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Bellagio Comp Confusion

Discussion in 'Comps' started by razzman, Apr 27, 2012.

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  1. razzman

    razzman Tourist

    Apr 27, 2012
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Heading to LV for a poker tournament june 8-11. Called the players club at Wynncore, to see what kind of offer I might get (I usually throw them the most of my play, and am able to scrounge a few free nights, or at least a dramatically lower rate. Much to my disappointment, no dice. The rates were crazy.

    I recall that last time I was in town I spread a bunch of play at the Mlife properties, (particularly at Aria), so I called to see what I could get. Their offer?

    3 nights comped (suite if available) at Bellagio
    $450 in free play
    $350 per night food/beverage
    limo transport to/from airport

    SCORE!!!! Needless to say I was thrilled, and grabbed the offer. It did raise a couple of questions that I thought you fine folks could answer.....

    1) The players club rep I spoke with insisted that the food/beverage credits could only be used at the Bellagio (and not at any of the mlife properties as I would have assumed). Does this sound typical to you. There are some fine restaurants at the Bellagio, but my trip would be much easier if I could use the credits elsewhere too. Since I can book other mlife meals to my Bellagio room, I would assume that the food/beverage comp would cover it, but I don't want to get stuck with a bill for a meal at the Mirage when I could have gotten it for free at the Bellagio. Anyone have experience with this?

    2) Since I'm going to be in town for a poker tournament, I will likely be unable to eat between 5pm and 1am on most nights (that is, if I get lucky in the tourney!!!!!). If this is the case, I will be looking for fancy places that are open at other hours to take advantage of the comps. I know that Olives is open for lunch, and possibly Noodles. Any other suggestions for someone in this boat? I'll probably hit the buffet once, but given the amount of the comp (and the fact that I'm traveling solo), I'd hate to get shut out of the Prime's and the Picasso's of the world just because my eating hours are going to be odd. What would you do to make the most of this comp?

    3) Lastly, what do you recommend as a tip for a comped ride from/to the airport. I was thinking $20. Too much, too little?

    Thanks so much for any help you can offer.
  2. shifter

    shifter Degenerate Gambler

    Sep 15, 2010
    At the tables
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    it is normal that the F&B is only good at the B. comps for F&B at other MGM properties will have to be looked at by a host at the end of your stay. it's pretty much always been that way. i wouldn't try to test it lest you end up with some ugly charges on your bill.

    you're kind of SOL on the timing of the restaurants. Olives is the only place open for lunch and Cafe Bellagio or room service is the only place open late night.

    $20 is fine for a solo limo.
  3. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

    May 4, 2009
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    Shifter is right on the money.

    Adding to that. You can always charge meals from other MGM hotels back to your room. BUT - any comps are harder to get. Think about it from the business side. The Bellagio first off wants you to gamble at their casino, not the other ones. They may be part of the empire, but each piece is evaluated as a separate business internally.

    Then, if you heat at another hotel, they have to "transfer" costs which one would guess are way different than when you eat in house.

    The cafe at Bellagio puts out some pretty good food. If you are out and about, remember the pool cafe as well, along with Room Service.
  4. dankyone

    dankyone VIP Whale

    Oct 15, 2011
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    In my experience with offers like that they always tell you the F&B credit is only good at the home hotel, but in many cases expenditures "away" are in fact automatically picked up. There is some glitch with the technology, but there is no guarantee you will "get lucky" charging restaurant meals from other mlife props. You could go to Julian Serrano next door at Aria which is open for lunch and run up quite an impressive bill if you wanted to. The pool cafe at the B is another option but not that expensive.

    If you really cannot use the $350/day in restaurants and your goal is truly to max out this offer--just pull the $45 half bottles of Perrier Jouet out of the minibar and take them home. No, this is not good value, but it is a way to use up the credit if you cannot make it to Le Cirque during the dinner hour.

    Final idea--the bars at the B pour some pretty top shelf wine and scotch at top shelf prices--head to the bar at Club Prive after your poker session and drink up the $350 there.
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