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.
This partnership is finally going live today, January 9, 2014, and the following Caesars properties are participating:
- 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
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.
Registration and terms & conditions
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)