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St. Louis
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Southwest Vacations

I was wondering if anyone has used Southwest Vacations to book a trip to Las Vegas? If so - how did it go for you? Were you offered a room upgrade upon arrival?


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1. Re: Southwest Vacations

We have used Southwest Vacations for every Vegas trip we've taken (5), and they have been great. We weren't offered a room upgrade, but the standard rooms at the Mandalay Bay were great.

St. Louis
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2. Re: Southwest Vacations

Thanks for the follow-up TMO. I am thinking about booking a Deluxe Room at the Mirage thru Southwest Vacations.

Omaha, Nebraska
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3. Re: Southwest Vacations

I had no problems with SWV - booked hotel and flight.

But next trip I am just going to do it myself, based on what I read here , I have to think I can get better rates or upgrades if I go to the hotels directly and now that I am on the email lists and players clubs of some of them I see more special offers.

So I am keeping my eyes on my mail box and installed DING from SWA and when an attractive deal is available I will book it.

Oakland, California
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I have found that Southwest Vacations does save me money since they bundle the room with the airfare. Depending on your departure city, travel days (not Fri - Sun) and choice of hotel, you can get a very good bargain trip to Vegas. My next Southwest Vacations solo trip is 7/9 - 7/12 (Sat - Tues): very decent flight times from/to Oakland with three nights at The Orleans, all for $330 total. Considering the airfare alone on Southwest would have been about $175 roundtrip -- after all of the security fees -- its' like I'm getting three nights lodging for about $150 (and one of those nights is a Saturday).

The wife and I have booked several vacations with Southwest and have never had a problem. The one downside to this is you can't check-in for your flight online or at a SW kiosk since the vacation packages are NOT ticketless; you actually have to get your boarding pass from a live human being!

I've never been offered a room upgrade at check-in, but then again, I'm not there for the room. I'm sure if you ask, you may get upgraded depending on the hotel/casino and the number of vacancies.

They are currently running special packages to Vegas thru the end of September. Check it out:


San Antonio, Tx
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5. Re: Southwest Vacations

My wife and I have used them several times. If you can catch the Internet fares and get either casino rates or good offers from the casino marketing folks, you come out ahead booking your own. If you don't get any offers from the casino marketing folks, then the package deal from Southwest Vacations usually works out being pretty good. I guess what I'm really saying is that Vegas regulars probably want to do it themselves, while newbies or those who don't go as often will probably do better with Southwest Vacations. For package deals, I think they're the best. If you're scheduling around some special event, they sometimes make event tickets available at extremely good prices. A couple of years ago, my wife and I decided to go in early March on NASCAR weekend. We're casual fans, and I had checked ticket prices to find that they were a lot more than I was willing to pay. After scheduling through Southwest Vacations, they included decent seats at the NASCAR race at the original selling price. These tickets were less than half what I would have had to pay otherwise.

Saint Peters...
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Have used SWA vacations twice. Once with airfare and hotel for a spur of the moment wedding for friends. No problems at all. Other one I just made hotel reservations. American Airlines was almost $100 per person cheaper for direct flight.

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SW VACATIONS are convient but expensive. You do not usually get the best flight times.

DO IT URSELF reservations are better, cheaper.

WATCH SWA """DING """ program.

Also, the standard reservation program.

Also, be on their e-mail list for specials.

Plan at least 3 months in advance to take advantage of the low prices to fill some seats.

Watch the web sites for hotel specials.

Its a matter of timing the 2 reservations to get the best price.

EG> Orleans casino-6-7 september-- FREE ROOMS, 8-9 at casino rate before comp.

SWA -- 86.00 each way San Antonio---Las Vegas. "DING PRICE" Watch an wait

San Jose, CA US
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I booked a SW vacation to Vegas once. I don't think the rate saved me much money compared to booking the flight through them and booking the hotel direct. In the end it actually cost me more when I found out that hotels can not comp rooms reserved through a travel agent. They covered all my meals and comped my next trip, but I would have saved about $900 had I booked directly with the hotel. As an FYI, using SW Vacation you also lose the flexibility of canceling at no cost or rebooking at a cheaper rate in the event the rates drop.

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""" SPYDER """" hit the nail on the head. FLEXIBILITY.

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We have booked our last two trips to Vegas with Southwest Vacations including the one we will be taking in roughly two weeks. The price is incredible and we have never had a problem. As far as changing or upgrading your reservation, the flights are set in stone, but last year we asked very nice and recieved a killer upgrade into a two bedroom suite at no extra charge for all 3 nights.