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Las Vegas Resort Fees: The 2013 Guide

January 8, 2013 at 4:09 PM | by | Comments (31)

*Rooms and Resort Fees stats from Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

It's 2013, nearly five years since Las Vegas hotels began instituting the dreaded Daily Resort Fees. (Plus, tax!) The grinches who run the hotel ops in town have pretty much beaten us down to the point where unless we stay at a Caesars property (Update 2.21.13: As of March 1, Caesars will be charging resort fees) or somewhere in downtown (with the exception of the Plaza), we expect to cough up an additional $15 or more per day.

We know we should take more of a stand against this annoying practice. After all, when resort fees started back in 2008/2009, it was supposedly to make-up for the loss of visitors in the recession and for plummeting room rates. But, looking over some stats from the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority, we see some interesting things.

For 2012 (through October), rates were averaging about $105 a night. The occupancy rate was around 85 percent. Not quite the mid-90s rate of Vegas' halcyon days in the mid-aughts but clearly an improvement from 2009 when the occupancy rate threatened to dip below 80 percent. Also in 2009, room rates were averaging $95 a night. When we stayed at the Excalibur in 2009, they charged a simple $5 resort fee. That later increased to $12.95 by 2010 and then again to $15 this year.

So, in conclusion, room rates are going up, occupancy rates are going up and resort fees are going up? Ugh, we're afraid so. Currently, the top-tier properties along the Strip are all charging around $25 while mid-range hotels go from $15 to $20. We just hope no one decides to bump it to $30! (And, hope we didn't just jinx ourselves.)

So, until someone can get a petition.org thing going for resort fees (we've lost the will to do it, sorry), VegasChatter is here to help you navigate choppy resort fee waters. We will do our best to update the guide throughout the year, but always double-check that reservations page before you click "book" to determine how much your resort fee, per day, will be.

Hotels That DO NOT Have Resort Fees:

**2.21.13: Beginning March 1, 2013, all Caesars Entertainment properties will be charging resort fees ranging from $10-$25 a night.

***2.27.13: Beginning March 1, 2013, South Point will add a $12.50 per night resort fee.

****5.21.13: Beginning June 1, 2013, LVH will add a $18 per night resort fee.

*****7.2.13: Terrible's Silver Sevens enacted a $3 per night resort fee on June 1, 2013.

******7.24.13: Gold Coast, The Orleans, Sam's Town and Suncoast to charge $9.99 resort fees in August. The Quad to charge a new $15 fee in August as well.

*******8.7.13: The D and Golden Gate will implement a $20/night resort fee as of August 19, 2013.

********8.13: Off Strip hotel, Fortune, enacts $10/night resort fee.

· Bally's
· Bill's (Note: The hotel is closing on February 4, 2013. It will reopen in early 2014 with a new look and a new name. Not sure if a new resort fee is planned but let's hope not. Now that all Caesars properties will carry resort fees as or March 1, looks like Bill's will too.)
· Caesars Palace
· The California
· El Cortez
· Elara
· Flamingo
· Four Queens
· Fremont Street Casino
· Golden Gate
· Golden Nugget
· Harrah's
· Hilton Grand Vacations on the Las Vegas Strip
· Hilton Grand Vacations Las Vegas Convention Center
· Hilton Grand Vacations at the Flamingo
· LVH
· M Resort
· Main Street Station
· Paris Las Vegas
· Planet Hollywood
· Terrible's
· The D Las Vegas
· The Quad (formerly Imperial Palace)
· Platinum Hotel and Spa
· Rio Las Vegas
· South Point

Hotels that DO CHARGE Resort Fees*:

· ARIA: $25. Includes: daily newspaper, fitness center access, Internet everywhere, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls (in-room) and boarding pass printing. Best amenity: Internet.

· ARTISAN BOUTIQUE HOTEL: $9.95. Includes: Internet, bottled water, access to the pool and the Adult TV channel. Best amenity: Access to the Naked Experts of course.

· BALLY'S: $15 $18. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· BELLAGIO: $25. Includes: Internet, local and toll free phone calls, fitness center access and complimentary printing of boarding passes. Best amenity: Internet.

· CAESARS PALACE: $25. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. This includes the Nobu Hotel as well. Best amenity: Internet.

· CIRCUS CIRCUS: $7.95 $8.95. Includes: Internet, one premium ride at The Adventuredome (down from two last year), chips and salsa at Garden Grill Lounge, two free Midway games, two free drinks at West Casino or Slots A Fun bar (or a $5 credit toward other beverage purchase), two Fitness Room passes valid each day of your stay for up to two people, and free local and 800-number calls up to 30 minutes. Also included is a Resort Passbook with up to $150 worth of savings. Randomest amenity: Still, the chips and salsa.

· THE COSMOPOLITAN: $25. Includes: Internet, unlimited local, toll free and domestic long distance calls, 24-hour fitness center access, and tennis court access. Best Amenity: Tennis courts, we guess.

· THE D: $20. Includes: Free high-speed WiFi access, $10 off the D showroom tickets, and free local and toll free phone calls. Best Amenity: WiFi.

· ENCORE LAS VEGAS: $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited in-room local and toll-free phone calls. If you are staying in the Tower Suites, you do not have to pay a resort fee. Best amenity: Fitness center as the in-room Internet doesn't even work that well.

· EXCALIBUR LAS VEGAS: $15. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, incoming faxes, daily newspaper, domestic and long-distance calls and two free drinks per stay. Best amenity: The drinks (you're gonna need them.)

· FLAMINGO: $18. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· FORTUNE: $10. Includes: WiFi, free breakfast, shuttle service to Strip and McCarran Airport, local calls, TV as well as business center, gym, pool and hot tub usage. Best amenity: Shuttle service. And, the free food. Hopefully, we can take the breakfast on the road with us!

· FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY: $25. Includes: Internet for multiple devices, wireless internet in the lobby, by the pool and at the Verandah restaurant, in-room coffee and tea and in-room local and toll-free calls and shoeshine service. Best amenity: WiFi by the pool.

· GOLD COAST: $3.00 $9.99. Includes: fitness center, in-room coffee, unlimited local and 800 calls and a shuttle to the Strip and The Orleans. Best Amenity: Shuttle to the Strip.

· GOLD SPIKE: $7.95. Includes: Internet, fitness center, parking and two bottles of water. Best Amenity: Internet. The Gold Spike has closed its hotel and casino and is now only a bar and grill.

· GOLDEN GATE: $20. Includes: Free high-speed WiFi access, $10 off the D showroom tickets, and free local and toll free phone calls. Best Amenity: WiFi.

· GOLDEN NUGGET: $5. While saying it is not a resort fee, Golden Nugget enacted a $5 Fremont Street Experience Downtown Destination Fee on July 1. Amenities: A mysterious coupon booklet.

· GREEN VALLEY RANCH: $24.99. Includes: wired and wireless Internet, unlimited local and 800 calls, fitness center access, daily local newspaper, shoe shine service and airport shuttle service. Best amenity: The airport shuttle service.

· HARD ROCK LAS VEGAS: $22. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, shuttle service to and from Strip, daily newspaper, notary service, printing of boarding passes and unlimited domestic long distance phone calls. Best amenity: The Strip shuttle service.

· HARRAH'S: $18. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· HOTEL32 at MONTE CARLO: $25. Includes: internet, fitness center access, daily newspaper, complimentary copying and faxing, boarding pass printing and free local and 800 phone calls. Best Amenity: Internet.

· HOOTERS: $9.95 $14.50 Includes: Internet, fitness center access, two in-room bottles of water and unlimited, unlimited local telephone service and free access telephone connections (1-800 numbers). Randomest amenity: The 1-800 numbers, easily.

· LUXOR: $18 Includes: Internet, fitness center access, local, long distance and 800 phone calls, and daily newspaper. Best amenity: Internet.

· LVH: $18. Includes: In-room Internet for one device, fitness center access for two, "use of an in-room safe" (their words!) and local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Internet, we guess.

· MANDALAY BAY: $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls, boarding pass printing, outgoing faxes and daily newspaper. Randomest amenity: Outgoing faxes.

· MANDARIN ORIENTAL: $24. Includes: Internet access for up to five devices, fitness and wellness center access, scheduled yoga or Pilates classes, coffee and tea from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., unlimited in-room local and toll-free calls, a daily newspaper upon request and overnight shoe shines. Best amenity: Tie between multiple device Internet and pilates classes.

· MGM GRAND: $25. Includes: Internet, daily USA Today newspaper, cardio room access, boarding pass printing, business center services like notary and faxes, and unlimited local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· MIRAGE: $25. Includes Internet, cardio room access, daily newspaper, boarding pass printing, notary service, faxes and unlimited local and toll-free calls. Best amenity: Internet, duh.

· MONTE CARLO: $20. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, daily newspaper, copying and faxing, boarding pass printing, local and toll free calls, in-room coffee and two bottles of water. Best amenity: The in-room coffee.

· NEW YORK, NEW YORK: $18. Includes: Internet in-room and public, fitness center access, unlimited local and 800-number calls, boarding pass printing, notary services, some faxes and daily newspaper. Best amenity: Internet in the public spaces.

· THE ORLEANS: $5 $6 $9.99. Includes: in-room WiFi for up to three devices, parking, use of the pool and fitness center, a newspaper, and in-room coffee. Randomest amenity: use of pool.

· PALACE STATION: $14.99 Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local, domestic long distance and 800 calls, daily local newspaper, gift shop discount, copy and fax services, special daily offers and discounts and airport shuttle service. Randomest amenity: Gift shop discount.

· PALAZZO: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, Canyon Ranch fitness center access, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls, a daily newspaper, boarding pass printing, one regular coffee at Café Presse and a 2-for-1 well drink, house wine or domestic beer at La Scena, Oculus, Laguna, Fusion or Salute lounges. Best amenity: Canyon Ranch access. Palazzo now gives guests the ability to decline the resort fee at check-in or check-out.

· PALMS: $20. Includes: 2-for-1 drinks at any on-site casino bar or the Rojo Lounge; internet, cardio center access (no weight-lifting!), shuttle service to Fashion Show Mall, daily newspaper for pick-up, boarding pass printing, some local and long distance calls, and some faxing. Best amenity: 2-for-1 drinks.

· PALMS PLACE: $20. Includes: 2-for-1 drinks at any on-site casino bar or the Rojo Lounge; internet, cardio center access (no weight-lifting!), shuttle service to Fashion Show Mall, daily newspaper for pick-up, boarding pass printing, some local and long distance calls, and some faxing. Best amenity: 2-for-1 drinks.

· PARIS LAS VEGAS: $20. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· PLANET HOLLYWOOD: $20. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· PLAZA: $10. Includes: "Free wireless, free 800 and local telephone calls, complimentary bottled water, free parking and a coupon book with over $250 in valuable offers." Best amenity: Free WiFi.

· RAVELLA: $22. Includes: Internet, local phone calls, daily newspaper, fitness center, in-room coffee and bottled water. Best amenity: Internet.

· RED ROCK: $24.99. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local and 800 calls, daily local newspaper, shoe shine service and airport shuttle service. Best amenity: Airport shuttle service.

· RIO LAS VEGAS: $18. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· RIVIERA: $15. Includes: internet, fitness center access, some incoming faxes (with restrictions), unlimited local and 800 calls, access to the tennis courts, two Comedy Club tickets, 2-for-1 show tickets to Jan Rouven, half off drinks at the Le Bistro Bar, one cup of coffee daily at the Pool Side Cafe and a coupon book with a $250 value. Best amenity: Toss up between coffee and comedy tickets.

· RUMOR RESORT: $11.99. Includes: Internet, two bottles of water and the Adult TV channel. Sexiest amenity: Adult TV channel.

· SAM'S TOWN: $4.50 $9.99 Includes: Local calls, fax services, shuttle service to the Strip and downtown.

· SILVER SEVENS (Formerly Terrible's): $3. Includes: Airport shuttle, local calls and free WiFi in the Corona Cantina bar. Best amenity: airport shuttle.

· SUNCOAST: $5 $9.99. Includes: Local calls, access to fitness center, in-room coffeemaker, daily newspaper, and coupon booklet.

· THE SIGNATURE AT MGM GRAND: $25. Includes: Internet in-room and public areas, fitness center access, unlimited local and 800 calls, in-room coffee and a daily newspaper. Best amenity: Internet in the public areas.

· THE QUAD: $10 $15. Includes: Internet for one device, fitness center access for two people per day and all local calls. Best amenity: Internet.

· SILVERTON: $4.99 Includes: toll-free and local phone calls, fitness center access and shuttle service. Best amenity: Since Internet is not included, we'll go with shuttle service.

· SOUTH POINT: $12.50. Includes: In-room Wi-Fi, fitness center access, local and toll free in room phone calls, boarding pass printing, airport shuttle (based on availability), 24-hour complimentary parking and a casino funbook.

· STRATOSPHERE: $7.50. $12.99 $14.99. Includes: Admission to the tower during regular operating hours for up to four guests, $19.99 tickets to see Frankie Moreno, 2-for-1 tickets to see PIN UP, access to fitness center, 20 percent discount on select services at the Roni Josef Spa and Salon and a discounted thrill ride pass. Does not include Internet. Best amenity: The discounted tix to see Frankie Moreno.

· THEhotel AT MANDALAY BAY: $25. Includes: Internet, Cardio Center access, unlimited local and toll free calls, daily newspaper, boarding pass printing and outgoing faxes. Best amenity: Internet.

· TREASURE ISLAND: $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, 2-for-1 cocktails, 2-for-1 lunch or dinner buffet, daily newspaper, local and toll free phone calls, boarding pass printing, up to 10 pages of copies and faxes and $20 credit for a future stay. (See the breakdown of value here.) Best Amenity: $20 credit for future stay.

· TROPICANA: $19.99.: Includes: Internet, fitness center access, two bottled waters per stay, 50-percent off drinks from Tropicana Bar from 4-6 p.m. daily, local and 800 phone calls, incoming and outgoing faxes and photocopies and boarding pass printing. Best Amenity: 50 percent off drinks daily from 4-6 p.m.

· TRUMP: $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, $25 credit at the Trump Spa, Shuttle service to the Wynn Las Vegas and Forum Shops, two bottles of water daily, local and toll free phone calls, incoming faxes, boarding pass printing, newspaper delivery, in-room coffee and shoe shine service. Best amenity: Spa discount.

· TUSCANY SUITES: $14. Includes: 2 for 1 entree at either Cantina or Marilyn's Cafe, $20 food credit with $40 purchase at Tuscany Gardens, match play on table games, valet parking, fitness center, in-room safes, local phone calls, in-room coffee, internet throughout reception and convention areas (but need to pay extra in the rooms.) Best Amenity: $20 food credit?

· VDARA: $25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, local and 800 phone calls, newspaper, turndown service and two bottles of water. Best amenity: Internet.

· VENETIAN LAS VEGAS: $20 $25. Includes: Internet, Canyon Ranch fitness center access, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls, a daily newspaper, boarding pass printing, one regular coffee at Café Presse and a 2-for-1 well drink, house wine or domestic beer at La Scena, Oculus, Laguna, Fusion or Salute lounges. Best amenity: Canyon Ranch access. Venetian now gives guests the ability to decline the resort fee at check-in or check-out.

· WESTIN CASUARINA: $11.50. Includes: daily newspaper, fitness center access, pool access, unlimted local and 800 calls, boarding pass printing, notary public services and incoming faxes. Randomest amenity: Tie between incoming faxes and notary public.

· WILD WILD WEST: $5.99. Includes: Use of pool, local calls, laundry facilities and WiFi. Best Amenity Win: Hanging by the pool using the WiFi while you have a load of laundry running.

· WYNN LAS VEGAS:$25. Includes: Internet, fitness center access, unlimited local and toll-free phone calls. Once again, this fee does not apply to those booking the Tower Suites. Best amenity: See Encore above.

*NOTE: We've abbreviated the description of resort fee amenities in the interest of space and eye-strain so, as always, make sure to read the fine print to see if the fax service will allow you to fax your grandfather all ten pages of your family tree history...with color photos.

SEEN A RESORT FEE THAT WE FORGOT? LET US KNOW WHICH ONE! OR EVEN BETTER, TELL EVERYONE IN COMMENTS BELOW.

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LUXOR

Note: the Internet at the LUXOR is NOT WiFi, or atleast it was not as of 2 months ago.   who still does wired internet?

Paris

does not have a resort fee. Also, I recall some nice youtube videos with beautiful ladies talking about this subject.

JW Marriott Resort and Spa

JW Marriott in Summerlin does not have a mandatory Resort fee, but you can purchase one and it comes with lots of great deals.

Strat

says you get pool access. Gee, isn't that already part of the hotel? I'm sorry, but $20-25 per day for a 50 cent newspaper and 2 fifty cent bottles of water and internet access is just ridiculous. I'll stay downtown and buy my own newspaper. If I feel like coffee I'll go over to the Medical Arts and use their free Wi Fi while I sip my coffee

Skylofts

Has no Resort Fee.

Hotel32 at the Monte Carlo

"A daily resort fee of $25.00 (excluding applicable tax) will be added upon check-in. Includes the following hotel services: fitness center access, daily newspaper, high speed internet access, complimentary copying and faxing, boarding pass printing, plus free local and (800) calls."

Aria SkySuites

Same as Aria and "two welcome cocktails per stay".

Las Vegas Resort Fees: The 2013 Guide

The Fremont Hotel and Casino downtown does not have a resort fee.

Tuscany

While a little low-key and off the radar, they somehow manage to charge $10  for fitness center access, in-room coffee maker and safe as well as free wifi in common areas.

Updating!

Thanks, will update all of these. Tuscany was on our list last year. That was an oversight for this year. Also, it looks like we should do a report on Resort Fees that include WiFi and those that offer wired.

Four Queens

Last time I stayed at the Four Queens downtown there was no resort fee.  That was last February, but I'm fairly certain they haven't added one.

Gold Coast

$3.00 per day.  

Gold Spike

$7.95 + Tax a day for "24 Hour Wireless Internet, Fitness Center, Pool Access, Parking, and 2 Bottles of Water"

Gold Spike tricky

thanks for the Gold Spike update. their website does not tell you about the resort fee until the last step of the booking process. even then, they don't say what it includes. i hate that.

NYNY

I was on NYNY's website and it appears they may have gone up to $20/day

CAESARS

Aaaaaaand....Ceasars has finally caved.  Resort fees coming next month.  Crap.

Et tu, Caesar?

They were all bragging about how they were all better than everybody else because they didn't do it, and how it's your money and you should spend it how you like and blah blah. Now they've joined the dark side.

higher and higher

Vdara bumped up $3 and has been at $28 since late March.  :(

Multi-element pricing

Like many people I look for clear pricing and strongly prefer 'one price covers all'. But with airline travel we now accept a fare, plus the 'taxes, fees and charges' element, plus baggage charges, food for sale, and so the list goes on. Now, it seems, the cost of staying in a hotel is room rate, plus resort charge. Look out for the next step: one London hotel has an optional charge for towels. Avoid this fee by bringing your own. Where will this multi-pricing of hotel rooms end?
Perhaps, though, we should take a broader view over a longer time frame. Thanks to cell phones, hotels have largely lost the revenue stream from expensive in-room calls. Thanks to laptops, in-room movies at an inflated price are largely history. But there's a difference: these charges were optional and could be avoided.

So what would happen if resort fees as a daily charge were waived, and a 'pay-per-use' fee levied for pool usage, in-room coffee, fitness center access etc? Guests would rebel when they saw their itemized bill at check-out.

The best way I can think of to protest about these resort fees is to explain politely at check-in that you object to this fee, and that you will, therefore, treat the hotel as a resort only. You will sleep there and use all the facilities. But you will not spend one penny more at this property. Your budget for meals, gambling etc will be spent elsewhere. Then, once you are home, write politely to the general manager telling him this and let him know how much you actually spent elsewhere. In this way people power is sufficient to defeat resort fees.

Orleans amount is wrong.

Sign on counter when we were at Orleans in April said $6 per night resort fee not the $5 mentioned here.  Just booked a reservation for August there and was quoted a $9.95 resort fee.

Wild Wild West

I read some place they are charging 4.95 resort fee.

@digdougpt

Thanks! I called and they said it's not a resort fee, it's an amenity fee. Ahem. It's 5.99 and covers use of the pool, local calls, laundry facilities and WiFi. I added to our master list.

@MrIsland

Thanks for letting us know. I'm looking into it!

Updates

In the list is the "Fremont Street Casino" -- that should be corrected to simply "Fremont", or "Fremont Hotel & Casino", if you prefer.

Also, as VegasChatter has reported, the Golden Nugget is now charging a $5/night "Downtown Destination Fee" which, while it doesn't include any amenities that a typical resort fee claims to add, it is a semi-hidden mandatory nightly fee akin to a resort fee.

MGM Resorts' Resort Fees Are Taxed

The base amount is still correct, but they're charging tax, which inflates the fee.  When I stayed at Vdara back in May, they tacked $3/day in tax on the $25 resort fee.  

Yes

Many of these cited prices do not include tax.

Updates Again

  • The Golden Nugget's $5/night fee is $5, not $10 as currently reported.

  • Both The D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate have added $20/night resort fees.

@knagl

Thanks for the typo catch on the Golden Nugget. I hope it wasn't foreshadowing! Eep.

And, yes, in regards to the other two downtown properties. Thanks for the reminder. I was just thinking I needed to go through here and update everything again! Unfortunately, I've been doing that way too much this year.

Palms Resort Fees and suggestions

Just returned Oct 9, 2013.

1 - Resort fees taxed. Shuttle bus is limited to 12 people. Present room key to board..runs until 8pm to The Forum Shoppes at Caesar's Palace.
Suggestion: Take ROUTE 202 bus eastbound to the Strip ( 4 stops away). Bus stop located outside to the right of hotel. Buy 24 hour bus pass with unlimited rides/free transfers for $8  or better yet get a 3day pass for $20. Use Credit/Debit card at automated machine at Bellagio bus stop.
2 - No mention of 2 for 1 drinks anywhere. Even inquired at check-in and they said no. No beers specials anywhere ( ie: 2-4-1 during football, etc ). They had vodka and whiskey specials for $5 during football games only.
3 - Internet access for one device.
4 - Business Center internet charges are $5.00 for ten minutes. Otherwise those computers are for use of printing boarding passes only. located on 2nd FL of Fantasy Tower.
5 - Suggestion: Get a free membership to their PALMS CLUB and show your card to enjoy on the spot discounts at the 24/7 DINER, the buffet, and food court restaurants. Examples: $8.99 prime rib dinner, 15% off at EARL OF SANDWICH deli. Charge your food to the room and get points added to your PALMS card. ( They give you points per dollars spent at casino and anywhere on property). Then pay all at check-out.
6 - Taxi to the Airport is about $15 if the driver goes east on Flamingo from the hotel, and makes a right on PARADISE RD straight to the airport. More $$$ if he goes highway.
Wanna use that bus pass you bought to get there? Take the #202 and transfer at Paradise Rd to the #109. Approximately 1 hour. I prefer cab if you have bags.

golden gate

the resort fee for the Golden Gate is more than the room cost. In november  a mid week room is $17. the resort fee is $20. What a joke.
Resort fees suck.

LasVegasTravelTickets.com Updates!

Some of our guests indicated that you can negotiate these fees with various Las Vegas Hotel's Front Desk Managers. It doesn't hurt to ask as some said yes and some said no. http://www.LasVegasTravelTickets.com

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