As someone who visits Las Vegas at least twice a year, I hate paying resort fees. There have been some instances where the resort fees are more than the base room rate. One way to get resort fees waived at Cesar Total Rewards Properties is to have Diamond status with them. Here’s how to status match to Total Rewards Diamond status.
Caesars Total Rewards Diamond Status Benefits
A few Diamond status perks that stand out to me:
Gift up to 5,000 Reward Credits to a friend (limit of two transfers per year)
15% Advertised room rate
2 Complimentary show tickets every month at Total Rewards properties
No resort fees
Guaranteed Room with 72 hours notice in Atlantic City and Las Vegas
Access to Diamond Lounges
Priority lines at hotel check-in, restaurants, casino cages and the Total Rewards Center
Complimentary stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas
See more benefits here: caesars.com/total-rewards/benefits-overview
How to Match to Total Rewards Diamond Status
Step 1: Request a status match for Wyndham Rewards Diamond Status
The fastest way to earn status is through select credit cards, as opposed to staying 50+ nights at the hotel group. Most of the hotel credit cards that give you automatic status have an annual fee, but they also offer a free anniversary night each year.
If you use the free anniversary night wisely, you can get more value than the annual fee.
Paying = $100 annual fee
Getting = “free night” you can use at hotels ranging from $50 to $200.
There are a few credit cards that give you automatic status that will match to Wyndham Rewards Diamond status, but my preference is IHG because it also matches to higher tiers at other programs like Best Western. We’ll use IHG in our example.
IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card
See the other options that match over to Diamond by clicking on “other hotel loyalty programs.”
The IHG Rewards Club Premier credit card gives you automatic Platinum Elite status. You can request a status match to the Wyndham hotel group to get Diamond status (at Wyndham).
Register for a Wyndham Rewards account.
You’ll need to show proof that you have status at the competing hotel
Fill out a status match form here: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham-rewards/status-match
Initially, I sent screenshots of my accounts for the status match, and after one week, I had to follow up. It was only after I sent pictures of my hotel membership cards did they approve the Diamond status in less than 24 hours.
Other cards with automatic status that match to Wyndham Diamond status:
The Platinum Card® from American Express = Hilton Gold
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card = Hilton Gold
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire = Hilton Diamond
The Platinum Card® from American Express = Marriott Gold
SPG Luxury = Marriott Gold
Chase Ritz-Carlton = Marriott Gold
Once you complete the status match, the Wyndham status lasts for 90 days. The plan is to request a status match to Total Rewards right away.
The Platinum Card® from American Express
Hilton Honors American Express Ascend Card
Step 2: Request a status match to Total Rewards
Create a Total Rewards account
Request a status match to Total Rewards Diamond status by linking your Wyndham account here: https://www.caesars.com/total-rewards/tr-partners/wyndham_resorts
Timing is key since once you match over to Total Rewards, you’ll have status until the next January 31.
Example Match dates:
Dec 15, 2018 => Total Rewards ends Jan 31, 2019 (1.5 months)
Jan 15, 2019 => Total Rewards ends Jan 31, 2019 (0.5 months)
Feb 15, 2019 => Total Rewards ends Jan 31, 2020 (11.5 months)
If you want Total Rewards status for 2019 to 2020...
“Status A” match to Wyndham on Dec 15, 2018
You keep Wyndham status until March 15, 2019
Wyndham match to Total Rewards on Feb 1, 2019
You keep Total Rewards status until Jan 31, 2020
It’s unclear if you can double dip status matches. For example, if you request a status match before Jan 31, and then another one afterward. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve been able to do this.
Step 3: Visit a Caesars Property
Important: To ACTIVATE the benefits and offers for Diamond status, you must present your drivers license or government issued ID at any Caesars property. Offers may take 2-4 weeks to appear in your account after activation.
Summary of Credit Cards for Status Match and Resort Fees
Show Tickets Example
Diamond members receive two complimentary show tickets each month. Below is the show schedule for Feb 2019.
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