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Why I don't use a host

Discussion in 'Comps' started by earth-3, Sep 10, 2012.

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  1. earth-3

    earth-3 High-Roller

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    It's not because I don't gamble there, it's because I don't go often enough. I make trips to Las Vegas about every 2 to 3 years now. My wife and I are both retired and we want to experience more travel and different destinations. We go back on occasion and I'll take $7000 to $10,000 as my bankroll, for a five day stay, plus separate spending money. I find that even though I'm wagering at a reasonable ADT, host offers or pre-comped rooms are not very easy to come by. I rely solely on what I can get for allowances made at the end of my stay. Is there a way that I can improve on my comps? LV will easily get 20 hours of play from me. ($50 - $100 per with $1 - $2 slot play) Does one casino offer better allowances than another for end of stay adjustments?.
     
  2. mike_m235

    mike_m235 Tourist

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    I've always wondered how much offers were affected by frequency of visit. I haven't gone more than 18 months without a trip before, and that was back during the worst part of the economy when offers were flowing freely, so I've never really seen a fallback.

    But the potential for me not going back for a couple of years is one of the reasons I do use a host. I've got 3 trips with the same host, so if I fall of the earth for a year, I still feel pretty confident that I could call him and get at least a base offer. I strongly believe the value of a host comes not on the first trip, but subsequent ones -- so I'm not sure it's of any benefit to you.

    For what it's worth, Monte Carlo has been good to me taking things off my bill after the trip. I also had this done at MGM (and I didn't have a host then. Simply walked up to the host office at the end of my trip and asked.)
     
  3. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    My guess is that 2-3 years between visits will not get you lots of love or upfront offers. The idea of their offers is to get people back in the door - usually with a month or two. My experience with casinos that I have visited and not returned to is that they eventually stop wasting their time sending stuff.

    Host or no host. No matter.
     
  4. Nevyn

    Nevyn VIP Whale

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    Its tough to say. I have often had year or longer breaks between my Vegas visits, but usually there is some play at a local casino keeping things somewhat active.

    I'd have thought with that sort of bankroll history, you ought to be able to call and ask for a host when looking to book, and they'd give you something based on it. But you probably won't get much pushed out to you anymore.
     
  5. earth-3

    earth-3 High-Roller

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    Usually what the host will offer is casino rate. That is on their standard rooms, not on a suite. The only exception is the Tropicana. I was still in their computer after six years, and a new host comped me (Up-front) 3 nights and gave me the other two at the casino rate. This was for a Paradise Suite. The only problem is breaking away to a newer property. No one else comes close. This time, on a random offer from Wynn, we are staying at the Encore in October. I'll go over and give the Tropicana at least 4 hours of my time to stay active there. However; with all the new properties in town, my wife would like to give them a try for a change of pace. That's why I'm asking about, who would give a good adjustment at the end of our stay.
     
  6. worldtraveler661

    worldtraveler661 VIP Whale

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    I think its always better to use a host no matter what. You can book rooms without the host and all that. But when checking out is when they can evaluate your play and you can possibly get some of the expenses taken out.

    We're in Vegas almost every month but our bankroll isnt as high as yours. We have booked rooms at MC, Aria, Planet and just asked a host at the end if they can take off any of the charges. Aria host is a bit more stingy, but Monte Carlo has given us alot of love. Bankroll of only $2500, we've had 3 nights stay and meals comped on a super busy weekend. The rooms were $250 each night plus resort fees and $300 in restaurant charges. Its worth a try to see if they can take anything out.
     
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