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Should I contact a host?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by philculp, Sep 9, 2013.

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  1. philculp

    philculp Tourist

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    I'm new to the forum, I've had 2 trips to Vegas this year, both stays at the MGM. I made it to Pearl level with mlife on my last stay and just booked another trip for the end of this month. I used a corporate offer to the Aria for one comp night and 2 reduced rate nights, $75 resort credit, $75 fp. I've read about many people using a host to get better offers but when I inquired on the phone about this they told me that hosts were given by invitation only. I'm wondering if this is status quo or if I should email a host and see if there are any better offers that they can provide.

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. paperposter

    paperposter VIP Whale

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    first what do you play ,how long and avarage bet.that will help us.

    ps when you called did the person you spoke ask for your players number and did he review your play that might already be your answer.
     
  3. philculp

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    My wife and I share an mlife account. My wife plays slots, I play some slots and roulette. We average about $700-800 per day. Not much for table games, that might change as I get used to it, but I'm still pretty new to them.

    I haven't stayed or played at Aria before but we've had friends who recommended it.

    When I called they did ask for my mlife account # and just read the offers that I already knew I had from my online account. Nothing else was mentioned.
     
  4. Bloomview

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    When you called and gave your info they deemed you did not qualify to talk to a host. They screened your past level of play.
     
  5. philculp

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    Thank you. What amount of play is typical to get a host, and is it something I Should I assume that my track record isn't long enough- only having 2 visits to Vegas total?

    I guess I'm just wanting to make sure that I'm not missing opportunities by not being proactive.
     
  6. philculp

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    Sorry, that message wasn't edited properly -- What amount of play is typical to get a host, and is it something I should pursue, or will it just happen when I get to that level of play? Should I assume that my track record isn't long enough- only having 2 visits to Vegas total?

    I guess I'm just wanting to make sure that I'm not missing opportunities by not being proactive.
     
  7. brit2vegas

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    The advice that I have read on here is that if your play warrants a host, they will contact you.
     
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  8. jdvegas

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    It is unlikely you need a host right now. At the end of your trip, go to the VIP/host station and have them review your play for addition comps. When you are at the point of getting additional comps above and beyond your offer, it is time for a host. Also, your offers will likely be for free room (rather than discount) before you are going to get value from a host.
     
  9. Aftermath

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    $700-$800 a day will definitely not qualify you for a host at Aria.

    My average bet in blackjack is $200 per hand and they do not believe i'm worthy for a host there (they have put themselves way too high on the pedestal), but Bellagio was more than happy to assign me a host. Go figure....

    It's better to book your offer online and not deal with a host anyways. If you book with a host, they will expect a certain level of play and if you don't meet that level, they won't be too eager to invite you back and your offers for Aria will suddenly become non-existent.
     
  10. philculp

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    Thanks for all of the answers. It does help. I will just go and have fun and see what comes my way. When on the phone with VIP they told me that they look for about 6000 tc a day in slots or $125/hand for 6 hours on the tables to qualify for free rooms. So, hoping that I can at least get to that level on this trip and get the full room comped next time around.
     
  11. JaxxLV

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    Just FYI-

    Mlife tier points reset Oct 1. So if you made Pearl you should stay that way for 2014. Your tier credits will reset however.

    As stated before on the forum, your offers are based on ADT, so just b/c you reset to zero on tier credits you will still receive offers if you put the play in.

    Have a good time @ Aria. Might call and see if you can check in at Invited Guests line. Not sure which tier you need to have to do that. shorter line than main check-in.

    I didn't have a bad meal there. Be sure to hit the Happy hour at American Fish.
     
  12. paperposter

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    first of all dont chase comps ,second at your play your beter off at cet properties if all you want are free rooms.

    a room at aria and im sure ill be corrected but i belive its 4 hours a day and around a 200 avarage for black jack.

    if you move your play to luxor or excalibeir i belive its around a 100 a hand for 4 hours might be able to get way with it cheaper there
     
  13. sindustry

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    Unless you are close to the betting levels needed for comps, don't stretch yourself to try to do it. Also, don't take what they say as set in stone. Play yout normal level and then talk to someone at the host station before you check out. You never know, they may help you out more than what "they like to see"
     
  14. philculp

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    Thanks for the tips, I'll definitely try it out. I'm also glad we booked it when we did, almost did the following weekend. By the time we hit a show or two, have some meals, pay the balance on the room, and play we should be able to hit gold tier just before the reset, only 17000tc away.
     
  15. nostresshere

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    At your level, and even double that... offers via corporate will be as good as a host can do. Just my thoughts. No expertise.
     
  16. gurlgonraw

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    I play slots only. On one of my trips a host just walked up to me and introduced herself. Not sure if that is the norm but that is how I got one
     
  17. philculp

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    Good to know. My problem is I don't still long enough to get noticed probably :) I can't play the same machine for longer than 15-20 minutes without wanting to move to the next one. The flashing lights in the casino do horrors for my ADD, lol.
     
  18. VDMTom

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    Aria looks for 175 Avg for 4 hrs at the Blackjack tables. :)
     
  19. philculp

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    So, I've returned from my trip last week and a br of 6k almost all on slots. About 1.5 was played at Bellagio, 500 played at MGM, 500 at mirage, 3.5 at Aria. Moved into platinum (I know, doesn't impact offers). I was able to get all FB comped on the back-end, after having 1 night comped and 2 nts reduced up-front.

    I'm coming back to my original question of should I contact a host now? VIP contacted a host when I called down, but we were running late on check-out day and didn't have time for a face to face. I'm wanting to return for superbowl weekend and I'm wondering if you think I've got enough play to justify a host getting me a room on that weekend. I'd really like to book it early, that's why I'm getting into it now.
     
  20. shifter

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    yeah it would have been good to get a host's card when you were there, but since you didn't, when you call VIP to book for SB, they will look at your account and likely transfer you to a host.
     
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