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Resort Fee Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Username, Feb 28, 2013.

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  1. Username

    Username VIP Whale

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    So starting March 1st I get a FREE room but the resort fee is mandatory.......HUH......so how is this FREE....

    Another bad example is if you room is reduced less then the "Resort Fee" for our convenience.....LOL.....someone PLEASE explain how the hotel can charge more for the "resort fee" then the ROOM ! ! !
     
  2. waverunner

    waverunner BBHMM

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    Just look at it as getting a room for $18 (or whatever), which includes free porn.
     
  3. Big Tip

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    I figure that the resort fee just about pays for the maid to clean the room, and for the water and soap to wash the linens. So the hotels don't lose any money "giving" a room away.
     
  4. S'AllGoodMan

    S'AllGoodMan High-Roller

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    I read comp rooms are not charged the resort fee. I guess we'll all find out soon enough.
     
  5. waverunner

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    Someone said "Gold" status members will only be charged. Other people, including the woman i talked to on the phone at RIO, said NO resort fees to anyone that has booked before March 1st. The confusion is running rampant. I look at it this way. I am and will always be "Gold", but my play when i go in May will balance out at CET and MLife, something that hasn't happened in years. So, no matter what, if i have to pay a resort fee for my comped rooms, i will consider ANY comped room regardless of the property in 2014. Ya hear that Monte Carlo?
     
  6. jgates8

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    According to a Flamingo host it is waived for Platinum & above. However, they still don't have all the answers as to whether or not rooms booked before 3/1 will get the amenities etc.
     
  7. Frankr163

    Frankr163 Low-Roller

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    Silly question; are the resort fees waived for platinum and above, meaning we get the benefits at no charge or is it just that we have the opportunity to opt-out?
     
  8. heatherlovesvegas

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    Ah it's not that big of a deal. Any other city in America you'd get dinged at least $18 for parking. Not to mention the rooms in Vegas are a real bargain almost all the time.

    I'm seeing it as it evens out the playing field. Now they have to be more competitive.. especially since they have crappier properties than MGM. I'm hoping they use the cash to clean up their properties.

    And really it's FREE what about the $1000000 you gambled to get it haha. ;) I'm sure $18 isn't really setting you back to badly.
     
  9. MoneyToBurn

    MoneyToBurn Low-Roller

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    Well, here's my take on this fiasco-

    I'm platinum with CET, and considering the speculation I read, I'm not sure that will absolve me from paying the fees. If it doesn't, then monetarily, it isn't important, I can go the self-comp road, and play 20m less daily, and more than recoup this $17, say, that I'd pay at the Flamingo.

    Status-wise, it takes me from saying to all my friends and acquaintances that I stay for "free", down to I stay from free, but pay another $17 a day, and that is where I'd consider the other offers I get from MGM and a few DT casinos. The money is not the issue, the degradation of status is.
     
  10. Busyman

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    This is what I was saying before.

    Vegas does not charge for parking. Hell park in Baltimore Harbor and get dinged for $20 a day.
     
  11. numeno

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    Clearly you only have 1 option. Cancel your reservation and book elsewhere. :)
     
  12. Username

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    I "GUESS" this might be a sign that our economy is rebounding and Vegas has already recognized that.

    I think CET will have some problems with charging any resort fees for any comped rooms....we will see.

    And as far as "FREE" parking in Vegas..........don't you think that will change as time goes on....I do....once everyone is accustom to the resort fees charged by every hotel on the strip, parking will be next...I'm sure the car rental companies will not like that....but cab drivers will.

    If these hotels just raised the rates they would have to share a percentage of that rate with other third parties like Expedia and Travelocity.....So I'm guessing this is a way to cut them out of the extra money....until they want to raise their percentage.....where does it all stop........back to camping at National Parks I guess.....LOL

    BTW we have had our COMPED rooms reserved at a CET property since last fall......so for this time we are exempt from what I have been reading here.....next year.......YELLOWSTONE here we come :)
     
  13. SH0CK

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    First off, let me put my moderator hat on...
    Back on topic...
    I'm in agreement with Username. Charging a mandatory fee on a FREE room does not make the room free. It would be different if the resorts fees and all the "goodies" that go along with it were optional.

    Then again, CET new resort fees are are a moving target. We probably won't know the whole truth about how they work and will be charged for several months... at least until they work out the kinks on their end.
     
  14. Nevyn

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    I suppose its possible. But it doesn't seem likely. The whole intent of the free parking is to get you into their casino whether you stay there or not.
     
  15. Nevyn

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    For those who are curious, I checked out the rate calendar today to see how the resort fees are treated. Once you pick a rate and dates and it goes to room selection, there is a little green text under the nightly rate with the nightly resort fee. Click on it (this was for Caesars), and you get this message:

    The daily resort fee provides you with a comprehensive bundle of amenities, including:

    Internet service for one device
    Fitness center access for two
    Free local calls

    The following daily resort fee will be charged to you in two parts; one day will be charged at the completion of this purchase and the rest will be charged to you at check-in.
    Please note: the daily resort fee may be waived for certain Total Rewards members.



    So that would seem to confirm the rumors from the locked thread that higher tiers may not have to pay the fee. And it says waived not opted out so they presumably still get the included amenities. But if so, tier benefits FAQ still not updated.
     
  16. PeterParker

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    Anyone else end up booking a room last night at 11.00 pm? (still February 28th).


    I'm spending 3 nights at the Westin complements of a friend --- I'm getting in a night early, and it looks like the Flamingo rates dropped about $20 when I checked them last night (maybe they lowered their rates a bit in anticipation of the resort fee --- focusing more on advertising lower rates for higher occupancy?)

    I'm not sure why their rates lowered --- their basic Fab room was $75 for a Wednesday in April --- last night they were $52 baseline.

    I ended up getting a GO room --- I can always cancel later but I'm satisfied --- now I probably just have to anticipate arguing with the front desk when saying I booked February 28th and don't have to pay a resort fee.

    Also, I tried to "game" priceline last night for a 3.5 star room (It's either the Flamingo or Luxor) --- and goddamn!! They wouldn't budge!

    I ended up putting a price $5 lower than Flamingo's website (mind you, this bid was sent to Flamingo and Luxor) --- and it was STILL rejected! God damn they are tight fisted over there, haha.

    Even the Luxor has a priceline price lower than it's lowest advertised rate ($49 hidden deal vs. $60 rate on their website).
     
  17. DonnyC

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    I made a booking a few days ago for Bally's. We might be interested in using the fitness center, so I called to ask how that would work - as we booked before resort fees were implemented.

    I was told that I could use the fitness center for a $20/person/day charge, I would only have to pay for the days I wanted to use it.

    Alternatively, I could pay the resort fee of $15/day (gets entry for 2), but would have to pay the whole fee, not only some days.

    So for 2 guys using the gym twice the cost would be $80 (no resort fee) or $60, with the resort fee.

    I think I see how they are going to make the resort fee swallow-able for those wanting to use the gym...by making the gym itself more expensive!
     
  18. Little Joe

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    Waived Resort Fee

    I just booked a room at Bally's in April. My room is comped (I'm a Diamond Player) at the bottom of my reservation details was:

    WAIVED $15/NT DAILY RESORT FEE

    When I clicked on it this is the explanation:

    Daily Resort Fee
    The daily resort fee provides you with a comprehensive bundle of amenities, including:
    Internet service for one device
    Fitness center access for two
    Free local calls
    The following daily resort fee will be charged to you in two parts; one day will be charged at the completion of this purchase and the rest will be charged to you at check-in.
    Please note: the daily resort fee may be waived for certain Total Rewards members.
     
  19. JWVegas

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    Just did a "Test Run" on CET website to see about the Resort Fee charge for a GOLD CARD like me. I used the same dates and the same room......GO Deluxe.

    They would have charged me $90 if I was booking the room without being logged in or using any TR card. Then I logged in using my GOLD CARD and it showed no Resort Fee charge. Go figure....


    REGULAR RATES.......NOT LOGGED IN WITH MY GOLD TR CARD

    Flamingo Las Vegas

    Room Type: GO Deluxe
    Check-In: Sun, Jun 23, 2013
    Check-Out: Fri, Jun 28, 2013
    Adults: 2
    Children: 0

    Nightly Rates:

    SALE PRICE

    SUN 06/23/2013 $151.00 $128.35
    MON 06/24/2013 $110.00 $93.50
    TUE 06/25/2013 $110.00 $93.50
    WED 06/26/2013 $110.00 $93.50
    THU 06/27/2013 $110.00 $93.50
    Avg. per Night: $118.20 $100.47
    Subtotal: $591.00 $502.35

    Fees: $90.00

    Taxes: $71.09

    Grand Total: $663.44

    INCLUDES $18/NT DAILY RESORT FEE




    LOGGED IN WITH MY GOLD TR CARD


    Flamingo Las Vegas

    Room Type: GO Deluxe
    Check-In: Sun, Jun 23, 2013
    Check-Out: Fri, Jun 28, 2013
    Adults: 2
    Children: 0

    Nightly Rates:

    SUN 06/23/2013 COMP
    MON 06/24/2013 COMP
    TUE 06/25/2013 COMP
    WED 06/26/2013 COMP
    THU 06/27/2013 COMP

    Avg. per Night: $0.00
    Subtotal: $0.00

    Fees: $0.00

    Taxes: $0.00

    Grand Total: $0.00

    INCLUDES $18/NT DAILY RESORT FEE
     
  20. y2mulder

    y2mulder Low-Roller

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    If that test run is accurate, and all card members get it waived on a comp.....then everyone should be nice and happy.
     
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