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The company is seeking help with some $20 billion in debt, but executives want you to know you don't have to seek out a new gaming home. Friday, Total Rewards members received an email from Caesars pledging that its players club will continue as is. And, that if you dropped in soon(ish) and threw some money around, they'd make it worth your while:
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What a difference a year makes. After a shocking reversal on resort fees in 2013, Caesars Entertainment is now hiking the charges at six of its Vegas properties, instituting the same flat rate at all its Strip resorts.
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I want to introduce myself. I'm George Addams, a frequent traveler to Las Vegas. I'm middle aged, I'm from the middle of America, and I'm a middle roller (green chip blackjack and dollar video poker). I like gambling, and all the kitschy things Vegas offers. I'm delighted to have been invited to write for VegasChatter. I plan to share stories of my Vegas adventures, hotel and restaurant reviews, and perhaps some tips on gambling and comps, too.
I'm currently at the diamond level in the Total Rewards players club offer by the casinos of Caesars Entertainment. As a member, I received an email for three comped nights at Planet Hollywood in a Hollywood Hip room, which is their least expensive room. I had never stayed there before, but I knew that as a diamond, if I stayed mid-week and not at high season, they'd likely have some extra empty rooms and I had a good chance to score a complimentary upgrade.
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There are a couple of new ways to earn Total Rewards credits without stepping foot in a casino. Earning points without visiting a casino is a useful way to keep existing points from expiring, especially if you only make one trip a year to Las Vegas. If you're new to Total Rewards, you might not know that points expire after six months of inactivity.
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Did you know you can earn Total Rewards credits when playing House of Fun on Facebook? You earn them whenever you purchase chips to play the game. Unfortunately, you cannot earn credits when playing with free coins. Also note that these are Reward Credits, the kind of credits you can use for hotel rooms, food, entertainment, etc. These aren’t Tier Credits which allow you to earn better status like Platinum, Diamond or Seven Stars.
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So I have a question that maybe someone can help me with... I'm a Diamond member with Total Rewards. I have been assigned a "Casino Host". What exactly is he/she and what kinds of things can they do for me? Am I supposed to tip him/her? I rarely even see him but I do have his cell phone number." -- Rob
Let’s first look at what exactly a casino host’s job entails and that's to create a relationship with players so that they become loyal to the casino (or casinos) they work for. In other words, the host works for a casino with the purpose of making customers happy during and in-between visits.
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Drai's After Hours club at Bill's Gambling Hall was both infamous and legendary. Let's put it this way. If you ended up at Drai's during your trip to Vegas, you had a very good time. (Wink, wink.) That, and you didn't get any sleep.
While Drai's After Hours club is set to eventually reopen in the basement of The Cromwell (it's currently housed at Bally's), Drai and his team are focusing first on their rooftop venues, Drai's Nightclub and Beach Club. Both of which will open over Memorial Day weekend.
We spoke with Managing Partner, Ryan Craig, who's been working the Vegas nightlife scene for over ten years, starting as a busboy at the now closed Tabu inside MGM Grand before working his way up to host and then eventually to director of VIP services at Wynn's nightclubs.
Craig is a good-looking, thirty-something dude with dark hair that ends just above his shoulders and which he tucks behind his ears. He speaks with a calm, steady and assured voice. And, perhaps, most advantageous to his career, he has an easygoing smile. A smile that says, “sure, order another bottle. No problem.” His unassuming manner flips the stereotype of a fast-talking, gelled-up, pinky ring-wearing club promoter on its head and now he's looking to flip the DJ-dominated Vegas club scene on its head with Drai's Nightclub.
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Players clubs are simple on the surface: gamble a little in the casino and get rewarded with comps and discounts on your next visit. Of course, nothing is ever so simple. Every players club is different so let’s look at how players clubs work and how to get the best and most rewards. One hundred dollars spent is no longer the same at every casino and hotel.
Just about every business in America has a “loyalty club.” Car rental agencies, coffee shops, supermarkets and hotels all have their own way of rewarding
addiction customers. Buy 12 cups of Starbucks coffee and get a 13th free. Woohoo! That’s a sweet $2.50 savings after spending $30 on coffee.
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An early checkout after a late night on The Strip isn’t the ideal way to conclude a trip to Las Vegas. That’s why we’re really looking forward to trying out Palms' new 24-hour checkout option. But, what if you’re staying elsewhere in Vegas? Fortunately, Palms isn’t the only place in town offering reservation options. Artisan is our favorite, as its check-in and checkout options are some of the most flexible and easy to understand. When reserving your room online, you can choose an early arrival or late checkout, or even opt for both. There’s no begging at the front desk to get in early. And, they’ve eliminated the need for those hung-over morning calls in which you plead for a couple more hours of sleep. It can all be taken care of online, even before you arrive.
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When Yard House was created, the idea was to offer a restaurant that would boast one of the largest selections of draft beers, a diverse menu of American food, and play classic rock on a state-of-the-art sound system. Eight years later, you can add plenty of HD TVs to watch the games to that list. All things combined, it's a winning recipe for a very popular chain restaurant. The newest and largest outpost of Yard House officially opens this Friday, February 28 at The Linq.
Our hard hat tour of The Linq ended at Yard House where we were able to check out both stories of this mega-complex of beer and sample a few of the hundreds of drafts on tap. Don’t worry, nobody was hurt during this tasting. See how small this California Porter is?
There are already two Yard House locations in Las Vegas so this isn’t a new experience, but Yard House is only a regional chain with locations in just 16 states so the concept may be new to many. What makes The Linq location of Yard House so different is its enormity.
The Big Game hasn't even been played yet, but we're already looking forward to the next big sports weekend. The first weekend of March Madness is March 20-23 and may surpass Super Bowl weekend as the craziest sports weekend of the year. This isn't anything new for most Vegas watchers. March Madness has been growing in popularity for the past few years since it lasts four days, falls during Spring Break and is around St. Patrick's Day. Sportsbooks are usually overflowing with people.
There is a buzz around the books that may become bigger than the Big Game this year so we decided to check hotel rates now to see if they reflect that. If demand is high, hotel rooms will cost more. But, even we were astonished by the rates we found almost two months ahead of the madness. This writer's discounted Total Rewards rates are off the charts.
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In April of 2013, Venetian and Palazzo upped their resort fee, but gave us an out -- the ability to decline it at check-in or check-out. The only caveat was that we'd be charged for services at regular prices if we did end up using them.
The days of being able to say no to that, however, have sadly ended. A front desk agent told us over the weekend that it's no longer an option.
“NOW, WAIT ONE MINUTE!”
We downloaded the new Play by Total Rewards app for iPhone with a little too much excitement. Caesars Entertainment’s old Total Rewards and Total Vegas apps were scrapped last year for a reason. Common sense would lead one to believe that a new app that did everything a user could possibly want would be made. Not so fast.
The two things that we’d want in a casino or players club app are not allowed. We can’t book hotel rooms directly through the app and we can’t use offers through the app, either. When trying to book a room, the app takes you to the mobile version of totalrewards.com where you have to re-enter your Total Rewards information and begin the booking and offer claim process from the beginning. That kind of makes this app useless.