So, this is intended for those CET players who are "on the fence" about achieving 7* status and: 1) what it took me to renew 7* 2) benefits I received 3) the approximate amount of $$$ it took me 4) strategies I used, and any (many) mistakes I made along the way Note that I am a 99% slot player, so VP and table games players adjust accordingly I made 7* back in June after the Q2 bonus. As it turns out, that was wwwaaaayyyy too early. (mistake #1) I had no strategy, other than to accumulate 1000 and 2500TC days. I also had a "down" year. In 2015, I had 19 W2-Gs, this year, to date I only have 8. Winning trips have also been down. OK, lessons learned as we go into Q4. My FY runs from 12/1 to 11/30. I have a "set" Entertainment budget for the year, and all fixed costs come out of the entertainment budget. I "borrowed" into next years budget, and I will estimate that it took 25% over my entertainment "budget" to regain 7* in 2016. Dollar amount was down significantly. However, I will estimate that I received over $23,000 in benefits from my play in making 7*, including: 1) over $2000 in GGWU points. 2) 40 free nights in CET properties (Reno/Tahoe, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas) including free premium wi-fi 3) Over 30 meals (for two) at 4-5 star restaurants 4) a 55" TV 5) tickets to entertainment (Absinthe, Celine Dion, high roller, eiffel tower) 6) $4000 in promo chips with which to start 2017 My strategy for 2017 has changed with the passing of my father. I will no longer go just because I need a break from caring for him and my 14 year old. So my 2017 plan is to pace myself in making 7* for 2017 , and to have a more cohesive strategy to do so. My strategy for next year includes focusing on GGWU, the TC/RC bonuses that CET will offer, and the "comp" stuff that I earned from 7*. Also included is a change in home property. The reasons I'd been "in love" with Caesars Palace are: 1)Dedicated 7* valet on Flamingo Road 2)Proximity of that entrance to the Augustus Tower 3)Proximity of that entrance to the Diamond lounge 4)Overall great service and treatment at Caesars However, since the comp room "cost" of an Augustus Tower room has gone up significantly (was $120, now $150-200 per night), I am not finding it "as attractive". After a discussion with the Asian Marketing hosts in Las Vegas, there was no "need" to change hosts, since I am already on the "Asian Marketing List", and my current host can book me anywhere in Las Vegas. Granted, if I was taking a guest, it "might" be worth it, but since when I'm traveling solo, a room is just a place to lay my head, another (cheaper) CET property would do just as well. So, why am I making such a fuss over room comp costs? Because it affects the amount of "backend comps" that I can take. As an example, I need to do 1000TC a day just to make my "room" at Caesars. I have calculated that 7* can be made in fourteen 2500 TC days, if bonuses are optimized. Let's see how close I can get to that number. That strategy involved ramping up my play in Q2 and is dependent on CET offering a 50% Q2 bonus (up to 25,000 TC) I will start 2017 with 20,000 TC 15,000 by being 7* 5,000 for the 2016 incentive that brings the TC necessary to 130,000 IF they offer the Q2 bonus that would generate 25,000TC for 50,000 earned (seven 2500TC days) rounding up, a total of 72,500 (because seven 2500 point days would generate 52500 TC) That brings it down to 57,500, which is another 7 days and change So fourteen, maybe fifteen 2500TC days. So, what's that mean in cash outlay? Worst case $187,500, which assumes all coin in with no return, and it would never get that high, because I'd quit long before then. Best case is also undefinable because I could hit the Megabucks at any time and then I'd be ahead so much that I wouldn't need comps anymore. The number that I'm using is "around $1/TC or $2500 for a 2500TC day". I'm also looking at changing my secondary property. Venetian/Palazzo has really cut back on benefits for Gold Members, so I'm starting to look at Cosmopolitan or MAYBE back to mLife. Hopefully, I didn't ramble too much. My father's passing changed my strategy a little, and I'm going up to Reno/Tahoefor Christmas for more promo chips. I hope to start 2017 with about $4300 in promo chips. Hope this helps anyone who is considering achieving 7*.