Just thought I would add to recent threads about reduced comps at Aria and the whole 'comp yourself ' thread BeeJay started. I posted on here a couple of months ago that my host at Aria had sorted me a deal I was happy with for my upcoming trip at the end of April-three weekend nights free and four nights at $99 (given the distances involved I always stay a week). I also had a trip in the planning for September with my wife and some friends but was struggling with my host to organise a decent deal in one of the Aria suites. Advice here was to wait until after the April trip and see what she could do then. In the meantime,Mlife seemed to sort out its website and my discounted tier offers gave me a price for the Aria suite I was wanting (a panoramic corner suite) at $225 a night that I was very happy with and keen to secure (my wife likes certainty to start looking forward to something!). I emailed my host saying: 1) I had found a price on Mlife I was happy with but wanted to know if (a) she could beat that or (b) if not,whether it would be better for both of us if I booked that price through her rather than the website (I wanted to make sure she was given credit for my play even if she couldn't beat the price). 2) I asked if it were possible for her to refer me to a Bellagio host as we are splitting the trip between properties. Her reply,whilst very prompt and polite,was basically ''Mlife rate is less than the rate I can give you so just book both hotels through the website.' So,in short,I feel I am being told by my host that she really isn't interested in my level of play and should just book through Mlife in future. I have no real problem with this-in fact it might well suit me as in the past I have tended to concentrate my play at Aria when I might have preferred to casino hop a little more. Not comps chasing per se but trying to focus my play for the best return. Now I feel no obligation to do this or indeed any obligation to play to previous levels. Freedom to comp myself as BeeJay might put it. It also makes me feel very relaxed about my upcoming trip in that again I feel no obligation to focus my play at Aria for future offers as I already have the next trip booked. I will keep my play at MGM generally as I like their casinos best,but now it matters much less whether I play at Mirage,Bellagio,Mandalay Bay,Aria etc all of which I enjoy playing at. As I say,I have no problem with this (apart from the natural human reaction to being 'dumped' ! :Þ). I have often thought I am perhaps too small a fish for Aria or indeed my host.But once on her books I thought there would be no obvious detriment in her matching Mlife at least. I have though enjoyed being comped upfront as I would much rather keep my money for bankroll purposes rather than having to pay for the rooms and being comped back end. It makes the decision to book a transatlantic flight much easier when you know the cost of your room for a week for somewhere like Aria is only $400. But it seems like I might be focusing at the wrong level of casino-need to look down a level perhaps? For info, I am platinum. Over the course of a week I will put through $25k+ coin in on a mixture of varying denom slots (no VP), and around 20 hours split between blackjack and craps at green chip level. The rest of the time I play poker which of course is hardly rated for comps. I earned 160k tier credits and $270 approx EC on my last week long trip a year ago (before the EC changes). Anyone else had this type of response? Should I feel (as I do) that my host here is gentling telling me she isn't interested in my level of play anymore ? Was asking for a Bellagio host referral inappropriate? Is there any point now with Mlife in focusing play on one casino and if so what level of casino in the MGM chain would my level of play be more suited to for decent up front offers? All advice appreciated. Cheers Harry (still very much looking forward to his trip to Aria in 13 days time even if his host avoids him!!).