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On Monday several different packages for Las Vegas hotels such as MGM Skylofts, Mirage, Luxor, and more will go on sale via the Daily Getaway Deals. Last year I was lucky enough to purchase a package to the Mirage that is virtually identical to the one for sale this year. Even though there are very limited quantities of these packages available, I have received several questions regarding my experience with the Mirage deal last year, so here are my thoughts.
First, I want to be clear that while I think the package is a great deal, it is by no means inexpensive. The package for the Mirage is selling for $1510, or $1359 with the 10% Amex discount. However, if you were already planning on spending some cash for a pretty fancy Vegas trip, then this can be a good way to stretch your dollars even further.
Here is what the package includes:
- A 4 consecutive night stay in a “Mirage Suite” or similar suite (double occupancy).
- Airport limo transfers to and from McCarran Airport to The Mirage.
- Dinner for 2 at Stack.
- Dinner for 2 at Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak.
- Dinner for 2 at Onda Italian Cuisine.
- VIP seating for 2 to The Beatles LOVE™ by Cirque du Soleil®.
- VIP seating for 2 to Terry Fator.
- Massages for 2 at The Mirage Spa.
- VIP amenities of champagne and strawberries in your guest room.
- Please note that this offer expires December 29, 2013. Blackout dates apply for holidays (July 4, November 28, December 24-25, 2013).
While this is just a rough valuation, I think you can value the nights in a suite at $250 each, for a total of $1000 (though that will vary based on the going rate on the days you go to Vegas). With the Amex discount you are now only $359 from breaking even. I would value the airport transportation at $50, the two VIP seats to Love at $125 each, the VIP seats to Terry Fator at $100 each, the massages in the spa at $100 each, the champagne and strawberries at $50, and each of the three dinners are all worth a maximum of $500 each.. That comes to $3,250 if you maximize the value of the package.
When we went last year we only wanted to go for three nights, but my parents were going at the same time. We asked if we could use one of our four nights for a room for them for the night and they agreed. The restaurants did not accept children under the age of 5, so we couldn’t bring our daughter along. Instead, we had my parents babysit while we enjoyed some of the meals, and we had my husband and parents all go to dinner once while I stayed in the room with C, and they brought food back for us to eat.
To maximize the value of the package and the $500 available for dinner (that can also go toward tip and alcohol) we shared some with my parents, and also ordered good alcohol at dinner. Still, it can be hard to spend $500 for each dinner, so it is possible not everyone will get the max value out of that situation.
I think that the Cirque show Love is very enjoyable, and my parents said the Terry Fator show was also entertaining. In both cases the seats were very good.
The Mirage spa is quite extensive and we both thought highly of our included Swedish massages.
Our suite was one of the smaller suites that doesn’t have a true divider from the bedroom and the living room, but it did have two bathrooms (one of which had a huge bathtub) which was quite helpful. We also made good use of the extra space for naptime and all of C’s toys.
I did get a chance to experience some other suite types at the Mirage which I liked better, but this was still much better than a standard room. While it wasn’t specifically advertised in the deal, we were also able to access the VIP check-in and lounge during our stay. Being able to quickly run into the lounge for a drink (both alcoholic and non-) or some light snacks was very handy. While I love the Mirage hotel, it does run a bit short on the “grab and go” food options, so accessing the VIP check-in area saved us some real time and money.
I plan to do a post in the very near future on some kid-friendly things to do in Vegas, but whether you bring your kiddos along on this deal or not, this package can be a tremendous value if the included amenities and activities were already on your agenda.
We won’t be trying for it again this year, but I think we got way more than our money’s worth last year – especially since it ended up benefiting both my parents as well as our little family of three.