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Casino Rate vs. Comp Value

Discussion in 'Comps' started by jwal83, Apr 12, 2014.

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  1. jwal83

    jwal83 Tourist

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    I have about $1k of Express Comps saved up and I want to use them on a nice suite that I usually wouldn't get otherwise. I want to book the MGM Terrace Suite for 2 nights midweek, at the Casino Rate it would be about $1,200 including taxes and everything.

    Now to make up the $200 difference will I have to just earn $200 worth of comps or will they make me earn the rooms comp value (I would say it is close to $1,000/night)? If it's the latter, I will be losing primary comps that could be used for something else.

    Basically I want to use my Express Comps for the room and use any additional comps I earn during the trip for food, beverage, etc. I am ok with paying the extra $200 out of pocket. Is there a policy where they have to take off room charges first before any food can be taken off? I'm worried that any comps I earn will go towards the room first and I will have to pay the higher comp value instead of the casino rate.
     
  2. Auggie

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    You are kind of asking about wheeling and dealing with the casino over comps and express comps and paying stuff in cash... thats not a question anybody can really answer here and you'd have to talk to a host at MGM Grand to get a correct and final answer.

    You might get somebody who had a somewhat similar situation but however it worked out for them doesn't mean its going to be the same for you.


    All that said, this kind of seems like a case of "does it really matter"?
    Do the express comps go to the room first, or the food? Can you pay for some of the room in cash or does that have to go for food?
    In the end it should all work itself out... like if your room is $1200 and you spend $500 on food and you have $1000 in express comps and you earn $500 more in express comps... it all works out to $1700 either way where you have to give them $200 in cash to cover the balance
     
  3. Chuck2009x

    Chuck2009x VIP Whale

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    They are giving you casino rate with the expectation that you will play X amount to make it profitable for the casino. They will want to use comps earned from play during the trip to pay off the room first.

    But like Auggie said, it doesn't make much difference.

    Charge all your F&B to the room, get to the end of the trip, see how much they'll take off without touching your Express Comps. Then you can decide how much in ECs you want to use and how much you want to pay out of pocket.

    Also like Auggie said, it's going to take a host to break down how much over and above casino rate you actually ended up paying for the room.
     
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