Well, it’s been three months since Foxwoods Resort Casino changed a few things concerning it’s rewards program. With all the sincerity of a squirrel after the first acorn of fall, so, too, I sought out to inform you of these changes and present our followers with a comparison of then and now.
Alas, emails, phone calls and the lack of return phone calls from Foxwoods marketing, with the onset of the busy fall-to-winter season, and on and on…….
Hey, alright, I didn’t get it done………UNTIL NOW!
So here is a comparison of the Foxwoods Rewards Program – before & after. It will need updates when I do finally meet William Flanagan, Manager of Loyalty Marketing. I don’t fault Bill, timing just hasn’t been right yet.
According to the Foxwoods web site, “The New Foxwoods Rewards Program supposedly accelerates you to higher tiers faster than ever, whether you play Slots, Tables, Poker, Keno or bet at Race Book. Now, all earned Foxwoods Tier Credits and Rewards Points will make upgrading to the next Tier more rewarding for our Members, plus you can enjoy more benefits and their NEW Monthly Choice Benefit.” Sounds great. But let’s look closer………..
Earning Period & Tier Credits
Earning tier credits will now be 6 months instead of 12 months starting October 1, 2017. That seems to make it bigger demand on your play. But the number of tier credits for each of the same levels has also been diminished. Members must earn the minimum number of qualifying Tier Credits during a 6-month time period to advance to the next Tier. The total number of qualifying Tier Credits for each card level is as follows: Wonder: 0 – 399 (previously was 0-899 Tier Credits) Gold: 400 – 1,999 (previously was 900-2,399 Tier Credits) Platinum: 2,000 – 9,999 (previously was 2,400-31,999 Tier Credits) Diamond: 10,000+ (previously was 32,000+ Tier Credits)
This seems to be a plus, with less credits needed relatively speaking. By moving to a 6-month program, Members do not need to earn as many Tier Credits, which allow them to advance to the next Tier faster.
Tier credits Will reset to 0 on October 1 and April 1 each year. Gold, Platinum, and Diamond Tier levels will be reevaluated on a semi-annual basis. (Does this mean if you “barely” make the next level, you could still be down-graded? It seems that they have provided a little loophole for themselves, now, doesn’t it!) While Tier level upgrades will take place automatically throughout the year as members earn the next level, once a Tier level is achieved, it will be in effect through the end of the qualifying time period (Oct. 1 – March 31 & April 1 – Sep 30 each year).
POINT ACCELERATORS used to be as follows: GOLD-15% Slots/ 30% Tables Games, PLATINUM-20% Slots/ 30% Tables Games, DIAMOND-30% Slots/ 30% Tables. Nothing on the website describes the previous accelerators, so I must assume they are not offered anymore.
Earning Tier credits through spending at the resort, or through credit cards is not available like other rewards clubs such as Total Rewards of Caesars Entertainment and MLife of MGM International. Earning Tier credits through play is as before, BINGO – 1 Tier points for every 1 Reward point, TABLE GAMES – 2 Tier points for every 1 Reward SLOTS, POKER, KENO, RACE BOOK – 4 Tier points for every 1 Reward point.
Big Change – Choice Credits
Previously players could choose between your choice of Bonus Slot Play, Free Bet or Rewards Points Accelerator each month by visiting the rewards club and making the choice on the 1st, 11th and 21st of each month. Now, your offers will be based on your play during that period, not the previous play period or on your present tier level. Choice offers will be mailed to certain Rewards members and will be available ONLYon specific days during the month, again, according to your play. Foxwoods Rewards Points on all Tiers will expire from an account if there is no activity on the account for over 12 months.
Rewards Points are for players to use toward hotel rooms, dining, entertainment, golf, spa services, retail purchases, select Tanger Outlets stores throughout the day’s play based on the type of game they are playing, their average bet, and length of play. If you are unhappy with your offers, you can contact someone at email@example.com.
With a very small sample over the last three months, it seems that Video poker accumulates faster than other casinos. I have been able to equal half of last year’s tier points over two months of play already. But remember, that’s only video poker & slots over an extremely small sample. I have not played table games at Foxwoods.
Personally, I hope this works out. It seems to be more based on your ADT and your Theoretical worth to the casino than previous years. The more you play, the better your offers. For more information on that, try our previous post Casino Comps & Your “Average Daily Theoretical”
Please note – gambling for offers is a dangerous slope. Gamble for the fun and enjoyment. Chasing offers is like chasing losses – it’s easy to go over board. As Cousin Vito says, “Bet With Your Head, Not Over It.”
More updates later as the process of the new Foxwoods Rewards unfolds.