Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sunday, November 5, 2017

No More Free Rides

The greedy corporate hotels of Las Vegas, namely Caesars properties, have joined with MGM in their quest to make even more money by charging for parking... Hotel guests, locals and casual visitors.
Free parking at Strip hotels was always a benefit of Las Vegas tourism.
The good thing, however, is if you apply for a MLife Mastercard from MGM, you are upgraded to Pearl Status which entitles you to park FREE at MGM properties on the Strip.
Overdevelopment is the major cause of this by MGM's T-Mobile Arena. The project opened way ahead of a parking garage to complicate the problem.
If you're planning on visiting Las Vegas, DO NOT RENT A CAR!! Parking will cost as much a your entire vacation!
In addition to paid parking issues, there is this:

Rideshare is only a couple of minutes away.
Download the LYFT app and use Promo Code "LV4YOU" for discounted rides.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Little Off Topic For Me (and you)!

Hello FoodieWicky readers!

 I recently was able to start selling a new wearable piece of technology known as the HELO LX. Similar to a Fitbit and a Samsung watch, but so much more AND, through apps, it can take it to further heights.
I am not here to sell you and waste your time, but PLEASE take a minute to click on the link below and watch the video. If you're interested, either follow the instructions on the website or contact me.  Thank you for watching!

UPDATE:  Use this link to view the video BUT PLEASE DO NOT fill in your info at the end. Contact me directly at  RHSACHS201@GMAIL.COM

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Here We Go Again!! United Passenger Told Massive Fuel Leak Was 'Normal'

United Passenger Told Massive Fuel Leak Was 'Normal': Not only did United botch the mechanical issue, but its customer service made things worse yet again. (Credit

ARE YOU KIDDING ME.....AGAIN?!?!?!?  I will keep my United/Chase credit card, but since I now live in Las Vegas, Nevada, I can fly Southwest almost anywhere including Mexico.  Happy Landings!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Pat's Pizza, Chicago...Since 1950!

A Chicago institution since 1950.
I am a pizza snob as I was born and raised in New Jersey with NJ and NY pizza.
One cannot even compare NJ/NY to Chicago pizza whether Deep Dish, thin, or thick since they are in completely different categories. I learned this a few years ago and to compare would not be fair.  I ordered a 12 inch sausage and mushroom pie. Thin crust is GOOD and thank God it was not a cracker crust or cardboard with ketchup!!  The sauce was decent and the cheese was real. I enjoyed the "9 pieces of paper" measurement cut in small squares, not slices, apparently a Chicago thing. One MUST appreciate the fact that Pat's is a family owned institution in a setting that probably has not changed much since opening day. I love and appreciate restaurants like this! The variety of beers was well appreciated.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

United Airlines.....UGH! Again!

We all know that United Airlines has gone to hell since their not so easy merger has happened.
I really do not look forward to being a United customer, since I'm able to fly on Southwest at almost every chance. Enjoy this video from The Jimmy Kimmel Show on April 10, 2017.....It sums up United Airlines in 30 seconds...............


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MGM Raising Parking Rates...AGAIN!!!

If you're planning a trip to Law Vegas anytime soon, you must be responsible to yourself and read up on parking fees at Strip hotels and be prepared to be ripped off if you need to park that rental car.
My advice is NOT to patronize these mega-hotels and check out other properties nearby. This is a poor business decision and a public relations disaster in my opinion as for the residents of Las Vegas.
Yes, real people live here too.  Read on, you will thank me later.

This informative story appeared today in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

By Richard N. Velotta Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 4, 2017 - 12:43 pm

Less than a year after implementing parking fees at most of its properties, MGM Resorts  International will increase its rates next week, some by as much as 39 percent.
The company confirmed Tuesday that it would increase valet and self-parking rates at 12 properties beginning April 12. MGM will add a new tier for calculating self-parking rates. Instead of charging to park from one to four hours, the company will implement a rate for one to two hours and a higher rate for two to four hours.
The company will continue to allow free parking for up to an hour for people visiting for short errands or purchasing event tickets. The company’s Circus Circus property will continue to have free self-parking.

“We are adjusting the parking rates for a variety of business-related reasons,” said MGM spokeswoman Yvette Monet. “These adjustments are based on market analyses we have conducted since we implemented the program.”
The daily valet parking rate for MGM’s top-tier properties — Aria, Bellagio and Vdara — will climb from the current $18 for 24 hours to $25, a 39 percent increase.
MGM started the trend of paid parking at Strip properties when company officials announced in January 2016 their intent to begin charging customers later in the year. The company started charging people to park at properties near T-Mobile Arena in April when events started being scheduled at the state-of-the-art venue.
In June, gates, scanners and pay stations were installed in parking garages and guests began paying. Nevada residents caught a break through the end of December, getting to park free by scanning a barcode on their driver’s licenses to get free admission to garages.
But that ended Dec. 29 and now, everybody pays.
Customers can still park for free if they hold top-tier M life loyalty cards. Self-parking is free for holders of Pearl, Gold, Platinum and NOIR levels while valet parking is complimentary for the Gold, Platinum and NOIR levels.
The company also in December introduced a branded M life Mastercard through First National Bank of Omaha that enables free parking.

Other companies followed MGM’s paid parking lead. Today, guests of Caesars Entertainment properties pay to park, but Nevada residents can scan their licenses to get free access. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas also announced plans for paid parking and Wynn Las Vegas put a fee on valet parking, but not self-parking.
When MGM first announced its $90 million parking initiative, officials said the revenue generated by the parking fees would be dedicated to building a new $54 million, 3,000-space parking structure near the Excalibur,  close to T-Mobile Arena to add parking for arena events.
In addition, the company said it would invest $36 million in upgrades and enhancements to existing parking facilities. MGM’s current parking lots lack improvements available through technology, including space availability and way-finding systems.
Company officials declined to provide parking revenue figures and did not have an update on the company’s announced plans for an annual parking pass.
Contact Richard N. Velotta at or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.
New parking rates

Starting April 12, parking rates at MGM properties will increase:


At Aria, Bellagio and Vdara: $20 for up to four hours and $25 for four to 24 hours
At Mandalay Bay, Delano, MGM Grand, New York-New York, The Mirage and Excalibur: $15 for up to four hours and $20 for four to 24 hours
At Excalibur, Circus Circus, Luxor and Monte Carlo: $10 for up to four hours and $15 for four to 24 hours

No charge for the first hour at any property

At Aria, Bellagio and Vdara: $7 for one to two hours, $12 for two to four hours and $15 for four to 24 hours
At Mandalay Bay, Delano, MGM Grand, New York-New York, The Mirage, Excalibur: $7 for one to two hours, $10 for two to four hours and $12 for four to 24 hours
At Excalibur, Luxor, Monte Carlo: $5 for one to two hours, $8 for two to four hours and $10 for four to 24 hours
No charge for self-parking at Circus Circus.

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