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Comps for 40th Bday

Discussion in 'Comps' started by north east j, Jan 10, 2016.

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  1. north east j

    north east j Low-Roller

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    Hi everyone.

    My wife and I are planning my 40th bday in the spring - my 1st thought is to go to Vegas and have a good couple of days - but with our Canadian dollar worth $0.70 of an American one, it makes it quite tough to do so...

    Anyways, my questions for those who have had 'big birthdays' in Vegas - what should I expect as far as comps or upgrades, if any? I am (or was) a Pearl life member and a gold TR guy, so there I am a low roller for sure. I get low offers from Cosmo and Wynn as well for discounted rates or free show tix.

    Is it hit or miss? Just want to know so I can strategize early...

    Any thoughts or experiences would be helpful!
     
  2. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

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    Half the people in town are celebrating something "big".

    You might get a friendly check in agent who will get you a better view or even possibly an upgraded room.

    But that's all you can hope for.
     
  3. Flowers

    Flowers VIP Whale

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    One key question is if you have an Mlife host given that you are Pearl with mlife. I would make sure he/she knows it's your big birthday trip. My sense is that the basic rule about comps being based on your play won't change but on the margins your host can definitely do special things for you. My host (at that time), for example, had a very nice gourmet cake delivered to my room for my 50th birthday trip and I believe some champagne as well. (I just remember the cake, which was fabulous.) I know it was based on my play but he proactively went to corporate to increase my fsp offer SIGNIFICANTLY, from what was in the 350 range to 900, the most FSP I have ever received. He was a good host (since retired) but was generally even more attentive than usual. All my charges (which were around 2500, including for a second room for friends), were comped off at the end but I also played a LOT. So, at the end of the day, he could probably justify everything he did to his bosses based on my trip play and/or history but I think a combination of his being a great host and it being my 50th birthday led him to work to make it as special as possible.

    Bottom line is don't expect much more than what your play would warrant but definitely let your host and the hotel, restaurant, wherever know it's a big birthday for you. I have a similar trip coming up in April. It's not a big birthday but it is an equally important trip to me because my 83-year old mother will be with me and though I hope she lives a long time her sense and my sense is that this is probably the last trip to Vegas she will take with me. I shared with both my CET and Wynncore hosts that I want this to be a once in a lifetime trip for my mother. They both know I also played a lot during my trip a couple of weeks ago. But, of note is the particular suite I wanted at Caesars will be comped all five days and my Wynncore host is fabulous as always and volunteered to send the Limo (likely a RR) to pick my mom up from the airport. My guess is that those things could be justified based on my play but if their bosses challenged it they would probably point to both my history, the fact that my mother also gambles (I mentioned that in an email) and the fact that this trip is REALLY important to me. I think they know the trip being great for my mother and me will make me even more loyal as a customer.
     
  4. BayouBengal

    BayouBengal VIP Whale

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    Don't count on anything but like a lot of things in Vegas, you won't get it u less you ask for it. Like shifter said, if you're booking via a host just slip it in the convo that you're coming in to celebrate the birthday. Also the front desk agents usually make small talk and you can mention it then when asking if they have any available upgrades.
     
  5. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    I wouldn't expect anything. I am here every year for my bday and besides the occasional happy wishes from a friendly dealer or supervisor, the only additional comp I recall getting was at Cosmo a couple years ago when they surprised me with some cake in the Talon room. And I think that only happened because of my host
     
  6. BadKarma

    BadKarma Low-Roller

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    Don't expect anything, then you'll be surprised if you get something at all.

    Celebrated my 50th BDay with a stay at Encore. Upon check-in, the clerk asked me if I was there to celebrate anything special. Told her I was there to celebrate my 50th BDay. She wished me a happy one, did some more typing on the keyboard, then went up to my room. I totally expected something for my special celebration, but never received anything but a $500+ loss at WynnCore that day!!
    Was hoping for a turndown in my suite and maybe some chocolates on the pillow, but I got nada, zilch, zip.

    Luxor does allow you a free spin on their wheel at the MLife desk there on your birthday. I won $25 FP. So I finally got my 50th BDay comp from somewhere. :evillaugh
     
  7. Char1

    Char1 High-Roller

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    Made reservation at Cut for our 39th wedding anniversary and they printed custom personalized menus.
     
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    mrstealth High-Roller

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    There's a hooker that works on the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd who will throw in a BJ for free on your birthday. Her name is Ophelia and she wears a mini skirt and has big hair.
     
  9. PHVHost

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    We actually do have birthday offers that are valid for the month of your birthday. They typically include the comp room, free play, and a gift of reward credits. Other than that, it is all on a personal basis. I'll usually send up a cake or set up something special at one of our restaurants but that is typically for my bigger players because I won't comp in a way that goes against them, I'll use another comp code that I have to be able to substantiate to the bosses when I get the inevitable "what is this" email the next day.

    We also get pings in our email when a customer is playing and their birthday is that day or +/- a few. To be honest, one of my top 10 pet peeves is taking the time out of my day to wish a customer a happy birthday that isn't even one of mine and the first words aren't thank you or any semblance of appreciation for the personal touch, 90% of the time it is "what are you going to give me". Lame. Then I get my name in the survey because a $50 avg bet player didn't get a $200 meal at the steak house.
     
  10. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    I wouldn't expect anything special, other than the normal comp that they want to call your "birthday comp".

    I just celebrated a milestone birthday in Las Vegas, didn't get anything special, and I'm 7*.
     
  11. north east j

    north east j Low-Roller

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    Thanks for the information Hunter. I am not one of those pet peeve people you speak of. I appreciate any comps I get and let a host know!
     
  12. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Would love to hear some of the top pet peeves from either you, or hosts in general. A new thread would be great.
     
  13. LV_Bound

    LV_Bound VIP Whale

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    We stayed at Caesars for one of my wife's milestone birthday which they were well aware.
    It was basically business as usual.
    Unless you are a major player, it isn't really worth their time to go out of their way.
    If you want to go to Vegas for your birthday, you will surely have a good time, but set your expectations up front for no extra special treatment unless you are a big player.
     
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