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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…
 
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…
 
Welcome back to ZorkCast! On today’s show, we welcome Spencer Howard. He is a writer for God Save The Points, and he also has an intriguing newsletter called Straight To The Points, which we will discuss. Spencer will be sharing handy resources for miles and points and also credit card loyalty points strategies. Lots of stuff both helpful for begin…
 
On today’s show we’re talking all about manufactured spend and casinos as well as casino spend for status. We’re giving you a broad overview and defining what manufactured spend, also known as MS, really is. We will be sharing some insights from the best resource we know The Frequent Miler. If you’re a frequent traveller and are looking to use spen…
 
Today our special guest is Tim from the Points to be Made blog. Based in the UK and mostly dealing with miles+points from a European Perspective, Tim has a wealth of super-incisive information on how to make the most of a few different programs, especially Avios. In our conversation, we cover some background on his blog, what a digital nomad is and…
 
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the show we will be looking at a Caesars Rewards promotion. We are going to dig deeper into the “My Leaderboard” competition of Caesars Rewards program and why it can be seen as an extremely non-compelling competition. We discuss in detail exactly what the point system looks like, how prizes are…
 
Welcome back to the show everyone! Today our guest is Flemming Poulsen from FinalCall.travel and he is here to tell us a little about air travel in Europe and compare it to the United States. We chat about why it is generally cheaper to fly in Europe and the reasons that contribute to this. Flemming also gives us some insight into the kinds of supp…
 
Welcome to the first episode of 2019 and thanks for joining us! Today we are joined by our friend Eric Rosenthal, and we will be thinking ahead to the new year and chatting about loyalty and how to get the most value for your needs. We talk about the expected value and the cost of all hobbies. We also consider the fact that if everyone took advanta…
 
Today we will be talking about what to do in the event of your airline changing and rebooking your original flight option. This can sometimes be an inconvenience, but it is always an opportunity to review your options. The basic idea to note here is that you do not need to accept the rebooking option they offer or select for you. Now, this does hap…
 
Welcome back to ZorkCast for Part 2 of our conversation with Robin T. Aubin. Robin is the founder of NETime Gambling, a non-monetized blog where Robin shares his interest in gambling, the casino business, and his love for New England. Robin’s goal with NETime Gambling is to provide a service and resource for anyone visiting New England’s expanding …
 
Welcome back to another new episode of ZorkCast. Today on the show we are joined by special guest, Robin T. Aubin. Robin is the founder of NETime Gambling, a non-monetized blog created for Robin’s interest in gambling, the casino business, and his love for New England. Robin has been involved in music all his life, but twenty years ago casino gambl…
 
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the show we are once again joined by John Morris of Wheelchair Travel. John is passionate about award travel programs and getting the best value possible out of the points that he collects as a frequent flyer. In today’s episode we continue the award travel series and John shares how he feels ab…
 
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the show we are once again joined by John Morris of Wheelchair Travel. In today’s episode, we are going to continue a bit of the on and off theme of award travel reboot, talking about why people should be interested in travel status and award travel. To take on this topic, John shares more about…
 
Welcome back to another episode of ZorkCast. Today on the podcast we are going to talk a little bit about airline fare buckets. What’s very interesting is that airline pricing is a somewhat dynamic process. Airlines have this dynamic process of pricing that’s based on yield management, and the backbone of this system is the use of fare buckets. Far…
 
Welcome back to ZorkCast. Today on the show, we are going to continue our conversation about Spirit Airlines and delve into the differences between low-cost carriers and regular airline carriers. Here to provide their experiences and insights, we welcome Eric Rosenthal and Catherine aka CoachKitty with me today. Eric and Catherine share their opini…
 
Welcome back, everybody! We know we have had a little break from business as usual, but we have a great episode right here to get you back into the swing of things. In today’s show, we chat about the exciting news of new venues in Atlantic City and Springfield and discuss Marriott and Starwood’s recent loyalty program merger and what this might mea…
 
Welcome back to ZorkCast. Today on the podcast, we welcome Eric Rosenthal, and we’re going to talk a little bit about craps, or as I like to refer to it as dice, in London. There’s only one place in the UK (as far as I know) that you can play dice and that is at the Hippodrome in London. In this episode, we discuss the various dice tables available…
 
Today on the podcast we are discussing what “real” telephone customer support is. Many companies say, “You are a premium customer, we value your business so much, you are a VIP.” But when you have to deal with calling those companies, you often do not feel very much like a valued customer at all! Especially when you call in, and you have to go thro…
 
Today, we talk about the Vegas news for the week. TravelZork publishes a Vegas News round-up every Sunday. Be sure to check it out. Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode: ZorkCast FaceBook Group Continue and Start the Conversation) TravelZork ZorkCast on Twitter ZorkCast on Instagram © 2018 ZorkCast © 2018 TravelZork…
 
Today, we have an enjoyable chat on location at Mohegan Sun. Eric Rosenthal, Cousin Vito, Mikey 9s, Mr. Luke. We talk about…. * #GAMBLEPALOOZA * Fine dining at Mohegan * Casino Craps Talk * Mohegan Sun Talk * The largest casino (floor) in the world * Mohegan Sun “The Mecca of Dice” * ZorkFest Craps Tournament * Craps Tournament Strategy * Baccarat …
 
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