[Benefit update : Benefit extended for 2017, expires 31 January 2018 unless renewed]
Having a FoundersCard membership opens up a lot of doors. Not only does FoundersCard offer discounts on various airlines, but you also receive exclusive discounts on hotels, events and numerous lifestyle benefits. This part of our FoundersCard series is about the benefits you’ll receive from Caesars (Total Rewards) Diamond Status.
FC Benefits: Complimentary Caesars Diamond Membership Status
Last year I signed up for the FoundersCard, and then promptly enrolled in the complimentary Caesars Diamond membership status, which is valid at all Caesars Total Rewards properties. I used the benefits in Las Vegas, and as a Caesars Diamond member my Vegas experience was just a little more pleasant.
The benefits that stand out to me most and provide instant value are:
- $100 celebration dinner (value: $100)
The $100 celebration is an open voucher to any of the Caesars properties restaurants and buffets. My voucher wasn’t loaded into my account when I just received my Caesars Total Rewards Diamond status. I was unable to use it on my trip to Vegas, but I’m convinced that $100 for a dinner for two for a couple in Las Vegas is quite reasonable, especially at the top restaurants, such as the Bacchanal Buffet, Nosh, Serendipity 3, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen.
- No Resort fees at Caesars properties and complimentary Internet (value: $25 per night)
These days, most properties on the Strip charge a resort fee in addition to the room rate and other taxes on your bill. The resort fees can be from $10-30 a night. The resort fees for staying at Bally’s was $25 per night. I stayed for 3 nights, and therefore saved $75 total, for a prime location Strip hotel. Now, I’ve stayed off Strip to save money, and then had to either Uber/Taxi/shuttle or walk to and from the Strip, instead of just being on the Strip. Also, complimentary Internet at least doesn’t have you tethering through your phone. This benefit can easily save you the cost of a FoundersCard membership on a week-long visit.
- Caesars Diamond VIP Lounges ($8 per drink)
The Diamond VIP lounges throughout the Caesars properties are a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of the casino floor and the Strip. It’s a nice place to relax, sip on a cocktail, grab a snack or get some work done. Each lounge has a slightly different food spread. The food is nothing to write home about, it’s essentially a salad and desert buffet, but on certain occasions there is a carving station. If you really want to do Vegas on the cheap, you can stop into these lounges and take a drink to go in a plastic cup! The savings can be $8-10 a drink and you don’t have to gamble to get it!
- Two Free Show Tickets: ($10-50 per ticket)
The two free show tickets can be picked up at the member services desk. Tickets are available to the popular shows that are in town, though certain shows may be sold out, or be on hiatus. The value of the tickets are shown as retail price, and any Vegas-goer knows you can get tickets at 50% off, but free tickets are better than paid tickets!
Here are a couple more notable benefits of Caesars Diamond status that I like:
- Private VIP check-in (before 7pm)
- VIP lines for member services, buffet, taxis, etc.
Lastly, one nice surprise that will keep you coming back are the promotions and invitations for complimentary hotel rooms on your next stay.