In January, Starwood Preferred Guest – the W, Westin, Sheraton, Luxury Collection, St Regis etc hotel group – announced a partnership with Las Vegas hotel group Caesars.
Caesars runs the following resorts in Las Vegas and Atlantic City:
- Bally’s Atlantic City, NJ
- Bally’s Las Vegas, NV
- Caesars Atlantic City, NJ
- Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV
- Flamingo Las Vegas, NV
- Harrah’s Atlantic City, NJ
- Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, NV
- Harrah’s Las Vegas, NV
- Harrah’s New Orleans, LA
- Harrah’s Reno, NV
- Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, NV
- Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, NV
- Paris Las Vegas, NV
- Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, NV
- The Quad Las Vegas, NV
- Rio Las Vegas, NV
- Showboat Atlantic City, NJ
If you stay at any of the above properties, you will earn 2 Starwood points per $1 charged to your room. You will also earn ‘nights’ towards earning Starwood elite status (capped at a maximum of 10 per year from Caesars properties, and they do not count towards SPG lifetime status) although oddly it will not count as a ‘stay’ if you earn status on the basis of stays.
Starwood Preferred Guest benefits are NOT given at Caesars hotels. Don’t expect free internet, free breakfast or an upgrade.
SPG also let you redeem your points for rooms in Las Vegas. Full details are on the SPG website. The problem with this arrangement is that the redemption rates are very high compared to the standard prices of Las Vegas hotels, especially midweek.
Between November 7th and December 30th, you can save up to 40% on SPG redemptions in Las Vegas. This promotion is not mentioned on the link above but if you click ‘Redeem’ the point prices that comes up will be discounted.
For November 19th, rooms included:
Flamingo – 5,200 points ($33.06 inc tax)
The LINQ – 5,200 points ($52.41 inc tax)
The Cromwell – 18,000 points ($128.22 inc tax)
As you can see from the cash equivalents, these are still not exceptional deals. You can usually get around 1.5p of value for an SPG hotel redemption. Even with a discount, these deals are coming out at around 0.5p, a terrible deal.
Hyatt has a similar partnership with M Life, which includes Bellagio and Mandalay Bay. InterContinental also has two ‘InterContinental Alliance’ deals in Las Vegas. In general, whilst you would be daft not to take the points if you were paying cash to stay in a property that was part of one of these partnerships, none of the Las Vegas hotel chain tie-ups make much sense from a redemption point of view. Even, as we see here, in a ‘sale’.
(Want to earn more hotel points? To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)