When I wrote about the new Starwood-Caesars relationship earlier this morning few details were available yet.
The award price — how many points it will take to redeem for which properties — isn’t yet available.
Here are the key elements of the partnership:
- Earning and redemption begins January 9.
- Members earn 2 Starpoints per dollar in addition to Caesars Total Rewards credit. Points-earning at Caesars is capped at 100,000 per year.
- Earning elite status with Starwood through Caesars stays: You earn nights only, not stay credit. You are capped at 10 nights per year. These nights will only count up to earning Platinum status at 50 nights — they will not help you get Starwood’s 75 or 100 night levels. And they do not count towards lifetime elite status.
- Caesars Total Rewards Seven Stars members receive Starwood Gold status. There is no elite status benefit at Caesars for Starwood members.
Overall the lack of elite recognition at Caesars for Starwood Platinum members is disappointing, as is the inability to count Caesars stays as ‘true’ elite qualifying.
Here are the participating Caesars properties:
Bally’s Atlantic City, NJ
Bally’s Las Vegas, NV
Caesars Atlantic City, NJ
Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV
Flamingo Las Vegas, NV
Harrah’s Atlantic City, NJ
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, NV
Harrah’s Las Vegas, NV
Harrah’s New Orleans, LA
Harrah’s Reno, NV
Harvey’s Lake Tahoe, NV
Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, NV
Paris Las Vegas, NV
Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, NV
The Quad Las Vegas, NV
Rio Las Vegas, NV
Showboat Atlantic City, NJ
Bottom-line: As a Starwood member I wouldn’t choose a paid stay at a Caesars property on the basis of this partnership unless I needed elite nights towards becoming a 50 night Platinum. Someone not going for Platinum, or who reaches 50 nights without the stays, will see few incremental benefits as Starwood earning for in-hotel spend is relatively weak.
It will be nice to have the option to spend Starwood points at Caesars properties, but room rates at Las Vegas hotels bounce around a lot and points requirements will either assume average rates or be tied in some way to those peaks. It will take higher than average room rates to warrant points redemptions.
Overall the deal isn’t as extensive or beneficial as the one between Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM M Life, which offers reciprocal elite status matching.