(UPDATE: Mask were required when indoors again from July 30th, 2021 – February 10, 2022. The mask mandate is no longer in effect)
Vegas is back. Kind of.
The cab driver on my way from the airport said that Vegas was back. And on the surface, that’s believable. There are a lot of people on the Strip. Shows are reopening and most restaurants and clubs are open. The airport is crowded. That’s about as far as it goes. Even though the airport was busy, they have only 1 taxi line open and there wasn’t much of a wait when I landed.
Many restaurants have reopened, but not all of them. The ones that are open tend to require reservations. The lineup I saw waiting to get in to Catch at Aria right when they opened was comical. I considered going to the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars, but all reservations were sold out for the duration of my last trip. Late night dining options are very limited (and you can expect long lines at the ones that are). It seems like more restaurants are reopening each week, though (like Fleur at Mandalay Bay reopening July 26th).
As a general rule, masks are not required if you are vaccinated.
If everyone is being honest, it looks like over 90% of the people in Las Vegas are vaccinated. I don’t believe that, though. I did get a few looks for wearing mine. Most staff members wore masks, but not all of them. I am guessing that some vaccinated staff may not be required to wear masks. I wasn’t happy that the Cosmo room service person came right into my room without a masks, though.
The Palms has been acquired by Red Rock Resorts (Station Casinos) and Club Palms is merging with Station Casinos’ Boarding Pass players club. Club Palms points will be converted to Boarding Pass Points, dollar for dollar. With the Boarding Pass program, 1,000 points gives you $1 in comps. That means 400 Club Palms points becomes 1,000 Boarding Pass points.
Station Casinos has added some interesting new myVEGAS Rewards. They are the “Life of Luxury” and “Luxe Suite” Rewards for Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch. The “Life of Luxury” Reward gets you 2 one day VIP passes to the adults-only pool (the Cabana Club at Red Rocks or The Pond at Green Valley Ranch), 2 free breakfast buffets and either early check-in or late check-out. They don’t require many LP’s, but the room is not comped. Rates are $80/night during the week and $120/night during the weekend. Continue reading New myVEGAS Station Casinos Room Packages→
myVEGAS has added Sunset Station Rewards. Sunset Station is part of Station Casinos and uses the Boarding Pass players club card. The Rewards range from free appetizers and cocktails and dining credits to free buffets and comped rooms.