Total Rewards Diamond Founderscard Review (Initial) & An Awesome Offer
A few days ago I wrote about why I finally decided to join Founderscard. (You can find the benefits and specials to join in that post.) The main reason I ultimately did was to get Caesar’s Entertainment Total Rewards Diamond status. Not only do I live in Las Vegas where I can utilize the status often, but I plan to write reviews of many of their hotels and the waived resort fee is attractive as well.
The other day I picked up my Diamond card after the match went through. I was pleasantly surprised to find that:
- I received a $100 Celebration Dinner voucher. ($100 dining credit which can be used at most restaurants.)
- I am eligible for 2 free shows per month as a Diamond member.
- I can bring myself and a guest into the Diamond Lounges at six properties in Vegas and more around the country.
My cost for two years of Founderscard membership was $590 and my thinking is that I will easily get that value back, even if I don’t get any other comps or offers. Well, I still think that, but I have already received an additional offer. When I picked up my Diamond card the other day, a total of $20 was played on machines to “season” it. I wasn’t told this was needed, but figured it couldn’t hurt and it didn’t.
An Unexpected Offer
Yesterday I was heading down to the Strip to meet some friends and just out of curiosity searched for hotel prices. I do this often out of curiosity more than a wanting to stay. Anyway, when I logged into my Total Rewards account and searched for just the one night, Caesar’s Palace came up as $0!
That is much better than the rate I get when not logged into my account!
What Did I Save?
Caesar’s Palace was among the first hotels on my list to review, so I jumped on the opportunity to get it for free last night, especially considering I was already going to be on the Strip. In fact, my wife and the kids stayed too and as you are reading this we are enjoying the pool before taking advantage of a late 2PM checkout. (Complimentary as a Diamond.)
The room I booked for $0 was the Palace Deluxe Room with 2 Queens and while I was hoping for an upgrade to something above that, it didn’t happen. Still, that room is $255 tonight so I can’t complain. Of course my savings isn’t $255 since I wouldn’t have stayed here at that rate. Even during the week when it is slow in town, the lowest I normally see Caesar’s is about $100 per night. I’ll calculate my savings at about $100 given the fact that I was going to pay to stay here and review the property.
A Quick Review of My Diamond Experience
I haven’t had a ton of time to use my Diamond card, so I don’t want to give a full review, but I am happy thus far. The Diamond Lounge at Caesar’s Palace is very nice and the service is good. Yesterday when I went to check-in, the main valet was full, but my car was put in VIP parking since I am a Diamond. Check-in was done in the separate Diamond/Seven Stars check-in area which has light refreshments and no crowds. My only disappointment was with the lack of an upgrade, but hey they gave me the room for free so I definitely am not complaining.
I am only a few days in and already I have saved about half of what I paid for my Founderscard membership. Of course this value will be different for everyone, but it is working out for me. In about a month or so I plan to write a more detailed review once I get more time to experience Total Rewards Diamond, but so far so good and I am definitely liking it much better than Mlife Platinum!