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Calgary to Wendover, Nevada + 3 nights hotel - $179/person after tax

So, a faithful reader passed this deal along to me. There's apparently a 'casino junket' in Wendover, Nevada and they're offering flight + 3 nights hotel from Calgary for $179/person after tax from May 13-16.

My first thought was, where's Wendover, Nevada? Turns out it's about 6 hours from anything interesting, which might be why I haven't heard of it.

Here's what the 'strip' looks like:

Not exactly Vegas. For reference though, it's about 6 hours north of LV.

It's one of those small Nevada towns that only exists because of gambling.

My second thought was, ok, so who is it that's offering this package, and what does it include?

The link to the package can be found here: http://www.wendoverfun.com/flights/flash_files/flight_reservations.html

If you scroll over Alberta on the map, you can click on Calgary, to see that there's a package leaving on May 13th.

From the map, we can also see that they offer packages from departures all over the U.S. From U.S. cities it looks like they mostly use Allegiant Air (a good airline with cheap flights to Vegas). But from Calgary, they use a charter airline, Max Air. We'll get to that later.

Taking a look at their Facebook page they have over 6,000 fans and everyone seems happy. It does appear to be a legitimate offer from a legitimate company.

Here's the 3 hotels they're offering as part of the package:



Montego Bay

The Montego Bay hotel seems like the best choice. I don't think any of the 3 are great hotels, but they don't seem overly terrible.

As for the charter airline, having never heard of Max Air, I did some Googling around, and found a few reviews from people on TripAdvisor.


It sounds like they're quite reputable and actually really nice for a charter airline.

I would imagine on these casino junkets they do everything they can to encourage you to gamble at their casino. The interesting part to me would be ditching the casino and doing your own thing, just using it as a cheap flight to the Nevada/Utah area.

Looks like it's about a 2.5 hour drive to the Humboldt National forest. The thing is, after a quick search, it doesn't seem like there's anywhere to rent a car.

Here's some more reviews from people on TripAdvisor that have tried one of these packages:


If anyone can think of something interesting to do with this offer that doesn't involve the town of Wendover, let me know.

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5 Responses to "Calgary to Wendover, Nevada + 3 nights hotel - $179/person after tax"

    Has Diane been here?
       Diane on March 11th, 2011

    Okay LETS GO!!!

    Has Tim been here?
       Tim on March 12th, 2011

    Crazy good deal!

    If the drive to Vegas passes near the grand canyon, that would be killing two birds with one stone. And just driving through the desert would be neat.

    Has Kim been here?
       Kim on March 14th, 2011

    We booked this so we'll see how it goes. It is a good deal, so hard to pass up. No car rental facility near-by, so using it as a starting place to explore from isn't an option. the Bonneville Salt Flats look interesting. $25.00 for a 1 hour tour (pickup from the hotel) or $85 or a ride about on an ATV. Other than that it is very small town USA, so we'll see how it goes! There is no return flight scheduled yet, but the tour operator told me likely returning on Monday, between 9am and noon.

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on March 14th, 2011

    Have fun Kim!

    I didn't find any major car rental facilities but I ended up finding a few places that rent cars in Wendover, they're usually just small time operations based out of the hotels with websites circa 1995:


    Or try a search for car rentals on Google Maps near Wendover, and you get this:


    Which lists the 4 hotels that have car rental 'agencies'.

    I notice on Wendoverfun.com it now says 'call to book' under Calgary, but Edmonton still shows as being able to book online.

    Has DK been here?
       DK on March 17th, 2011

    According to the booking site, this deal is now sold out.

    Also, after calling the four rental car agencies listed on http://tinyurl.com/6duuf4a, the only one that actually rents vehicles is S ν

    Thanks for unearthing this deal Chris. Can't wait to see the Bonneville Salt Flats.

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