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My Free Casablanca Express Trip

An August 2004 trip to Las Vegas by E. B.

Quote: Ever get a travel certificate from Casablanca Express? I received one as a prize when I test drove a car. I received a couple as a gift for attending a timeshare presentation. Have you wondered if it was even worth redeeming? Here's what I did with my Casablanca Express certificate.

My Free Casablanca Express Trip

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Gambling. If you're into that, I love the shows. I have been to Cirque du Soleil's O and now Blue Man Group. I will be back to watch Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère and Zumanity. I might even come back to watch Celine Dion's show. Even though I'm not a fan of her music, the show is supposed to be great.Quick Tips: Don't get roundtrip fare for the airport shuttle. As tempting as it was to save the trouble of arranging a return trip, it's better to pay one-way fare, especially since you save only 50¢. When we left for the airport, the shuttle came three hours early. It would have been better to just wait for another shuttle to come around at our departure time. Shuttl...Read More

Sahara Hotel and Casino

Hotel | "Sahara Hotel & Casino"

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I took a shuttle to the Sahara where I had a free stay from Casablanca Express. Check-in was very easy. I gave them an imprint of my credit card so that I could order room service. I was in room 662. The first thing I noticed about the room was that the air conditioning was on full blast. I had to actually turn it off. I was shivering. I opened the window to let in the hot August air, but since it was evening, it didn’t help. As I waited for my friend to arrive, I ordered room service. Service was quick. Although I did not enjoy the Sahara Buffet, I did at least find room service fine. It only took minutes for them to bring my order to my room. My room had two beds, a TV, nig...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Sahara Hotel and Casino
2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 737-2654

Pyramid Cafe at Luxor Hotel and Casino

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Restaurant | "Pyramid Café"

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After watching the Blue Man Group, we were starving. We didn’t have time to eat before going to our performance, so we ate afterwards. We searched the different restaurants inside Luxor Hotel, and decided on the Pyramid Café. It’s open 24 hours every day. It also had a very diverse menu. I ordered the Chicken Caesar on Focaccia, which is a grilled chicken breast with rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and Caesar salad on Focaccia bread. It also came with a choice of French fries, potato salad, or coleslaw. I chose coleslaw. My friend ordered the Jumbo Fried Shrimp which came with a choice of soup or salad (she ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Pyramid Cafe at Luxor Hotel and Casino
3900 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada
1(888) 777-0188

Sahara Buffet

Restaurant

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My friend and I were starving after checking in. She had a hard time with her flight, so we decided to just try out the Sahara Buffet. When we walked in, the dining area was half empty. I attributed that to the Sahara being less popular than the newer hotels. You pay as you enter. I liked being able to charge my meal to my room. It was $8.99 for dinner for each person. We selected a table then began our search for dinner. My friend went first as I watched her 3-year-old son. We played with his Thomas the Tank train set. After she returned with her food, I set off in search of edibles. Unfortunately, I didn’t find most of the foo...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Sahara Buffet
2535 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 737 2111

Blue Man Group at The Venetian

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Attraction | "Blue Man Group at the Luxor"

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My friend had not solidified her plans for a babysitter. She had expected a friend to baby-sit, but that fell through. Then she had to scramble for a babysitter from the phonebook. She was scared to leave her son at an unknown childcare center. It made me nervous, too. Luckily, there was one near the Stratosphere that was 24 hours. We went to McDonald’s where her son ate a Happy Meal. Then we walked to the childcare center where we dropped him off. We walked down to the Stratosphere where we jumped on a bus for a $2 fare. It took almost 20 minutes to make it down from the Stratosphere to the Luxor Hotel. When we entered the Blue Man Group Theater, they had just started the show. Since ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2004

Blue Man Group at The Venetian
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(866) 641-SHOW

Taking an Airport Shuttle

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I didn’t have much experience taking shuttles since I’m used to someone picking me up from the airport. I was flying from LAX to LAS. Going from my house in Torrance to LAX was fairly simple. I booked a shuttle online with SuperShuttle. It was $20, not including tip. By booking online, I was able to receive frequent flier miles for America West Airlines. They also give you miles for Frontier Airlines. I expected to see a shared van, but a black sedan pulled up. This is usually the ExecuCar that is sent to business clients. Since there were only two pickups, I was sharing the sedan with a woman in Manhattan Beach. I really enjoyed the talkative driver. ...Read More
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Casablanca Express issues certificates for free travel. They are basically a travel agency that sells vacation certificates to a company, who then in turn gives them away as prizes. Typically, you receive a certificate as a prize for attending a timeshare presentation, but I received one for test driving a car as well. These certificates are a good sell for Casablanca because companies buy them in bulk. The companies save money on the giveaways since Casablanca cuts them a good deal. Why does Casablanca make money off this? After all, they are giving away FREE travel. The secret is that most people who win these prizes never redeem them. The inst...Read More