Mark’s dad had a great line on free stuff, “nobody gives you nothin for nothin.” And that is absolutely true in Las Vegas.
We’re Not High Rollers
Neither of us is a big gambler. We both grew up in the Philadelphia area when Atlantic City opened up, and then gambling came to Pennsylvania. But we rarely went, and it took quite a few visits to build up any rewards even when did go.
As a matter of fact, we’ve been in Florida for almost a decade and have only been to the casinos here twice. And the one in Tampa is less than a thirty-minute drive.
My Vegas Slots
We don’t remember exactly who or how we got turned onto this app. But, we both signed up for this free My Vegas Slots app on our iPhones. We’re pretty sure you can play on Facebook too!
The app is affiliated with MGM Resorts, and you can earn My Vegas Slots Loyalty Points by playing online digital slot machines. YES, you can spend money if you want to buy more chips. But neither of us did.
We’d sit and play at night while watching tv and making travel plans. And to be completely honest, we left it on auto spin while we wrote blogs.
By the time we left for Vegas, we actually racked up quite a few Loyalty points between us.
Using Loyalty Points
When you go into the Rewards section of the My Vegas Slots app, you find rewards for everything from BOGOS at MGM Resorts properties for drinks, or dining, discounts on Las Vegas shows, tours and it looks like they have added some stuff like 20 cents off per gallon of gas a Circle K or food at Rally’s and Checkers.
So before we headed to Las Vegas, we eyed up a few rewards as we were staying at the Vdara, an MGM Resorts property with two others, Bellagio and Aria, connected to our hotel.
BOGO Bellagio Buffet
Since the Bellagio is connected to the Vdara where we were staying, we passed through it a lot to get to the strip, to see the Christmas decorations in the conservatory, and watch the Bellagio Fountain.
Since the Bellagio was so close, we scooped up the 2 for 1 Bellagio Buffet Reward. The Brunch Buffet during the week is $49.99 and a little more on the weekend.
We went sometime around 2:00 PM and made this our main meal of the day. We were seated right away at a table for two, not too far from the bar.
The Bellagio Buffet is HUGE with tons of options for both Breakfast and Lunch foods. We ate our fair share of everything. We had plenty of crispy Bacon and fluffy Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, carved meats, and Roasted Vegetables.
Mark dove headfirst into everything Chuck doesn’t eat and doesn’t make at home, like Smoked Salmon, Oysters Rockefeller, and Tuna Poke.
For about twenty-five bucks each for an excellent Las Vegas Brunch buffet, we’d say we got a good deal with the My Vegas Slots.
Another My Vegas Slots reward was 2 for 1 Gelato at Bellagio in the Café Gelato. We stopped in one night after walking along the Strip. The reward was good for a Single Scoop. A single scoop is a little misleading as it’s actually a nine-ounce cup and is $6.25. So it is a good size portion and allows you to choose two flavors.
They offer about a dozen flavors to choose from, and we could mix two flavors. Chuck combined Chocolate and Stracciatella, and Mark went for Coconut and Dulce de Leche.
We had a 2 for 1 cocktail along the way, and we looked at a reward for a 2 for 1 Lunch Buffet at another MGM Resort… but working your schedule around where the next reward might be isn’t something we really wanted to do.
The only two drawbacks to the My Vegas Slots app were that when we were traveling, a lot of the rewards seemed to be sold out – something they have seemed to rectify.
And, to move the reward from the app to your MGM M LIFE card to redeem it, you had to go to the M LIFE rewards desk in the casino the day you wanted to use the reward. It ended up being a lot of running around. And, you know, while you’re standing in the middle of the casino, you’ll spend a little something.
Overall we had fun with the app, and we got a few nice perks!