There has been a lot of talk lately about CET properties starting to charge a resort fee, and now their decision to no longer waive the resort fees for those who are platinum, regardless of how they achieved that status. I realize that unlike some others, I am not upset about these changes because I am a low roller who only got to be platinum because of the credit card. But what surprised me is the end result of this move by CET and what is now happening to me and my choices when it comes to Vegas. My wife and I started going to Vegas about 10 years ago and we first stayed at the Monte Carlo. Our second trip we stayed at Harrah’s and then 3rd time was at the Excalibur. We choose our hotel based mainly on the cost. We now go to Las Vegas 2-3 times a year and we are extreme low rollers. I would say that if either of us loses $100 a day gambling that we would be done for that day. Now, if we win or stay close to even, we will do a lot of gambling on that hundred bucks, but once it’s gone we are done for the day. Even at that low level of play, after a few trips we started getting comped weekday rooms at the lower tier CET properties. As a result we started staying at the IP (now the Quad), Harrah’s, Bally’s etc. We liked the free rooms so we stayed there and played there. Our free rooms progressed to some weekends and we even got Caesars and Paris comped occasionally. Life was good. Even though it was never our plan, we became loyal CET people and when we booked our rooms we never considered a MGM property or any other hotels where we would have to pay. Then CET decided to start charging a resort fee. I didn’t care because I had gotten the credit card that made me platinum so I didn’t have to pay the resort fee. By now my comped rooms disappeared, so even though I was now paying for rooms, having the resort fee waived kept us at CET hotels instead of similarly price MGM properties. Here is the part that surprised me, and I suspect I am not alone in this situation, and if there are a lot of people in the same boat, I think CET is making a big mistake. Now that being platinum no longer gets your resort fee waived, and since I no longer get free rooms, when I book our trips to Vegas all I go by now is the cost, including the resort fee. Since CET has taken away the perks, they are now on even ground with the similar MGM properties. I found that I am not one bit loyal to CET and during our last trip to Vegas we stayed at the Monte Carlo. My wife and I tend to play, and eat and drink at our hotel, so while our play is minimal, most of that is now going to MGM. But I was in for another surprise (you know what? I am way too old to be learning new things about myself, but I keep doing it!) Last night I was looking at hotel rooms for an upcoming trip, and I saw that I could get most lower tier places for about $50 a night during the week. Nothing great, but I had a choice of at least 10 different places in that price range. I was sure that I would stick with one of the cheapest options, but then it hit me. I can pay $50 plus resort fee for a low end place, or I can spend $100 and get a really nice place. The better hotels never appealed to me because I was getting a room for free, and the difference for me between free and $100 is huge, but I was shocked to learn that for me, the difference between $50 and $100 is not that much, and I could be persuaded to spend the extra money for a really nice place. The recent decisions by CET has opened my eyes, first to considering other lower tier properties, but now I see that I may be able to justify spending more for a very nice hotel. It’s game on!