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Suncoast vs MSS?

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Joe, Aug 2, 2016.

  1. Joe

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    I'm still trying to work in an October trip and going over my B Connected offers.

    Suncoast offer: 3 nights, $40 per day in food and $40 per day in freeplay.

    Mss is also 3 nights but they dropped my freeplay.

    Suncoast is nice offer and I would try the $20 trick again for a suite. Too early for their airport shuttle, so it would have to be the WAX going back.

    But at MSS, we get the suite, Gold Card and limo and don't feel so isolated.
    Decisions, decisions?
     
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    This.
     
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    I like a change of venue myself from time to time, but having a host to hook you up with a limo ride to and from the airport, a suite, and a Gold Card is a mighty special thing.
     
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    Gold Card and limo but no freeplay? How come?
    could be that your host transferred it to the limo?
     
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    IMO, Marketing offers vs Host comps. Marketing was putting out the freeplay, I'm guessing.

    Maybe Joe will share his mailer code from MSS.
     
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    G6OMAAC. Just to be clear I always book through my host, never through the mailer.
    Now this is strange. I looked at my offers on-line yesterday and there was no freeplay for Oct listed and my offer was only listed as two nights. When I clicked on the offer it said 3 nights. Now this morning, it is back and listed at 3 nights before I click on it and the $25 in freeplay is back.

    B Connected does have issues at times.
     
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    Kim's code ends with B, online offer is 4 nights and $35 freeplay.
     
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    I guess I've been knocked down. 41,000 coin-in in Feb and 48,000 in April apparently not enough for corporate offers.
     
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    Joe, how was your last trip to Suncoast? I remember you saying you were going to give them another try...how did it go?
     
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    Because I am search challenged and can't find my posted report, but here is a copy of the TR.

    Southwest out of Milwaukee, non-stop on Friday afternoon. Check-in and TSA were a breeze. We were at an airport bar 17 minutes after the parking shuttle dropped us off at ticketing. We paid the $15 for SWA EB, but got A40 & A41. Two years ago we also bought the TSA Pre-Check for $85 for 5 years and it has been worth every penny.

    One interesting note on our SW flight. I had two wines, my wife and two beers and the FA never collected our tickets. Winning already!
    We wanted to change things up a bit and not stay at Main Street Station this trip, so when I got a 3 night comp mailer offer from Suncoast, I checked their airport shuttle times vs. our flight times and booked it. The WAX is an option, but my wife doesn’t like schlepping luggage on the WAX, even though they have luggage racks.

    My mailer also included $40 per day in Freeplay. OK, not as nice as having the Gold Card downtown, but like I said we wanted a change.
    When we lived in Vegas, Suncoast was one of our favorite places. We were probably went there three days a week. Not necessarily to gamble, but we went to the senior day movie special once a week. Maybe SC Steakhouse a couple of times a month and also Salavatore’s. Anyway, you can’t just go to a movie etc without at least running a $20 or so through the bartop VP, right?

    TGI Fridays is now gone and has been replaced by The Game, a Boyd operated sports bar and they completely closed off the back dining area, so it is just a bar with about 12 tables, but maybe 30 monitors? The café has been replaced by DuPar’s, not a Boyd operation and very pricy. $14.50 for an omelet. $9 for the short stack of two pancakes. The Mexican restaurant is also gone. I think replaced by Brigg’s Oyster Bar. It just didn’t look like an inviting atmosphere for dining. Lots of stainless steel and bright lights.

    We were staying for four nights so I contacted a host to see if she would comp the fourth night. Reply I got back: It looks like we have plenty of rooms. However, the night of 6/6 will be at an Emerald room rate of $68.00 [email protected]%. We can revisit your play at the end of your stay and adjust it accordingly. I’m sorry I can’t give you a suite, unfortunately our comp policies are a bit stricter than some of our other properties.

    OK, fine we booked it anyway. With the amount of coin-in we play, I didn’t think the 4th night would be a problem getting it comped.

    Anyway, the SC shuttle leaves the airport every two hours beginning at 9 AM. Our flight arrived on time at 4:20 PM and the SC shuttle leaves the airport at 5PM. That all went well. The shuttle stop is at Level Zero, same area as the WAX, then non-stop to Suncoast. As we were driving, I noticed we took the 215, kind of an out of way route. I asked the driver about it afterwards and he says they never take the 15/95 route. Too many accidents.

    Because of the host telling me they had plenty of rooms, for the first time ever I tried the $20 trick at check-in to see if we could get a suite and also a golf course view. Damn did it work! We ended up on the top floor with a huge suite. Kitchen, microwave, wet bar, 4 bar stools. A living room with two leather chairs and a couch. Then a dining room table with 6 chairs. Then on to the bedroom area. Queen bed, two door, full closet. Full size bathroom with large vanity with drawers, 5 ft walk in shower, a large soaking tub and a separate toilet area with door. Both rooms had floor to ceiling windows overlooking Angel Park Golf Course. Oh yea, 4 TVs. Kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom.

    Got unpacked and headed down for bartop VP. SC has no bartop JOB, so my wife plays quarter 8/5 Bonus. My game is dollar 9/6 DDB. Because of time difference, alcohol and lack of sleep, we only made it to midnight. But, in that time, I was DEALT TWO 4oak with the kicker, each for $800. B Connected Points playing only on my card 7,420.

    The plan was Angel Park golf on Saturday. It’s an easy walk to the clubhouse from SC. I can’t golf after my second hand surgery, but my wife rented clubs on the 12 hole, par 3, course and I walked with her. $38 to rent the clubs and the pull cart. Not bad and the rental clubs were a brand new set of Taylor Made. They also included a junky 2 iron to hit out of the desert areas. It is an Interesting concept. Each par 3 is a replica of famous par 3 courses on the PGA tour. After golf, we had a hotdog at the deli in SC. Pretty good. Sure beats the one at the D.

    Saturday night we had dinner at Salvatore’s. I’m no Westie, but we both thought it was very good. I paid with points for the 40% discount.
    The pool was a also a big consideration in choosing SC, but as plans in Vegas tend to go, we never made it to the pool the entire stay. We just saw it out our room windows.

    WX hot even for Vegas in early June. 101 on Fri, 102 Sat, 108 on Sunday and Monday.

    Sunday my brother and SIL arrived and they were using my 3 night comp at 4Q so we took the 6:45 AM WAX from Suncoast to check them in under my name and also get my $150 in freeplay. We had breakfast at Magnolia’s for the first time paying with points. Very good! We also put points on my card to collect some of their giveaway prices. I really wanted that souvenir keychain for earning 50 points on the card! We also earned enough points for a free T. It has to be the thinnest T I have ever seen and you can literally see through it.

    After we got them checked in, we headed back to SC on the noon WAX. We tried the new Game sportsbar at Suncoast for a light dinner that night. I don’t know. It wasn’t bad, but I thought TGIFridays was better.

    Sunday gambling: My wife continued her losing ways, but I hit my second 4A with the kicker (holding 3) for $2,000! BC points for the day: 21,887 and they had a Sunday only promotion going 10x points on reels and 6x on VP. We have never put 21,000 points on a card in a day before. I guess that’s what happens when you are out in the boonies with only one other casino kind of close by. That being Rampart, but with the heat, we never took that walk. Otherwise downtown we give 4Q, Grand and others some play and usually average about $11,000 on B Connected.
    Monday, my brother and his wife took the Wax from 4Q to SC and we all dined at SC Steakhouse. Plenty of B Connected points, so we treated. Everybody was happy with their meals.

    Monday gambling: Earlier in the day I was once again dealt 4oak with the kicker. $800. After dinner, I was dealt 4A, but no kicker on the draw. $800.

    Tuesday was checkout day. I went to check with a host about that 4th night and no problem, it was comped. We got up way too early and were sitting around the room and said screw it. Lets go down, get a drink and gamble for an hour but not put our cards in. I don’t want to ruin the daily average. Now on the absolute perfect trip, this is where I tell you about the handpay. But no, one drink each and $20 each gone.

    Returning home, our flight was at 1 PM, so we caught the 10 AM shuttle from SC. A little early getting to McCarran, but with all the media scare about TSA lines, we figured that was the best option. And that’s what the cheap drinks at the airport are for, right? $14 glass of wine, Jeez! Just a little longer wait than normal at the secret C Gate,TSA pre checkpoint. Maybe 10 people ahead of us.

    Once again not ideal SW Early Bird boarding. A41 & A42. Row 8, window and my wife being a trooper always takes the middle so we can watch movies on our player. Anyway, we push away from the gate on time at 1 PM and sit. Not sure how much time went by, but they pull us back to the gate, open the door and now a mechanic comes onboard. OH CRAP!!! Please don’t make us change planes. Here we sit in 108 degree weather. Tick, tick tick. Mechanic on and off the plane 3 times. Finally they close the door and we push back again. One hour late in leaving, but only half hour late on arrival. Maybe because of the delay, but FA never collected for my two drinks.

    Summary: My wife’s losses playing quarter Bonus $900. She usually gets a couple of straight flushes each trip. This time nada for both of us. Playing Bonus, she hit 4A once the entire trip and no Royal.

    My total + $4,800 Love those aces!

    B Connected Card points: 65,950.
     
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    How about 3 nights MSS and 2 nights Suncoast? That gives you lots of time to get your goodies at MSS and you probably have free play at 4Q's to use up too. I suggest booking 3 nights at MSS just so you don't have to check out in the morning. Depending how it's going at MSS, you could hit SC in the late afternoon and have 2 evenings to play there.

    We are usually lucky at SC and you sure did well there last trip. But 4 nights there would seem like a long time.
     
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    I would love to do 5 nights but we are locked into Fri-Tues every trip. Golf Wed & Thur, then bowling in Fall & Winter on the same days. It's hell being married to a dedicated jock. :D
     
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    A happy wife is a happy life :) I think that's the reason though we never seem to meet up. You guys do a Fri-Tues schedule and we're usually the opposite.

    Actually, I was just suggesting double booking the last night at MSS so you can go out to SC around 3 or 4 without being homeless in the meantime.
     
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    We're still going round and round if we should even go. I've got enough points for both of us on SWA to do a free trip. If I cancel, the points go right back in my account. Not sure if I lose the government fees if I cancel. No biggie, for the two roundtrips it was $~27.

    It would continue our tradition of being in Vegas on our anniversary on Oct 17. #35 this year and I think we have been there the last 25 years.
     
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    How could you possibly end that streak?
     
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    Just finished booking it with points, so if I do have to cancel the points go back in the account.
    MSS Oct 14-18.
     
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    How do you get offers from multiple Boyd properties? My home casino is MSS but I've put in some decent action at other properties like Suncoast and Sam's Town. Nothing big (not a high roller) but should be enough to get the low 2-night offers at least. But I only get offers from the home casino MSS...
     
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    All I know is I went to the GoldCoast once and played some and started getting 2 night offers. Next trip I played some at MSS, and I started getting 2night offers from them too, my "some play" would only be a few hours play at 25 cent VP and some slots......... I am assuming my "home" casino would be GC, since that is where I signed up......my room offers are all coded "E"
     
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    Have you checked your offers on bconnectedonline.com? Fremont is listed as my home casino where I originally got my bconnected card many years ago. I never play there though and never get offers. But if I look online and use the drop down menu to pull up the other Boyd casinos where I play, I see free nights at MSS, Sam's Town and Suncoast. I also receive the same offers in the mail.
     
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    Yep, I've definitely poked around on bconnectedonline.com a lot, and checked to see if other properties have offers... Nada! And I made Sapphire back in June too!

    I did receive the "Play your way to Vegas" (I think that's what it was called) offer for 3 nights at any Boyd property, which I heard is the Sapphire annual gift. But other than that, the "regular" comp offers are all from MSS and not elsewhere. :-/