I've had a little experience at Ameristar, and had no problem getting meal comps, but I didn't stay long enough to get any decent mailers, so I'll probably keep my exclusively there.
That's been my experience in Tuncia, as well. I used to give a lot of play to Hollywood, and got $200+ in free play every week and free nights any day of the week, but since Penn took them over, I have to work just to get free drinks it seems.
Don't get me started on Penn National. The service is atrocious at nearly every property they operate, and while the comps for table players are usually better than average, I can't stand their awful way they treat you.
That is pretty neat! I am a Diamond level player and have never been contacted by a host. I dont play very high either to warrant a host. But I am thinking you could ask for some discretionary comps. Flight rebate? Gas rebate? Never hurts to ask!
I was a mid level Diamond player a couple of years ago, and inquired about flight comps. At the time, I had received a $300 comp for dinner at Voodoo Lounge without a problem. I was told to come back when I had $10,000 in losses.
If you really want to make the most of it pick up a copy of Comp City by Max Rubin, he really explains how to work the system and how to handle hosts. And it is fun as hell to read.
What a coincidence, I just picked up a used copy of this on Amazon a few weeks ago, but it's been sitting on my bedside stand un-read since then. One question about the book: I have the 2nd edition from 2001. I'm assuming there hasn't been a new edition, since as far as I could tell, it was nearly impossible to get a new copy easily on the web (my used copy wasn't expensive). Is most of the material in the book still relevant more than 10 years later? I'm thinking about stuff like computers used to track play time/average bet more closely than the cards they used to use, etc. Although I know a lot of places in Vegas still don't have computers in every pit.
I'd assume that like most casino gambling/AP/etc. books, most of the ideas are still valid if not the actual procedures.
She keeps me up in a suite, whereas my mailer doesn't necessarily include a suite. (I would imagine that's a "discretionary")
I've never had occasion to deal with a Harrah's host myself. I mostly just go through the TR website and whatever coupons they give me.
Other than that, I honestly don't know what a host is supposed to do. My friend and I have always wondered why hosts even exist. It's just a salary for an employee that looks to be completely wasted.