We just returned from a trip to the Beau Rivage in Biloxi on a casino junket and wanted to offer some details that may be of interest to those of you considering taking the trip.
I read everything I could find on any number of websites before we left and could not find anything that offered the level of detail I was seeking. I hope this account fills in some blanks for others. I will post it in segments so as not to overwhelm anyone.
Sorry….it is kinda long....
I had received several of the postcard offers for the free airfare and 3 night stay at the Beau Rivage last year but at first thought they were time share pitches and didn’t look that closely. Then, one day I took a closer look and thought it sounded too good to be true. On our last trip to Las Vegas last summer, I played quite a bit of blackjack at the $25 minimum table (I don’t play much slots) at the Bellagio. I assume my level of play put me on the list for the Beau Rivage offer.
I did some online research and learned that it was indeed a great offer and decided to take advantage of it. Unfortunately, the flight had already filled up by the time I decided to give it a try so I had to wait and hope I would get another chance. The next postcard offer arrived in early June for a trip in late July and I called to book it that same day. The offer is for two adults; must be 21 or over. You give them some information over the phone and they send you a booking confirmation by e-mail right away; then by mail a few weeks before you leave. You can cancel at least 7 days before departure without penalty; after that its $40 a person.
On the day of departure you call a number listed on the documents to check on flight times (ours was on-time) and ticket counter information. The charter uses Vision Airlines which doesn’t have a permanent ticket counter at the Minneapolis airport. We were told to check in at the Sun Country airlines counter. Check in was smooth, one bag each is free to check at counter and you don’t see it again until it arrives in your room at the Beau Rivage about 2 hours after you arrive. Our boarding passes did not have my wife and me sitting together, but we were able to reconfigure our seats once everyone was on board.
Everyone on the plane is going to the same place and is in a great mood. It is a flight unlike any you have experienced. The flight attendants are nothing like the vaguely annoyed and occasionally haughty ones we all encounter on the regular flights. These are energetic and seem genuinely happy to be part of the fun. You are informed that there are soft drinks and plenty of booze aboard but no beer or wine and the drinks are free. Our flight was a little over two hours and beverage service began after about a half hour in the air. The attendants bring a beverage cart up the aisle that is filled with large bottles of (off brand) liquor. You don’t get the tiny bottles you find on regular flights. The attendants take your drink order and pour it directly from the bottle as strong as you’d like. They came by twice during our flight. I tipped a buck per drink.
After the drinks, it’s time to play the money game. The flight attendants inform us that in order to play, we are to take either a $1, a $5, a $10, a $20 or a $100 bill (or all 5) and write our seat number on it. Then, toward the end of the flight, they will draw one bill from each bag and the person sitting in that seat wins that bag of money. In our flight, the $1 bag had about $100 in it. The $5 bag had about $400 in it, the $10 had $700 or so, the $20 had $900 or so and the $100 bag had $1400. We didn’t win.
More to Come...