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What should I do with my CDW bonus (sort of) day?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by akhoya362, Jul 21, 2015.

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  1. akhoya362

    akhoya362 Low-Roller

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    I planned a trip to Vegas for Columbus Day Weekend -- Friday, October 9th through Monday, October 12th. I gamble mostly at the mLife properties, so I'm returning to MGM. Problem is, I got my wires crossed and inadvertently booked an extra day on my flight -- coming in Thursday, October 8th, rather than Friday, October 9th.

    Flights are too expensive to change, so I have an extra bonus day. I reserved a suite for Fri-Mon at MGM that I booked through mLife (a buddy of mine is joining me), but I don't want to pay for an extra night in the suite when I'm by myself. I only started directing my play to the mLife properties (Mandalay, MGM) this past Memorial Day, so I don't really have any comp offers from mLife. I do, however, have a 3-night comp suite offer from the Luxor (with airport limo, $300 all-resorts credit). Side note -- during Memorial Day, I decided to take a walk over to the Luxor from Mandalay to play craps and had the worst craps experience of my life, which is why I have an offer there. I'm afraid using the offer will screw up my reservation with MGM somehow. (I know they allow only one promotion per seven-day period. Not sure if discounted room rates through mLife counts as a promotion.)

    I rarely gamble at the CET properties (I go to the local Horseshoe every once in a while but even then, I don't bet like I do in Vegas). But almost every CET property (no Cromwell or Nobu) is offering me mid-week comps. I've tentatively booked a premium COMP room at Caesars, but I thought I should ask for the collective wisdom of VMB. FWIW, I play blackjack and craps. Occasionally put $100 or so in a slot machine for laughs, but that's never really panned out and I'm not a serious slots player. Trip bankroll will be about $6K-8K.

    What should I do?

    (1) Stay at Caesars for one night, give Caesars a little play.
    (2) Stay at Caesars for one night, but gamble at the MGM/other mLife properties.
    (3) Stay at Caesars for one night, preserve bankroll, and don't gamble.
    (4) Book the Luxor deal, forgo limo transportation on the way back, gamble at other mLife properties because Luxor.
    (5) See if the offer I got from Main Street Station for a free three-night stay is still good.
     
  2. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    October is in the "new year" for mLife. You might take that Into consideration.

    I would vote for 3 or 5.

    #3 because I don't know whether you've included the bonus day into your bankroll.

    #5 because it's downtown and good to have a backup when you're traveling solo.

    I "cultivated" my relationship with the D just for that purpose.

    Another option, downgrade and pay cash at Luxor or Excalibur (or whatever mLife property you're comfortable at, maybe even MGM) , play there and then (if applicable) ask for a back-end comp.

    Thursday shouldn't be that expensive for a regular room at MGM.
     
  3. akhoya362

    akhoya362 Low-Roller

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    Thanks, DaiLun. I'm mLife platinum, so renewing status is on my mind. (I've earned about 100K of my TCs on gambling on two trips, the rest on spending/hotels). I'm surprised my offers are better with CET than mLife, considering I give CET so little play. Which is why I thought about giving Caesars a little action.
     
  4. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    OK, I am mLife Platinum and am converting over to CET this year. As far as I can tell, If you are a table games player, mLife may be better for you. If you are a slot player, as I am, CET may be better for you. I am "aiming" for 7 * this year..

    I have several (well, at least one) comparisons of mLife Platinum vs. CET Diamond.

    What I do know is that I cannot sustain 3 higher level player's club options so I've narrowed it down to V/P and CET.

    If you're planning on staying Platinum mLife, then you might want to give the play to mLife.
     
  5. akhoya362

    akhoya362 Low-Roller

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    Gotcha. Three is definitely a lot -- although I'm sure some on this board have primo status with all of the Vegas casinos (7*, Noir, etc.). I've noticed that I do better TCs-wise with mLife, so as a table player, I'm sticking with them for now.

    I seem to recall one of your comparisons where it sounded like mLife was giving you the short shrift -- are you liking CET better?
     
  6. 63hearts

    63hearts Low-Roller

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    Call the Golden Gate and ask for the suite for a night and let er rip downtown
     
  7. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Well, to tell you the truth, I would have never considered switching if I hadn't hit a $10k jackpot in January at Harrahs Reno.

    My luck has been up and down this year, but so far, to paraphrase Chico Esquela (how many of you remember him . . . ) "CET has been berry, berry good to me".

    I will be publishing a report when I make 7* as to my path there.
     
  8. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Show up a day early as if that was your reservation. They will most probably

    a) Go ahead and give you the suite
    b) Give you a basic room for one night
    c) Make you pay for a basic room for one night

    No matter what, you are already there.

    Or, risk calling them and adding the extra night. Thursday are not a big deal. BUT - if you call, it will be harder to play stupid when you show up on Thursday - early.
     
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