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It pays to book way ahead

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Tahoejoe2, Jan 1, 2016.

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  1. Tahoejoe2

    Tahoejoe2 High-Roller

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    Heading to Las Vegas Superbowl weekend. Staying at Harrahs
    I booked my room in September for 4 nights. Arrive Thurs., leave Mon. Comp Thurs., $19 Fri., $49 Sat. and comp Sunday. Total with tax and resort fee = $189.
    Looked up price today. $1000.
    It pays to book in advance.:thumbsup:
     
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  2. captainron62

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    I booked mine in May. 5 nights, it cost me $68 plus resort fees, so like about $200 total. I checked yesterday an it was almost $800 total. I must be on the same level as you Joe, I was COMP all week except for Fri/Sat and paid the same as you did for those days. This is the first year in three years I have paid anything at all. I don't complain or mind its not bad for just a little pecking away at the VP bars.
     
  3. charliepeete

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    just got an invite yesterday for 3 comped nights plus their superbowl party................i guessed they liked how i played there a month ago......lol
     
  4. JeJas

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    I just booked, 3 nights fully comped, plus invitation to party, no resort fee.
    If you have to pay for the room, yes, early is the way to go.
     
  5. Tahoejoe2

    Tahoejoe2 High-Roller

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    Your time clock is off if you are going to the Superbowl?
     
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    Same is true for CES. I had offers for comped rooms @ multiple CET hotels for the CES timeframe. I think I noticed it in April (booked when I thought I was going). To compare, I think even Harrahs was going for ~$150/night for CES at that time (might've been more...it was definitely the most expensive rate I'd ever seen there). So I guess they just load up these offers well in advance without any sorts of blackout dates, which is great for us. I don't think MLife shares offers that far in advance, and I know Cosmo doesn't. I think the latter two maybe give you a quarter or so of advance booking time.
     
    Only 2nd trip for year :(
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    It pays to keep checking and book when the price is right, and then to keep checking in case it even gets better since it's easy to cancel.
     
    Will give them a try!
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  8. NCAAHoops

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    Smart move Joe, always good to have more $ to play with.

    Based on my offer, I contacted Paris tonight for the Big game Party and asked to stay at Bally's. I guess that move is upsetting the CZR gods lol. Had to connect me to my host, who is no longer listed in the system, host on duty did not think it will be a problem but will get back to confirm. I am sure it is not a request they get too often to go to Bally's instead of Paris.

    Good Luck out there be sure to bring back some of Harrah's cash
     
  9. adbynot

    adbynot High-Roller

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    I knew I should have locked up rooms for 2016 @ CET when I knew my last Oct trip was going to be a no-play deal. FML. MLife better be good to me now.
     
  10. JeJas

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    Good catch! that's another business trip at late Feb which I booked long time ago. Looks like I am going to do two trips in two weeks!
     
  11. sindustry

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    I will mention one issue with booking too early...you may not receive any offers for those particular dates, when they are sent out to the masses. As an example...I booked Jan 8th weekend (CES weekend) at Caesars way in advance...comped room. Later on, CET started sending out the Free TV offers, but I never received the offer...online or snail mail. I ended up calling TR and asked about it and they said since I had already booked those dates, the offer was never sent to me. However, I am still eligible for the offer, so I just had to cancel the original reservation in order to rebook with the TV offer. If not for seeing everyone talk about the TV offer, and then calling about it, I would have never known about it.
     
  12. JeJas

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    I don't count on that!
    Mlife seems really tightening their belts nowadays.
     
  13. JeJas

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    I second that!
    And my experience is, if you have too many pending reservations already booked, it will negatively affect your future offers. At least that's what I thought.
     
  14. adbynot

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    I've received an the same offer from the B for Jan/Feb: 2 Sun-Thurs Comp. Fri-Sat from $109 + $150 Resort Credit. I'm still waiting on Aria as that is where I did 90% of my play.
     
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    CET email offer: 2 nights +$40 FP at any property for Jan/Feb. All is not lost I guess
     
  16. Chuck2009x

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    For dates when there are events, I agree it pays to book CET far in advance. But outside of that, it also pays to keep checking.

    Over the past year or so, CET has been doing more offers targeting very short date ranges where they project lower occupancy, but those offers don't become available until a month or so beforehand.

    My last trip in July and my upcoming one at the end of January, I originally booked 7 nights at Caesars, 5 comped + 2 paid, with $100 free play and $50 resort credit, using an offer I get all the time.

    For both trips, about a month before arrival, I got an offer for $200 freeplay that was valid for my arrival dates. So I called and rebooked, and not only do I net +$50 in freebies by changing the offer, but the price of the paid nights came down significantly (by almost $200 total each time).
     
  17. Chuck2009x

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    I don't doubt sindustry's account, but it hasn't been my experience with either MLife or CET that having a booking will prevent offers from coming through for the same dates, maybe it's true at higher levels or for certain offers.

    I will say though that my previous understanding was that CET would let you have 5 open reservations, but when I called a week or so ago to rebook one, the agent said it was 2. After the rebooking, I now have 3, so I guess they can override it, but it appears if you try to use the website, it enforces the limit of 2 and you have to call.
     
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    I currently have three- two in Vegas and one in A/C- all done online. What it won't let you do is book another reservation within a week of your current one.
     
    Will give them a try!
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    I do this. Last year, booked my trip four months in advance at, I think, Flamingo. Thought it was an OK price. Checked later, price dropped so cancel/rebook. Later, there was a great rate at Linq so cancel/book at Linq. Think ended up saving a couple hundred. Sometimes it takes a little while to get your deposit back but that's OK.
     
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