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ZorkCast - Las Vegas, Casino Experience and Luxury Travel Michael Mason Trager and Steve White

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ZorkCast powered by TravelZork - A chat about casinos, luxury travel, Las Vegas, and gambling with a focus on experiences. #PaxEx (Passenger Experience) and #CasinoEx (Casino Experience) are major areas of conversation and exploration. Get your weekly dose.

    Season 6 - Episode 117 The British Are Coming (to Las Vegas!)

    Season 6 - Episode 117 The British Are Coming (to Las Vegas!)

    This week Steve and Michael reflect on the exciting news that after 18 months, British folks will finally be able to visit Vegas once more! We discuss the sudden nature of the news and how the shock of it resembles the shock that comes with an unexpectedly positive gambling outcome.

    Steve gets into the plans he had to visit Caesars Windsor and some of the pros of visiting Canada, like lower costs and a favorable exchange rate. We dig into some of the exciting things that ZorkFest has in store for participants in December and recognize how the COVID pandemic has given so many of us a renewed appreciation for traveling to Vegas. Later, we bring up some crucial points on money management and how to maximize your bankroll.

    Later, you'll hear Michael reflect on the ever-changing nature of Vegas and what that means for your sense of attachment to any particular place. We also have a debate on the pros and cons of visiting chain restaurants in Vegas and why it's an exciting opportunity to expand your palette without breaking the bank. For all this and much more, tune in today!

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    ZorkFest
    Casino&Travel Loyalty (#Miles & #Points) Event
    + Podcaster Potluck🎙
    ⤵️🏨✈️🎰 ⤵️
    🙋‍♀️ WTF is ZorkFest?
    ✅ BIOs of some of the amazing speakers and presenters
    🏨 Amazing Room Rate at Plaza with $75F&B and Match Play

    Book your next trip with TravelZork Travel!
    Luxury Hotel Program for Las Vegas and Worldwide

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    Links for episode 117:

    Vital Vegas: Glorious Olive Garden Opens on Las Vegas Strip, Haters Invited to Suck It
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    • 40 min
    Season 6 - Episode 116 A Suckling Pig Gobbled by Piranhas, and Gilbert of GSTP

    Season 6 - Episode 116 A Suckling Pig Gobbled by Piranhas, and Gilbert of GSTP

    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 Morning America, BBC, The Sunday Times, Travel & Leisure, CNN, and other leading news outlets.

    Obsessed with deals, destinations, and luxury travel, Gilbert is constantly in search of an edge, and shares all of his travel tips and tricks on God Save the Points, his well-known travel, points, and miles blog.

    GSTP Premium Program  ➡️ ➡️ More Details Here!

    In today’s episode, we have a casual discussion about all things travel with Michael, Steve, and Gilbert, each sharing a little bit of this and a little bit of that for the first episode of our sixth season. Gilbert shares his perspectives on travel during COVID, from Airbnb to the impact on loyalty programs, room service, and check-ins, and Michael has a wild bit of Caesars Palace history to share that involves pigs and piranhas! All this and more when you tune in today!

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    ZorkFest
    Casino&Travel Loyalty (#Miles & #Points) Event
    + Podcaster Potluck🎙
    ⤵️🏨✈️🎰 ⤵️
    🙋‍♀️ WTF is ZorkFest?
    ✅ BIOs of some of the amazing speakers and presenters
    🏨 Amazing Room Rate at Plaza with $75F&B and Match Play

    Book your next trip with TravelZork Travel!
    Luxury Hotel Program for Las Vegas and Worldwide

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    Links for episode 116:

    God Save The Points
    Gib on Twitter
    Gib on Insta

    Best Credit Cards For Booking Flights (Perks & Savings Too)
    The Best Times To Visit New York City (From A Local)
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    • 41 min
    Season 5 - Episode 115 Travel, Miles&Points and loyalty devaluation predictions with Gary Leff

    Season 5 - Episode 115 Travel, Miles&Points and loyalty devaluation predictions with Gary Leff

    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, InsideFlyer.com and named one of the “World’s Top Travel Experts” by Conde’ Nast Traveler, Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. Gary has also been called “sagacious” by legendary business travel writer Joe Brancatelli and “the godfather of the [frequent flyer] hobby” in Rolling Stone.
    In today’s SEASON FINALE episode, Gary shares his insight with us on capacity versus demand and the incredible deals we have seen during the pandemic. Find out which deals to take advantage of (and how), which loyalty or rewards programs you should sign up for if you are a newbie, and hear Gary’s predictions for the inevitable upcoming devaluations as travel increases post-COVID. 
    We also talk about the history of Stardust, one of Michael’s favorite Vegas properties, and the world’s longest and shortest commercial flights. Tune in today to learn how to get more bang for your buck and enjoy your loyalty rewards in the near term!
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    Did you see our Vegas Road-Trip Series on YouTube?
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    Road Trip to Vegas Mini-Series
    Episode 1: April 4th "The Road To Vegas"

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    Links for episode 115:

    View From The Wing
    Gary Leff on Twitter
    Pick the right credit cards to match your business travel habits
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    • 50 min
    Season 5 - Episode 114 Can Las Vegas still be considered a value destination?

    Season 5 - Episode 114 Can Las Vegas still be considered a value destination?

    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 question that will make you think about where your values lie.

    Michael and Steve shed light on what things were like in Las Vegas many years ago, compared to what they are like now, including the amount of choice that is now available. And if you’ve ever wondered about how to get the most out of the drinks vouchers offered in Vegas casinos, you have come to the right place! The Casinos in History segment focuses on The Rio Las Vegas, which, as you will hear, was the destination where many Vegas “firsts” occurred. Finally, Steve and Michael wrap up with their thoughts about whether Vegas is booming and why.
     
    Key Points From This Episode:
     
    • A rundown of what you can expect in this episode.
    • Michael’s recent experience flying from Boston to Palm Springs.
    •  Value means something different for everyone; Steve gives examples of what it means to him.
    •  Buffet options that are available today in Vegas.
    •  Merging that Steve has noticed between the high-end and low-end value aspects of the spectrum in Vegas.
    •  A question posed by Steve that will get you thinking about what you value.
    •  Why COVID catalyzed renovations in Luxor’s pyramid.
    •  How the idea of drinks voucher combinations works and how Steve uses these to get the most value out of them.
    •  Choice as value in and of itself.
    •  The many “firsts” that are attributed to the Rio Las Vegas.
    •  Potential that Steve sees in the Rio, and plans that are soon going to be underway. 
    •  Some interesting information about the exceptional wine cellar at the Rio.
    •  Michael and Steve share their thoughts about travel and the near future of Vegas.

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    Did you see our Vegas Road-Trip Series on YouTube?
    ⤵️📺⤵️
    Road Trip to Vegas Mini-Series
    Episode 1: April 4th "The Road To Vegas"

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    Book your next trip with TravelZork Travel!
    Luxury Hotel Program for Las Vegas and Worldwide

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    Links for episode 114:

    The RIO Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
    Wine Cellar and Tasting Room at the Rio
    THE RIO’S WINE CELLAR IS A DRINKABLE MUSEUM
    Château d’Yquem
    Penn at Teller (at The Rio Las Vegas)
    TravelZork - [First Impressions and Pics] Virgin Las Vegas
    The Chandelier Bar (Steve's fav at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas)
    Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen

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    • 35 min
    Season 5 - Episode 113 Have you heard about Covid?

    Season 5 - Episode 113 Have you heard about Covid?

    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 social media about how terrible of a time you had.

    Many parts of the world still have to follow strict restrictions, and Las Vegas is no different. Your travel experience will not be what you would expect in pre-pandemic times, and your decision to travel should be about whether you can accept this or not. We all share our individual approaches to traveling right now and talk about some of the deals and services being offered by airlines.

    In this episode, we also talk about some of the other big movements happening in Vegas, such as the opening of the new Virgin Hotel and Casino on the property that used to be Hard Rock. Virgin decided to renovate rather than rebuild, which preserves a sense of the property’s history. For all this and more about how the pandemic affects Vegas and travel plans in general, tune in today!

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    Links for episode 113:

    TravelZork - [First Impressions and Pics] Virgin Las Vegas

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    FoundersCard Membership Program
    (Airline Perks, Hotel Perks, Casino Perks, and multiple lifestyle benefits. -- Including benefits at Caesars Properties Globally)
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    🎰 [How Busy Is Vegas?] "Casino Moments" - Strip Walk From Bellagio + Wynn Rolls-Royce Phantom

    TravelZork Article -- [UPDATED] Vegas is open again, but is it worth the visit?
    Want a sneak peek at ZorkFest 2018? Join the TravelZork Facebook Group!
    ZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUK
    Follow him on Twitter @LasVegasUK
    ZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)
    TravelZork
    ZorkCast on Twitter
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    • 38 min
    Season 5 - Episode 112 I Earned That Casino Comp

    Season 5 - Episode 112 I Earned That Casino Comp

    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 about earning casino offers.

    As co-host Steve White explains, comps can inspire a sense of guilt that you should play at the same high-level that earned you that comp. Linked to this, we discuss why you should never feel guilty about how you use your comp. After chatting about how you should best approach your offer, we dive into why you should never be married to one casino.

    Later, we pull out the history books and talk about Donald Trump’s dealings in the Atlantic City casino scene. You’ll hear fascinating stories that touch on a legendary ‘Japanese whale,’ as well the new trend of boastful Instagram high-rollers. Tune in for the intriguing details, as well as for insights on dealing with casino offers.

    Be sure to join us for our next live stream! Set an alert!

    Book your next trip with TravelZork Travel!
    Luxury Hotel Program for Las Vegas and Worldwide

    Support the show! VISIT ZorkOffer
    www.zorkoffer.com

    FoundersCard Membership Program
    (Airline Perks, Hotel Perks, Casino Perks, and multiple lifestyle benefits. -- Including benefits at Caesars Properties Globally)

    Links for episode 112:

    Casino (the movie)
    AC Report with Frank Morano
    “The Whale That Nearly Drowned The Donald: How Trump schemed to win back millions from a high-rolling—and doomed—Japanese gambler.” 
    (Insta High Roller) Mik’ael Mase on Instagram 
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    🎰 [How Busy Is Vegas?] "Casino Moments" - Strip Walk From Bellagio + Wynn Rolls-Royce Phantom

    TravelZork Article -- [UPDATED] Vegas is open again, but is it worth the visit?
    Want a sneak peek at ZorkFest 2018? Join the TravelZork Facebook Group!
    ZorkCast co-host Steve - LasVegasUK
    Follow him on Twitter @LasVegasUK
    ZorkCast FaceBook Group- JOIN TODAY! (Continue and Start the Conversation)
    TravelZork
    ZorkCast on Twitter
    ZorkCast on Instagram 
    Support the show (https://travelzork.com/travel-deals/usa-miles-points-credit-card-offers/)

    • 35 min

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