Hello, This is my first message on this board that I have been reading addictively for the past year, thanks mainly to the natedogg thread. English is my second langage so sorry for the potential errors. I will be going mid-July for the 5th year in a row during the summer to Vegas from the other side of the Atlantic. All trips have been at the Wynn/Encore. In the past I have stayed between 3 and 7 days, but the trip this year will be a little longer (9 days). Every year my play has been increasing. Last year, I played mainly craps during a 3 day trip for 35 hours :confused2: at an average of 1250$. My theo was around 35k and I got a grand total of 3.5k of comps. I was travelling solo and spent very little time doing something else than gambling. Basically I didn't have time to use any potential additional comps. Besides food, I believe an in room massage was picked up when I checked out. I was up about 60k during that trip but finished even. I had a nice female host that I met the first year who has left, and since then I have an older guy with whom communication has been much more difficult. Only after last year trip I started getting some invitations for tournaments, superbowl and stuff like that, for which I never went. Clearly I was severely undercomped last year and I what I regret the most is that he didn't offer, by himself an airfare discount which he could have easily done. I believe he is a domestic host and might not have all the tools hosts from international marketing have, but I might be wrong. When I emailed him about this after the trip, I basically got no answer. He wouldn't say that yes, I was undercomped. While preparing for this trip, I tried to get everything clear in advance and get as much as I could, learning greatly from the posts in the Comps section in this forum. I am travelling this time with my wife and another couple. I could have got a 2 bedroom apartment at the Encore, but 5 nights RFB and 4 nights room only. Additional comps at the end of the trip I can understand this since the room runs for around 2,000$ a night. I decided to pass on that since the room would have used most of my comps and instead chose the Parlor Suite. I had tried the Salon a couple years back but found it to be way too big and I didn't feel very good in it. I believe that my average will go up to around 1,500$ this trip. I asked for a loss rebate, it was refused "10% only over 150k". I am wiring 150k front money. I asked for 3% rebate, it was refused. The deal I have now is as follow: - RFB in a Parlor Suite for me - Towers Suite for my friend at casino rate. He will play also but much less than me. - 40% of theo I can use for me and/or pay for my friend's room and extras (he will probably get some nights comped also from his play) - 7% of theo airfare discount (not exceeding 40% total) which is basically the only hard comp I obtained - limo of course I believe, unless something catastrophic happens that I should be around 50k theo at the end of the trip. I am playing the Main Event of the WSOP and will play less than last year. This should leave 20k (of which 3.5k cash for airfare discount) for RFB, spas, pool beds and to cover my friend's room. I will try my best to use them all this year. You are probably asking yourself why I return to the Encore and that I could probably get a much better deal somewhere else. The thing is that I really love that hotel and I basically wait all year long to be able to come back. All the over hotels on the Strip that I have visited do not give me the same feeling that i find there. Any advice on what I should do this year. Renegociating before travelling seems very difficult. I plan on visiting the International Marketing Dept. after two of three days of play while I am there. Should I visit another host at another hotel (I was thinking about the Palazzo)? What comps at the Encore or somewhere else do you think I should ask for given my play history? Thanks for your advice. I forgot, I asked for 2 Garth Brooks tickets and he got them for me.