Category Archive: Casinos

Sep 05

“Comp Harvesting” at Your Favorite Casino

While I do enjoy the occasional trip to Las Vegas, or even Atlantic City, I’m not much of a gambler. My blood pressure rises to dangerous levels when my average bet exceeds, oh, I dunno, $.50 or so. Nevertheless, there is something to be said for “comp harvesting,” the casino equivalent of gaming frequent flyer …

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Sep 08

What survey points and Bose headphones have in common

(I had prepared to do a longer post today, but life happens. Tomorrow will be more substantial, unless life happens again.) Surveys are often long and annoying, but they’re an easy way to accumulate miles. My favorite is E-rewards, which will send you several 10-15 minute surveys per week, each for some amount of proprietary …

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Jul 12

Cheap and easy in Las Vegas

Please, mind out of the gutter. This blog is about loyalty programs. I happen to like Las Vegas. We go there once or twice each year and, although neither my wife nor I drink, go clubbing or buy tickets for all the hot shows, five days goes by awfully quickly.* I’ll also mention that whoever …

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May 20

Las Vegas: The country’s cheapest and most expensive vacation city

There’s no city in the country or, for that matter, the world, quite like Las Vegas. I’m not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but one does get the job done. And Las Vegas can be either a bargain or a nightmare. I go there about once per year for vacation, and …

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Nov 11

Starwood: Small hotel program, big innovation

While it’s not the largest chain, only 1/2-1/3 the size of some of its global competitors, Starwood Hotels (Westin, Sheraton, W Hotels, among others) has proven itself to be among the most innovative over time.  It is my primary hotel chain (although my wife is a Hilton woman; always diversify your portfolio) and what it …

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Oct 27

Earn Las Vegas comps for free before you even get there!

I’m going on a bit of a tangent here, but enough people go to Las Vegas that covering a free (and fun, actually) way to get some comps online is worth a post. Casinos got into the frequent player clubs reluctantly.  They prefer the big players who can drop thousands, hundreds of thousands or even …

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