Caesars Rewards Diamond Status Changes Coming In 2020
Caesars Rewards, formerly Total Rewards, has been all over the place with their popular Diamond status level over the past few years. First they installed the 25K Diamond Lounge access rule. You needed to earn 25,000 tier credits to enter lounges free or you had to pay 1,000 rewards credits, worth $10, per person. Then they took away the aspiration levels from Diamond status. There is a big gap between earning Diamond and earning 7 Stars and their used to be bonuses you could earn along the way but they removed those. It looks like Caesars Rewards Diamond status changes are coming again in 2020. But this time they are giving a little back instead of taking more away.
How To Earn Caesars Rewards Diamond Status
Before getting into the Caesars Rewards Diamond status changes for 2020 we should first discuss the different ways to earn it. There is gambling a ton of course and earning 15,000 tier credits in a year but that is boring and expensive. We like the easy route not the hard route! There are two ways to earn Diamond status that do not require you to gamble:
- Founders Card – a pay membership that comes with a lot of perks including Caesars Diamond status.
- Status matching from Wyndham Rewards – there are a lot of ways to skin this cat since Wyndham has a generous status match offer itself. You can status match top tier status, like Hilton Diamond from the Aspire card, to Wyndham Diamond. You then match Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Rewards Diamond.
What Does Caesars Rewards Diamond Get You?
So after you do all of this matching what does Caesars Rewards Diamond actually get you? Quite a bit when you visit a Caesars Rewards casino:
- $100 Diamond Celebration dinner that works at most restaurants at their properties. Here is a list of the best options in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
- 2 Free show tickets per month in Las Vegas. Here is a list of the best shows.
- A free 4 night stay at the Atlantis in Paradise Island Bahamas.
- No resort fees – which can save you close to $50 a night
- Complementary valet and self parking, which can be huge in Vegas.
- Cut the line at restaurants and the buffets.
Caesars Rewards Diamond Status Changes Happening in 2020
There are a few changes coming to Diamond status and they are actually positive. I was surprised when Caesars Rewards decided to eliminate Aspirations Level 1 & 2. It made it so there was no incentive for people to earn more than 25,000 tier credits unless you were going all the way to Seven Stars status. I found myself falling in those levels a few years in a row and pretty much gave up gambling with Caesars after the change since there wasn’t a lot of value in it for me. I am guessing others felt the same way since they are bringing them back….kind of.
This is nothing new really. It is for anyone who earns over 25,000 tier credits in a year. They gain entry in the Laurel Lounges (Diamond Lounges) for free. This is how it has been for a few years but now you will get a card denoting this fact. I am guessing this makes it easier for the staff to identify members with free access otherwise this is nothing new.
Members that reach 75,000 tier credits (essentially previous Aspirations 2 level) will get the following:
- $600 airfare credit to Las Vegas
Yup, that is it…
If I am being honest this is pretty pathetic on Caesars Rewards part. Adding a few tiers but adding almost no value…what is the point? Sure anyone who earns Seven Stars every year will appreciate picking up $600 in flights along the way but it isn’t worth actively pursuing. Once again getting to 25,000 tier credits is about the only thing worthwhile and that is only if you frequent Laurel Lounges.
I still think there is value in Caesars Diamond status and because it is so easy to earn outside of gambling it is worth it. Turning the status into a free weekend in Atlantic City doesn’t hurt either.
But for the true gamblers out there the program is nowhere near what it once was. I still think Caesars gives the best comps and rewards credits on the strip compared to play. But their properties are worn (they even recently sold one, sort of) and I look at that as a way to make up for it versus actually adding value.
Hat Tip – Play USA