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How to tip a host??

Discussion in 'Comps' started by Chiefstinkbutt, Jun 6, 2021.

  1. Chiefstinkbutt

    Chiefstinkbutt Newbie

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    We stayed at Mandalay Bay in April, and had a host who took great care of us! We are going back in July and booking through the same host. Are we able to tip her?? I feel like she went above and beyond the first trip, I just don’t know what would be an acceptable gift.

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  3. JulianC

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    You know that Vegas is all the way back when we get these kinds of posts (and such great responses and references).
     
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  4. Cageet

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    All good information. But how do you literally tip a host? Where are these people? Aren't they just hidden away somewhere in some office that's not accessible to the general public? Interactions with hosts are via phone or email, yes? Do you just bluntly say, "hey meet me outside my room, I gotta tip for ya?" Inquiring low-rollers would like to know.
     
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  5. dualaces123

    dualaces123 Low-Roller

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    Well, this thread references Mandalay Bay, which I don't play at, but many casinos have a hosts' office that is accessible to players -- often near high limit rooms or priority check-in offices. But, you can always call/text your host and meet somewhere (at the high limit room, for example) or have an employee call for you.
     
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  6. vegasgolfgamble

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    If the only contact you have had is via phone, text,or email, than there is a good chance you have a host that is in a call center. Theses hosts do bookings and a few other things for you but you most likely will never meet them. If your theoretical daily average play eventually adds up to numbers that warrant an on site host he or she will give you there card and show you where there offices are and let you know the services they can provide. Word of warning... It seems that casinos are using the covid break to trim down comps to players as they return to full operations. Wish you luck in Vegas.
     
  7. alexm

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    I'm not sure if you meant this generally or about your particular host, but if you aren't getting personalized attention from your host while on property (at least a handshake to say hello and ask how everything is going) they probably don't warrant a tip. The only exception to this is if you happen to be there on your host's weekend (not typically the actual weekend) and they either reach out by phone or have another host who takes care of your needs and says hello.
     
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  8. Ty

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    Cash in a thank you card.
     
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    steveks225 Low-Roller

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    In case giving cash constitutes a violation of a casino’s employee policy, gift cards are an acceptable way to circumvent the system, and even lets you customize it to a host’s preference, whether it would be food, retail, gasoline or whatever.
     
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  10. alexm

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    Cash always violates the the casino's policy. That's why you have to put it in a card of some sort.
     
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  11. Robertb1

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    I’ve seen plenty of people tipping cash with an old fashioned discreet handshake at Bellagio and Aria. Several friends and family members all tip cash at Caesars and Mandalay the same way. I do it too. To be on the safe side, however, I suppose sticking it in a thank you card isn’t a bad idea.

    To be truly honest, I’ve never heard or even thought about host tips to being an issue until I joined this site because Vegas is (was?) such a tip-based place!
     
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  12. Colesc15

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    I sit down and have a face to face convo with my host every trip about life, family etc. Generally never talk "numbers" until the final few minutes. Extremely wonderful person, and we even keep in touch on Facebook.
     
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  13. wandmcoy1999

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    My host is MLife...
    We always do a thank you card with a $50 Starbucks card. Seems to go far with her.
     
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    I make it a point to know at all of the casinos where I have hosts the location of the host office. This is challenging at CET and V/P because my hosts are with Asian Marketing which is normally is a totally separate from the regular hosts.

    IMHO, if you haven't made arrangements to meet or are showing up unannounced, you can ask at the office if "so and so" is around?
     
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    Just to add this, if your host has never made an effort to come see you while you're in the casino playing, I don't think I would worry about tipping them.

    Maybe that's just me, but I've seen a few hosts introduce themselves to my friends who played at those levels while we we at the bar playing VP or just out on the floor playing random slots and that little thing would make an impression on me.
     
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  16. cjcjcj

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    Mandalay Bay host office is to the left of the main cashier cage. I don't know that it's accessible to the public as I have seen conflicting signs before. Otherwise you can leave her an envelope at VIP check-in and let her know.
     
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  17. Jer

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    Gift card in a thank you card. If she isn’t around or in the VIP office, I have left it with Cosmo VIP check in and a “THANK YOU!!!!” text happens as soon as she gets it.
     
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  18. JaDubya

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    One time at Mandalay I had difficulty connecting with my host. I went to the host offices that @cjcjcj indicated above and got her business card and just mailed it to her with a thank you card. Note that I usually don’t go this far out of my way to tip someone but she backend comped everything including concert tickets that she was supposed to charge me for.
     
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  19. DaiLun

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    I agree. I've NEVER tipped a host on the first meeting.
     
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  20. Nittany1

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    My host usually texts me to meet him for lunch or a cocktail.
    Other times he tracks me down on the casino floor in the evening.
    We meet on every trip if he is in town.
    A card with $$ or the “handshake” does the job.
     
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