Minimal viable time in Las Vegas on BA

Old Jul 6, 17, 5:00 am
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Minimal viable time in Las Vegas on BA

Assuming travelling direct with BA, what would be the minimum amount of time to make a trip to LAS worthwhile for a middle aged couple?

First time trip.

Travelling in First hopefully.
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:05 am
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Hmmm it really depends on whether it's "your thing"

I find a four day break fantastic - but I love a good gamble, drink and smoke (all at the same time ). If you just want to walk about and get a taste then 2/3 days.

The time change on direct is a challenge - however you'll be up early the first morning so you'll have a full day! Where's next from Vegas ?
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:10 am
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Hmmm it really depends on whether it's "your thing"

I find a four day break fantastic - but I love a good gamble, drink and smoke (all at the same time ). If you just want to walk about and get a taste then 2/3 days.

The time change on direct is a challenge - however you'll be up early the first morning so you'll have a full day! Where's next from Vegas ?
Literally considering LON - LAS and back
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:15 am
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Are you going to LAS because you want to go there or because it's easy (in the scheme of things) to get F?

If it's because you want to go there then you must already have at least an idea of the things you want to see and do?

The Grand Canyon is a day trip for example.

Plenty of thereads here on things to do in Vegas - http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/las-vegas-463/
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:18 am
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Assuming travelling direct with BA, what would be the minimum amount of time to make a trip to LAS worthwhile for a middle aged couple?.
I have done 3 days, 14 days and near enough everything in between. Its an amazing place and it I had to pick a number off the top of my head I would say 5 days for a first trip would be perfect.. You will either hate it or love it - My bet is in the latter.

So much to see and do both on and off strip. Great for people watching, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Stay mid strip and I am sure you will have a blast.

(also in my 50's)....
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:18 am
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I think this is a very personal thing, if you asked me what is the minimum time needed in LAS to see everything worth seeing my answer would be zero. I hate the place, would go to a huge list of other options first and ideally I'd like the time I've had to spend at conferences there over the years back please.

Everybody has their own interests though so if LAS is your type of city and you enjoy gambling then go wild and I'd always say a trip to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam etc is worthwhile if done right.
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:19 am
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Also be aware that BA use their oldest 747 on this route, so adjust your expecations accordingly.
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:20 am
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Then you could do a show, a helicopter (either short ten min ride over strip in the evening - or a longer trip out and over Grand Canyon), plenty of shopping (expensive on strip, cheaper at either of the outlet malls out of town)

If it's just to blow Avios and take a First return then perhaps other locations could offer a better First experience..
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:32 am
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also remember that if it's your first First then there's no CCR going to Vegas.

If such things matter
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:35 am
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Also, there are many ways to maximise (minimise!) the amount you spend on accommodation. I'd be really happy to assist on this if you need help / tips. Happy to be private messaged. Right now I have a Wynn deal which is amazing value - $111 per night including two buffets breakfast or lunch per day. Certain dates of course
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Old Jul 6, 17, 5:58 am
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about 72 hours is fine for me, that'll include a good nine hours sleep.
any more leads to health issues.
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Old Jul 6, 17, 6:03 am
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Originally Posted by GaxxyFlyer View Post
also remember that if it's your first First then there's no CCR going to Vegas.

If such things matter
This is an annoyance on the various T3 routes, I've actually stopped bothering to fly F to CPT and YVR now partially as a result (and partially due to those routes seemingly also being saddled with the ropiest 744 BA can source on any given day). If you're making the trip at least partially for the F experience then I'd suggest a T5 based route.
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Old Jul 6, 17, 6:06 am
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This is the ultimate 'piece of string ' question. I know lots of people who've 'done' Vegas in 24-48 hours. Almost all of them say they'd never go back.

Vegas is a place like no other. It takes time or insider knowledge to get to understand it. I'd caution against just 2-3 days on a first visit without local guides.

There are so many things to do outside of casinos, the Strip and gambling. It's possible to have a fantastic time without touching any of those. There's great shopping, hiking, Grand Canyon, Hoover dam and many more sights to see if you get out and about a bit. Add to that some amazing restaurants and shows - Vegas can be pretty much what you want it to be. But I think you have to look beyond the obvious to do that.
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Old Jul 6, 17, 6:08 am
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As far as the city itself goes, I'd get right back on the flight going back to LHR. The area around Las Vegas, however, has much to offer. It is really a personal decision.

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Old Jul 6, 17, 6:14 am
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I spent 4 days there... walked around... hung out in some casinos and watched the highroller games... went to a show (book as far ahead as poss), rented a car and did a bit of a tour to Red Rock canyon.

If you are a gambler then I suppose you could spend weeks/months there... weirdly, I didn't have a single bet or play a single game of cards when I went but I still loved it... it is so alive!

I would go back.
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