Caesars Rewards Laurel Lounge Access Rules for 2020
Caesars Rewards announced changes (hello devaluation) to their Diamond and Seven Stars status a few years ago. And the lounges are currently closed because of the pandemic but they are offering other perks. Even though the lounges will be closed for a little while longer I thought it would be worth reviewing the current Caesars Rewards Laurel Lounge access rules for whenever they do reopen. This is of course assuming that the Eldorado purchase doesn’t change up the rules once again. At least Caesars Rewards is here to stay!
RELATED: Ranking the Las Vegas Diamond Lounges From Worst to First
Other Diamond Status Perks Besides Lounge Access
Before we get into the Caesars Rewards Laurel lounge access rules we should go over the perks of being a Diamond member. Some of the best perks are as follows:
- 2 free show tickets every month (the top rated free shows in Vegas)
- $100 celebration dinner when you reach Diamond status. Here is a list of the best redemption options.
- Waived resort fees, which can be massive in Vegas
- Complimentary stay at Atlantis, Paradise Island in The Bahamas. Although the property isn’t as nice as it once was.
- 2 free nights at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai
- Priority lines which can be huge when buffets are open
Laurel Lounge Access Rules
Caesars Rewards made a lot of changes to their program back in 2018 and things have pretty much remained the same since then. Here is a list of all of the locations that have a Laurel Lounge, 27 locations in total.
The current access rules are as follows:
- Seven Stars guests may bring up to three guests into the lounge.
- Diamond members (25,000+ Tier Credits) may bring one guest. This is only 20,000 for 2020.
- Diamond members who have less than 25,000 Tier Credits may access the Laurel Lounge by redeeming 1,000 Reward Credits and may also bring a guest for an additional 1,000 Reward Credits.
- This would be people that earn Diamond status via the Wyndham hotel match, Founderscard or people that earn between 15,000-24,999 tier credits in a year. (12,000-19,999 for 2020)
Atlantic City & Other Non Vegas Locations
Things run a little differently outside of Vegas. Atlantic City locations have charged everyone $10 in rewards credits for entry for some time. Their spreads are quite a bit larger and they are actually nicer lounges than Las Vegas.
Other locations, like Windsor and Indiana etc., will charge you for alcoholic beverages because of local rules. This is pretty common outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
New Orleans used to have a really unique setup where you could get 4 drinks at any casino bar instead of accessing the Laurel Lounge. This was because the lounge is tiny and usually overcrowded. I am not sure what they are doing these days though.
Whenever the Caesars Rewards Laurel Lounges open again you will now know what you need to do to gain access. As the rules change I will continue to update this post. Remember that you can still get some freebies while in Vegas, depending on your status level, even with the lounges closed.
Which lounge in the Caesars Rewards portfolio is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Mine would have to be Bally’s in Atlantic City. The views are awesome and the bar top is huge.
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New Orleans Harrah’s still doing 4 drinks at bar (I’ve only personally done Voodoo Lounge in the blackjack area) or in the lounge, which is free and has pretty decent food as well but it is small. Pre-COVID of course.
Thanks Bradley – was that only for Diamond Plus members now?
I go to Vegas twice a year (March Madness and 3rd week of the Football season), I cannot get wawy from work more than that. I normally earn about 40-48K in TC during those stays. There really is not any reason to gamble beyond 25K for perks. I will not reach 150K with only 2 trips. They need to create a new scheme, say 15K is Emerald, 30K is Ruby and 60K is Diamond, and award perks at each level. It is not that hard to get to 15K, with the bonus stucture of 5K on 2500 Earned TC in a day. I’d like to see more TC’s for table play at $100 an hour. I guess Caesars needs some serious Marketing help. But overall I like the Caesars program. They have always done right by me. If they need to think of new perks, I am sure they can come up with some.
They used to have tiers where you could get perks or gifts at 40K and 80K and then decided to go to this set up. I think it was a huge mistake on their part because I think most realize that once you hit 25K you might as well start gambling at MGM. But the numbers must prove us wrong since they haven’t changed it back.
I was shocked to receive an email in mid-2018 when I had 15,000+ points maintaining Diamond, but needed 25,000 for continued lounge access. Wait! What? I ended 2018 with 29,000+. I’m never reaching Seven Stars in ANY year. But as others have stated, what incentives are there for me to keep playing? After reaching 25,000 I might as well work on maintaining or obtaining higher statue where I live in IL/IN/MO with Trop Advantage (Platinum), Hollywood (Executive Producer), MyChoice and now B Connect (now that Boyd has entered the Missouri market).
I do not appreciate the Diamond lounge changes at Horseshoe Hammond.
Guess it is time to start going to Ameristar and Majestic.
Until now I have been a loyal ceasers property member.
I’ve been a aspiration 2 player for years. I see no reason to go over the 25,000 treashhold, as the perks keep getting smaller. I use to get between $800 and $900 in comp play and even though my play hasn’t change, I know get between $90 and $200. They want me to come to their casinos to get luggage, purses, blenders, etc., stuff they probably get free for the exposure of their flyers. They are very close to losing me as a customer…I go to New Orleans a few times a year and this is my last trip. Will probably continue to go to Vegas, Tahoe and Reno if they give us the perks we deserve back.
I am in the same boat. I have pretty much moved on from TR for the most part aside from the occasional free room.
Not sure about all the comments. Me and wife have been diamond members for several years and have never had to pay for a room In vegas, New Orleans, or Biloxi. Not a cent. And never pay for any food or shows using celebration dinners comped shows and RCs. Doing this for several years without a single problem. Oh yeah and a free cruise, Just got 7 Star and see a positive difference already. People must be using wrong channels. From Louisiana Harrahs & Horseshoe
Paul the program still has it perks but they gutted it for sure compared to previous years.
I am a past Aspirations Level II player and this year I am stalking down on 7 Stars with 138K in current play. I am by no means a big shot but I did value my prior years of Diamond and worked hard to get it. I too felt there should be some type of acknowldgement for “high Diamond” and more offered when you attain over 80K and end the year at 125K. No bonus. No Thank you for your time and and money or loyalty. I am also MLife Gold and just received an email they will extend my Gold level for 2019 and waive the 60K credits needed between Pearl and Gold, even though I have them from online play. Why should I work so hard at Caesars when MLife is willing to give tier credits away??? For 2019, I will enjoy my newly found 7 Stars Status and use my offers but I will most likely spend my cash on MLife now.
I went from Aspirations 2 to 1 and this year I just have no desire to get status with them. I have been using up the last of my goodwill earned on comped rooms but I have been playing sparingly. I just don’t see the point anymore and will most likely not even hit Platinum with TR this year. All things come to an end at some point I guess.
I am newbie to the TR program. Do I need to book my rooms directly through them to get upgrades or can I used hotels.com or other discounted ways like URs ect.
Unless you are seeing better deals elsewhere it is best to book through them so you get earn TR points from the stay. At the end of your stay they may comp the room based on your play as well. Just see a host before checking out to see what they can do for you.
Thanks! Hoping to make the most of my Founders Club benefit.
Then check your TR account for sure since they will sometimes offer comped rooms to new diamond members from FC. Also you will get waived resort fees as a Diamond. Enjoy that $100 dinner too 😉 here is a list of the highest rated options for show tickets and diamond dinner locations.
I’ve been a Diamond player for years! Not a high roller by any means. I used to get offers for $225 each month in free play, and I’ve used a few of those this year. Mid June I’m at 19000 tier credits this year, so far. But, starting with the June offers, they are trying to entice me to come to Vegas with a whopping $25 in free play! WTF? Are they freakin crazy? Screw Caesars and the dumbass they hired to run the Rewards program. Just pathetic!!! Anyone else get their offers vaporized like mine?
I have not gambled much this year….like 4K TC after having over 70K each of the last few years and my offers are more restricted (started at the end of last year). They aren’t truly available for the whole month only certain days etc. which makes them impossible to use half the time since Fri and Sat are not redemption dates. So I stopped giving them much play. I take the free room and tickets and just take what I can get at this point until that stuff runs dry. The program has become worthless and that is okay since it is saving me a lot of money this year 🙂
Remember when Coca Cola changed their formula? When JC Penney cut out their sales coupons? When Sears strong-armed their customers into a sales loyalty club? And now Caesars joins the ranks of legendary corporate gaffs with the biggest face slap a casino ever delivered to its clients. Gotta wonder what were they thinking…..
I think the 3rd and 4th quarter earnings reports may have them make some changes for 2019…I hope at least.
I was an Apiration 1 gambler. I am taking my trip this June. When I heard of the changes, I was baffled. You are all right. What incenitives does anyone have to gamble more once they reach 25000? I will never come close to 7 stars. NEVER. But aspirations ( I was a Level 1) that was doable and a goal for me. This year my points are much lower and I am spending 1/2 my money at another casino. I am not a Vegas resident. I have no incentive to go past 25000. The spread is way too big with no incentives for us smaller gamblers.
I think they are going to feel the hit in Q3 and Q4 this year when a lot of people take this stance. I haven’t even hit Plat yet this year and I was Aspirations level 2 the last 2 years. Just no incentive to gamble there right now.
Changes to the program maybe justified in a business since but the short notice given and the way they did it is not the best way to treat loyal customers.
These folks help keep the casinos afloat during difficult times.
They are also responsible for “word of mouth” referrals to your properties.
Loyal customers pump a lot of money into the local economy and help fund jobs though the services related to the industry.
Decisions made don’t just affect the casinos, there are others impacted. One would think a company would like to keep their loyal customers than run them off and have to spend funding on recruiting new ones. Just saying……
To boil it down, Members are not happy about the change and the method you changed it. If the casinos suffer….you did it to yourself.
Agreed Francis. I imagine they must have crunched the numbers. We will be able to tell if it was better or worse for them by what changes are made for next year, if any.
I think they should have just eliminated lounge access for those with status match or less the 15000. I think once you achieve earn Diamond 15k, you should be able to get in. Also if they must insist to raise the minimum to 25K, then at least be able to add a 2nd Diamond Account to spouse or significant other in same household like my life does.
I can’t argue with that
Totally agree with this!
VERY SAD I AM A 50 YEAR PLUS MEMBER HOPE THEY FIGURE OUT SMALL PERKS CAN GO A LONG WAY
They are walking over a dollar to pick up a nickle I feel like. A lot of the mid tier Diamonds (the bread and butter of a casino) are going to be looking elsewhere I think.
I’m 7 Star and have to beg for water when I check in for a few nights. I can’t believe that they said it cost too much $$$ to give me a case of water. Are they kidding me??? Definitely believe it was a tremendous mistake removing the Aspiration levels. What benefit does a player have for loyalty past 25,000 Tier points? There is a wide gap all the way to 150,000 to make 7 Star. I know how I felt at High Diamond Level & still waited on the same Diamond Lines as some one that had 15,000 tier points & just barely qualified for Diamond status Who are the ones making these “brilliant” decisions?
It will be interesting to see how many high level gamblers they lose this year. And if they will change next year. I know I am taking every valuable offer they give me this year but I am not planning on returning them the favor of much play after the changes.
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I am completely disappointed in the removal of aspirations. what a slap in the face. I am a 120K point diamond and there is now no benefit to achieve that level. If they didn’t want people to take advantage of diamond status at 15K, raise it to 25K. make the step bigger from platinum to Diamond and make the benefits desirable. Removing benefits for people who have achieved in excess of the minimum requirement is complete BS and I will be searching elsewhere to play.
Totally agree – I am a 80k Diamond and I see no need to gamble past 25k – maybe even 15k if you have a stash of reward credits to pay for lounge access. If anything they should have add more smaller rewards built into the aspirations level since the distance from Diamond to 7 stars was so vast.
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We are Seven Stars Total Rewards members achieved by play alone. As players, who have earned status through play, I have to say it is quite frustrating having to deal with long lines at Diamond Clubs overrun at peak times by “low rated” players and those who achieved status via another means. That being said, being a points hoarder, I get the appeal. I didn’t think the way Caesars rolled out the changes was right. They should have given more notice to their players to give them a chance to reach the higher level that was going to be required. There was no notice to most players. Their tiered scale will do little to nothing to help the casual player. I am an independent casino host and have many clients that I place at Caesar’s properties almost exclusively. This was a big hit to the program and a huge devaluation. The elimination of the Aspiration levels was also a big hit. There is a huge disparity in levels of rewards in the new program. As a player, it is very difficult to achieve Seven Stars status as it is and it kept us loyal. We had a good year but have already had the conversation about changing to another rewards program that matches status. We have the play to back it up but aren’t willing to continue to commit and be loyal if they continue to devalue their program. It is my belief that this is going to have a huge negative effect on their customer loyalty. Time will tell. These changes make me nervous as a player and a host.
I think getting rid of the Aspiration levels was the biggest hit. I don’t see the logic for it – if anything they should have added in more levels to make them more obtainable even if they had smaller bonus “perks”.
There is no reason for me to gamble past 25k and I have racked up 80k in tier credit each of the last 2 years. Pretty sad. What programs are you looking at that status match?
I think they could have made the change that you needed to “earn” diamond status to get it free. Actually earn the 15k in tier credits. That would have eliminated most of what you are talking about.
I hope they declare bankruptcy again. Mark Frissora obviously has no clue how to run a customer service entertainment company at this level. Running a car rental company doesnt make for a good CEO of the largest casino conglomerate in the country. I have never seen a company willing to piss off millions of customers, some who donate 100k plus a year over a few hundred or 6biusabd dollars. He’ll, I’m seven star and lost 15k on a visit and they want to argue about covering a 56.00 room charge. Just idiots.
Randy it is beyond stupid. You have to spend a lot of money to get to those levels and most likely lose thousands and they are trying to save on $800 in perks?
They are walking over a dollar to pick up a penny
Amen brother! I dropped 4K in an hour at Flamingo LV. They had a problem comping a suite and dinner. IT’S THE F***ING FLAMINGO! Went to Palazzo.
It’s total BS I hate Caesars Entertainment. Least customer friendly company in Vegas I’ve ever seen. If I gamble in Vegas it’s at Treasure Island, they have the easiest player’s club to get cheap rooms with no resort fees or off the strip. As far as best program I have to give it to MGM’s MLife. I don’t know what it is I usually stay at their properties and go to their shows the most. It was super easy to get gold MLife status through Hyatt before they changed Hyatt program. MLife took a hit, as did all who charge for parking.
I think M Life has the best casinos and the best amenities but I never got comped very well when I used to gamble there. I haven’t in years though.
Interesting point about TI – I have never gambled there – may need to give them a try after my status runs out this year.
I planned on getting the Total Rewards credit card but after these negative changes I’ll have to pass.
I do think they offer the best comps of any casino program but this is a big hit for sure.
Not anymore. This is the tip of the iceberg. Removing the 40k and 80k diamond aspiration level 1 and 2 trips is absurd. Now 15k for diamond status and nothing in between that level and 150k seven star level. Also, nobody, not even seven star players are guaranteed a comped room anymore with a 48 hour notice. Its laughable.
Screw the host, use the TR app to book your room