I have been waiting to book 3 nights in November on my usual monthly mailers, but none seemed to come for November. So, I called. For the first time ever I got a host who was inept. She told me that she could see I should get a November mailer, but could not book the codes because she did not have them. After I worked that question into the conversation a few different ways, she went away and came back, and someone must have told her how to book me. That was good. When I am down in Florida in the winter, I never get postcards, so for any spring trip I always book the mailing offers through a host. The D has a much simpler system. Reservations always knows what mailer I received, so I don't need the postcard or codes. Just my name. I don't play at much there, so I generally get just the 2 for 1, but that makes for 4 cheap nights since the D doesn't charge the resort fee on comp offers, even for the paid nights. My 4Q November offer was reduced from 3 to 2 nights. Well, it was if the inept host got that part right. The third night cost only $25 even though I go in on a Thursday. That was good. I count on the Four queens to cover a weekend in October and another in November and build my trip around that. I got a letter about the new 4 Queens comp dollar program and in the letter they gave me $40 comp dollars "to get started," so for this trip the rooms are still free as the comp dollars cover the $25 for the third night. She argued that the $40 was freeplay when I explained I would use my comp dollars to pay for the room. Someone must have heard her and told her she was wrong, and she corrected herself. I must have gotten some new host. Every other time when I don't get a mailer on time (or at all) I just arrange things through one of the hosts. The way I figure it, the comp dollar program will make up for the fewer nights offered for free in the mailers. I did not see a reduction in freeplay. I wonder if the comp dollar program eats away at the cashback we used to get. Hard to tell if for me the changes amount to tightening up or not. Jean Scott says that the 4 Queens has been so generous for so long that we probably should not complain about a bit of tightening up on freebies. That makes sense. I'll have to see if after all is said and done it makes much of a difference. I'll be curious to see how many comp dollars are generated by my play this next trip. I'll be interested to see if we can use them for food and still get the Magnolia's specials of the day. Mostly I have to see if I actually get to go. I'm all planned, but I still might have to cancel or modify. Still, fine to be booked and ready and hopeful. Especially since my 24 nights of hotel rooms will cost me (with fees and taxes) on average, $9.70 a night.