Please Don’t Redeem Starpoints At Caesars, Even For 40% Off

Since early 2014, Starwood and Caesars Entertainment have had a partnership. This followed the partnership between Hyatt and MGM, which was the first of its kind in Las Vegas.

The concept of linking Las Vegas entertainment groups with global hotel loyalty programs seems brilliant, since Las Vegas is a city which traditionally doesn’t have a great presence from Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott, Starwood, etc.

Unfortunately the partnership between Starwood and Caesars is pretty restrictive. While you can earn elite qualifying nights for stays at Caesars properties, you’re capped at 10 elite qualifying nights per year. Furthermore, you don’t earn any elite qualifying stays for Caesars stays. There are a bunch of other restrictions, to the point that I don’t consider this partnership when planning my stays in Las Vegas.

You can redeem Starpoints at Caesars properties, though those stays don’t follow Starwood’s traditional award chart. Instead those redemptions are revenue based, meaning the number of points required for a free night varies based on how much a stay would cost.

Starwood just sent out an email about the SPG & Caesars partnership, in which they offer 40% off redemptions at Caesars properties booked between March 15 and April 21, 2016, for stays through December 29, 2016.

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To redeem Starpoints at a Caesars property you need to have a Caesars Total Rewards account, and need to link that to your SPG account.

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So, what are the redemption rates like, once you factor in the 40% discount?

I picked a random weekend in April, and the rate at Harrah’s was 12,500 Starpoints per night.

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Meanwhile the paid rate would have been $103, meaning you’d be getting a value of ~0.8 cents per Starpoint. Even off the non-sale rate of $137, you’d still only be getting ~1.1 cents per Starpoint.

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And those rates are with the 40% discount.

I value Starpoints at ~2.2 cents each, so I can’t imagine any circumstance under which it makes sense to redeem Starpoints at Caesars properties. While the values vary slightly, I’ve never seen a redemption value of over 1.2 cents per Starpoint through Caesars.

Bottom line

Starwood Preferred Guest is one of my favorite hotel loyalty programs, and I commend them for having so many ways you can efficiently redeem their points. Unfortunately redemptions at Caesars properties aren’t among them. The value one can get out of these redemptions is especially bad, and frankly I find it a bit disappointing that Starwood even emails members to advertise this, given what a bad value it represents.

I’d much rather redeem Starpoints for free night redemptions, Nights & Flights, airline mileage transfers, or SPG Moments.

Has anyone ever redeemed Starpoints at Caesars properties?

Comments

  1. I wish I had Lucky’s starpoint balance so I could bid on the Hangover Suite moments package!!

  2. @ stvr — You have to pay them either way, and they’re not included under either rate quote above.

  3. 0.8 cents per Starpoint is certainly a horrible rate, but I’m not seeing a lot of good redemptions at low and mid-range Starwood properties either. For example, Le Meridien Paris for 12k Starpoints while the prepaid rate has been between 135 and 150 euro. Aloft London Excel for 10k Starpoints though the prepaid rate was about 70 pounds. I searched several European cities and could not find anything for 12k or fewer Starpoints that would be worth using points for.

  4. Not to mention $103 is a high rate for that room. It is no better than a Holiday Inn. In fact it used to be a Holiday Inn. I would only stay there if I couldn’t get a better casino comp and it doesn’t take much casino play to get comps at Caesars properties.

  5. Caesars properties are absolute dumps. And their gaming is awful too. I stay as far away from any Caesars property when I go to Vegas.

  6. If your room at Caesars is comped can you still get it to count toward status for Starwood.

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