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Charge stuff to room or pay?

I have been to Vegas many times and Have always paid for everything on the spot. I have been reading that a lot of people are charging stuff to the rooms and getting comps. Does this really work? Is it better to pay or to charge?

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1. Re: Charge stuff to room or pay?

If you gamble at the place your staying i would charge it. Just put aside the money just in case its not comped. I did this at the GN when i stayed in May for 6 days with my 21 year old son and with both our gambling on the same account we got 3 nights off pluss our food that we charged when we ate there. Just dont gamble more than you can afford just for the comps. Have a great time.

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As bosoxfan said charge everything you can to your room as even if a small amount of it gets comped you end up ahead. Just be prepared to pay for it all and treat any comps whatsoever as a bonus.

And don't forget the golden rule - NEVER gamble with comps in mind!

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Venetian/Palazzo give 5 points for every dollar charged to your room. This covers everything; shows, restaurants, shops, spa, room service. The offers they send get much better as well.

Harrah's let's you use slot points pay for things. It comes in handy to pay for a meal or your room service tab when you check out. I'd hate to tell you how much play this requires though.

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What if you don't play a lot? I play maybe 50 to 75 dollars a day and always play where i'm staying. Is it still better to charge if you play that little?

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5. Re: Charge stuff to room or pay?

How much you gamble is irrelevant. As I said in my previous post just be prepared to have to pay for all your room charges. Don't even think about comps and treat any as a bonus.

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6. Re: Charge stuff to room or pay?

When we paid for our room at NYNY, we charged all our meals (from EVERY MGM hotel - you can charged back a meal at Mirage to your NYNY room) and went to the Player's Club prior to checkout and they comped off every meal. Now that we get offers for a free room, they won't comp off our meals any more because they said we are already getting our room comped and we don't play enough to get more comped. But we understand - and are happy for what we get. But I will admit - that first year when we were hoping to get our meals comped and didn't, too, we probably ate more nice meals, expecting them to be free. So yes, don't charge more than you can afford, but why not charge them to the room and see what they might write off?

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7. Re: Charge stuff to room or pay?

When I said it was irrelevant how much you gamble I should have qualified the statement a little. That only applies if you're playing slots or video poker. If you're playing table games you need to find out how much you need to bet per hand in order to be rated. Ask a pit boss in the casino for more info but it's typically $25 at a more upscale casino, perhaps less at a "cheaper" joint. If you're not playing enough to be rated (which is very likely if your daily bankroll is only $75) then you obviously won't be eligible for any comps.

Edited: 31 January 2010, 15:57
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8. Re: Charge stuff to room or pay?

cutie551...this statement may sound lame but never pay on the spot,...heres why..keep a detailed list of eveything you owe,room service spa treatment,pay per veiw movies etc....instead of paying right on the spot,but that same money in your safe,charge everything to the room..then when you check out you will be surprised how many things were not billed...this does not happen all the time but enough not pay then and there..its not your job to question why your bill is less then you fiqured,but if its more break out your detailed list!!!this happened to a close friend of mine and another friend hit a jackpot..small gambler also..they comped everything..but she did what you did..already paid on spot so comps were lost...hea you never know..!!!

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9. Re: Charge stuff to room or pay?

No harm in charging to your room. You may or may not get things comped- depending on how much you gamble.

However- I would caution you NOT to decide which restaurant to eat at based on whether or not you can charge to your room. I know some people have done that. If you are going to go to that restaurant anyway- fine. Just don't limit your restaurant choices based on comps.

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10. Re: Charge stuff to room or pay?

Vegas or not, I always charge to the room. Saves having to carry a purse/money around. In Vegas there is the added idea of getting comps at check out. Really with $50 or so a day the likelyhood you will get comped is low. But it never hurts to hope.