Earning top Las Vegas casino status match WITHOUT gambling (Part Two)

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June 2, 2024 Update

Welcome to Part Two of my Las Vegas write up. If you are just now catching up, I wrote a two-part series about our recent Las Vegas trip (May 2024)

  • Part One:
    • Earn Hyatt qualifying nights that will count towards extending our Hyatt Globalist status
    • The connection with staying at Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Click here for the entry

All About Las Vegas: Hyatt mattress run towards Globalist status at Rio Hotel & Casino (Part One)

 

Welcome to Part Two

It took us a little while to head to Vegas. We had an opportunity to take care of doing casino status match last October 2023, but our Vegas trip did not allow for us to do any of the status matching activity. We just didn’t have time during our last visit. We had to wait until 2024 to plan a return trip to Vegas. We have just been so busy back home.

Earning top Las Vegas casino status match WITHOUT gambling

Yes, isn’t that ironic. Why go to Vegas if we don’t gamble? Well, in case you haven’t been to Vegas, it’s not really just a gambler’s paradise. Sin City caters to the whole family. The humongous hotels were built to compete for your business in staying at their resorts. These resorts have pools, spas, theatres, restaurants, malls – just about anything to keep you entertained. As you might imagine, visiting Las Vegas could lead to more expenses, not only for your accommodations, but for your dining and entertainment as well.

My Vegas resource guides

I have a group of friends who recently earned different casino status, and they’ve been my source. Thanks to my buddies -Michael Z, Michael S., Elery T., Joel B., Phi, and Jeff H – for keeping me focused in learning about these status matches. I also wanted to give props to Frequent Miler and MilesTalk for sharing their experience when they shared how to earn casino status. Okay, let’s get to it.

Step One: Get the Barclays Wyndham Rewards Earner® Business Card

Back in August 2024, I applied for the Wyndham Rewards Earner® Business Card to begin my quest for Casino Status Match. Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote in 2024:

By getting the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card, having this card gives me automatic Wyndham Diamond status. By having that status, it opens up a lot of opportunities in getting status matches in Las Vegas. By having Wyndham Diamond status, you could match to Caesars Diamond.  Once you become Caesars Diamond, these are the benefits you get. According to Caesars website.
  • $100 Celebration Dinner to enjoy at one of our many acclaimed restaurants
  • Priority lines at hotel check-in, restaurants, casino cashiers, and Caesars Rewards Centers
  • No resort fees
  • Paid access to the Laurel Lounge (where available)
  • 20% discount at casino gift shops
  • Complimentary Stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas
  • Up to 20% off Norwegian Cruise Line vacations

The joys and pain with getting the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card

This entry below will show you how easy and/or difficult it was for me and Nancy to get this card. I had a nightmare during the application review process, meanwhile, Nancy’s application process was a breeze. If you do not have this card, read through this entry so you know what to expect. Because trust me, without this card, the rest of my entry would not have been possible. This card was our gateway to all the casino status match successes. Click here here for the entry.

How we got approved the Barclays Wyndham Rewards Earner® Business Card for Casino Status Match | Daddy Travels Miles & Points (daddytravelsnow.com)

Step Two: Match Wyndham Diamond Status to get Caesars Diamond Status

After finally getting the Wyndham card, both of us automatically received Wyndham Diamond status. That’s the status that we needed to open up the doors for all other casino status matching opportunities. We simply went to the Caesars Rewards Status Match | Wyndham Rewards (wyndhamhotels.com)
I started the match around Feb 2, and I hounded our Caesar’s account everyday to check if were matched to Caesars Diamond. Well the match didn’t happen overnight. It took 16 days when our two Caesars accounts were matched to Caesars Diamond. This Caesars Diamond status is good through Jan 31, 2025.
NOTE: Matching from Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Diamond was done all online. There was no need for me to do this match in person at a Caesars property.
Caesars Diamond

Pick up a Caesars Diamond card in person

During our May 2024 trip to Vegas, although we were already given Caesars Diamond when we took care of applying for the match online, we still went to Caesars Palace anyway, and we talked to the crew at the Caesars Rewards Desk. We were given our actual Caesars Diamond card issued to us, and we were also given a list of restaurants where we could use the $100 Celebration Dinner (good through 1/31/25). Remember, Nancy and I each had our own Diamond Status with Caesars, therefore, that’s a total of $200 Celebration Dinner credit. Here’s link for more info about the Celebration Dinner in 2024.
DIAMOND CELEBRATION DINNER LAS VEGAS PARTICIPATING OUTLETS (Subject to change without notice)
The below is meant as a quick-reference guide only:

HORSESHOE
Flavortown
Jack Binion’s Steakhouse
LavAzza
Nosh

CAESARS PALACE
Amalfi by Bobby Flay
Bacchanal Buffet
Beijing Noodle No. 9
Brasserie B
Brioche By Guy Savoy
Forum Food Hall
Bobby’s Burgers
DiFara Pizza
The Halal Guys
Starbucks®
Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
Guy Fieri’s Chicken Guy
Mr. Chow
Montecristo Cigar Bar (Not valid for retail purchases)
Nobu Restaurant and Lounge
Peter Luger Steakhouse
Pronto by Giada
Restaurant Guy Savoy
Stanton Social Prime
Vanderpump Cocktail Garden
THE CROMWELL
Giada
FLAMINGO
Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse
Gordon Ramsay’s Fish and Chips
Nook Express
THE LINQ
Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips
HARRAH’S
Fulton Street Food Hall
Ramsay’s Kitchen
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
PARIS
Gordon Ramsay Steak
JJ’s Boulangerie
La Crêperie
The Bedford by Martha Stewart
Nobu Paris
Vanderpump Paris
PLANET HOLLYWOOD
Gordon Ramsay Burger
Pin-up Pizza
Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders Sports Book
Starbucks®

Step Three: Match Caeasars Diamond to get Wynn Platinum

NOTE: Please skip this step is there is NO current Tier Match offer with Wynn

Honestly – this step was the catalyst that pushed us to go to Vegas before the end of May 2024. Here’s why.

There was a temporary status match offer where you could match your Caesars Diamond status and earn Wynn Rewards Early Tier Upgrade Promotion | Wynn Las Vegas Casino. This temporary match was scheduled from April 1, 2024 to May 31, 2024. As far as I know, May 31 was the end date for you to try and match. And when you earn Wynn Platinum, you get these perks at Wynn:
  • Complimentary $100 spa credit
  • Complimentary $150 birthday dinner credit (can be used any date in the month of your birth)
    • Good news: I can use mine in November 2024
    • Not so good news: Nancy’s birth month is April, and she will no longer be able to use this in 2024.
  • 2 complimentary Wynn Master Classes for two guests – high end classes taken at Wynn Las Vegas
  • Complimentary Holland America Line cruise for two guests in an ocean view cabin

NOTE: You have to go to Vegas in person to do the status match. This cannot be done online.

About the Holland American cruise booking, FrequentMiler mentioned:

The cruise benefit has an additional requirement: to get it, you must have made two non-consecutive stays at Wynn last year or you must make two non-consecutive stays at Wynn this year. In other words, if you haven’t stayed at Wynn twice last year or twice this year (note: once last year and once this year does not count), then you’re going to at least make two one-night bookings that aren’t on consecutive nights.

I’m not exactly sure if we will stay at the Wynn on two non-consecutive nights, so this might not be viable for us. But I could definitely see us using the following:

  • Spa credit -$100 each or $200 total
  • Birthday dinner credit -$150 in November for my birthday

Matching to Wynn Platinum was easy. Since we had our newly issued Caesars Diamond cards, we headed straight  from Caesars Palace to Wynn Hotel’s rewards desk, and requested to match to Wynn Platinum. A new Wynn Platinum card was given to us on the spot.

Step Four: Match Wynn Platinum to Fontainebleau Gold

After leaving Wynn where we left as newly minted Wynn Platinum, we drove down Las Vegas Boulevard to the brand-new property in Vegas – Fontainebleau. We headed straight to the Fontainebleau Rewards Desk. I showed them my Caesars Diamond Card and my Wynn Platinum card, and the gentleman advised me that it was the Wynn Platinum that will match me to a better status with Fontainebleau Reward. I will be matched to Fontainebleau Gold Status. The Caesars Diamond will match me to Silver (one notch lower).

If you do NOT have Wynn Platinum status, but have Caesars Diamond status

You can still match to Fontainebleau status. Matching to Fontainebleau has been extended. If your journey looks like this – Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Diamond, you could then match your Caesars Diamond to Fontainebleau and be awarded Fontainebleau Silver Status. You can match until Sept 2, 2024. Here’s a complete update of their tier status match offer which lists the different programs that will match to Fontainebleau.

Benefits of Fontainebleau status:

Here’s a quick recap of the tier benefits or gifts that I know we could easily use.

  • Gold – $150 dining credit, and $150 spa credit (for me and Nancy, that’s a total of $300 for dining, $300 for spa).
  • Silver – $100 dining credit and no spa credit

How long did it take to do all of these status matching in person (in Vegas)

We started close to 3pm when we arrived at Caesars Palace, and we were completely done by 5pm. We knew we had to go to directly to the Rewards Desks, and on average, I’d say it took us 20-30 minutes per casino visit between Caesars to Wynn to Fontainebleau.

Which credits have we used so far?

$150 Dining Credit

Hunger kicked in around 6pm while we were still at Fontainebleau. Instead of leaving the property, we chose to use one of the $150 dining credits at Komodo, a trendy Japanese restaurant inside Fontainebleau. We spent a little over $150 for our food, and the rest was gratuity which we simply paid out of pocket.

NOTE: If you have a $150 dining credit, you have to use all of the $150 value at one time. We couldn’t simply use $100 one day, and save the remaining $50 for another day.

Komodo at Fontainebleau
Komodo at Fontainebleau
Komodo at Fontainebleau
Komodo at Fontainebleau

$300 spa credit (2 x $150 spa credit) at Lapis Spa & Wellness

Shortly after we had our dinner at Komodo, we passed by Lapis Spa & Wellness, an onsite spa at Fontainebleau. There was no better time to use the spa credit than using the credits during our trip to Vegas. Nancy looked at the different options to choose from and decided on a facial. She booked a facial treatment for the following day. I had to work all morning and decided that it would be a good time for her to treat herself while I was working. Everything was arranged at Lapis. They took our Fontainebleau Gold Rewards Cards and confirmed that we each had a $150 spa credit ($300 total) – enough to cover the costs of her facial treatment, and use of the spa.

We were able to combine our two $150 credits = $300 to pay for her facial treatment. The spa will also add another 20% mandatory service charge and the spa credit could not be applied towards the service charge.

Lapis Spa & Wellness at Fontainebleau
Lapis Spa & Wellness at Fontainebleau

Step Five: OPTIONAL status matches

For us, we ended our quest for casino status match once we got matched to Fontainebleau Gold. These were the other optional matches as shared by Milestalk. There’s a match from having Wynn Platinum that could get me MGM Gold status. We were in no rush in doing so. We’re not really gamblers or have any immediate plans to stay at MGM properties. We might entertain and look in to this further for our next visit.

Mission accomplished

Not bad for two hours of work in Las Vegas. Yes, for two hours we were able to get top level casino status in Sin City. As a recap, here’s what we accomplished after applying for two separate Wyndham credit cards with an annual fee of $99 each x 2 = $188.

  • Dining credits = a total of $600 dining credits. *The other $100 Wynn dining credit under Nancy’s name wouldn’t work in 2024 anymore since that credit is only usable on her birth month of April. This match took place in May and is good through Dec 2025. But that’s okay, we still had the following credits with Caesars ($200 total) + Wynn ($100 for me) + Fontainebleau ($300 total).
  • Spa credits = a total of $600 spa credits over at Wynn and Fontainebleau.

Having two Wyndham Business cards where we paid $198 total in fees, we got ourselves loaded with nearly $1200 in spa and dining credits, plus all the other perks that come with that status from Caesars, Wynn, and Fontainebleau. Please note that the snapshot above does not even include all the other perks such as free parking (valet or self parking, no resort fees when you book at their properties, cruise line offers, master class offers, and so much more).

This is all for now, and I hope to update this in the future. If you have any luck in getting other status matching opportunities, do share.

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