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2011
24
October
Expedia promo to Vegas. Not as interesting as last year, but still interesting.

Those of you that have been following my posts for nearly a year might remember the Expedia flub last November that lead to packages to Vegas for as cheap as $19/person after taxes & fees for flight + hotel packages from all across Canada.

Unfortunately, Expedia didn't make the same mistake this year, but they do have a pretty interesting promo out at the moment where you can get $200 back on packages to Vegas, in the form of a pre-paid Mastercard that they send you in the mail.


Here's the link with the details:

http://www.expedia.ca/p/promos/sale-vegas-baby.htm

It really only gets interesting on packages that are 6 nights (or more) where they'll send you a pre-paid Mastercard for $200 *after* your travel is completed.

Let's say you're a couple heading to Vegas. Each of you could book a package separately and each receive a $200 card.

Here's an example from Calgary:

1. Go to http://www.expedia.ca

2. Select 'Flight + Hotel'. Change the number of adults to '1'. Search for a package from Calgary to Las Vegas from November 16 to November 22. Hit Search.

3. Sort the results by price. What you're looking for now are the packages that are valid for you to receive the $200 pre-paid Mastercard from Expedia. You can find those by looking beside the green 'Expedia Extras' icon.

Here's an example:


Do you see where it says 'Book now and receive a $200 prepai...' ? This means the package is valid to receive the $200 pre-paid Mastercard from Expedia. You can look for other hotel packages that have the same message.

So essentially, the package is now costing you $249 after taxes for flight + hotel. ($449 - $200). That's assuming the pre-paid Mastercard is as useful as cash to you when it arrives. (It can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted)

Your partner or friend could now do the same thing, booking their own package for one person to the same hotel on the same dates, and receiving $200 back as well. You end up with 2 rooms, but that's fine, you just don't check in to one of them. No, the hotel doesn't care, they've already been paid by Expedia. You just make their life easier, it's one less room to clean. Or you can go ahead and check in to both rooms if you want, it doesn't matter.

In fact, you don't need to check into the room at all, and can just use this as a cheap flight to Vegas. At $249 after taxes that's over 30% cheaper than the cheapest flights alone are to Vegas from Calgary these days. Again, using just the flight portion of your package and ditching the hotel is completely fine. Nobody says you *have* to check into your hotel when buying a package.

What made the deal so great last year was that it was $300 off (per person) with no minimum number of nights required to get those savings, and the savings were instant rather than having to wait for them in the mail. Alas, no such luck this year.

But still, for someone looking for a very cheap package to Vegas, or even just a cheap flight to Vegas (via a package) this could definitely be worth a look.

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8 Responses to "Expedia promo to Vegas. Not as interesting as last year, but still interesting."


    Has Lana been here?
       Lana on October 24th, 2011

    The price is not the same if you have one adult/room versus two adults/room .
    The right calculation is $541 - $200 gift card. :-)

    Has Jason been here?
       Jason on October 24th, 2011

    I found that this will only work with Vegas Club Hotel

    Changing the dates around, only garnered a $25 card from Mastercard.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on October 24th, 2011

    @Lana: When I try 2 adults per room, I get $405/person after taxes. With 1 adult, I get $449/person after taxes. Are you trying the same dates shown in the example ? You might be trying different dates, which can all have different prices, mostly dependant on the flights involved.

    @Jason: Are you searching for packages that are 6 nights in length or greater? It will only give $200 off when the package is 6 nights or more, which is a major reason it's definitely not as great as last year when there was no minimum length of stay required.

    Has Lana been here?
       Lana on October 24th, 2011

    Used the same dates/hotel ...

    Calgary (YYC) to Las Vegas (LAS) Depart:16 Nov 3:35 PM - 7:49 PM US Airways US Airways

    Las Vegas (LAS) to Calgary (YYC) Return:22 Nov 12:25 PM - 11:18 PM Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines Alaska Airlines

    Booked separately: C$553
    Trip Savings: - C$12
    tipTotal Price: C$541
    C$541
    includes: Flight + Hotel, Taxes

    It`s $450/person if I select 2 adults per room.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on October 24th, 2011

    That's definitely odd Lana, I just tried searching again and it still comes up as $449 for me when searching for 1 person.

    Here's the full screen shot, showing 1 adult:

    http://i56.tinypic.com/2hi55e1.jpg

    You're using Expedia.ca correct? Not Expedia.com ?

    Has Donna been here?
       Donna on November 1st, 2011

    Its not working.

    Has Jessica been here?
       Jessica on November 23rd, 2011

    if u search for 1 adult it will be more expensive vs 2 adults because you actually have to book the package as 2 adults (cuz u're sharing 1 room) and 2 flights together under ONE itinerary for the initial cheaper price. now that defeats the purpose of booking the packages separately (so you only get one prepaid master card back vs. two). altho it's more expensive to book it as 1 adult initially, but at the end its cheaper cuz of the 200$ discount if it's 6 nights or more

    3 nights - 25$
    4 nights- 50$
    5nights-100$
    6 nights-200$ prepaid master card back

    i think expedia now have this deal for ALL hotels for vegas and it only applies to ppl with a canaidan address so they can ship the card to you 4-6 weeks after your trip has been completed

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on November 23rd, 2011

    this is an example:

    1 adult for bellagio package : 6 nights 905$
    905$-200= 705$

    if you pair this up with a cheap hotel package:
    lets just say hooters 406$ for 1 adult (but you don't need to check in to hooters, u're just using this package to get your flight ticket for 206$ vs 300$)
    406-200$= 206$

    that means 705+ 206= 911$ divided by 2 ppl= 456$ per person

    2 adults for bellagio package: 607$ each
    607*2= 1214$ -200= 1014

    so now the average per person is 456$ vs 607$ and the two of you guys can share the room at bellagio and not check in to hooters if u don't want

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