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Weary of CET and Moving on Question

Discussion in 'Comps' started by thebeachbum, Oct 17, 2021.

  1. thebeachbum

    thebeachbum Low-Roller

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    I'm growing weary of the new management at CET and will be moving along to MLife and Boyd (for the Cal). Note, I'm some form of Diamond this year and thus will be next year. What would you do with your remaining CET Reward Credits?

    Keep and use them to pay for CET dining and entertainment?

    Or, and leaning this direction, Zero them out for "Free Play"? Play and walk away from CET.

    Or, finally, keep them and take junkets via Ceasars Air?
     
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  2. JulianC

    JulianC Amateur

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    Strategic burn-and-seed trip(s).
     
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  3. Mr Bulldops

    Mr Bulldops High-Roller

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    I'd use them on dining and entertainment. If you use them for free play, they are only worth half of what they are at most Vegas restaurants and shows.
     
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  4. Guy_

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    My only advice is not to burn any bridges. The Grass is not always greener.
    Everyone's situation is unique tho.


    I had convinced myself that I wanted to leave CET and gave Mlife some decent play over a 3 day stay in August.
    It resulted in exactly what I was hoping for. Nicer comped rooms, with no resort fees and close to the same free play/resort credit in offers.

    You would think it would be a no brainer to continue the switch and move to Mlife..
    BUT... I did not enjoy my time as much as when I am at a CET resort.

    1) While its still very possible to casino hope between Mlife casinos, it is not as quick and easy. The Cromwell --> Flamingo --> Linq --> Harrahs patch can be hopped between all 4 casinos easier then you can hop between any 2 casinos in the Mlife chain. Add in Bally's, Parris and Planet Hollywood (all as easy or easier to hop between then most Mlife casinos) and you have a much easier hopping experience.

    2) More important then the ease of Casino hopping is the games that are offered. I like to play High Card Flush, and Let it Ride a fair bit. Neither of those games were open at any Mlife casino during my stay (it was 3 week days and the pit bosses said they only open those games on weekends and usually at $15 minimums. My October Trip I went back to Planet Hollywood and not only were those games easily available.. they were often at $5 minimums (I went to a bunch of Mlife Life casinos to see if maybe they opened them and.. no all still closed)


    Sooo..
    - I found both chains give Freeplay and comped rooms for the same amount of play.
    - CET gives me slightly more Freeplay.
    - Mlife rooms are nicer rooms in most cases
    - Mlife Hotel Service seemed better. (I had housekeeping daily without asking for it, Front desk was efficient and friendly at check in)
    - CET offers a wider range of gaming options. Almost every Table Game type was available by 11am and if it was not.. it was open at the next casino over. CET seemed to have a wider range of slots as well. Mlife was lacking on themed slots.

    If you focus your gambling on the traditional Blackjack and Video Poker then Mlife is probably the better option (Nicer rooms, better service same type of comps)
    If you like to mix up different table games and slots or if you like casino hopping, then despite the cutbacks and lacking customer service.. CET is still the way to go for me.. (that could change if cutbacks continue further).

    What this did result in for me.. I used to do 2 nights downtown, 3 nights at a CET stay. Moving forward I think I will be doing 2 nights at Mlife, 3 nights at CET.. and just ubering to Freemont for an evening in there.
     
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  5. jpfromla

    jpfromla RFB

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    May I ask, what was the final straw with CET?
     
  6. smerrian

    smerrian View from Bally's

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    I'm in the same boat. Leaving CET. I believe the 'strategic burn and seed' proposal is working best for me. I plan some great meals at CET properties and will play a round of craps/vp prior to dinner so I'm not put in for a zero play day. My play may only accumulate $10 in comps even though my meal may cost $100-150. I'm burning through my $600 in comps but still get CET offers. I decided this after already attaining diamond-elite for 2022. I'll enjoy the privilege in 2022 but won't play that much (maybe to basic diamond on 5x tier events).

    I'm moving over to MGM and Boyd (for the Cal). Reeg and his CET empire can suck it.
     
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  7. NandJfrmNJ

    NandJfrmNJ VIP Whale

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    We are also pretty much dumping CET. The only reason we continue with an occasional stay is that they have casinos where MGM does not like Reno, Tahoe and NOLA. Mlife treats us MUCH better than CET ever did and especially now that CET no longer values diamond players. MGM has much nicer properties, better comps, better restaurants just as much variety in terms of casino in LV and you can use express comps at any restaurant at 1:1 unlike CET where there are relatively few. I wouldn't convert comps to FP because of the decreased value but also because we know we can always have a free meal using our points.
     
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  8. Gaggles

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    After a decade of Diamond-Diamond Elite my comps at Ceasars Palace have evaporated. There are some times in November where I cannot even get Harrah's comped?!?!?! Are you kidding me?? My Tier score this year is over 60000 points and that was made by a guy making his trips from Canada! Add in the fact that I have heard crickets from two different hosts who are trying to get me in their stable as I am a free agent due to my last host being let go and this is just a big shit sandwich they are trying to feed me right now.
     
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  9. Guy_

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    I no longer get weekend comps at Caesars either.. (I used to get them no problem). Other then Caesars and NOBU I pretty much get every other casino comped at some room level.. Very few if any suites.. often only the planet Hollywood strip suite if any.

    I attribute the type of room offerings to a larger player database and adding in some of the eldorado higher rollers that did not have vegas strip options before.
    I have been Diamond since 2012 and usually get to somewhere between 35-45k tier credits

    Either way.. My plan is to give Both CET and MGM some play.. Rather then focusing most of my play at CET.. but still not burning either bridge
     
  10. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    Transfer to Wyndham is an option, if you ever plan on staying in their properties worldwide.
     
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  11. Nevyn

    Nevyn VIP Whale

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    Up to you, i no played my comps and used reward credits for breakfasts. But doing fp is reasonable.

    Worth noting though that you should have one diamond dinner yet and it would be nice to have a reward credits to top that up too, so you don’t accidentally give a cet outlet money
     
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    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    We are moving away from CET. Not going to burn the bridge, but surely not and building bridges either
     
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  13. Sparky4

    Sparky4 VIP Whale

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    We still get good offers from CET and never have problems getting rooms when and where we want them, but with the dwindling benefits, it’s really not worth it going past diamond plus. We had been thinking of switching to Cosmo, but now that MGM owns them who knows what will happen. My experience when we have played heavier at MGM properties in the past, we only got offers from the casino we played in. Those of you that play at MGM is this a common practice? CET we can get comped rooms at all their hotels.

    10 years ago we were mostly MGM players but when MLife took over they decided they didn’t love us anymore. We always had VIP checkin at Monte Carlo and NYNY when we stayed there. The first year Aria was open we had comped rooms 4 times that year, then never again. That was when we moved to CET.
     
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    I have a love/hate relationship with both Boyd and CET, but I'm also not going to burn my bridges with them, since they have local properties in my area that I still frequent. I have a surplus of points with both Boyd and CET which I normally use for dining, so I always eat for free at my local properties and at some places when I'm in Vegas.

    Before the pandemic, I started giving MLife more of my Vegas play (and less to Boyd) and after my last stay at the Luxor, I've also been getting better offers (rooms, dining credit, freeplay), than Boyd or CET. Although, who knows how long that will last considering the way the various properties change their rules over time. I also like staying at Wynn/Encore, so I'll probably divert some of my play to them on my next trip as well. LOL

    I prefer not to chase comps, since I go to Vegas to have fun and not having to work at getting comps so I usually just give certain players clubs/properties just enough play to get at least a few comped rooms and whatever else they may throw in. :cool:
     
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  15. Sprocket

    Sprocket Low-Roller

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    Doing the same thing. I have been Diamond for 10 years, and have always had Caesars palace comped any day of the week, any week of the year (maybe not CES) . I am going in November , and I don’t even get harrahs comped. I took my wife to prime at Bellagio 3 years ago, and gambled before for a few hours, and it’s cheaper for me to stay there than at Paris.
     
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  16. thebeachbum

    thebeachbum Low-Roller

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    Pre Eldorado, my FP was in the $750 - $1,000 range for the same number of trips and 'budget". Post Eldorado, my FP dropped to $100 - $375. I have played very little at MLife and my FP is $200 and $100 Resort Credit. My CET host hinted the issue was also frequency of visits. They seem to looking a bit more at frequency than before. Just not impressed with Eldorado whether the bridge is on fire or not.
     
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  17. MCann

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    I used all of mine on two dinners. Used my last diamond dinner and a chunk of RC to pay the difference at Hell's Kitchen last Christmas while staying at Cosmo, and then used them up to zero with dinner at Old Homestead in July. Both places still redeem 1:1 which is getting a little scarce these days. If I was going to burn them on freeplay, I'd at least do it at a local non-Vegas market where they often have promotions to cash for freeplay at 1:1 instead of the regular 2:1 they do in Vegas.
     
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  18. MacAttack

    MacAttack High-Roller

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    CET's reputation has certainly been taking a kicking lately. I am an mlifer (Gold / Platinum from twice yearly 4-5 day trips) and was planning on seeding CET this year as I have always wanted to stay in Caesar's Palace and Paris - I had rooms booked earlier this year (international travel ban from the EU scuppered that trip). All the negative press / twitter / podcasts talk about CET over the past year has changed my mind and I am now going to seed Venetian/Palazzo instead. The reports of no house keeping, very limited cocktail service, and general cleanliness of the their resorts has turned me off. I really hope they change tack and start to provide better service again - with so few companies competing on the strip (especially since Cosmo sale) we need them all to be strong
     
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    Vegas28m Medium Roller, Chicago

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  20. vegas superfan

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    I will not make Diamond this year and I won't pay resort fees next year so I just turned mine into free play to be done with it.

    Then of course, after doing so, I ended up booking another trip this year. Then another one. Both have CET stays because my trips are long (December trip is 25 days) and I need the comped nights. On the first one, I wished I had kept those RCs for dining. For the second one, I now have $300 in RCs from a Wyndham promotion / transferring credits.

    So I would keep them until you near the end of Diamond because you never know when / if you will be back. It is easy to say you are walking away but you never know....
     
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