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In case you aren’t already familiar with today’s guest, Gilbert Ott is an ever-curious traveler and one of the world’s leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning more than 200,000 miles a year (with the exception of 2020 and 2021, for obvious reasons!), and his travel exploits are regularly featured on Good M…
 
Today’s guest, Gary Leff, is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel, a topic he has covered since 2002. His website View From The Wing (“Thought Leader In Travel”) is one of the leading sources for ‘scoop and details about the travel loyalty world. Co-founder of the frequent flyer community, InsideFl…
 
What does value mean to you? Value is subjective, and therefore, something that holds value for one person will not necessarily hold value for another. That is the focus of today’s episode, in relation, of course, to Las Vegas. Steve and Michael share what value means to them in terms of accommodation, drinks, and food in Vegas, and Steve poses a q…
 
Many people are making a fuss about having to adhere to COVID restrictions while traveling, and today we respond to this trend, with our old friend Michael Friedman as our guest. If you feel like you don’t want to be told what to do, rather stay home and wait for this pandemic to blow over, instead of traveling anyway and then making a scene on soc…
 
There are many ways that you can earn a comp, but they all come with a set of expectations from the casino property that made the offer. Today we unpack these expectations and show you how to best deal with casino marketing offerings. But first, we share exciting news about changes that we’re making to the podcast. We then explore how people feel a…
 
Today we welcome fellow podcast extraordinaire Jeff Walker onto the show to talk Vegas with our co-hosts, Michael and Steve. As the mind and voice behind Jeff Does Vegas, he reports on a range of topics while sharing his advice on how you can get the most out of your trip to the Entertainment Capital of the World. We open our show by chatting about…
 
Michael is back, and today Steve asks him all about his trip to Encore Boston Harbor and, you guessed it, Las Vegas! We kick off the show by catching up with both Michael and Steve. After hearing about cold weather and avoiding fashion choices that’ll raise eyebrows at PETA, we tuck into the fleshy bits of the show. Michael shares his recent experi…
 
Today’s nine-minute show focuses on the Mirage in Las Vegas. The thing about the Mirage is that it has excellent historical value in relation to the Las Vegas strip. It was the first super casino; it transformed the entire concept of casinos in Las Vegas. The scale of the Mirage, the way it was laid out, it all started there. There was never an exa…
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has made traveling feel like an impossible task, but on today’s show, Michael and Steve offer their insights as to why this is very far from the truth. A trip to Las Vegas right now may not be the same as it was before the pandemic (and it may not be the same for a long time), but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. In fac…
 
There’s a lot of unpredictability about 2021, like when UK travelers will be able to fly into Vegas or whether Planet Hollywood is getting sold to Hard Rock. Today hosts Steve White and Michael Trager leverage their casino expertise to share their top 2021 Las Vegas predictions. After a quick catch-up, we dive into the topic by first exploring the …
 
With around 150,000 rooms available in Las Vegas, some of the very best mid-market renovated rooms can be found at Paris Las Vegas. In today’s episode, we cover everything Paris Las Vegas and open the show by looking at the property, exploring its offerings and the unique themes that make it, well, Paris! We talk about its French-English language b…
 
Few properties are as iconic or storied as Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Today we spend nine minutes reviewing the property. While we share the most important points about Caesars, don’t be surprised that we don’t cover everything. The property is massive. After touching on Caesars illustrious history, host @LasVegasUK expresses his appreciation for Ca…
 
A lot has changed since we were last in Las Vegas in June earlier this year. Today we chat about host Michael Mason Trager’s triumphant return to the City of Lights and how the city is handling the pandemic. While we previously criticized the experience of staying at Caesars in June, Michael starts our conversation by complementing his recent stay …
 
Developed by famed developer Jay Sarno, Circus Circus has been an integral part of the Vegas gaming landscape since its inception in 1968. Today we review Circus Circus in only nine minutes. We open our conversation by highlighting its charming, old school appeal before diving into its history. Host Michael shares stories from its early days — did …
 
It’s been four decades since a new casino joined the downtown Las Vegas skyline. Now the whole gaming world is buzzing with anticipation over Circa Las Vegas — a property that promises to be “The Conduit between the Las Vegas of Yesterday and the Las Vegas of Tomorrow.” Today we speak with Marc Meltzer about one of Circa’s most exciting features, i…
 
Alternate title: How Casinos Are Getting Their Mojo Back with Eric Rosenthal Few industries on the planet have been immune to the coronavirus pandemic’s effects, with the casino industry hit particularly hard. Today, we chat with Eric Rosenthal and dive into all things casinos (profitability). The pandemic has had some profound effects on casinos, …
 
Not only is this the one-hundredth episode of ZorkCast, but we have Jonathan Jossel, the CEO of the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, joining us. Born in South Africa and raised in the United Kingdom, Jonathan moved to Las Vegas in 2007 to work for Tamares Real Estate, which owns Downtown Las Vegas properties. Jossel was named the CEO o…
 
Casinos in the UK were finally allowed to reopen on Saturday, August 15th, after the government decided against extending the closures further. Casinos closed on March 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it has been a long hiatus! In this episode, we discuss our first trip to Playboy Club London. We also discuss some of the interesting regulation…
 
Today’s episode dives into the fascinating topic of UK casinos reopening from August 1st, which has been a long time coming, given that casinos in the UK closed down in earlier this year in March. The government has confirmed that casinos will now be allowed to reopen, adhering to strict rules on social distancing and public safety, of course. In t…
 
In his own words, host Michael is a gambler, and he stays where the casinos are, even though Vegas is home to several excellent hotels that do not have onsite casinos. This episode is dedicated to answering the question of whether you should stay at a non-gaming hotel. After noting the prevalence of conventions, we talk about why Vegas needs hotels…
 
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. It’s another Nine Minute episode and, today, we’re going to talk about nine minutes on, drum roll please – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas! Commonly referred to as Cosmo (which is what we will call it today to save time), the resort opened on December 15, 2010, and is located just south of the Bellagio on …
 
In today’s world, pre-COVID-19, flying transatlantic from the UK to the States is considered an every day, multi-option travel journey. When you’re deciding on what route to fly, how to spend your money, what airline to choose, and whether to connect or fly nonstop, you can easily become overwhelmed with all the aspects to take into consideration. …
 
Nine minutes is just about the amount of time needed to review anything…or so Steve (@LasVegasUK) seems to think. On this episode of ZorkCast Steve introduces a new concept, known as “Nine minutes on…” whereby Michael and Steve spend strictly nine minutes discussing something related to Las Vegas and/or travel. They aren’t allowed to go any further…
 
Coronavirus regulations in the United Kingdom currently mean that you must self-isolate for 14 days if you return to the UK from a country outside the common travel area. However, the UK government has now announced that it is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridors for some countries and …
 
Discretionary casino comps have become a nebulous concept since there is such a discrepancy in the allocation of them among different casinos. Back in the day, hotels and casinos readily gave away discretionary comps, but this has changed significantly over time. Today, hosts rarely give these away, often suggesting you use your rewards credits ins…
 
What everyone has been waiting for — Vegas is back for business. We sent out an advanced scout in the form of podcast host Michael and this episode; we dive into what you can expect from Vegas now that it’s reopened. Based on his nine-day trip, Michael talks about why he had a superb time in Vegas but that some peculiarities might take getting used…
 
[Important Note: The entire landscape and rules and regulations for the openings of casinos in New Jersey is a "moving target." We recorded episode 90 on June 24th, 2020] When the first Atlantic City casinos opened, players used to queue along the boardwalk to get in. Now that the city is reopening its casinos from July 2nd, not many people know wh…
 
Today, we have an extraordinary guest who is going to be talking about the New England Casino scene, with much emphasis on Massachusetts, Robin Aubin. Robin is the founder of NETimeGambling, a blog where he shares his interest in gambling, the casino business, and his love for New England. NETimeGambling’s goal is to provide the necessary resources…
 
We all remember our first time in Vegas — the lights of the Strip, the excitement of playing, and the first property that you ever stayed in. But like all first-timers, you probably made the same mistakes that we did. In today’s episode, Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) shares the top three things that he absolutely got wrong on his first trip to Vega…
 
Everything you wanted to know, from day #1 of the reopening of Las Vegas. Also, a few things you probably did NOT want to know. Michael and Steve (LasVegasUK on Twitter) banter about this “historic” casino event. Caesars Palace Las Vegas Caesars Palace Hotel Rooms (including my Augustus Tower Premium Smoking Room) Wynn Las Vegas Introducing the new…
 
Join us on the show as we are taking this opportunity to continue exploring the question of whether you should have a casino host! Following on from the last episode, we talk about the impact of comps and why never to feel bad about making the most of what you have earned. The conversation also covers the apparent difference in standards for foreig…
 
Today we will be discussing the topic of casino hosts and specifically if you should have one. Now, if you have not heard of a casino host before that is understandable, and we take a few minutes to explain exactly what their role is and how it differs from other comparable positions at a resort. From there, we talk about the process of finding one…
 
In this episode, we introduce our new co-host, the (other) UK half of ZorkCast, Steve. Many of you might follow some of his banter as LasVegasUK on Twitter. In this episode, we’re going to jump into one of the most frequently asked questions in Vegas and the casino loyalty world, and a topic that will most likely deserve a few additional episodes t…
 
Events have turned such that those of us in the travel business are locked up in our houses, trying to figure out just what we are going to do with ourselves. When will travel bans be lifted and what will happen to all of the flights and trips we already had scheduled to occur in the next few months? We had Michele Robson from Turning Left for Less…
 
Welcome back to ZorkCast for this super busy and also super crazy 2020! Hopefully, in these uncertain times, we can all find some comfort in our lives. Today on the show, we are privileged to welcome back Gilbert of God Save the Points as our guest. We want to also congratulate Gilbert on the birth of his new frequent flyer, Olive! With the develop…
 
What do you think about the airlines’ new award system, shifting from fixed to variable? In this episode, we check in to hear what LVA Travel writer Mike Friedman has to say on the topic. LVA Travel "The Travel Game" (lva.travel) is the new Travel, Points and Miles section of Las Vegas Advisor launched this summer. For him, the change has been most…
 
Today on the show John Morris from Wheelchair Travel joins Michael to talk about their recent trip to the Caesars in Cairo – inside the luxurious Four Seasons. After convincing John to play punto banco aka baccarat for the first time, it turned out to be an entirely new experience for Michael too! What they learned was that all baccarat is not crea…
 
Today John Morris of Wheelchair Travel joins Michael on the show to talk all things about their recent trip to Cairo! John connects with Michael from Dubai in the middle of a whirlwind trip, after just having visited his hundredth airport with a wheelchair! After some small talk about dry airlines, favourite airplanes and the meaning of, “just a mi…
 
Today we are getting into a bit of a touchy subject – using points and benefits ethically. The episode is inspired by a blog post. There is a perception for a minority of folks that it is all right to abuse the system since we, the consumers, are frequently exploited by these big corporations. But what happens when more and more people misuse benef…
 
On today’s episode of ZorkCast, we have a ton of fun with guests Han and Eric Rosenthal. We put Las Vegas and Macau side by side, comparing these two casino destinations and giving you insightful perspectives on the pros and cons of both. While Macau might be a long flight for a lot of people, the Asian hospitality and the excellent casino experien…
 
bou·gie | \ ˈbü-ˌzhē Today on the show we welcome the brains behind Bougie Miles, Bethany Walsh! She is here to fill us in on her new project, her niche in the travel market and her favorite things in travel and beyond. We discuss what ‘bougie’ means to Bethany, how spending money instead of miles can sometimes pay off, and how Bethany values her d…
 
Welcome back to a brand new episode of ZorkCast! Today on the show we welcome Mike Friedman, my partner in crime at LVA Travel ("The Travel Game"). LVA Travel (lva.travel) is the new Travel, Points and Miles section of Las Vegas Advisor launched this summer. Whether you are new to the world of travel points or have been tracking your miles for year…
 
Today on the show we welcome Gilbert Ott from God Saves the Points! Gilbert is here to talk about his article which explains how he was wrong about his predictions for British Airways and their CEO, Alex Cruz. When our guest saw the early actions of BA's then-new CEO, he predicted bad weather ahead for the company and the article he published on th…
 
We welcome back Adam, AKA Travel Fanboy, who is joining us to talk about one key thing: his ultimate hit list of things to do and places to see in Vegas. We take a walk down memory lane, sharing our fondest memories of being young guys in the overwhelming glitz and glam of this great city. Being a lover of all things Vegas and travel, Adam shares s…
 
On today's episode of ZorkCast, we welcome Dave Grossman from MilesTalk! Dave is a points and miles enthusiast who has built his brand as a way to help people achieve aspirational travel beyond what they thought possible. Dave tells us about how he discovered his passion for the award travel game and how he turned it into the business he has today.…
 
Today's show is focussed on looking back at a different time in Las Vegas history. We are spending this episode remembering Bob Stupak and Vegas World, a casino that would surely not exist in today's climate. It will, however, hold some very fond memories and provided some amazing offers and tons of stories and opportunities for those who visited i…
 
Today’s episode is huge! After trying to get him on the show for ages, we finally have Adam, aka Travel Fanboy, joining us! He tells us more about transitioning from being Vegas Fanboy to Travel Fanboy and revealing what he got up to during his solo trips. We get into the importance of balancing your dream getaway with choosing a destination becaus…
 
Today on the show we are joined by Michele from Turning Left for Less. Michele started her travel points, hacks and loyalty blog after confronting a significant life issue. Up until that point, travel had merely been a hobby and passion of hers. She has managed to turn it into a career and lifestyle and is here to share a bunch of her wisdom and in…
 
Today on the show we are joined once again by Eric Rosenthal. Eric is a casino loyalty expert and a contributor to several gambling and travel related websites and podcasts. (Eric is also the co-host of The Bettor Life podcast.) In January, we left off on the last ZorkCast where Eric joined us to talk about what we would potentially do on a future …
 
Today, Tim Lai has been gracious enough to return to have a conversation with us about digital nomads. Tim is based in the UK and is the creator of the Points to be Made blog, a European blog on maximizing loyalty programs. On his blog, Tim publishes the latest air miles and hotel points news, as well as tutorials and strategies on how you can maxi…
 
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