How To Sign Up For Las Vegas Loyalty Programs & What You Get When You Do

You can oftentimes get perks for just signing up for loyalty programs. Hotels will give free WiFi to even base members of their program, and having a rental car membership can help you skip the line at the airport counter. While people will usually sign up for these if they travel occasionally, one other place to join loyalty programs is often overlooked. Las Vegas.

Now, this article isn’t for the people who spend hours upon hours at the casino. Those people already know to get a club card to track their gambling. After all, that’s how casinos can tell how much you’re spending and provide you with comps for meals, shows, rooms or all three depending on how much money you lose bet.

I’m also not talking to those who know how to parlay one type of hotel status into top tier status at one casino and then match that status at all the casinos by hopping from one to another and then turn that back into a different top tier hotel status. For those of you who do this, I salute your dedication.

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This article is for people like Sharon and me. The ones who don’t really care that much about Las Vegas. We’ll visit every couple of years, spend a few days checking out some shows and seeing some sites we’ve never visited before, like the Neon Museum and the Pinball Hall of Fame. For people like us who don’t gamble, what’s the value in signing up for the Vegas loyalty programs? Turns out, quite a lot.

Here’s a breakdown of the five most common programs you’ll find in and around Vegas:

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Loyalty Programs Don’t Actually Reward Loyalty Anymore

When you hear the term Loyalty Program, what do you think? I’d imagine that images of a program that rewards you for being a loyal customer, right? I mean that’s the definition of loyal.

Loyal – faithful to a cause, ideal, custom, institution, or product

But let’s be honest. Do programs really reward us for being loyal anymore?

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Why Would A Hotel Offer A Benefit That Doesn’t Exist?

Back when Sharon and stayed at the Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, the hotel was nice enough to extend my Hilton Gold status to our reservation, even though the reservation was made under Sharon’s account.

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The hotel lobby and public areas were beautifully designed a style I’m going call “Old Money’s Concept Of A Tropical Resort” vibe. While I had to go through a bit of a back and forth, I finally received our letter with the Gold Benefits.

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We didn’t plan on using most of these benefits, like the discount massages or watersports. I asked about upgrading our room ahead of time and I was told the hotel was almost fully booked. The only things we would use on the list were the two bottles of water (which they even replenished after the first night and never charged us for them) and the Complimentary Continental Breakfast for Two. We usually don’t eat breakfast at the hotel but “our” Starbucks was on the other side of the island so the idea of sitting outside and having a coffee, juice and a muffin didn’t sound that bad.

The Casa Marina’s breakfast restaurant is called Sun Sun and is located just behind the lobby.

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What’s The Big Deal About Getting A Free Breakfast?

For as long as I’ve been reading travel websites, one of the biggest advantages of having status with a hotel chain was getting free breakfast. At first, I wondered what all the fuss was about. I mean, I’d received free breakfast at hotels before. They consisted of some stale bagels, bread and pastries, powered eggs, flimsy bacon, one flavor of yogurt, a vat of oatmeal and maybe some unripe bananas. Oh, don’t forget the really bad coffee.

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The breakfast rooms were usually packed at the normal eating times and the food wasn’t refreshed nearly enough. Why were people so excited with this benefit? Continue reading “What’s The Big Deal About Getting A Free Breakfast?”

Sign Up Now For Hilton’s New Bonus Points Promotion

Hilton is out with their newest promotion, which is valid for stays from September 10, 2018 thru January 3, 2019. This offer will give you three times points for stays at luxury hotels and resorts and double points for all other Hilton stays.

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Hilton’s claim that this is the “Best Offer of the Year” is factually true but for most stays, you’ll earn the same amount of bonus points as you have with every other promotion they’ve run this year.  Continue reading “Sign Up Now For Hilton’s New Bonus Points Promotion”