Caesars Entertainment Gaming Program Total Rewards offers a status match to their very solid Diamond level from competing tiers of other gaming loyalty schemes (varies by state) until September 30th.
Resort Fees have taken Las Vegas and other gaming destinations like an epidemic and can reach close to US$40 per night which makes a waiver benefit really worthwhile after just a few nights.
This promotion obviously targets customers who already have top tier status with other gaming establishments such as MLife (MGM), Grazie Rewards (Venetian), Identity (Cosmopolitan) and others.
There might be some of our readers who still have MLife Platinum through the MGM/Hyatt Partnership match which was possible until February this year (see my article here). Those who have done this can now cross-match over to TR Diamond.
You can access the official Total Rewards website for the status match promotion here.
The process to get this done is easy:
Present your valid, eligible loyalty card from select competitors to any Total Rewards Center between June 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017, and we will upgrade you to Diamond status through January 31, 2018. You’ll enjoy benefits like:
- No resort fees
- Access to Diamond Lounges where you can rest and relax with exclusive amenities
- Priority lines at hotel check-in, restaurants, casino cashiers and the Total Rewards Centers
- Turn Reward Credits® into free play at a preferred rate of $1 for every 175 Reward Credits ($5 increments, up to $500 each day)
- 20% discount at casino gift shops
- And more!
There is no official room upgrade benefit but I’ve gotten very nice rooms as TR Diamond in the past, even on some of the cheapest rates.
For Las Vegas (Nevada) there are the following programs eligible for a match to Total Rewards Diamond:
What’s the drawback?
The validity of the status will only be until January 31st 2018 so not even half a year. If you think that the status is worth keeping there are a number of ways to accomplish that (for example by purchasing a Founders Card) but generally this is a very short lived match opportunity.
Just because you hold a Total Rewards Diamond Card don’t expect to be treated like a king at the casino or property. Casino memberships rely to a very large part on the ratings of the player (cardholder) accomplished through gaming and of course the VIP’s are those people who gamble (lose) the most. Casinos then give out status cards such as this Diamond card to their good customers. The top of the line customers (high rollers or whales) often don’t even use such a card but are rated on a face basis and play in a different league altogether. However you will find that often casino employees will swipe your card and be confused when they can’t really see any gaming data after pulling up your profile, yet you hold the Diamond Card.
So yes, you will get the hard benefits as guaranteed by the program meaning waiver of resort fees and discounts here and there, maybe even an upgrade. But don’t expect free stuff being thrown at you or that you can trick casinos into thinking that you’re a high roller. These establishments are very good of keeping records and ‘comps’ as the complimentary items are called are reserved for real gamblers only.
If you want to know more about Casino Loyalty and Las Vegas I suggest you check out the guys at TravelZork as they are focusing on that field.
Where to sign up?
You can sign up for Total Rewards here on their website but since this is a gaming related program you will need to present a valid form of I.D. at a Total Rewards Center where you will also receive your status match credentials.
Closest Total Rewards Centers located at Harrah’s Las Vegas, The Cromwell Las Vegas, The LINQ Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Harrah’s Laughlin, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Harveys Lake Tahoe and Harrah’s Reno.
It’s a nice and easy way to try Total Rewards Diamond that comes with lounges at the casino (where you can also check-in for the resort) and as I now mentioned several times the resort fee waiver.
Unfortunately the SPG and Caesars Entertainment ‘crossover’ partnership ENDED 31 Dec 2016 which means you can no longer earn Starpoints and status credits at Caesars properties. Together with the resort fee waiver that was a really good opportunity to clock in a few night for SPG Status in the past as some resorts in Las Vegas can cost as little as $19 during the week. Not that they are very desirable to stay at but for stay credits… why not? (This is still possible with MGM and Hyatt though they don’t waive the resort fee even for their Platinum and NOIR members).