AcesAndEights
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January 21st, 2015 at 11:11:57 AM permalink
Quote: Venthus

My mistake; I've only stayed at their off-Fremont locations, and those all had resort fees. It seemed reasonable that if three of their LV properties charged it, that the others would too, but... who knows. Whoops.


Yeah, easy mistake to make. I'm surprised that they have different policies at different locations. I imagine they're trying to do it as a competitive edge against the other downtown properties.
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jml24
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January 21st, 2015 at 11:14:23 AM permalink
I don't know about the Boyd properties specifically, but just because a resort fee doesn't show up on the total when you reserve, that doesn't mean you won't be asked to pay one during your stay. I normally stay at the Mirage and they do disclose the resort fee but it doesn't show up when you book the room. It gets added to your account each day like any other charge you would make at the hotel. This helps them perpetuate the fiction that the fee is for something that you are optionally using.

I take the same approach to resort fees as I do to the BS fees charged by the airlines. I just add up all the costs when doing comparisons. The airlines and the hotels do it for the same reason: to confuse the stupid into thinking they are going to pay less.

Next step: the room is free but you have to pay a "bed fee", "toilet fee", "air conditioning fee", "housekeeping fee", etc.
terapined
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January 21st, 2015 at 12:04:45 PM permalink
Quote: Avincow

Ah so you can get resort fee comped? When I booked my 'free' room they told me the resort fee couldn't be comped. I should have asked anyway when I was checking out.



I've stayed at CET , Ballys, I'm platinum, resort fee waived, not comped.
Which means no resort fee and no free internet in room.
I used the Ballys poker room free internet :-)
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Venthus
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January 21st, 2015 at 12:12:13 PM permalink
Quote: terapined

I've stayed at CET , Ballys, I'm platinum, resort fee waived, not comped.
Which means no resort fee and no free internet in room.
I used the Ballys poker room free internet :-)



When was the last time you stayed at CET? Last year, in September or something, they changed their policy to start charging resort fees to Platinum.

I thought calling at 10PM would be a bad idea so I waited until the next morning to do all my holiday bookings and crossed the policy change threshold. Go figure.

Edit for clarity/future viewers: The policy change was late 2014.
Zcore13
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January 21st, 2015 at 1:08:48 PM permalink
Quote: AcesAndEights

Were you Platinum in the past? When was your last trip? Is it possible they applied your RCs to the resort fees? At checkout did the resort fees come up at all, or just no mention of them, and no charge?

Sorry for the third degree, but this is in direct contradiction to my most recent experience (spring 2014) and many other members' experiences as well, I think.



I've never been platinum (unless I was and they didn't tell me). Last trip was for Raving and I stayed at Paris. I stayed comped at Cosmopolitan for G2E and paid nothing also.

Never a mention of them and never a charge anywhere I stay.

I guess there is a chance I'm ranked as something and just don't know about it. I recently had a host email me wanting to talk. And I also just got invited to a big event at Caesar's with up to 5 nights free and some sort of contest to win all expense paid trips to Ireland and somewhere else.


EDIT: I forgot. For G2E I stayed at Cosmo for the first 2 days and then Harrah's the next night. Had a lot of play during that one night at Harrah's though. My girlfriend probably played 12 straight hours of slots. ADT was big that day.





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terapined
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January 21st, 2015 at 1:50:12 PM permalink
Quote: Venthus

When was the last time you stayed at CET? Last year, in September or something, they changed their policy to start charging resort fees to Platinum.

I thought calling at 10PM would be a bad idea so I waited until the next morning to do all my holiday bookings and crossed the policy change threshold. Go figure.



2 years ago. Policy may have changed :-(
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January 21st, 2015 at 2:33:45 PM permalink
Us lowly Platinum members will no longer have the resort fees waived. I put up a stink last week, and they eventually waived them, but specifically told me that they would not be waived next time. I went to book my 'free' room at the Rio for March. I will be paying $20 plus tax per night for my free room. I still think it is a good deal for my guppy level play. I think I lose my Platinum level after March, so I will probably stp using my Total Rewards Visa with the exception of use at CET properties where I get 5% back. Southwest points are more valuable than the 1% I get from CET on regular purchases.
AcesAndEights
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January 21st, 2015 at 2:39:35 PM permalink
Quote: jml24

I don't know about the Boyd properties specifically, but just because a resort fee doesn't show up on the total when you reserve, that doesn't mean you won't be asked to pay one during your stay. I normally stay at the Mirage and they do disclose the resort fee but it doesn't show up when you book the room. It gets added to your account each day like any other charge you would make at the hotel. This helps them perpetuate the fiction that the fee is for something that you are optionally using.



That is absolutely true as the totalrewards.com booking site didn't have it included in the total when CET started charging the resort fee. It is now in the total when you make your reservation, but I'm sure some hotels don't disclose it until you check out.

FWIW, I've now confirmed on at least one additional recent site that Fremont, California, and MSS don't charge resort fees. So I'm pretty confident in those 3 Boyd properties.
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AcesAndEights
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January 21st, 2015 at 2:43:50 PM permalink
Quote: Zcore13

I've never been platinum (unless I was and they didn't tell me). Last trip was for Raving and I stayed at Paris. I stayed comped at Cosmopolitan for G2E and paid nothing also.

Never a mention of them and never a charge anywhere I stay.

I guess there is a chance I'm ranked as something and just don't know about it. I recently had a host email me wanting to talk. And I also just got invited to a big event at Caesar's with up to 5 nights free and some sort of contest to win all expense paid trips to Ireland and somewhere else.


EDIT: I forgot. For G2E I stayed at Cosmo for the first 2 days and then Harrah's the next night. Had a lot of play during that one night at Harrah's though. My girlfriend probably played 12 straight hours of slots. ADT was big that day.

ZCore13


How did you book your room at Harrah's? Website or phone?

Also, do you check your Rewards Credit balance regularly?

This is just odd and I'm trying to reconcile it. Now come clean with us Z, you were using the secret casino employee handshake, weren't you?!
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Zcore13
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January 21st, 2015 at 2:54:21 PM permalink
Quote: AcesAndEights

How did you book your room at Harrah's? Website or phone?

Also, do you check your Rewards Credit balance regularly?

This is just odd and I'm trying to reconcile it. Now come clean with us Z, you were using the secret casino employee handshake, weren't you?!



LOL I never mention my work. I usually book online using whatever offer code I am mailed/emailed.

I rarely check my rewards credit balance. Have no idea what my Tier score or value is. I think my girlfriend plays off any comps about as fast as they get earned.

The reason I don't check these things or really care is that I would go the same amount of times each year anyway. The offers don't change my plans or get me to go anymore than I normally would. I just save them (the come every month if I don't use any) until I need them.

Cosmo gave me a bounce back of 3 nights free, $150 in slot play and 2 free show tickets to Amy Schumer or a couple of other choices. Had that in my email within 3 days of leaving. I won't be using their offer or taking advantage of the Caesar's 5 nights offer either.

Unfortunately I'll only be returning to Vegas for 1 day for business in March so I won't be using any offers until G2E 2015. The 1 day that I'm there I will not use any comps or play with my card at any CET property or Cosmo because it will kill my ADT since I'll be busy most of the day and my girlfriend won't be there hammering away at the machines while I'm busy.


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