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Anyone have the Station Casino Mastercard? (FNBO)

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Interesting language in the fine print that " You must be at least 21 years old and a my|BoardingPass Program member in good standing to be eligible for the Station Casinos® my|Rewards™ Mastercard®."  Many of the casino cards are like the airline cards in that they create the entity-specific account if you don't already have one. 

 

No annual fee and no FTF fee.  If they do this card like the MLife card, then annual line increases should be automatic.  I see a 10% boost each year during the anniversary month of the MLife card.  Points post promptly on that one as well...

 

I've contemplated staying at Palms a few times, which is in the Station family, but have never actually booked there.  Admittedly, I have also not spent much time looking at the rewards structure, to include status matching from other properties.  I spun the Mlife Gold into the Total Rewards Diamond during the June WSOP travels but the allure of Mlife is quickly disappearing now that the resort fee has been hiked to $45 a night.  At least TR waives them for Diamond members, but for how long remains to be seen, particularly with the El Dorado merger being on ongoing thing...

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well the 100k points is worth about $100 (or more) but FNBO stinks.

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1 hour ago, hegemony said:

well the 100k points is worth about $100 (or more) but FNBO stinks.

I've had no issues with them...they post payments promptly and the bonus structure works for me since I was typically staying at MGM properties when traveling to Las Vegas.  Add in the fact that the starting line was reasonable and I don't have to ask for the annual increase and it does what I need a niche card to do.  I would expect the same from the card for Station...

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3 hours ago, centex said:

I've contemplated staying at Palms a few times, which is in the Station family, but have never actually booked there.  Admittedly, I have also not spent much time looking at the rewards structure, to include status matching from other properties. 

Palms just underwent a HUGE 690 million dollar renovation property wide.  Several new restaurants including a new Bobby Flay place.  Prior to that completing you didn't miss anything.  If being close to the strip is a priority then this would be fine post renovation.  If strip access is not a big deal then the two best Stations properties are Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock.  LARGE resort properties with spas that are high end but close to local dining and shopping.  Red Rock is close to some of the best hiking as well.  

 

As for the rewards structure once you have the Boarding Pass it is company wide.  Your status is valid across the board at any property.  

 

Preferred:  you are breathing, 21+ and showed ID to get a card.

Gold:  non-local who comes once a year and stays two nights.

Platinum:  non-local who comes a few times a year but not a high roller gambler.

President:  non-local who comes a few times a year and bets heavy.

Chairman:  spends more money than common sense on anything and everything.

 

There are also other benefits with outside vendors like cruise lines and such but you would need to research it as to what ones are important to you.  I don't know about resort fees but can say that NO Stations property charges for parking.  Another area MGM takes hits for charging money for now.  Other properties followed them in and when it became obvious it was negatively impacting business they backed off.  Only Caesars has not backed off charging for parking.   

 

The Stations site is here:  www.sclv.com

 

 

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3 hours ago, CreditSucksNot said:

Palms just underwent a HUGE 690 million dollar renovation property wide.  Several new restaurants including a new Bobby Flay place.  Prior to that completing you didn't miss anything.  If being close to the strip is a priority then this would be fine post renovation.

 

As for the rewards structure once you have the Boarding Pass it is company wide.  Your status is valid across the board at any property.  

 

Preferred:  you are breathing, 21+ and showed ID to get a card.

Gold:  non-local who comes once a year and stays two nights.

Platinum:  non-local who comes a few times a year but not a high roller gambler.

President:  non-local who comes a few times a year and bets heavy.

Chairman:  spends more money than common sense on anything and everything.

 

The Palms was one I had initially looked at through VRBO when I was going out for WSOP.  I don't mind the quick jog across Flamingo to get to The Rio...and the rooms, even pre-renovation, still looked better than the Gold Coast LOL.  The whining and sniveling on 2P2 about a walk of a few minutes always amazed me though...buncha outtashape wheezebags if you ask me. 

 

On this offer, it looks like the 100K points gets President status.  At least this would seem to be the case if points is the same as credits...the website shows President as 100K credits.  And if that was the case, then the card becomes more interesting for those who frequent the properties...especially since the President allows for the status match to Diamond at Caesars (which for the time being, results in resort fees being waived).  The MLife card came with Pearl, which at least got free parking and with a little effort, spun up to Gold, which could then be status-matched with Caesars to Diamond.  Which brings me back to my original comment earlier in the thread about this being a niche card that can serve a purpose, but if one does not frequent the properties, it would make this a nothing-burger.

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29 minutes ago, centex said:

The Palms was one I had initially looked at through VRBO when I was going out for WSOP.  I don't mind the quick jog across Flamingo to get to The Rio...and the rooms, even pre-renovation, still looked better than the Gold Coast LOL.  The whining and sniveling on 2P2 about a walk of a few minutes always amazed me though...buncha outtashape wheezebags if you ask me. 

 

On this offer, it looks like the 100K points gets President status.  At least this would seem to be the case if points is the same as credits...the website shows President as 100K credits.  And if that was the case, then the card becomes more interesting for those who frequent the properties...especially since the President allows for the status match to Diamond at Caesars (which for the time being, results in resort fees being waived).  The MLife card came with Pearl, which at least got free parking and with a little effort, spun up to Gold, which could then be status-matched with Caesars to Diamond.  Which brings me back to my original comment earlier in the thread about this being a niche card that can serve a purpose, but if one does not frequent the properties, it would make this a nothing-burger.

the points toward status for the SUB are only 10k. I believe the 100k are redeemable points. if otherwise, I'd probably apply.

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3 hours ago, CreditSucksNot said:

Preferred:  you are breathing, 21+ and showed ID to get a card.

Gold:  non-local who comes once a year and stays two nights.

Platinum:  non-local who comes a few times a year but not a high roller gambler.

President:  non-local who comes a few times a year and bets heavy.

Chairman:  spends more money than common sense on anything and everything.

 

 

 

 

you left out locals that don;t want to get hosed by strip properties or deal with strip traffic.

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42 minutes ago, centex said:

The Palms was one I had initially looked at through VRBO when I was going out for WSOP.  I don't mind the quick jog across Flamingo to get to The Rio...and the rooms, even pre-renovation, still looked better than the Gold Coast LOL.  The whining and sniveling on 2P2 about a walk of a few minutes always amazed me though...buncha outtashape wheezebags if you ask me. 

 

On this offer, it looks like the 100K points gets President status.  At least this would seem to be the case if points is the same as credits...the website shows President as 100K credits.  And if that was the case, then the card becomes more interesting for those who frequent the properties...especially since the President allows for the status match to Diamond at Caesars (which for the time being, results in resort fees being waived).  The MLife card came with Pearl, which at least got free parking and with a little effort, spun up to Gold, which could then be status-matched with Caesars to Diamond Which brings me back to my original comment earlier in the thread about this being a niche card that can serve a purpose, but if one does not frequent the properties, it would make this a nothing-burger.

Is there any trick to this, or just call and ask for it?  I am Mlife gold but have been disillusioned with their properties as of late.

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1 hour ago, hegemony said:

you left out locals that don;t want to get hosed by strip properties or deal with strip traffic.

That is a whole different demographic.  The status levels on the Boarding Pass are the same whether you are local or not.  What added rewards you get like pull tabs on weekends or special slot tournaments are based on your residential address.  Just not your status level perks.  We visit a few times per year but have friends that live there.  The majority of locals refuse to go to the strip when parking fees were re-instated.  For a brief time locals parked free but that quietly went away.  

1 hour ago, centex said:

On this offer, it looks like the 100K points gets President status.  At least this would seem to be the case if points is the same as credits...the website shows President as 100K credits. 

This is correct.  Regardless of how one gets 100,000 points on the Boarding Pass you are President level at that point.  Almost everything on property earns status credits if you show the pass first.  All except food court purchases and some restaurants but not all.  Even some of those are eligible you simply scan the bar code on your receipt at a pass kiosk and it credits you for eating on property.  Hotel stays, slot play, spa, bowling, buffet, table games, sports book, all of it earns you points towards status level.  Time it right and you can max it out quick.  Best example our last trip was during the Triple Crown races.  Bet horse racing on any of the big 3 races and the points bonus is big even if your bet is small.  I think the wife's $25 in bets netted almost $1200 in parimutuel points on her pass towards "status credits."  She redeems hers for free slot play.

 

So you can get the card and earn points spending to get to President status quick or simply get a free Boarding Pass and sit and play slots until your butt goes numb and do the same thing.  Either way at 100,000 credits you are President status.

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1 hour ago, centex said:

I don't mind the quick jog across Flamingo to get to The Rio...and the rooms, even pre-renovation, still looked better than the Gold Coast LOL.

The Gold Coast is a flea bag.  So is Circus Circus and Excalibur.  They advertise $39 room rate but then tack on $39 per day resort fees and $30 per day parking and that is no bargain.  Not to mention the cost of treating for bed bugs when you get home.

 

From what I can tell everyone is waiting to see the outcome of the lawsuit against Marriott for tacking on resort fees.  If Marriott loses it will greatly impact the MGM properties in Vegas and every other cheesy hotel tacking them on as a free money grab.

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6 hours ago, CreditSucksNot said:

The Gold Coast is a flea bag.  So is Circus Circus and Excalibur.  They advertise $39 room rate but then tack on $39 per day resort fees and $30 per day parking and that is no bargain.  Not to mention the cost of treating for bed bugs when you get home.

 

From what I can tell everyone is waiting to see the outcome of the lawsuit against Marriott for tacking on resort fees.  If Marriott loses it will greatly impact the MGM properties in Vegas and every other cheesy hotel tacking them on as a free money grab.

the Rio is a flea bag too.

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19 hours ago, CTSoxFan said:

Is there any trick to this, or just call and ask for it?  I am Mlife gold but have been disillusioned with their properties as of late.

No trick...just go to the TR counter/desk at any Caesars property with your MLife Gold in hand.  They will ask if you have status matched in the past.  If not, they tappity-tap-tap and print out the Diamond card.  You get the in-house benefits of Diamond right away but it takes a few weeks to filter into the part of the system that handles booking.  In my case, I was logging in daily to check and finally had to call...seems it got hung up somewhere but they saw the notes from when I went to the desk at PHo.  It was visible online the next day...

 

No exceptional offers since the room offers are still conditioned upon spend and the theoreticals, but the resort fees are waived, which means a good $50 per night off when taxes are factored in to the stupid resort fee.  Not sure what it does with respect to parking, but since I rarely have a car when I am in Las Vegas, that is a moot point...and I could always part at an MGM property since the Pearl and above have no parking fees charged....

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18 hours ago, CreditSucksNot said:

The Gold Coast is a flea bag.  So is Circus Circus and Excalibur.  They advertise $39 room rate but then tack on $39 per day resort fees and $30 per day parking and that is no bargain.  Not to mention the cost of treating for bed bugs when you get home.

 

From what I can tell everyone is waiting to see the outcome of the lawsuit against Marriott for tacking on resort fees.  If Marriott loses it will greatly impact the MGM properties in Vegas and every other cheesy hotel tacking them on as a free money grab.

The only reason I would typically have contemplated Gold Coast is for a bed within walking distance of WSOP events...Circus Circus and Excalibur would never even be a blip on my radar and I always tell people in the office to avoid them for multiple reasons (being a sheethole in addition to rug-rat infested chief among them).  But after the WSOP embraced the big blind ante, I elected to play more of the non no-limit events elsewhere, so the Gold Coast ceases to be of a benefit since proximity to The Rio no longer matters... 

 

I wouldn't have an issue with 'resort fees' if you actually got something of value.  But wi-fi and local calls are NOT a benefit in this day and age where everyone already has that through a smart phone.  And charging for two bottles of water should be criminal...I've been able to get the Aria to waive them a couple of times, but that is the exception rather than the rule.  I know they are also waived if you are at some places like Vdara for 30 days or more (again, something that makes sense when I am out there for the Series since I like having my own kitchen and washer/dryer in the room). 

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19 hours ago, hegemony said:

the points toward status for the SUB are only 10k. I believe the 100k are redeemable points. if otherwise, I'd probably apply.

I saw the 10K for approval and then 100K for the $1K spend...meeting the $1K is quick and easy, especially since my auto policies are due to renew in the next few months.  I may pull the trigger, but I have some other stuff on the platter right now and it wouldn't arrive before my trip back out there in the next week and a half...

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FWIW, there's confusion between Board Pass "bonus credits" and "status credits" ... two very different things:

 

Bonus credits can be redeemed for slot play/cashback or dining.  100,000 points has a nominal value of $100. 

 

Status credits have no financial value; they are what earn you tier status.  So you get 10,000 status credits upon approval, earning gold tier and providing a jump start toward the Platinum requirement of 40,000 status credits.  (Tier status is re-evaluated every 6 mo.)

 

Even if I found myself desperately in need of toilet paper, I don't think I'd reach for this card were it handed to me on a silver platter ...

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