

It is now easier than ever to be treated like a whale (high roller) without having to spend thousands at the tables. The MGM now has a program called Prima that gives you VIP check-in, upgrade to a celebrity spa or bungalow suite (or a $50 credit if you want a regular room), roundtrip limo to another MGM property, a one level upgrade to tickets at Cirque’s KA, VIP entry and escort into both Studio 54 and Tabu nightclubs, 2 for 1 drinks at the lounges, free access to Wet Republic pool, free access to the spa and fitness center, 2 for 1 entrees at 8 of the fine dining restaurants, (including L’Atelier, Seablue and Craftsteak), complimentary bottle of champagne when 2 people dine (at $89 per person) at Joel Robuchon, MGM Buffet VIP line pass, and a no wait taxi line pass (which can save you an hour during peak times).

What do you have to do for all this? Spend at least $500 on your Prima account (aside from your room charge). All the fine print is here, but after reading it, I still found everything was straightforward, without any hidden surprises. It’s easy to spend $500 in just two days with two people in Las Vegas, so why not do it in a place that will give you perks you really can’t pay for, like VIP line passes, in addition to saving you money on food and drinks?

Laissez les bons temps roulez as a high roller in Las Vegas!

>The second biggest hotel in Las Vegas (and in the world) is the MGM Grand and with everyone trying to stay solvent and save money, they are doing their best to fill their rooms, restaurants, and shops with clients so that the people who work in those places keep their jobs.

It is now easier than ever to be treated like a whale (high roller) without having to spend thousands at the tables. The MGM now has a program called Prima that gives you VIP check-in, upgrade to a celebrity spa or bungalow suite (or a $50 credit if you want a regular room), roundtrip limo to another MGM property, a one level upgrade to tickets at Cirque’s KA, VIP entry and escort into both Studio 54 and Tabu nightclubs, 2 for 1 drinks at the lounges, free access to Wet Republic pool, free access to the spa and fitness center, 2 for 1 entrees at 8 of the fine dining restaurants, (including L’Atelier, Seablue and Craftsteak), complimentary bottle of champagne when 2 people dine (at $89 per person) at Joel Robuchon, MGM Buffet VIP line pass, and a no wait taxi line pass (which can save you an hour during peak times).

What do you have to do for all this? Spend at least $500 on your Prima account (aside from your room charge). All the fine print is here, but after reading it, I still found everything was straightforward, without any hidden surprises. It’s easy to spend $500 in just two days with two people in Las Vegas, so why not do it in a place that will give you perks you really can’t pay for, like VIP line passes, in addition to saving you money on food and drinks?

Laissez les bons temps roulez as a high roller in Las Vegas!

A four star hotel in Paris for $90? How about the Arizona Biltmore for $127? From Canada to the Caribbean, Cheapo Stays has discounts on about 85,000 properties worldwide. If you don’t know the name of the airport or city, just type in the nearest landmark, and the search engine will do the rest.

I love the easy search tab with four star hotels around the world for under $99 like the Sandman Hesperia Tower in Barcelona for $89 or go for a five star, like the Sheraton Dreamland in Cairo for $63; the properties include name brands, like the Intercontinental and the Marriott, in places from Cape Town to Manila and discounts go as high as 50% off the regular rack rates. They also offer a special last minute deal section, as well as week-end and honeymoon deals, so no matter what your criteria, you can search out the best deal. (If you are looking for a last minute deal, there’s special $199 deal for 2 nights at the Wynn which is good only for June 2-4 in a resort room if you use code PRPE.) If your dates are flexible, try the Kayak tool that lets you see the best rates for the next 2 months (similar to the airline tool for flight prices based on dates).

If you don’t know a hotel and want some reviews before booking, there’s always Tripadvisor, but now you also have Travel Post, where you can read what other people (besides me) think about their recent stays at a property; it always helps to get a consensus on places that are new to you or newly renovated since your last stay at the property.

With all these tools at your disposal, it’s time to use a few and get your next trip planned!

>A four star hotel in Paris for $90? How about the Arizona Biltmore for $127? From Canada to the Caribbean, Cheapo Stays has discounts on about 85,000 properties worldwide. If you don’t know the name of the airport or city, just type in the nearest landmark, and the search engine will do the rest.

I love the easy search tab with four star hotels around the world for under $99 like the Sandman Hesperia Tower in Barcelona for $89 or go for a five star, like the Sheraton Dreamland in Cairo for $63; the properties include name brands, like the Intercontinental and the Marriott, in places from Cape Town to Manila and discounts go as high as 50% off the regular rack rates. They also offer a special last minute deal section, as well as week-end and honeymoon deals, so no matter what your criteria, you can search out the best deal. (If you are looking for a last minute deal, there’s special $199 deal for 2 nights at the Wynn which is good only for June 2-4 in a resort room if you use code PRPE.) If your dates are flexible, try the Kayak tool that lets you see the best rates for the next 2 months (similar to the airline tool for flight prices based on dates).

If you don’t know a hotel and want some reviews before booking, there’s always Tripadvisor, but now you also have Travel Post, where you can read what other people (besides me) think about their recent stays at a property; it always helps to get a consensus on places that are new to you or newly renovated since your last stay at the property.

With all these tools at your disposal, it’s time to use a few and get your next trip planned!

Some deals are so good that they are only available for those who are able and willing to take advantage of them immediately; Quickbook has a hotel sale going on that expires tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm EST.

A sample of the deals include hotels in NYC like the GEM in Soho for $161 or the Paramount in Times Square for $116, reflecting a 30% discount on both properties. For something closer to home, the Hotel Nikko in SF is only $129 (30% off) and the luxurious Campton Place is only $200 (20% off). For a drivable vacation, try The Westin Mission Hills for $159 in Palm Springs or the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for $59. If you want a place for guests coming into Los Angeles (or if you want to be a tourist at home), Quikbook has rooms at the Crescent in Beverly Hills for $147 (30% off).

If you want one of these deals, book your room now. Sometimes good things come to those who wait, but other times good opportunities disappear quickly after they first appear.

>Some deals are so good that they are only available for those who are able and willing to take advantage of them immediately; Quickbook has a hotel sale going on that expires tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm EST.

A sample of the deals include hotels in NYC like the GEM in Soho for $161 or the Paramount in Times Square for $116, reflecting a 30% discount on both properties. For something closer to home, the Hotel Nikko in SF is only $129 (30% off) and the luxurious Campton Place is only $200 (20% off). For a drivable vacation, try The Westin Mission Hills for $159 in Palm Springs or the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for $59. If you want a place for guests coming into Los Angeles (or if you want to be a tourist at home), Quikbook has rooms at the Crescent in Beverly Hills for $147 (30% off).

If you want one of these deals, book your room now. Sometimes good things come to those who wait, but other times good opportunities disappear quickly after they first appear.


Main Street in Santa Monica has a plethora of both trendy chic and old fashioned mainstays, one of which is the store A La Mode which is selling everything in the store at 50% off. Like many businesses on this popular street, the economy has slowed business to a crawl and the owner says it is time for her to move on to the next phase of her life.

The store carries beautiful jewelry made with semi precious stones and various gifts, decorations and even some stuffed animals in the back for children. I could not resist the Austrian crystal necklace and earring set, so I bought it for only $52; I’ve seen quality sets like this sell upwards of $200, so it was priced well at the regular price, but it is a spectacular buy at 50% off. They carry all colors of gemstones from ruby red to carnelian and the intricate work on the jewelry belie real craftsmen, not factory made pieces.

This gem of a store will be missed, so go in and buy something to take home that you will remember and enjoy for years to come.


Main Street in Santa Monica has a plethora of both trendy chic and old fashioned mainstays, one of which is the store A La Mode which is selling everything in the store at 50% off. Like many businesses on this popular street, the economy has slowed business to a crawl and the owner says it is time for her to move on to the next phase of her life.

The store carries beautiful jewelry made with semi precious stones and various gifts, decorations and even some stuffed animals in the back for children. I could not resist the Austrian crystal necklace and earring set, so I bought it for only $52; I’ve seen quality sets like this sell upwards of $200, so it was priced well at the regular price, but it is a spectacular buy at 50% off. They carry all colors of gemstones from ruby red to carnelian and the intricate work on the jewelry belie real craftsmen, not factory made pieces.

This gem of a store will be missed, so go in and buy something to take home that you will remember and enjoy for years to come.


Main Street in Santa Monica has a plethora of both trendy chic and old fashioned mainstays, one of which is the store A La Mode which is selling everything in the store at 50% off. Like many businesses on this popular street, the economy has slowed business to a crawl and the owner says it is time for her to move on to the next phase of her life.

The store carries beautiful jewelry made with semi precious stones and various gifts, decorations and even some stuffed animals in the back for children. I could not resist the Austrian crystal necklace and earring set, so I bought it for only $52; I’ve seen quality sets like this sell upwards of $200, so it was priced well at the regular price, but it is a spectacular buy at 50% off. They carry all colors of gemstones from ruby red to carnelian and the intricate work on the jewelry belie real craftsmen, not factory made pieces.

This gem of a store will be missed, so go in and buy something to take home that you will remember and enjoy for years to come.

My favorite luggage is Briggs and Riley. I own four pieces and although that is probably enough for me to travel for at least 2 months, I still lust after new pieces; yes, their luggage is THAT sexy (almost as satisfying as shoes!). The only drawback to buying their complete line of lifetime warranted luggage is the price; even the small tote bag runs about $100 and the big pieces go for over $500 each. Sadly, there are really no substantial discounts to to found for this line, but in this economy with fewer people traveling, fewer people are buying luggage, and I got my first notice (ever) from them for a nice savings on their Baseline and @work collections.

Right now you can save $159 on a 26″ expandable upright; the regular price is $529 and it’s on sale for $370.30. If you need an even bigger bag the 28″ expandable upright is only $405.30 instead of $579, saving you $174. Granted the prices are still a bit high, but considering they offer a lifetime guarantee on their luggage even if your airline mangles it beyond repair, consider this a one time investment into luggage that you will never need to replace.

Their pieces are all super lightweight with compartments for everything and quality materials from the zippers to the fabric; this luggage will impress you with both the craftsmanship and ease of use.

They have always been my birthday present to myself, but with this discount maybe I’ll celebrate early this year.

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