I’ve noticed that some people I talk to never charge anything to their room or are hesitant to do room charges for various reasons. Sometimes it is for their own money management. Sometimes they don’t want to leave a card on file for room charges or have the hotel put a hold on their card. Sometimes they see it as a security precaution, erroneously thinking that if they don’t charge anything to their room, nothing will be charged and they don’t have to check their bill when they check out. I charge as many of my expenses as possible to my room. This is why.
A host or players club rep can’t comp things at the end of your trip, based on your play, if you haven’t charged them to your room. Also, if there is a wider variety of charges, they seem to be able to comp more. A host doesn’t say, you have x amount in comps and applies that to your total bill. They look at your charges and say they can cover this charge, that charge, part of another, etc. It helps to have a mix of food, beverage, entertainment and services if you want to maximize your comps.
If you are booking a room using a promotion or myVEGAS Reward that includes a food and beverage or resort credit, you will need to charge things to your room or the credit will be wasted.
You can typically do room charges back to your room from any casino in that brand. That means if I am staying at ParkMGM, I can charge back to my room from other MGM properties like the Mirage, Bellagio, Aria, Vdara, Nomad, New York – New York, MGM Grand, Signature, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay and Delano. The same is true with Caesars properties (Harrah’s, LINQ, Flamingo, Cromwell, Caesars Palace, Nobu, Bally’s Paris, Planet Hollywood), and smaller brands like Wyyn & Encore, Venetian & Palazzo, etc.
It is easy for me to pull up my room folio on the TV to see my current expenses and the totals. I can also use that to make sure there aren’t extraneous charges before checking out. It is easier to take care of those issues when you see them than when you are in a rush to check out.