July 2021 Trip Report for Las Vegas

Our last time in Las Vegas was August 2020 when everything had just opened back up so this trip was quite different than last year! Almost a year from when we visited Las Vegas last summer there were a lot less of the draconian safety measures in place at Las Vegas hotels and Casinos. For example last August we had to wear a mask outside at the Mirage and Vdara pools and where watched by security on 2 min rotations. It was really uncomfortable, being watched non stop, and way overkill as it was enforced whether or not you were near anyone and in 110 degree heat!

Is Vegas Back?

This year Vegas was back during our trip! Masks were no longer required for vaccinated people and being highly recommended for non vaccinated people. Although a week later as I am writing this, Masks are back for everyone indoors, regardless of vaccination status due to the Delta Variants recent (July) uptick.

The thermal cameras at every entrance are gone, and no more big brother security types watching your every move at the pool. With that there are a ton of people having themselves a Hot Vegas Summer! It was reminiscent of pre covid times, but with a few caveats (more on that later).

Getting to Las Vegas

We began our Las Vegas Adventure in San Diego where we had spent the last two weeks housesitting and looking after the most adorable Goldendoodle ever! Look for a post about our adventures in San Diego soon! Since we had a ton of points with Southwest Airlines we used them to book our flight out of San Diego International Airport (SAN).

The airport was hopping but we made it though security in less than 5 min. Thank you Pre TSA! With our flight delayed about 10 minutes we still managed to arrive on time and without any crazy people on our flight too. Bonus! perhaps it was because we flew on a Wednesday? Either way we landed at 1:30PM.

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Ground Transportation to the Strip

With the forums abuzz with accounts of high transportation costs and long waits to leave McCarran International Airport (LAS) we were expecting to hire a private car, but as it turned out we only waited about 5-8 minutes for an Uber and it was $28 to Hilton Grand Vacations on the Strip. Which is inline with normal rates.

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