I didn’t know you could do this:
The Westin Casuarina is the only Starwood property in Las Vegas, and you earn Starpoints whenever you spend money there.
But did you know that if you gamble in the casino, you’ll earn Casuarina player points that you can then convert to Starpoints?
And then, through Starwood, you can convert Starpoints to miles at many airlines on a 1:1 basis.
Last year after a few days of degenerate gambling at Westin, I built up $100 worth of points, but there isn’t much to purchase with those points – just an overpriced steakhouse, an overpriced Starbucks, and a gift shop. It used to be better when Planet Hollywood was a Starwood property, but they converted to Caesars last year.
So I took Westin up on a little-advertised offer, and went to the front desk to convert all of my player points to Starwood points ($10 in points = 1,000 Starwood points). Make sure they give you a receipt, because it still wasn’t credited to my account two months later, and I had to make a few “this is unacceptable” calls.
Contra this post, of course, there’s not just the Westin but also the Element Las Vegas Summerlin in the Starwood portfolio. And I believe Planet Hollywood left Starwood two years ago.
But the relevant point remains. This could be a reason for some miles and points junkies to choose gambling at the Westin over a competing casino!