Starwood And Caesars Partnership Now Live

Following in Hyatt and MGM’s footsteps, Starwood and Caesars announced a big new partnership last month. Through this partnership Starwood Preferred Guest members are able to earn and redeem Starpoints for Caesars stays, which is certainly a nice new option to have. While there are also benefits for Caesars Total Rewards members, I won’t focus on those since I doubt there are many Total Rewards members reading my blog.

Starwood-Caesars-Partnership

This partnership is finally going live today, January 9, 2014, and the following Caesars properties are participating:

Earning Starpoints for Caesars stays

As of today, registered SPG members can earn two Starpoints per dollar spent at participating Caesars properties that they charge to their folios. Furthermore, SPG members can earn elite qualifying nights towards status for Caesars stays, though they’re capped at 10 elite qualifying night credits per year, and can’t earn elite qualifying stay credits for Caesars stays. They also don’t count towards lifetime status. Furthermore, you’re capped at earning 100,000 Starpoints through Caesars per year, though my guess is that’s not a huge issue for most of us. I find the policy regarding elite qualifying stays/nights to be highly restrictive, given what Hyatt and MGM are offering.

Redeeming Starpoints for Caesars stays

You can now also redeem Starpoints for Caesars stays. Unfortunately redemption rates aren’t fixed by property, but rather redemption rates correspond to the revenue rates the properties are charging. That’s pretty disappointing, since usually the best value award redemptions are when revenue rates are especially high, but in this case you just pay more points under those cicrumstances. Best I can tell on average each Starpoint is getting you roughly one cent towards the cost of a room, which is pretty bad given how valuable Starpoints are.

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Registration and terms & conditions

I’d recommend registering for the new partnership even if you don’t plan on taking advantage of it (you never know!). You can also find the full terms and conditions here.

Bottom line

Ultimately any partnership is better than no partnership, though on the whole I find the execution a bit disappointing. The limitations on earning stay credits on Caesars stays are rather disappointing, and beyond that given that redemptions max out at roughly one cent per Starpoint, I don’t see that ever making sense. Furthermore, while Hyatt’s partnership comes with reciprocal status in the MGM program, SPG members don’t get any reciprocal status with Caesars.

The only time I see myself using this partnership is if I was planning on staying at a Caesars property anyway, in which case I might as well pick up some Starpoints.

(Tip of the hat to Mommy Points)

Comments

  1. Will says

    Note: If you have direct family or friends you are still not able to book Caesar’s properties using the Starhot or Starfriend sites yet.

  2. gymrat says

    Hello Lucky – I stayed at Mandalay Bay’s The Hotel through AMEX FHR and provided my Hyatt Gold Passport # at check-in (more than 2 weeks ago) and the points have not posted. Should I contact Hyatt or The Hotel to get the points? Thanks for your help!

  3. Brian L. says

    @Antonio – I tweeted SPG when the partnership was first announced, and they said that you WILL NOT get any extra points for using the SPG AmEx, just the base 2 points per $.

  4. HunterLAS says

    Its disappointing that the “Participating Caesars Properties” represent far less than half of the properties, and are concentrated in to 2 markets. Caesars has properties all over the United States as well as some in Canada and on 3 other continents – still the limited list is still twice the size of the entire MGM resorts chain.

    I’m totally not surprised that reciprocal status in Total Rewards is not given to SPG members. You cannot compare this to the MGM/Hyatt reciprocal status. I love Hyatt – I spend months with them every year, and I think they have the most generous program while I value SPG status somewhat less. The problem is that M-Life vs Total Rewards is LITERALLY like comparing the benefits of LH HON status and Southwest Rapid Rewards “status”. Even as an “invite only” status member with MGM (which requires a minimum of about $2 million in annual play) you hardly get anything other than priority Buffet/Valet/Taxi lines, free limo to/from the airport and basically an elite phone number to make reservations. Notably missing are lounge access, first available table at fine dining restaurants, free stays that don’t require use of any points.

    I am the tier below invite only (I’m Diamond) with Total Rewards but I get guaranteed access to about 40 lounges around the United States anytime whether staying at the property or not. Lounges are much better than Hyatt or SPG for example my last visit to Harrah’s Atlantic City the minimum offering (per policy) was Meat Carved to order, 4 hot entrees one of which must be seafood, shrimp cocktail, dessert station including cakes, pies, cookies, and ice cream, salad bar, fresh baked breads, at least two types of rice/pasta, assorted dips and spreads with vegetables and chips. Of course high quality alcohol is also unlimited and complimentary. I NEVER pay for my room, ever (when you log in to the TotalRewards.Com website to book a room, the price just says “comp”) and often get upgraded to “named suites” not just junior suites. I get next available table at all their restaurants (usually there are reserved diamond/seven stars only tables so while their might be an hour wait for others I get seated immediately – very nice at places like Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants.) They have priority lines for EVERYTHING – Total Rewards Center, Cashier, entrance to the larger shows like Celine Dion which also includes priority security screening, Pools, Night clubs, and rides in addition to the things MGM offers – Buffets, Taxi and Valet. You can earn TOP TIER status in ONE DAY and get your new card and start using the benefits IMMEDIATELY – what other program in any industry does that? This is how I did it – just earn 5000 tier credits in a day and its yours – which is much less tier credits required than the usual 15,000 in a year. I get two free show tickets per month. Upon earning diamond status you are given a $100 dollar gift certificate for dining at any of their restaurants including restaurants by Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, and Guy Savoy (not Guy Fierri which you can also use the certificate for). Also upon earning diamond status you get a 3 night complimentary stay at any Caesars property. All of their shows reserve a significant number of the very best seats only for diamond / seven stars members who book through either their personal host or the “host on duty” located in the Diamond Check-in lobby.

    The slogan for the invite only tier is “The answer is ‘yes’, now what’s the question?” Enough said.

    Many additional benefits are given that have other requirements in addition to tier status and these are much more generous – for example my last stay at Caesars Vegas they removed EVERYTHING off my bill the night before checkout including $750 worth of show tickets and $500 worth of meals.

    So based on the overwhelming generosity of Total Rewards I would not expect reciprocal status – they go far above and beyond any airline or hotel program I have ever heard of. On the contrary even the invite only tier with MGM is almost worthless so a top tier status match is inconsequential for MGM to give away to Hyatt Diamond members.

    Most flyer talkers would hate Total Rewards because its literally impossible to game the system, however that airtight design allows them to be extremely generous to members with status because they actually deserve it. Status is honoured at literally dozens of locations throughout the US and Canada.

  5. Erik says

    Ben,

    I think you should note in your write-up that these 10 SPG nights will NOT count toward lifetime status

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