Catherine Stolfi is a frugal spender and an avid traveler who enjoys sharing tips for saving money and spending it where it matters most.
What Are MyVegas Comps?
Visiting Vegas for the first time can be exciting. But after my hotel room was booked and my flight was chosen, I realized that I would need to start saving money for the visit itself. Between all of the extravagant stage shows, the world-famous buffets, and the restaurants with celebrated chefs, I knew I would need a lot of spending cash to have a great time.
The MyVegas game on Facebook and MyVegas for mobile and other devices was my answer to gaining free comps, which are essentially cash, buffet vouchers, free hotel rooms, and more. I’ll share my experience with this program, and if it's worth it, as well as playing tips, I’ve found useful.
MyVegas Claims "Play Free Slots. Get Real Rewards"—But Can You?
Facebook has a slots (and table games) game that, at first glance, can simply seem like another FarmVille, but in actuality, you can earn real comps that can be used in any MGM chain hotel in Las Vegas. After I started playing the game, I thought there was no way to earn a substantial amount of coins at such a snail's pace: How could I ever earn a voucher for two free buffets at the Bellagio, let alone for a free drink? The trick is that you will need to stick it out up to at least level 35. In the beginning, you will need to bet what you can earn until you can gain the perks of auto-spins, collecting coins/chips from your strip, and collecting chips/coins from your friends.
You may be wondering how a game on Facebook could just give away free comps for Las Vegas without a catch. Well, there's one small one. You'll have to put up with pop-ups on the game asking to purchase chips with real money (you'll never need to spend a dime on this game, though) and spend a lot of time on the game. Let me repeat: Never buy chips! There are plenty of ways to earn chips without ever spending a dime, and I'll explain more on how to do this below.
Collecting Times for Each Hotel:
- Monte Carlo, Circus Circus, and NYNY: two-hour window
- Mirage, Bellagio, and Excalibur: four-hour window
- Luxor, Aria, and Mandalay Bay: six-hour window
- MGM Grand: eight-hour window
Collecting Those Coins
First of all, you want to be sure that you are being active within the MyVegas community. You can do this by simply connecting with those on your Facebook account that also play MyVegas. You will be sending them gifts while they send you gifts in return. These can be total strangers, so don't worry; you don't need to hit up your family members or actual friends for MyVegas playing chips.
Also, note the mobile app works just as well and signing into Facebook every time isn't needed. I also know some friends that made Facebook accounts just for MyVegas, to keep it all separated.
When you first sign in each day, a window will pop up for your daily spin. Choose Spin and collect the daily chips or coins that you land on and get put in your bank. Next, the gifts that have been sent to you while you were away will pop up to collect. It will say, “Somebody Loves You!” and choose the “Accept All Gifts” button. The coins and chips will get put in your bank, about 50 chips per person.
You will be asked periodically while in the MyVegas app on Facebook or on your mobile phone to send gifts to your friends. Just ensure all people are checked on your list and select Send Gifts.
Your strip should always be your next stop. As you play each game, you earn parts that go towards building a hotel on your strip. You’ll be able to see the progress in the top right corner of the game. Once all the parts are earned, your hotel will build, and you’ll gain some bonus coins, too, about 200 to 500 coins depending on the hotel. When you sign in to your game, be sure to visit your strip. Click on the Collect button at each location to collect the chips and coins earned while you were away.
Auto-spin is a great feature for those players that have put a substantial amount of time into their gameplay. You'll need a good buildup of coins to use this trick, as well as need to earn access to the feature through gameplay. As far as I can tell, it’s earned by level. I am currently at level 64 and have a 100 auto-spin that I can use. This means that I can choose my bet, click 100 in the auto-spin, and essentially walk away.
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Be aware, though, that there are little tricks the game can do to make sure the player is still there. You will need to press start if you’ve earned free spins during gameplay, essentially about 10 free spins that do not use chips and only gain your chips.
However, this puts a pause in your auto-spin that you will need to get out of by choosing Keep Playing or Share when it’s over. If you do walk away, ensure you revisit these promos. This is a huge benefit to one of the major downfalls of earning comps using this app, the time actually playing it takes to earn any amount of substantial coins. You can auto-spin and just walk away or watch TV or cook dinner. It's a great feature!
Claiming the rewards can seem tricky at first, but it’s really quite simple. Click on the Rewards button on the top left-hand side of the screen, and all of the hotels and their rewards will pop up. The rewards range from a free drink at a hotel bar to two free buffet tickets to a free night's stay at one of the top hotels.
You will need to have earned enough coins to collect a reward but be aware there are reward restrictions. Read all fine print carefully. You can only collect three rewards within a three-month time period. This is nothing to worry about, though, because most people go for the big rewards, and it will be a lot of coins being spent on one to two great rewards.
You will choose the reward and fill out all of the information asked for. You will then receive a voucher for the reward via e-mail. The voucher can be directly accepted at any box office, buffet cashier, or hotel check-in counter. If it's for a free night's stay, you need to book ahead of time; there are instructions that come with the voucher. If you have any questions, just contact the hotel directly. They're all involved with this program and aware of how it works once you've purchased your award.
In-person, just be sure you have your MGM Rewards card in hand, which is an easy sign-up at the customer service desk of any MGM hotel. You can also sign up online at home but, of course, can't get a physical card until you get to the hotel. Now, this is important, and I did mention it already, but the voucher needs to be used within 90 days.
This means you shouldn't get any rewards too far out from your trip if it's meant to be used in person. Of course, you can get the hotel voucher anytime because you only need to book your room within 90 days which you can do from home.
For the show rewards, be aware that you can call the box office from home to book your tickets, so the 90-day restriction is not that vital for things that need reservations as well. Again, you can sign-up for the MGM card on their website, in which you will need your membership number to book anything from home. And simply explain to the person you’re speaking to that this is a voucher from the MyVegas MGM program. This is the best route to guarantee decent seats, rather than waiting until you get to Vegas for day-of available seats, which may be slim pickings.
Facebook or the Mobile App
MyVegas is also available on your mobile phone with an app. I have an Android, so downloading the app from the play store was quite simple. After downloading, you will need to connect your desktop game to your app by signing in through Facebook. You will now be connected to your coins but not much else.
The available games are different; your strip is not available to collect chips, any auto-spins earned are not available, and your earned chips are not connected. However, you get a daily spin that is separate from the desktop Facebook daily spin. So, more potential for chips and thus more gameplay.
Also, all coins collected on the app add to your overall pot in your Facebook app. This is a nice option if you're not near your desktop or laptop, so you can continue to play, even while waiting in line at the DMV.
If you search the different MyVegas blogs and websites, you will find an array of different strategies to earn as many points as possible within playing time. However, it’s important to simply remember this game is time-consuming for a reason. You are earning free rewards like a buffet for two, comp rooms at expensive resorts, and premier show tickets, so they aren’t going to make earning these points easy. However, I, of course, have my own tips for getting this done.
Once you’ve collected all of the coins from your resorts and gifts from your other MyVegas-connected friends, you can now begin a game. When I first started playing, I would stay on the lowest bet and choose the game with the most interaction to keep myself engaged.
However, this grows tedious quickly, and I kept losing all of my chips within a 30-minute period. The trick: just like Vegas, you need to play big to win big. Now, I choose the game with the highest bid potential, such as one of the high roller games. These include BetRock, Reel Chef, Excalibur2, MGM Grand MegaStars, Monster Maniacs, and Pandarama. There are always more games coming soon, and the more you play, the more games you earn.
These are the high roller games available to me at level 64. When you’re playing the high roller game of your choice, up the bet about one or two arrows, going from 300 to 600 or 1200. You would think that you’d lose within minutes, but actually, the slot will win bigger with each spin. I easily get up to 100,000 or 200,000 chips after playing like this for an hour.
It can fluctuate, and of course, this strategy really only works when you have begun collecting quite a good amount of chips from your strips and through gifts from friends. It’s also good to note that you can collect coins quicker during gameplay with the higher bet. You can see this by watching how much more quickly your gold liquid vessel fills on the lower left-hand side of the screen.
I know little about the table games, but they do work essentially the same way as the slots, except there’s some skill there for winning, of course.
Use Multiple MyVegas Accounts
I also play through multiple MyVegas accounts. There is no limit per household for playing MyVegas as long as each account matches a real person. For example, my boyfriend has an account, and so do I. We can’t combine our coins, but we could each, say, buy a ticket to a Cirque du Soleil show, and when we call up to book with the vouchers, we simply request two seats together.
This is just one of two ways to earn great rewards in Vegas. The MyVegas app is for all of the MGM-connected hotels: Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, NYNY, Luxor, Excalibur, and Circus Circus. The other rewards program is for all of the Caesar-connected hotels, and with this program, you are essentially earning cash to spend in Caesar’s hotels in the form of comps.
It may not seem too practical to sit on this app all day long, spending hours for just a free meal, but if you strategize a bit, it can really work out in your favor. We got a free night at the Flamingo, a free buffet dinner at the Bellagio, and two tickets to see the Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show Love. And as my trip got closer, I played it more, and it got us very excited for our trip. I was also playing with my sister, and we would compete for how many reward points we earned.
Questions & Answers
Question: I’m going to purchase some rewards for the MGM Grand. One dinner buffet is buy one, get one free and costs 10,500 gold coins. Another buffet costs 75,000 gold coins. They both seem to be available any evening. What is the difference since my husband and I will need to buy two dinner buffets?
Answer: I did notice that some of the multiple offers didn't always equate. I'm not sure if it's a matter of them posting the deals as they happen so then at any given time you could have better deals than others that posted at the same time. It sounds like going with the BOGO deal is the way to go. I never had any issues with the BOGO offers I bought when redeeming them.
Brenna on April 18, 2019:
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