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book through hotel or via airline?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by suzers, Jan 15, 2015.

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  1. suzers

    suzers Newbie

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    Is the likelihood of a room upgrade better if you book directly through a hotel? or would you have the same 'chance' if you book a package via an airline/3rd party?

    If it depends on the hotel...these are a few I am looking at: TI,Flamingo, Tropicana, Venitian, Harrahs.... hotel opinions also welcome :)

    Thanks!
     
  2. easy_money

    easy_money Low-Roller

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    I don't believe it matters as it's by chance and mainly availability. Also, if you're looking to book a regular room and get upgraded to a suite, it's most likely not going to happen. Most upgrades are probably to a better view or high floor. Are you planning to gamble? If so, it's better to book through the hotel itself. Cause if you're planning to gamble, even a little bit, you can go to the host desk and they may be able to knock off some room charges or room pricing depending on how much you gambled. Check out the $20 Trick Section also for the stats of the different hotels.
     
  3. suzers

    suzers Newbie

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    Thanks easy_money!
    I am actually looking to book a suite/mini suite/etc, and upgrade to a better view/higher floor...we are planning on gambling, but I met a goal at work, so the boss is paying for room/air (within a set budget). So our costs is going to be food/drink/gambling money....still better to book via hotel, maybe a better opportunity for comps for food/snacks/etc?
     
  4. bardolator

    bardolator Lifelong Low Roller

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    I don't believe it matters a lot in your case. Generally, booking direct is better because it allows the hotel (and you) more flexibility than if you had brought in a third party. Far as perks for play go, sign up for a card at the casino rewards club as soon as you arrive, use it, and if you think you have gambled enough, ask for a host to review your play and maybe comp you a meal or whatever. You may also accrue cash back credits that you can spend in hotel restaurants. People at the rewards desk will explain the system to you.

    It is very unlikely that you as a first timer will get anything knocked off the room up front. You are not known to them.
     
  5. easy_money

    easy_money Low-Roller

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    I see. In your case, since you're getting "COMP'd" by your boss, I'd definitely go with booking directly with the hotel. As as bardolator said, definitely get a players card. Most players think or assume just giving a little play won't get them much. But you never know, and a little extra discount is better than no discount. And since you don't really have to recoup the $$$ or cost of the room, it'll give you more room after gambling to see if they will take care of room charges (food, beverages). Now hardest part is deciding which suite/mini-suite to go with, so many choices.....
     
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