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Offer Rate vs. Casino Rate: I'm Pleasantly Surprised

Discussion in 'Comps' started by VegasGroove, Nov 20, 2014.

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  1. VegasGroove

    VegasGroove VIP Whale

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    I received an email offer for MaBay: $52 a night (some small freeplay and BOGO show tickets). I figure this is great, but the dates on the offer didn't match my desired dates. So I call the number on the offer just to see what rate I could get for my dates. [All this is research as I wait for MyVegas open the room rate calendar.]

    I noticed the number was for Mlife VIP Services and the gentleman said I could not use the offer for my dates, but he could give me the casino rates of $19/$19/$109/$29/$29 - SAY WHAAAAA? Needless to say, I booked immediately. I don't get the show tickets or the freeplay, but that is unimportant!

    I always thought offer rates were lower than casino rates. Hmmmm, I was pleasantly surprised.
     
  2. Piggylane

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    I travel to Las Vegas frequently on business, spending usually ten weeks a year there. Much of my time is spent conducting seminars at the Orleans. While it is a decent hotel I'm sick of it and I don't get any bonuses.

    MGM hooked up with Hyatt and I have been getting credit for stays at their properties. To keep the expenses down I usually stay at Monte Carlo. Luxor, NYNY and Excalibur would be cheaper but I've had bad experiences in all of them.

    I just booked a 14 night stay in March at MC. The Orleans Rate was over $1400 for a premium room. I called the MLife VIP services (I'm Platinum) to see what they could do. I'm saving over $400 for my company and they kicked in $200 free play, tickets and resort credit. Better than the offer from the webpage or mailer. They offered to comp some nights but I declined - I'm on expenses and will take the Hyatt points, Tier credits and Holiday Gift shop points.

    I will bug a host at the end of the trip to comp the resort fees at least. Hasn't been an issue in the past. Just irritates me although I do like the Keurig coffee make in the room (I bring my own k cups).

    Call - it's either your money or somebody else's! What are they going to do? Say No? Take your Birthday away? If you have decent play they will probably give you a better rate as VegasGroove received!

    Enjoy your stay!
     
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  3. VegasGroove

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    Thanks, Piggylane. Great info!

    I figured what's the harm with calling - so glad I did.
     
  4. VegasSchemer

    VegasSchemer Low-Roller

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    I want to understand this casino rate idea a little better. Based on my planned level of play ($25 hands for a few hours in BJ), I won't earn free rooms. Can I still earn an offer rate for discounted rooms at good properties? I'd rather get an offer for a $50 room at Mandalay Bay than a free one Downtown. Thanks for the clarification.
     
  5. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty native Texan; born and bred.

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    Piggy--

    If they offered you comp nights and you declined but asked for additional food / room charges from the hotel what would you suppose the response would be? Just asking for future reference as it seems if you are willing to pay for the room and they comp it that is money out of their pocket. So if you are willing to pay for food and they comp it it is still money out of their pocket and shouldn't (?) be a difference. Just asking.....
     
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    Good question. I think they are more willing to give up the rooms because they own them, not the restaurants. Many of the restaurants on property are independent operators paying leases. Perhaps the cafe and buffets are property owned, those are usually the easiest comps to get when playing for a while anyway.

    I've run up $200 meals at Brand myself and not asked for it to be comped. I'm sure the response would be "Sure, we'll just take that out of your express comps!" Not the same thing!

    Hope this answers your question.
     
  7. 2tweetz

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    Have you tried Mandalay Bay? Rooms are nice, big and rates are very competative.
     
  8. bubbakitty

    bubbakitty native Texan; born and bred.

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    Thanks Piggy; didn't know about the ownership of the restaurants and inability to comp same.....good answer
     
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