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We've loved it so much that, sometimes, we've booked a room at MGM Grand just to use it. Sadly, however, our days of an easy, breezy, beautiful
Covergirl Vegas check in are gone.
Yes, MGM Grand has closed its handy airport check-in desk at McCarran. Our @sammasseur stumbled upon the sad Vegas news today. We're not quite sure when off-site reps handed out their last room key, but we were able to confirm that it's gone for good. We may have to pay someone to stand in line for us in the main lobby now, while we rest on those new benches way over by the gift shop.
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Have you ever landed in Vegas and realized that you forgot your favorite lipstick and that you just cannot, cannot, CANNOT be seen in public until you get some color on your kisser? No? Yes? Either way, if this ever happens to you (or the lady you are traveling with), know that Benefit Cosmetics has a vending machine at the new terminal at McCarran Airport.
Called Glam Up & Away, the make-up dispensary is dressed as vintage pink bus and features a variety of Benefit's best products from foundation to eyeliners, lip plumpers, bronzers and concealers. They even have cute little TSA-approved travel kits too. We're especially big fans of They're Real! mascara.
Of course, there are plenty of other options to buy lipstick or mascara or whatever you need. Not only have a bunch of drugstores opened up along the Strip, there's a massive Sephora next to the Venetian. And, we all know how that trip will end. You, $100 poorer. Maybe you should try your luck at the tables first?
If you've been wishing for a new way to get from McCarran Airport to your hotel, it's now waiting for you (close to) curbside.
SuperShuttle has locations all over the US as well as in France and Mexico but, until recently, Las Vegas wasn't one of them. That changed earlier this month when McCarran execs officially welcomed the shuttle service to the family.
SuperShuttle suggests advance reservations so they can group you together with others headed in your general area with minimal fuss. You can make them by phone (800-BLUE-VAN), web, or via their Android or iPhone apps. Right now, SuperShuttle currently facilitates runs to The Strip and downtown. (Although, from playing around on the site, other areas seem to be available, too.)
Sometimes, the best stories we do aren't ones we pen. Sometimes, we're happy to get out of the way and give others the
mic webpage. This summer, after we ranted about still being long-hauled from McCarran, lots of you weighed in on this shifty move. Fifty-four of you, in fact. The post ran on July 24, but it's the most recent comment, left on September 11, we want to point out. Left by RustyChops41, it was titled "Tips From An Honest Driver":
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Among the quieter amenities in Las Vegas are the various free hotel shuttles that ferry guests to and from the Strip, McCarran Airport, and a few other points along the way. While they may not be the most popular of Vegas pastimes, these shuttles can erase worries over getting long-hauled or simply figuring out directions.
These shuttles, in general, are intended for guests of a specific hotel-casino, though, drivers will often allow non-hotel guests to board, if there is room. While they may not be as frequent as the city's public transportation options or as quick as a taxi or rental car, they can be an awesome way to chat with visitors and locals and, possibly, find a new Vegas fave.
So, just where can you go on a hotel shuttle in Vegas? We highlight what's offered by Boyd Gaming and Caesars Entertainment below. Several other free shuttle routes include stops at Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, and additional areas of interest. Also, a number of the chain properties offer airport and Strip shuttles including select La Quintas, Hampton Inns, Best Westerns, etc. (And, an interesting note to keep at the back of your mind, sometimes those shuttle can be utilized by reward members, even if they aren't hotel guests. The best thing to do is call and ask.)
Even though we've said it over and over again, we'll tell you once more: Don't let that airport cab driver long-haul you to your hotel on the Strip. And, the best way to do this is to tell the driver you don't want to take the tunnel or freeway immediately when you approach the cab. If you don't, he'll long-haul your ass, taking you on a ride that's at least two miles longer than necessary and charging you extra $$$, too.
That's what happened to me last week. I arrived in Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon. Not exactly a high tourist arrival time. And, keep in mind, that I come to Vegas monthly. I know better than to let the taxi drivers long-haul me. But, this time, I was trying to answer a work email on my phone as I hopped in the cab and didn't think to tell the driver not to take the tunnel or the freeway. He also distracted me with random questions about what I was doing here and where I was from. Then, before I knew it, we were riding through the dreaded tunnel. All for a trip to Mandalay Bay. One of the closest hotels to the airport. So much for that checkpoint, huh?
Terminal 3 at McCarran Airport has been open just about a year now and while we ran and wandered around last year checking out the new
airport smell space, it was only recently we were cleared to personally takeoff. And, she still looks pristine -- even the bathrooms! It's easily one of the nicest terminals we've seen in awhile, and also one of the easiest to get in and out of.
Frequent fliers have been watching it grow for a while now. McCarran Airport's new, $99 million air traffic control tower looks as if it's almost ready to go after breaking ground in 2011. But, it won't be until early 2015 before it's actually in use.
VegasChatter friend Greg C. has been chronicling the tower's progress. In this post, you'll see snapshots that he's taken from July 2012 up until now. While the tower's frame is close to being finished, there are still high-tech electronics, heating and air conditioning, and other systems to install and test.
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By definition a long haul is traveling a long distance or time. Hauling is usually used when discussing freight, not humans. Like everything else in Vegas, a long haul is slightly different. In Vegas, long hauling is the process of cab drivers taking customers for a longer distance so they can charge more without telling said customer. Long hauling has been around Vegas for years, but it's been in the mainstream news a lot lately because it's happening more than ever before.
A press release sent out from the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau last week says that over 22% of 2,370 cab rides to and from McCarran Airport took a longer trip than necessary. According to this study, long hauling totaled up to almost $15 million in over-charges last year. Here's an example from last night:
Four years after launching flights into Las Vegas from San Francisco, Virgin America has finally begun offering three flights daily from Sin City's #1 market -- Los Angeles. If you haven't flown Sir Richard Branson's hip U.S. airline before, here's what to expect onboard:
· Purple mood lighting
· Leather seats
· Outlets under the seats
· Two rows of First Class seats and two rows of Main Cabin Select seats which include extra legroom
· Seatback TVs where you can order movies, watch satellite TVs, play games, order food and drinks and even send your seatmates a cocktail
Sexy Friendly flight attendants and pilots
· An overall more modern and more comfortable flying experience
Virgin America began service to McCarran Airport back in 2007, but in all those years, it's never offered flights from LAX to LAS. That will change in two weeks on April 22 when the air carrier launches three daily nonstop flights between Sin City and the City of Angels.
Flights can be had, if you're lucky, for as low as $39 bucks. First Class will start at $79. Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased via virginamerica.com or by calling 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN. Here's a look at the flight schedule: