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NYE 2020 offers/comps/invitations -- an early thread

Discussion in 'Comps' started by JulianC, Sep 7, 2020.

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NYE 2020 in Vegas -- I am...

  1. definitely in

  2. definitely out

  3. waiting to see what the options will be (especially with invitations/comps/offers)

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  1. JulianC

    JulianC Amateur

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    I am currently in the middle of planning a Vegas trip or two within the remaining months of 2020. Under consideration is a trip covering New Year's Eve week / NYE. The way the world is right now, there is no possible way that NYE in Vegas could or should be anywhere as big and grandiose as it was last year. I cannot even see the more intimate hotel-hosted parties being a thing mainly because ticketed entertainment is not yet a thing again.

    This thread is a bit early, relative to when we would typically start seeing NYE offers -- usually, early- to mid-October per my participation in such threads here last year and research into prior years. Some of us would actually need to book domestic airfare for very specific dates 3-5 months in advance to avoid getting price-gouged or entirely shut out of decent travel schedules during the busiest travel times of the year. Not all of us here are a convenient 4-6 hour drive from Vegas or have a ton of 1-3 hour direct flights from which to choose (especially on the lowest-budget airlines). Thus, it is never too early to be planning.

    A speculative question -- is it worth planning a Vegas trip specifically around NYE if the options for how to enjoy NYE are so indeterminate right now? To put it more into the context of the Comps forum -- what would need to be included in gaming-related NYE invitations/offers for them to be worth booking this year? I wouldn't count on a ballroom event with an elaborate dinner and entertainment, even if it could be set up with the utmost care for physical distancing. The detracting factor would be the implied prohibition on being social -- basically eliminating the whole idea of such a gathering.

    An information-gathering question -- what has anyone heard from casino marketing anywhere about changes with NYE offers and whatnot for 2020?
     
  2. JulianC

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    At one Vegas resort, my quarterly offers used to include tickets to the main show in the showroom. Because ticketed entertainment does not exist right now, that part of the offer has had substitutions since re-opening. This quarter (through September), the substitution is a free cabana rental (which I used). Next quarter (Oct-Dec), it will be a kiosk game worth up to $100 worth of points (redeemable for additional free machine play or cash back).

    For NYE offers, I can see the dinner parties being replaced by "for two" dining credit for select restaurants during NYE week (something akin to the Hugo's dining credit some may have received from Four Queens this summer), with better offers having access to those restaurants on NYE (something that would be most plausible specifically for CET's offers). The enticement to replace the live entertainment portions of NYE offers would most likely be additional FP. I can also see a vast reduction in the number of players receiving NYE offers in the first wave of offers being sent out. The biggest players always get offers the earliest, but the number of NYE invitations a resort can book will likely be severely limited.
     
  3. Flowers

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    I booked my Vegas holiday flights some months ago, as soon as the Jet Blue schedule for that period opened.

    I'm still not 100% on my trip in 2 weeks and 2 days (!!) but I'm pretty sure I will be going! Late December/early January seems so much farther away but, at this point, I do plan to go.

    Concerts are always a big part of my trips, especially at holiday time, and pools aren't really an option as a practical matter in late December, so I agree with you that casinos are likely to offer dining credit and free play and maybe different types of experiences in lieu of the big parties and clubs.

    I've been invited to the Wynn NYE party for the past few years and some of the biggest Wynncore players in the world attend that party. I can't imagine what Wynncore and some of the other major properties will need to offer whales to entice them to come at that time. My guess is maybe major shopping and neat small group experiences like helicopter flights that are different but don't take you away from the casino for more than a few hours.
     
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  4. JulianC

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    @Flowers Thanks for bringing up shopping and experiences as substitutes. The gift bag as a concept also fits here.
     
  5. Colesc15

    Colesc15 High-Roller

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    Right now I'm booked for NYE on comps at Aria and I have one booked at cosmo in a suite comped. Not sure if we'll actually go, but have them booked (and flights)
     
  6. Marky147

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    I'm dipping on NYE if my trip goes ahead.

    Have 6 nights in a Spa Suite @ NYNY 25-31st, but planning to use up my Wynn gems and doing 22-31st there, instead.

    Don't fancy being in town for NYE, and will toast 2021 in mysef on the flight home :D
     
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  7. Drewm1972

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    I had to “definitely out” ONLY BECAUSE OF WORK (wife) can’t take time off at end of year otherwise we MAY go never been there during holiday season (xmas & NYE) but would love too. However even we could have gone this year I don’t think we be going this year due to COVID issues.

    FYI, I usually get NYE party invite from mlife property it’s their usual 3 nights, tickets their , some RC & FP and as I recall I usually get them around towards to end of October and beginning of November Thru emails and mail invitations.
     
  8. DaiLun

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    Let me play "Devil's Advocate" here, based on my personal experience of NYE in Las Vegas and my experiences over the past two months . . . .

    YOU COULDN'T PAY ME ENOUGH TO ATTEND NYE 2020 IN LAS VEGAS, EITHER ON THE STRIP OR DOWNTOWN!!!

    Only if I could plan activities away from the crowds, but then, why an I going to Las Vegas??

    To those of you who choose to go. enjoy yourselves, but please, please, PLEASE stay safe.
     
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  9. Marky147

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    Same as that, I don't like it toooo busy, and am only there in July because of UFC and the WSOP.

    Don't get me wrong, I get involved in the japes, but drunk walkers are more dangerous than me on a scooter :D
     
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    How about hundreds of drunk youths on scooters like those in Vegas these days?
     
  11. Marky147

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    Think we both know the answer to that, as it's obvious.

    I should have included some emojis so it was clear I was joking around.

    However, I have far more problems with people careering around not looking where they are going, than I've ever caused in a scooter :)
     
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  12. JulianC

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    I just received a print mail offer for NYE from the D. My increased play in August did not factor in (I already had D/GG offers through late December -- up until right before NYE -- that landed while I was staying at the D in August) since my offer is for $129 per night for up to 3 nights starting from 30 December. Also included -- two Fremont Street wristbands for NYE.

    Nothing yet from CET or MGM -- though a much higher-roller has received a "save the date" from CET. It seems that the Strip resorts are holding out longer -- and for as long as possible -- to see how things shake out.
     
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  13. Flowers

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    I also received a print mailer today from The D regarding a party and reservations. Nothing about free play. If I am back in Vegas for my annual holiday trip (not yet there), I am hoping I can stay at Circa for a night or two. Sent a note to my host at The D but nothing yet.

    Wynncore, I believe, is still thinking through what NYE looks like.
     
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