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My MyVegas Redemption experiences in LV

Discussion in 'MyVegas' started by dbueler, Apr 3, 2013.

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  1. dbueler

    dbueler High-Roller

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    Hey Folks,
    I am now returning from LV and thought I would share my experiences redeeming MyVegas rewards during my trip. In short - awesome!

    I had purchased $39 in chips late last year, so the MyVegas folks had told me I could use unlimited rewards (not subject to the 3 redemption limit), so that was cool.

    I purchased the following-
    Circus Circus Steakhouse dinner for two $150 75,000 LP's
    Excalibur Steakhouse dinner for two $150 75,000 LP's
    Belligio Lunch Buffet for two around 27,000 LP's
    Zumanity tickets for two 90,250 LP's

    I had a terrible time trying to get the circus circus steakhouse one, and it was the one I really wanted. So a week before my trip, I emailed MyVegas support and asked them if they could tell me which days they would reload this reward. I was missing work just trying to snag it at 9am CT...LOL. They were awesome and asked me to confirm that I wanted that reward, I did, and they manually put it through within minutes! I rec'd the email confirmation plus the LP's were gone from my account. I thought that was above and beyond great service.

    I called the number on the voucher for the Zumanity tickets and they hooked me up with 3rd row seats, dead center. They also made a reservation for me at the Excalibur steakhouse at the same time.

    I went to the Mlife desk at Excalibur, only one person in front of me, and gave them my ID, Mlife card, and the emailed confirmation. It took a few minutes because they manually write up the comp. I then went straight to the NYNY box office and picked up my tickets at will call, they only needed my ID. Tickets must be picked up prior to 4pm the day of the show, and they are strict on this, but can be picked up days in advance. The Steakhouse comps can only be picked up on the day you want to use it. The Zumanity ticket total showed around $250 when I picked them up at the box office.

    Excalibur Steakhouse was exceptional. My friend and I had salads (the iceburg wedge is the best I've ever had), soup, I had filet and she had crab stuffed shrimp. We shared entrees and both were excellent. We also shared the blue cheese gratin potatos and those were great.

    She had wine and I just had iced tea. Our waiter made a point of telling us we had lots left on the comp and we should have dessert. We were stuffed but each ordered our own creme brulee (sp?) and it was excellent. He told my friend there was plenty left for another glass of wine, so she had another. The total bill was $142, so we still had some left, very generous.

    Service was excellent and we talked to the waiter at length about the MyVegas rewards. He said the steakhouse was on the verge of closing, and he had worked there for many years. But the MyVegas program brought alot of business and they were already seeing return visits from customers who had originally came on a MyVegas comp. So don't expect them to look down their nose at your comp... they are greatful for them and try to make sure you use every penny!

    On to Zumanity.... I've seen this twice before albeit several years ago. It's not for the faint of heart, but what a fun show, we laughed our a$$es off. Perfect seats! MyVegas sure doesn't cut corners, best seats in the house.

    I called MyVegas on Easter to make a reservation for the following night at the Circus Circus steakhouse, but they were off for the holiday. I left my name and number, then just made my own reservation on open table. MyVegas support did return my call the next morning to make sure I was taken care of.

    Arrived at Circus Circus a little early and went to the MLife desk. They only had one person working, then she has to call a manager to write out the comp. Took about 15 minutes total, then onto the heaven otherwise known as the Circus Circus steakhouse. Old Vegas, dark woods, reds, lordy did I love it. It's been a gem in the crappy old casino for 30+ years and wins the Best of Vegas award every year. Our waiter had been there 28 years!

    We ordered the garlic grilled shrimp app and it was 4 huge shrimp perfectly grilled. The bread basket is awesome, the raisen bread is the die for! The salads were good. My friend and I both ordered filets and they were perfect! We ordered the 8 oz petite filets and couldn't finish them, although we gave it a good try. My baked potato was great and she ordered garlic mashed, which were really good. She had wine once again, iced tea for me.

    The waiter made sure we knew we had money left and to order dessert. She had coffee, and we shared a creme brulee (sp?). Excellent. We asked for extra raisen bread and they brough a whole loaf! My friend had them wrap up the leftover bread and her filet and dined on those in her room later.

    I think there was still $8 left on the comp we just couldn't use. Once again, very generous for two.

    The Mlife desk at Belligio had a long line and only 2 people working. I expected better of Belligio compared to Circus Circus and Excalibur. Nonetheless, they wrote out the comp (needed my ID, Mlife card, and email confirmation). Best part is the comp serves as a line pass..... priceless. At 2pm the line had to be an hour long.

    I'm not a huge buffet person, but this one was very good. I was pleased it was brunch so I could have breakfast food too. The roasted turkey was truely outstanding. Lots and lots of choices, high quality, highly recommend.

    On each of the 3 meals, we tipped 20%+ on the total bill as the service, especially at both steakhouses, was so exceptional. It was a real pleasure using these as the employees were GLAD you had the vouchers and worked hard to make sure you used every penny. Both steakhouses offered to wrap up a dessert to-go so we could max out the comp!

    I'm a seasoned Vegas Veteran and am usually not into doing promos that take hours of time for little value, but this was a worthy experience! I paid $39 for chips, have become quite addicted to the games, and rec'd about $600 worth of comps for playing a silly game.

    I'm hoping there's some info here that's helpful to someone. I tried to find info on the redemtion processes, and while I did find some, most were just "it went well", etc.....

    Viva!
    diane
     
  2. Scullygirl33

    Scullygirl33 Tourist

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    Thank you so much for the info! We are going in 10 days and have lots of F&B credit to use from MyVegas.

    Question on the Bellagio Buffet...when you pick up the voucher is there a time limit...does it have to be used that day or do you have 24hrs? We are also doing Tea @ Bellagio the day before we paln to do the Buffet so would be great if we could pick up both at the same time.
     
  3. dbueler

    dbueler High-Roller

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    I just looked at my email reward certificate for the Belligio buffet and it doesn't say specifically that it must be redeemed the same day. However, my understanding from another board was that it did. The Steakhouses do for sure.

    Just ask at the Mlife desk if you can get both at once. The lady actually asked me if we were going "now", so that's a good sign for you. They manually write them up, I don't see why they couldn't just date it for the following day.

    Enjoy!
    diane
     
  4. pebbles

    pebbles VIP Whale

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    Not sure about Bellagio buffet, but I was told that my $100 comp for NFI was good for 30 days from the date on the coupon.
     
    First trip of 2017.
  5. Scullygirl33

    Scullygirl33 Tourist

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    Great to know as we have this Comp to use as well :cheers:
    Thanks!
     
  6. Coolcanuck79

    Coolcanuck79 Low-Roller

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    That is correct, you have 30 days from the date they write out the manual voucher at the mLife desk.
     
  7. Mayoman

    Mayoman Low-Roller

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    Great post. I may have to re-think getting the Circus Circus comp.
     
  8. twobroslawn

    twobroslawn Tourist

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    how long did you have to play to get enough LP's to buy all the rewards
     
  9. triplesevens

    triplesevens Tourist

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    Just returned & the voucher I was given for the Bellagio buffet did not have any "use by" date on it. Awesome buffet by the way!
     
  10. marillo

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    thanx dbueler for that info.

    my wife and I got some similar rewards, we will use them in may.

    excalibur steakhouse
    luxor steakhouse
    circus circus steakhouse
    bellagio buffet

    I will let you know about our experiences then :beer:
     
  11. Elaine Vegas

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    We discovered MyVegas just 2 weeks before our trip to Vegas last November. After the first few days, we opened up a second account for DH so we could earn more points. We played every second we could during those two weeks. On the weekends we did about 6am to 1-2am, pretty much nonstop as DH and I tag-teamed each other.

    During the week, we'd spin for an hour or so in the morning while getting ready and when the kids got home from school at 3pm, they'd get the slots going for us until we got back when I'd take over until 1am or so.

    The night before we left, I was spinning for our last few points until 1am when I hit a wall and had to get some sleep. DH woke us up at 3am and started spinning again. Half an hour later, we got the last few points we needed and redeemed for our last reward. (and got to go back to sleep LOL)

    Over those 2 weeks, we earned enough points get:
    1 crepe at Aria
    2 pastries at Aria
    1 $50 F&B credit at Circus Circus (used for the steakhouse)
    1 dinner at Brand Steakhouse at Monte Carlo

    We had a fantastic experience. We've been playing since we got back. From end of November until now (so about 4 months or so), we've played for a couple of hours a day. Sometimes more, sometimes less. This includes a solid 3-4 weeks total of various vacations where we didn't play at all. Some days we'll end up playing for 4-5 hours (just keeping it running in the background).

    Between us, we've earned about 430,000 points. We just booked a trip at the end of April. This will give us:
    - 3 nights at the Luxor (2 weekend nights and 1 weekday night)
    - 2 tickets to Ka
    - 2 tickets to Zumanity
    - $150 dinner at Tender Steakhouse

    and we'll likely earn something small between now and then. I'm only about 10,000 points away from buffet lunch at Bellagio!

    Keep in mind it's easier to earn points in the beginning, but you run out of chips faster. I used to play for several hours then run out of chips and spend another few hours collecting chips. After a few months, we were able to maintain a balance of around 1,000,000 chips so can play more or less continuously (although we still spend time every day or two collecting chips).
     
  12. KingBBInLV

    KingBBInLV High-Roller

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    Great review!

    I do have to add, the waiters encourage everyone to use the max value of the $150 reward because they work on tips, a 20% tip on $110 bill is $22, a 20% tip on $150 bill is $30, that's a big difference.

    They would also rather have a customer come in the door with a guaranteed $150 comp then just a regular customer come in that is gonna pay out of pocket for their meal since they would be more cautious in what they order. Another thing is when someone is using a comp they are going to usually be an easier customer to serve and the customer is more apt to leave a bigger tip when they are using a comp for their meal.

    IE. the only expense for that meal to them is a tip since the meal is free, which will usually be generous when the service is good.
     
  13. Aurelien

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    Nice review, thank you for sharing !
     
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