Photos/Video: Wounded Veterans Honored With Holiday Vacation At The Venetian® And The Palazzo® Las Vegas

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WOUNDED VETERANS HONORED WITH HOLIDAY VACATION 

AT THE VENETIAN® AND THE PALAZZO® LAS VEGAS

WOUNDED VETERANS

To celebrate the season of giving, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines®, and Omaha Steaks® have partnered with the Armed Forces Foundation for the ninth “Salute Our Troops,” giving back to our nation’s wounded veterans with an all-expense paid holiday vacation on the Las Vegas Strip. From Dec. 3-6, the troops will be treated to an array of world-class holiday festivities, entertainment, dining, and relaxation.

Southwest Airlines® flew 80 veterans and their guests from military hospitals in Washington, DC, and San Antonio, Texas, to Las Vegas.

Upon arriving to The Venetian by police motorcade escort, the veterans were greeted by Mr. Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands and his wife Dr. Miriam Adelson. Hundreds of team members from The Venetian and The Palazzo lined the red carpet cheering and waving American flags. With tears in their eyes, team members applauded and shook hands with the soldiers as they passed by.

To kick off the welcome ceremony in The Venetian’s Grand Colonnade, the Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard presented the Colors while students from the Adelson Educational Campus led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the American Bombshells Patriotic Service, ambassadors of America’s gratitude to our nation’s heroes, then performed the national anthem.

Philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, Patricia Driscoll, president of the Armed Forces Foundation, and Laura Hoagland, Southwest Airlines’ senior specialist of community outreach addressed the veterans, expressing gratitude for their courage and sacrifice. And to close out the event, Human Nature, headliners from The Sands Showroom at The Venetian, sang God Bless America.

“To walk in and see that group of people all just cheering us on like that was absolutely overwhelming,” said retired Marine corporal Ryan Lamke. “To have Dr. and Mr. Adelson host us here at The Palazzo and The Venetian, have Southwest fly us out here, and have the Armed Forces Foundation coordinate all of this has just been absolutely amazing, and even just having this opportunity is incredibly special.”

During their stay, the veterans will enjoy luxurious accommodations at The Venetian, spa treatments at Canyon Ranch SpaClub, tours of the Las Vegas Strip, tickets to the party musical Rock of Ages, poker tournaments, and a gourmet cookout hosted by Omaha Steaks®. They will also have the opportunity to enjoy the ultimate sports fan restaurant and bar, Lagasse’s Stadium; Madame Tussauds; and the hands-on experience Da Vinci The Exhibition.

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The Venetian®, The Palazzo®, Southwest Airlines®, And Omaha Steaks Partner With Armed Forces Foundation To Celebrate The Holidays With “Salute Our Troops”

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THE VENETIAN®, THE PALAZZO®, SOUTHWEST AIRLINES®, AND OMAHA STEAKS PARTNER WITH ARMED FORCES FOUNDATION TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH “SALUTE OUR TROOPS”

Welcome ceremony to take place on Wednesday, December 3

 

WHAT: To celebrate the season of giving, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines®, and Omaha Steaks have partnered with the Armed Forces Foundation to give back to our nation’s wounded veterans with an all-expense paid holiday vacation on the Las Vegas Strip. From December 3 through 6, the troops will be treated to an array of world-class holiday festivities, entertainment, dining, and relaxation.

A cheering crowd of guests and team members from The Venetian and The Palazzo will greet the troops at a welcome reception inside The Venetian’s Grand Colonnade and is open to the public.

 

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 3; 2:00pm

 

WHERE:
The Grand Colonnade inside The Venetian Las Vegas
3355 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

 

About The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas

The LEED EB Gold®-certified  Venetian Las Vegas, the largest property in the country to receive the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort and convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the resort offers unmatched service and quality for leisure and corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations.  In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel. The Venetian’s standard suite is nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room, prompting it to be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest standard hotel room in the world.”

 

The Silver LEED®-certified Palazzo Las Vegas literally takes luxury to new heights.  Ranked as one of the top 25 hotels in the U.S. and Canada in Travel + Leisure “World’s Best Awards,” the Forbes Travel Guide Four Star-Award winning resort is highlighted by a flagship 85,000-square-foot Barneys New York.  The all-suite resort offers plush and opulent suite accommodations ranging from a Luxury Suite at an unprecedented 720 square feet to the 8,000-square-foot Chairman suite with private terraces and plunge pools.  The Palazzo also offers a variety of cuisines from a collection of award-winning chefs such as Buddy V’s by “The Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro,  Carnevino by Mario Batali, CUT by Wolfgang Puck and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse.

 

The expansive Venetian and Palazzo Congress Center features convention and meeting rooms that span 340 distinct venues and more than 2.25 million square feet of flexible space, including the 85,000-square-foot Venetian Ballroom and the newly remodeled Sands Expo.

 

Grand Canal Shoppes® at The Venetian and The Palazzo features  more than 160 luxury boutiques, specialty brands and world-class restaurants nestled around a charming and faithful reproduction of Venice’s Grand Canal, complete with cobbled walkways, street side cafes and live entertainment. Signature brands include Nevada’s only Barneys New York, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Kenneth Cole, Dooney & Bourke, Hervé Léger and Swarovski.

 

Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, The Venetian features an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas and singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide variety of entertainment such as “ROCK OF AGES,” the party musical;  “PANDA!,” an unprecedented theatrical spectacle; showroom headliners Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen and Joan Rivers; and extensive convention and corporate services.

 

Other unique offerings include the chic dining and nightlife hotspots, TAO and LAVO; the world’s largest Canyon Ranch SpaClub; the ultimate sports bar, sports book and restaurant on the Strip, Lagasse’s Stadium; and Prestige at The Palazzo – an exclusive space designed to offer the sophisticated traveler an elevated level of services and amenities. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop and play with Grazie, the premier loyalty program. The Palazzo and The Venetian Las Vegas are the first ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group global portfolio.

 

For additional information, visit venetian.com or palazzolasvegas.com , follow on Twitter @venetianvegas @palazzovegas and interact on Facebook.

 

About Omaha Steaks

Omaha Steaks, founded in 1917, is an Omaha, Nebraska-based, family-owned company with a solid reputation as the most well-recognized brand of beef in America. For five generations, Omaha Steaks has been bringing people together to reconnect and enjoy an exceptional dining experience. From its humble beginnings as a custom butcher shop, the company has grown into the nation’s largest direct response marketer of premium beef and gourmet foods.  Beef selections range from Omaha Steaks signature Filet Mignons to mouth-watering Boneless Strips, Ribeyes and Top Sirloins – all aged and hand-trimmed to exacting specifications and unconditionally guaranteed for complete customer satisfaction. In addition to fine beef, the company also offers a complete line of seafood, pork, bison, poultry, side dishes, appetizers, complete meals and desserts. Today, Omaha Steaks is proud to honor and actively support our military troops and their families by regularly providing a “taste of home” at events ranging from cookouts for deployed military troops to welcome home parties for soldiers and their families. During the month of May and November, Omaha Steaks also sponsors two nationwide “Salute our Troops” fund-raising and awareness initiatives to support the Armed Forces Foundation, where 10 percent of the sale of various Omaha Steaks packages are donated to help further the organization’s work. For more information, visit http://www.OmahaSteaks.com or www.Facebook.com/omahasteaks.

 

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.

In its 44th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Based on the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded.  The airline also operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 93 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries. Some flights are operated by wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2013 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel described by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. With Southwest Airlines, Bags Fly Free ® (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply), and there are no change fees (fare difference may apply) when you need to change your flight. Southwest’s fleet offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, a majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity over the United States, which enables live and video-on-demand TV currently FREE compliments of DISH, and a new, sustainable cabin interior. Southwest acquired AirTran Airways in May 2011 and by the end of 2014 intends to complete the full integration of the AirTran network into Southwest. With 41 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest and AirTran operate more than 3,600 flights a day. Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available online at southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

 

About Armed Forces Foundation

The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans.  The AFF returns 95 cents of every dollar raised to service members and their families through our programs.  Since 2001, the AFF has provided more than $95 million in assistance by covering travel, hotel rooms, home mortgages, car payments and everyday bills for families to be able to stay at their loved ones’ sides during treatment and recovery from wounds suffered during war.  With the launch of our Help Save Our Troops campaign, the AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds.  The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides.  Through this campaign, the AFF provides counseling services for military families, including children, grants for therapy and addiction counseling, and runs a variety of recreation group therapy programs to boost morale amongst service members, veterans, and their families.

 

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Photos/Video: Stratosphere Headliner Frankie Moreno Inflight Concert

Las Vegas partnered with Southwest Airlines to host a surprise “Live at 35” concert on board flight 4305 (Dallas to Las Vegas) with Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower headliner, Frankie Moreno in honor of the end of the Wright Amendment.  Moreno along with two of his bandmates performed two songs, and gave away complimentary tickets to his hit show, “Frankie Moreno LIVE!” at the Stratosphere.  The surprise and impromptu concert delighted passengers as they made their way to “The Entertainment Capital of the World.”  Upon arrival at McCarran International Airport, Southwest passengers were greeted by adoring  Las Vegas showgirls.

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Background Info About The Wright Amendment
The Wright Amendment ended on Monday, October 13, 2014 after 35 years of not allowing Southwest to fly outside the surrounding states of Texas from Dallas.  The Wright Amendment was put into place in 1979 to really protect the other large airport in North Texas (DFW). Prior to 1979, Southwest only flew within Texas, expanding in 1979 by flying to its first non-Texas city- New Orleans.  Instead Southwest thrived and carries more than 100 million people annually, and now Dallas will have nonstop flights to 15 new cities in addition to the 16 it already serves. The new flights include destinations like Las Vegas, Chicago, and Denver just to name a few.  Las Vegas is one of the first cities.  Las Vegas is one of Southwest Airlines busiest airports, average just over 200 daily departures to 58 cities. Southwest also employs more than 3,000 People at the airport.
 
Photo credit: LVCVA

MGM Resorts & Southwest Airlines Join Forces To Reward Loyal Las Vegas Travelers

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MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL AND SOUTHWEST AIRLINES JOIN FORCES TO REWARD LOYAL LAS VEGAS TRAVELERS

Alliance Connects Las Vegas’ Most Prominent Air Carrier with Largest Selection of World-Class Resorts on Las Vegas Strip

 

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) today launched a strategic marketing alliance between the companies’ loyalty rewards programs, Rapid Rewards and M life. Members of both programs now can accrue Rapid Rewards Points toward free flights for qualifying stays at MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas properties while enjoying VIP perks during their Vegas vacations.

As a special offering to kick off the alliance, members will receive double (1,200) Rapid Rewards Points for all valid reservations* booked between May 31 and June 30, 2013, for future visits to MGM Resorts’ participating Las Vegas properties.

Members must enroll in both programs to earn benefits, which include 600 Rapid Rewards Points when they stay at one of 12 premier MGM Resorts’ properties across Las Vegas, including Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. They’ll also enjoy special offers, such as room upgrades and pre-sale concert and fight tickets, access to exclusive M life Moments, and more. Unique to the program, members can accrue both M life Tier Credits and Rapid Rewards Points simultaneously.*

“The sky now, quite literally, is the limit for M life members,” said Bill Hornbuckle, President & Chief Marketing Officer for MGM Resorts International. “Teaming up with Southwest Airlines provides more experience options and rewards for our members traveling to Las Vegas.”

“With Southwest Airlines being the largest carrier at McCarran International Airport, it’s clear how much our Rapid Rewards Members enjoy visiting Las Vegas,” said Jonathan Clarkson, Director of Rapid Rewards at Southwest Airlines. “We’re excited that this partnership with MGM Resorts International and their M life members will now allow Rapid Rewards Members the ability to earn points for stays in nearly half of the rooms on the Las Vegas Strip!”

Individuals must be 21 years of age or older and a member of both rewards programs to earn benefits. For further details, please visit mlife.com’s Preferred Partners Page. Visit mlife.com or any MGM Resorts’ property to enroll in M life; sign up for Rapid Rewards at southwest.com.

Southwest’s Rapid Rewards Program, with unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and points that don’t expire**, makes it fast and easy for Members to earn reward flights! That’s why Rapid Rewards was recently ranked as having the best reward seat availability of any U.S. carrier*** for the fourth year in a row.

*Room reservations made through mlife.com, MGM Resorts’ property websites or call centers will earn both M life Tier Credits and Rapid Rewards Points simultaneously. Room reservations made through southwest.com, Southwest Jackpot, and Southwest Vacations will receive Rapid Rewards Points for their hotel stay and can earn M life Tier Credits through their Las Vegas spend at participating MGM Resorts’ restaurants, spas, shows and more. To earn Rapid Rewards Points, a member must present both their Southwest and M life loyalty cards upon check-in or check-out at one of the participating MGM Resorts’ properties: Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, MGM Grand, The Signature at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur. All new and existing reservations with stays beginning today, May 31, 2013 or after are eligible for Rapid Rewards Points. Southwest’s Rapid Rewards Members enjoy unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and points that don’t expire, as long as member has flight or partner earning activity every 24 months.

 

** Applies to point transactions. Points don’t expire as long as Member has flight or Partner earning activity every 24 months.

 

***As reported in the 2013 Idea Works Company’s Worldwide Report of Rewards Availability.

 

ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51% of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50% of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA resort and casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.

 

M life
M life is MGM Resorts International’s premier rewards program. Members earn benefits for virtually every dollar spent at 15 MGM Resorts world-renowned destinations including Bellagio,ARIA , Vdara,MGM Grand,The Signature at MGM Grand Las Vegas>,Mandalay Bay, THEhotel,The Mirage,Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, and Excalibur in Las Vegas; Beau Rivage and Gold Strike in Mississippi and MGM Grand Detroit. With just one card, M life members have access to experiential rewards, personalized offers and exclusive benefits such as special room rates, pre-sale entertainment and fight tickets, priority reservations, and invitations to members-only events. Preferred relationships, such as Southwest Airlines Co., Royal Caribbean International and Avis Budget Group, provide members additional value, access and offers throughout the world. For more information, visit mlife.com or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

 

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2011 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.

 

Southwest Airlines
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves. On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest’s all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, sustainable cabin interior. With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate nearly 3,400 flights a day and serve communities around 84 airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations. Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available only at southwest.com. Southwest’s Rapid Rewards Program, with unlimited reward seats, no blackout dates, and points that don’t expire*, makes it fast and easy for Members to earn reward flights! That’s why Rapid Rewards was recently ranked as having the best reward seat availability of any U.S. carrier** for the fourth year in a row.

 

* Applies to point transactions. Points don’t expire as long as Member has flight or Partner earning activity every 24 months.

**As reported in the 2013 Idea Works Company’s Worldwide Report of Rewards Availability.

AirTran Airways
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day to 49 destinations. The carrier’s high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline.

 

Wounded Veterans Honored at The Palazzo Las Vegas for Armed Forces Day

The Palazzo® Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines Join with the Armed Forces Foundation to Celebrate Armed Forces Day with “Salute Our Troops”

Wounded warriors receive a Las Vegas vacation and grand welcome in their honor

In celebration of Armed Forces Day, The Palazzo Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines have joined with the Armed Forces Foundation and Omaha Steaks®to salute our nation’s wounded veterans with a weekend of world-class entertainment, dining and relaxation in Las Vegas from May 16 to 19.

“The sacrifices our service members and their families make for our country cannot be overstated,” said Patricia Driscoll, president and executive director of the Armed Forces Foundation.  “They rise to the occasion each and every day, so when corporations like The Palazzo Las Vegas, Southwest Airlines and Omaha Steaks unite to recognize that sacrifice by rolling out the red carpet to treat these service members to a VIP weekend in Las Vegas, that is truly special.”

Southwest Airlines will fly the wounded warriors from military hospitals in San Antonio, Texas to Las Vegas where they will be met with a police motorcade to escort them to The Palazzo. A cheering crowd of guests and Palazzo team members will greet the troops at grand welcome reception in the resort’s Waterfall & Atrium Gardens, where the resort is decked out in patriotic décor schemes in celebration of their arrival.

“We are excited to be part of this weekend that gives back to those that have given so much for our freedom and our country,” said Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines vice president of communication and strategic outreach. “We’re proud of our relationship with the Armed Forces Foundation, which supports our commitment to military service members and their families.”

During their stay, the troops will enjoy the best-of-the-best of what Las Vegas has to offer including The Palazzo’s all-suite accommodations; poker and blackjack tournaments; grand tasting buffets; dinner at Las Vegas’ premier sports book, Lagasse’s Stadium; spa and salon appointments at Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, tours of the Las Vegas Strip, tickets to Blue Man Group and Madame Tussauds at The Venetian and an evening at TAO Nightclub. In addition, Omaha Steaks will host an all-star cookout for the service members and their families and will present them with deluxe Omaha Steaks gourmet gift packages to enjoy at home with family and friends.

“This festive weekend is our small way of expressing gratitude to the men and women in the Armed Forces,” said Andy Abboud, senior vice president of government relations for Las Vegas Sands Corp. “We recognize that they’ve sacrificed immensely for the rest of us, and we want to thank them as best we can. Honoring our veterans is a fundamental value of our chairman Sheldon Adelson and our entire company.”

“As a family-owned company with a history spanning nearly 100 years, we are humbled and grateful for the efforts of our military troops and their families, who have generously sacrificed and bravely served to protect this great nation we proudly call ‘home’,” said Omaha Steaks President Bruce Simon. “We are honored to be involved in this year’s ‘Salute Our Troops’ event with The Palazzo Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines, to recognize these brave soldiers and their families with thanks and gratitude, and to support the outstanding efforts of the Armed Forces Foundation.”

The welcome reception will be held at 11 a.m. at The Palazzo Waterfall & Atrium Gardens and is open to the public. The troops will depart Las Vegas at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 19.

 

Riviera Hotel & Casino Expands Customer Service Options with Bags To Go Check-in Service

Riviera Hotel & Casino Expands Customer Service Options with
Bags To Go Check-in Service

Location also allows locals to check their luggage before going to McCarran Airport

Visitors to the legendary Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas now have the option of checking in their luggage for departure at the hotel thanks to Bags To Go’s Off-Airport Check-in service. Hotel guests can simply bring their luggage to the Bags To Go desk up to 12 hours prior to departure and check them through to their final destination. Additionally, local residents can use the Riviera’s easy access to drop off their luggage at the Bags To Go desk at least three hours prior to their flight. Guests can also print out their boarding passes and proceed directly to the security line upon arrival at McCarran International Airport.

A Bags To Go representative safely and securely transports luggage from the Riviera to McCarran Airport, where it is screened by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and given to the designated carrier to be placed on the proper outbound aircraft. Bags To Go is approved by the TSA to check-in, screen and handle airline luggage. Representatives are trained and certified using the same stringent guidelines as the airlines.

“We work hard to create the best customer service experience for our guests and Bags To Go adds another element of convenience that allows them to focus on their time at the Riviera,” says Andy Choy, president and CEO of Riviera Hotel & Casino. “Opening this service up to locals allows residents to drop off their luggage and get their boarding passes without having to wait at the curbside check-in or ticket counters at McCarran.”

Keith Wiater, president and COO of Bags To Go, adds, “Partnering with a property as iconic as the Riviera allows us to add that final component to the fantastic customer service they offer.”

Participating airlines at McCarran International Airport include Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airlines. The $10 per bag fee is in addition to standard airline fees and taxes.

About The Riviera Hotel & Casino
Celebrating more than 55 years of non-stop entertainment, the newly renovated Riviera Hotel & Casino is one of the iconic gaming and hotel destinations in Las Vegas. Located on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, the Riviera brings a rich tradition of quality, service and hospitality excellence. The Riviera features more than 2,000 rooms and suites as well as 160,000 square feet of meeting space. Headlining entertainment includes Confessions of a Rock Star, starring Pat DiNizio from The Smithereens, the legendary Crazy Girls and nightly performances inside the Riviera Comedy Club. The Royale Pavilion hosts some of the top names in music and entertainment. R Steak & Seafood headlines wonderful dining options, providing “affordable elegance” in a modern setting.

With more than 100,000 square feet of casino space, the Riviera offers convenient gaming options for locals and visitors alike. Table game features include 10x odds on Craps, Single-0 Roulette and 3/2 Single Deck Blackjack, the only casino on the Las Vegas Strip where those odds are available. The Riviera has an expansive Asian Table Gaming area, poker area and more than 900 slot machines. Lucky’s Race & Sports Book offers 37 high-definition televisions, individual carrels for horseplayers and the only walk-up wagering window in Las Vegas’ main corridor. For more information on any of the property’s amenities, visit www.RivieraHotel.com .

About Bags To Go
Bags To Go has been a leader in advance off-airport baggage check-in, baggage storage and baggage claim and delivery services since 1999. Bags To Go provides an array of baggage handling services that make leisure or business travel easy, convenient and luggage-free. Leveraging its proprietary web–based technology and tracking systems, Bags To Go provides its clientele with an unparalleled level of security, reliability and customer service. Fully insured, Bags To Go is certified by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to perform off-airport check-in, luggage storage, baggage claim and delivery services. Bags To Go partners with a variety of hotels in Las Vegas, including Harrah’s Las Vegas, Luxor Las Vegas Resort Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Venetian Las Vegas Casino, Hotel & Resort, and Palazzo Las Vegas as well as Las Vegas Convention Center. For more information, visit www.bagstogo.net  , engage on Facebook or follow our tweets @bagsfreetravel.

Mat Kearney Soars High: Serenades Passengers on Southwest Airlines

Mat Kearney Soars High:

Serenades Passengers on Southwest Airlines

 

Mat Kearney, no stranger to packed houses, recently crossed one item off his bucket list – to perform on a full airplane. On a recent Southwest Airlines flight last week, fans were treated to an impromptu performance by Mat Kearney. Mat reflected on the performance, “I’ve always actually wanted to pick up my guitar in the middle of a flight and just walk down the aisle and play songs, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually gotten the chance to do it.” Check out the video of him performing “Nothing Left To Lose” below.

Mat Kearney is currently on a nation-wide tour, in support of his fourth-album Young Love. Be sure to catch him on one of the remaining tour dates:

 

October           27th      Crocodile Rock            Allentown, PA

                        28th      Webster Hall   New York, NY

                        29th      TLA                              Philadelphia, PA

                        30th      Northern Lights           Albany, NY

November        1st        Pearl Street                 Northampton, MA

                        2nd        Toad’s Place                New Haven, CT

                        4th        House of Blues            Boston, MA

                        5th        The State                     Portland, ME

                        6th        Higher Ground Burlington, VT

                        8th        Petite                           Montreal, QC

                        9th        Opera House   Toronto, ON

                        11th      Town Ballroom            Buffalo, NY

                        12th      Rex Theater                 Pittsburgh, PA

                        13th      St. Andrews                 Detroit, MI

                        15th      Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH

                        17th      House of Blues            Chicago, IL

                        18th      House of Blues           Chicago, IL

                        19th      Capital Theater           Madison, WI
                        20th      First Avenue                Minneapolis, MN

 

Links

http://www.matkearney.com

http://www.facebook.com/matkearney

http://www.myspace.com/matkearney

http://twitter.com/matkearney