I’m just back from a family trip to Las Vegas. I have some thoughts about taking kids to Vegas, but will save them for another day. We are fortunate to have a ready-made babysitter when we visit Sin City, so Deal Dad and I enjoyed 24 hours without the kids.
Today I want to share something I’ve never considered before this trip: double dipping Chase and American Express Hotel benefits.
My Real Life Example
Deal Dad asked me to go all-out for our rare reprieve. He also asked me not to utilize casino hosting as he didn’t want us beholden to a certain number of gambling hours. With the deal I found it was easy to oblige.
For our dates the Aria quoted a strip-view corner room rate of $238 including taxes and resort fee. The rate included early check-in, late check-out, an amenity (we received candy), and $160 in food and beverage credits. I was happy with that deal, but realized after booking that I could double dip it with another one.
The Double Dip
American Express offers came to the rescue with a $60 off $300 purchase at MGM Resorts. To utilize the deal, I just gave my American Express card at check-in. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me earlier: utilize the booking engine of one program and pay with the other.
The only “problem” we had was trying to get our bill to $300 since we had such a high F&B credit. We ended up enjoying dinner and drinks, a midnight snack, brunch, and pool drinks the next afternoon. Even with our full F&B enjoyment, I still “needed” to hit up the gift shop before leaving to get over $300.
The total bill came to $314 after we purchased souvenirs. I then promptly received an email from American Express letting me know we qualified for the $60 credit. We also receive 2,416 Hyatt points and one stay credit, although for me this holds limited value.
The bottom line: a night at Aria with $234 in room credit came to a net total of $254.
With those kind of rates who needs the casino?
Another way to utilize benefits in Las Vegas: use the Founder’s Card to jump to Caesar’s Diamond status. With Caesar’s Diamond we received a $100 dining credit and two show tickets. I definitely recommend Divas if you are wondering where to use your show benefit.
Have you double dipped benefits from two credit cards on the same stay? Share your stories in the comments.
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