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Host gift?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by WHU66, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. WHU66

    WHU66 High-Roller

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    Will be staying at Cosmo for the first time in October and have been named a host for our 2 night stay on an MGM match my stay offer. Any thoughts on what a suitable tip/gift would be? We will gamble at least enough to cover the comps but would like to stay on the radar for future trips (especially renewing our vows next year)!

    Any thoughts gratefully received.... Or if a thread already exists, please point me in the right direction. Cheers
     
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  2. VegasBJ

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    for your first trip, a gift card in a denomination that you are comfortable with would be perfectly acceptable
     
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  3. AllenAndRossi

    AllenAndRossi Low-Roller

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    What has this host done for you? Will they come and introduce themselves to you? Will they be accessible to you easily?

    Just because you were assigned a host doesn't mean they have earned a gratuity upfront.

    If they end up being really helpful and caring, you can always pick up a gift card at CVS or Walgreens before you leave to give them if you so desire.
     
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  4. DJ Ran

    DJ Ran High-Roller

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    Exactly, I've seen my Cosmo host one time the past 3 years. The only time she tracked me down and introduced herself was when I was first assigned to her. Don't start sucking up yet until you see what they're actually going to do for you.
     
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  5. tee6395

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    A gift upfront is absolutely NO guarantee that anything will be done beyond your "matching" offer. I personally would wait until trip number 2. Did they book the level of room you requested? Check in with you during your stay? Have your requests waiting in the room i.e. drink of choice, flowers, basket etc. and so on...once a host does not only their job, but does something that makes you feel valued as a guest...then I'd tip. I prefer to do gift cards, but anything you feel comfortable with I'm sure would be appreciated.
     
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  6. YukonSloMo

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    If you want to give a gift to a host, go ahead. We brought Ice Wine from Canada, on another trip we brought small batch Vodka with goldflake.
     
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  7. Multifarious5

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    ***Edited for being long-winded, and it's still long :), sorry! ***

    I tend to agree with @AllenAndRossi @DJ Ran and @tee6395 ....possibly wait on the tip till a future trip (or do something small), as you can always tip more later, but tipping less is much harder/awkward.

    We have a few hosts that we really like, but we don't play enough for backend comps, and we never need anything outside of booking our corporate offer (that we can book online) and adding late checkout.

    I definitely don't mind tipping $50 for their time to book our Corp offer, but we went up to $100 once for one we like. Now it just seems too awkward to go back to $50, so just remember, going up on tip is easy, down is not.

    If you tip on the first trip, I'd suggest a tip type/amount you're OK:

    A) Giving if you don't need/get anything beyond corp offer

    B) An amount you're comfortable maintaining on subsequent trips.
     
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  8. WHU66

    WHU66 High-Roller

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    Thanks all, about what I expected to hear. Never had a host, we are not big players (gold card at Mlife) only visiting once a year from the UK so just wanted to gauge the room as to what would be 'right'.

    Thanks again for the opinions....
     
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    You seem pretty well versed in this, so I have a question for you. How do you get assigned a host? Or is there someone I can reach out to? Is it based on frequency of stays, gambling amounts, identity level? Thanks...
     
  10. DJ Ran

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    Rule of thumb: a host will find you if your play warrants it.
     
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  11. shokhead

    shokhead No big spender unless eating drinking having fun!

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    I've never seen or talked to my host in person, ever and I have left him thank you gift cards.
     
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  12. YukonSloMo

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    I have never had a host seek me out......however the ones I sought have been a great help and V/P, Wynncore, Cosmo and Aria
     
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    Gosh, either so many people on here have gotten burned or some just don't want to take a chance and be nice upfront. IMHO, if $20 for a gift means that much to you, why are you going to Las Vegas on vacation anyway?

    I ALWAYS give a gift on my first visit, and the only times I've been burned was if the host left the property before I went back.

    However, that's just me. Now, I do insist on giving the gift to the host "in person", that way they have a name and face to go with the gift. If they don't make the time to meet with me on a given trip, I "save" the gift for the next host that I meet.
     
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  14. Jimmy12387

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    How/to who did you reach out? I’m not even sure where to start...
     
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    @DaiLun

    I thought of you when I cautioned the initial tip, as I DO like you mantra of "build a bridge"

    What do you bring for $20? I normally tip cash, so at Cosmo, even $50 cash seems light, but I'd love to have a great idea for a small initial gift for a new host. I DO think a host is a hard job (not us, but others they might deal with) so I'd love to have a small gift idea that is thoughtful, and if anyone has a good idea on this Dailun. It's probably you :) !

    (double copied when I cut and pasted yesterday, so edited to remove double post)
     
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    We will figure out something tomorrow morning at Duty Free
     
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    Maybe, but not always the case.
    I have approached hosts on my first visit to several casinos after several days with no contact.
    Don't be shy about approaching a host.
    Adding a mid level player to their book of business never hurts.
    Regarding gifts, I always give a Visa or Amex gift card.
    I've had a couple hosts tell me they like those or cash.
    On the first trip with a new host ,I would not feel compelled to be overly generous unless they do something special.
    Years ago I was given a host at Bellagio who was a complete tool. Not only no gifts for him,...…..no return trips to Bellagio!!
    I have a long relationship with my MLife host now so I always take care of him.
     
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  18. Golfer

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    It’s like any other business, 10% of us make 90% of the money for a reason. So most hosts aren’t highly compensated. Some deserve to be, some don’t. I’ve tipped from $100 to $0. I make it a point to not enable certain behaviors, or to reward a sense of entitlement. I also make it a point to compensate for a job done above the normal levels. So I’ve tipped kitchen employees before, I’ve tipped hosts, etc... I don’t generally stiff people who supplement their income on tips, or whose income is almost entirely based on tips. But I’m getting better at doing this when it is warranted.

    I think my policy is to tip at the low end for pathetic service. Tip zero in extraordinary circumstances that warrant it. Tip the average for average services. And I’m extremely generous with above average service. Sometimes pushing 30-40% for servers.
     
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  19. Geogran

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    Hi @WHU66 - since this is your first stay at Cosmo and have been assigned a host based on an mlife comp match, I would give the host a thank you card along with a gift card. One, it’s a way to possibly meet your host and I’m in agreement with your thoughts, it’s a nice gesture that will be appreciated and puts a face and name on his/her radar,
    It can’t hurt towards building a future there if your play warrants it. Not everyone with a host is a high roller at Cosmo so don’t cut your value short.

    I’d say $40 - $50 is plenty, and eventually move up from there if a good relationship is established, otherwise that first amount should be adequate for at least a few or more trips (just my opinion).

    Note: On your last day, couple hours before checkout, (if you haven’t already met your host), go to the Hi Limit slot room, and ask if xx host is available. If not, speak to the on duty host who can help you. Leave your card addressed to your host with the on duty and ask that it be given to your host. You should also ask the on duty to review your play to see if there are any backend comps available before checkout. It’s always possible your host is off the day you are there and it is normal to speak to the on duty. You’ll be surprised how often they will comp off one or more of your meals. I’m not a high roller, but a steady slot player, and have never paid for food/beverage since the first time we stayed there on an mlife match comp; we are fairly moderate diners except for a couple of higher end meals each trip.
     
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  20. Mahaloha

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    I've always taken a couple of bottles of perfume or cologne (one for men, one for women). If you shop around, it's not unusual to find famous "name brand" bottles that normally retail for $50-100+ for $20-30 on Amazon and such. So about $100 worth of cologne for an out-of-pocket cost of about $50. Stick them in a gift bag and ask to meet my host during my stay, then hand it to them. Every single time, this has resulted in the host going above and beyond when I needed something - and I'm very much a mid-roller who barely qualifies for reasonable offers.

    My impression (with nothing to really back this up) is that very few players tip in a casino, especially high rollers - and that includes tipping their hosts. More than once, I've heard dealers comment that the biggest players are also the lousiest tippers. Assuming that carries over to hosts as well, any kind of gift or tip will make you stand out in the host's mind.
     
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