Okay, you know that going to Las Vegas is going to cost you money. And you probably know too, that once you are there, you have the option of signing up for a free comp card that will tally your play and offer you rewards as you go, or at the end of you stay, if you qualify. Are these complimentary kickbacks worth signing up for? In a nutshell, yes, they are.
Comp points are rather easy to obtain and they add up quickly. So how do you begin? The following information will help you to get the most out of your gambling.
Step One: When you enter a casino, find the service desk that issues comp, or player cards. Sometimes you have to wait in line, many times you do not. The process, however, is fairly simple, so even if there is a bit of a line, it is worth the wait. Do not begin your gambling or slot machine play until you have obtained a comp card.
Step Two: Once you reach the desk, and ask to sign up for a comp card, you will be asked to fill out an application to receive it. The paper asks for basic information, such as name, mailing address, and telephone number, and sometimes your social security number. These applications are also good in that they get you on a mailing list for future discounts and freebies from the casino you are in. The mail generated from these applications is minimal, and can save you a bundle in the future.
Step Three: If the desk did not give you a bungee cord, or other type of holder for your comp card, ask for one. They are complimentary and will help you keep track of your card. It is way too easy to slip your card in a machine and walk off and forget it is in there once you have decided to move on. The bungee cord keeps the card attached to you or something of yours, while you play, so it makes remembering to take it out effortless.
Step Four: Use your players card every time you place a bet, whether it is at a table, a penny slot, or a big bill slot. Every transaction you place adds up the comps for you.
Step Five: Know which casinos are covered on your players/comp card. Many times the cards are good for use in more than one casino, and that will help you accumulate points even faster.
Step Six: If you go into a casino that is not a part of the comp or players card you have already been issued, sign up for the one you are in. Yes, you may end up with multiple cards at the end of your visit, in fact, you likely will, but that is okay. They all add up for what could be great comps at the end of your visit.
Step Seven: When you wish to cash in your comps, approach the host of the casino for the card you are inquiring about. They will direct you to the proper procedure and give you the options available for the amount of comps you have. Sometimes, if you are lucky, they may even offer you an additional comp for the sake of earning your play in the future.
Step Eight: Enjoy your comps. You can get anything from free meals, to free merchandise, to free shows, to free rooms, and everything in between. It all depends on the amount of comp points you have earned, and the offers that are available at the time.
Step Nine: When it is time to go home, keep your comp cards, even if you will not be returning to Las Vegas for quite some time. Upon your return, simply check in at the customer service desk in the casino to ensure your card is still valid (many times it will be) and go about your playing once you have. Know though, that comp points do expire, so unless you are going to be back in a relatively short time frame, you want to cash in your points at the end of each visit…or along the way, if you are comping free meals. Also remember to update your information each time you return to a casino and use a comp or players card, if any of your contact information has changed.
Comping can be a great way to get the most out of your gambling adventures in Las Vegas. They are also a great way to come home with something tangible, if you have not been so lucky with your bets. Happy vacationing…and go get those comps!