Hotel Check In Credit Card Holds

When you check in to a hotel, they usually ask you for a credit card to have on file for incidentals and as a security deposit.  When they do that, they pre-authorize the card for additional charges. The amount varies from hotel to hotel and is usually multiplied by the number of nights you are staying.
This has been standard practice for a long time, but I have heard multiple stories recently of people being caught off-guard by the pre-authorizations as well as not fully understanding what they are.  The pre-authorizations or “holds” are not charges. They simply reserve a certain dollar amount on your card so that it is available when you check out and pay your bill. It is similar to what gas stations do when you pay at the pump. The pre-authorization is not an actual charge, but it does reduce the amount of credit available on your card.  Continue reading Hotel Check In Credit Card Holds

I’m in Vegas for business and I don’t gamble. Why should I get a players club card?

Although players clubs started as a way to track gambling activity in order to provide more accurate comps, today players clubs are much more like the airlines’ frequent flyer clubs. Players clubs still give you comps for gambling, but many of them also give you comps based on your purchases and hotel charges at their resorts.

Even if you never gamble, showing your players card when you make purchases can give you a rebate of up to 5% in the form of comps.

Foursquare Check In Specials: Part 3 – Miscellaneous

Here are a few miscellaneous Foursquare Check In Specials to round out the previous hotel, bar and restaurant posts.

  • The Adventuredome @ Circus Circus:
    Purchase an All Day Ride Pass and receive a FREE soft drink with food purchase at the Snack Bar located inside The Adventuredome.

Foursquare Check In Specials: Part 2 – Bars and Restaurants

This is a continuation of my Foursquare Check In Specials series. This time I am focusing on bars and restaurants. It is not a complete list, but it should give you a good idea of what is out there. All specials are unlocked with each check in unless specified. To redeem them, just show your server or cashier your phone’s screen with the unlocked Foursquare special.

Bally’s:

  • Check in at Bally’s and get 2 for 1 drinks at any casino bar. Visit the Total Rewards Center to receive the coupon.

Caesars Palace:

  • Check in at Caesars Palace and “Get a free Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 with a purchase of $10 or more. Visit the Total Rewards Center to receive your coupon.”

The Cosmopolitan:

Caesars Entertainment adds Resort Fees

Caesars Entertainment has announced that it will start charging a resort fee with new reservations starting on March 1st, 2013.  This will apply to Bally’s, Caesars Palace, the Flamingo, Harrah’s, Paris, Planet Hollywood, The Quad and the Rio in Las Vegas. The new resort fees do not apply to existing reservations or new reservations made before March 1st.

Although Caesars had based a marketing campaign entirely around their previous “no resort fees” position, they are now adding them “in response to the increasing demand from our guests to provide a package price instead of the inconvenience of separate fees.” The resort fee amount will vary from hotel to hotel (much like those of the various MGM Resorts) and will range from $10-$25 per night.  They will cover Wi-Fi, local phone calls and fitness center access. Additional property-specific amenities might be added before the resorts fees take effect. I think it is worth noting that free fitness center access had previously been a perk for Total Rewards Diamond players.