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June 4th, 2019 at 1:33:46 PM permalink
Small museum in McCarran about the history of aviation in Las Vegas. One feature was on the Hacienda from 1957 to 61 offering a flight from LA, night in a room, bottle of champagne, tote bag, and $5.00 in chips, all for $27.50. The chips can be cashed out at the cage immediately, so actual cost was really only $22.50 for flight, hotel, alcohol, and tchotchke. If I was in hotel management I would consider giving away cheap t-shirts with the property name and logo to every booked room. People always like getting something for "free" (even when they spend a lot of money on it) and it would be advertising.

First thought is that this was a truly awesome deal. The promotion ended because of a dispute with Civil Aeronautics Board because it created too much air traffic. Looking further into it, maybe not. Inflation calculator shows the cost as just under $200 in 2019 dollars. Round trip LA to Vegas flights are easy to find for as low as $85. Low end on The Strip (Luxor, Linq, et cetera) are also about $85 even after taxes as fees. Can get a bottle of wine anywhere for $10.

Anyone know of any other long-ago Las Vegas promotions?

Most interesting exhibit was the record for longest flight ever, 64 days:
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June 4th, 2019 at 2:10:15 PM permalink
In general, I've always wondered why businesses are so stingy about T-shirts. Even say some bar or restaurant.

You'd think they'd want as many walking billboards as possible. But you often see them selling shirts for $20+.

Cool subject though. I bet there was some crazy value to be had back then.
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June 4th, 2019 at 3:04:51 PM permalink
Not the 50ís but many of us remember Stupak and his offers like it was yesterday. As a much younger person growing up in PA, reading Parade in the Sunday paper, these seemed to good to be true.

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