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Wynn's Not-So-Over-the-Top 'Private' Plane Package

By MikeE on Monday, 31st August 2009 12:51pm
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In recent months more than ever, we've seen lots of resorts offering packages along with rock-bottom rates to get you through their doors. Some of them are creative, others a good deal, and some a downright rip-off.

But today I stumbled across one of the most interesting packages in recent memory - a "private" plane from southern California and room for two on select weekends at Wynn Las Vegas starting at $569 per person. As always, here at VT, we strive to help the consumer by magnifying the fine print and nitpicking the details to death. Here are the goods...

First the bad news: Steve's not going to send you his Gulfstream IV [Note the serial # of the plane - Ed] or Boeing Business Jet. You'll instead be herded with everyone else on a 50-seat Embraer ERJ 145. "Private" flight? Hardly. Also, this package is only available from Burbank airport on select weekends in September with pretty sucky arrival and departure times. Finally, the package thus far is only good at Wynn, but not Encore.

Now the good news: No security lines - park your car, get on board, and tell the TSA to shove their no-more-than-3.4-ounces-of-liquid-in-a-baggy rule up their ass as bellhops take your carefully packed carry-on of Grey Goose. Even more impressive is that I was told you won't even see your luggage again until you're in your room. Awesome.

Response to this package has been very positive with Labor Day weekend already sold out. I was told that they intend to expand future offers to other airport in California first and then the rest of the US.

And now the very good news: It can be a heck of a deal if you're looking for a better room. For only $900 per person (or $1008 assuming 12% tax), you can get the entire package with a Parlor suite on the dates of September 18-21. Booked separate, the room alone will run you a total of $2520. Toss in airfare - and the priceless convenience of bypassing security - and you've got some serious savings.

Thanks to the newest VT contributor JohnH for bringing this to our attention.



Comments & Discussion:

This offer is not really much better than the ones Harrah's throws at folks except that it is the Wynn. I've gotten a few Harrah's junket offers thrown my way in the last few years that included a charter flight operated by Allegiant. But unlike the Wynn flights, the Allegiant flights actually left from the terminal, which meant the TSA dog and pony show because of the Federal Aviation Regulation those charters were operating under. These Wynn charters bypass this by having the charter being essentially a subcharter. Wynn Resorts have contracted Lucky Jets LLC to arrange these flights (Lucky Jets is a private jet broker) flights and they have arranged to have ExpressJet (A well regarded airline [They fly for Continental under the Continental Express banner and for a time last year, operated flights under their own name.].) operate these flights on their behalf. Essentially, this is the aviation version of a shuttle bus.

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