A lot of MilesTalkers riding the Status Match Merry Go Round™ got in on some recent status matching in Philadelphia, namely to Live! and then Rivers, both uncovered by enterprising readers. Hard Rock Rock Royalty was doing the heavy lifting.
You were getting Black level at Live!, which was enough for:
- Complimentary Three Night Stay at the Hilton at Resorts World Las Vegas
- Two Complimentary Nights when Two Nights are Paid for at Baha Mar
(And late last year, that was actually just straight free nights at Baha Mar, changed in 2023 to the BOGO).
Then you could get Black at Rivers which conferred a free cruise.
Well, Live! will no longer give Black level for any of the Merry Go Round card levels. Just Platinum, which doesn’t give you much.
And over at Rivers, now that you can’t get Black at Live!, you can’t match that to Black at Rivers.
While you still can match to Platinum, you no longer get a cruise. All of us caused them to add the following language:
*Tier Status must be earned to receive cruise benefits. Cruise benefits based on rated play. Tier match does not qualify for this benefit.
And as you know, some that got in before the change have been dealing with “maybe” having their cruise cancelled.
The only thing that Rivers may still offer is *something* at Venetian, but that page is blank and I would bet that it will also have “earned status” language.
Nothing at all unreasonable about them closing the loophole. That’s just the game we play!
HT to Scott S in the MilesTalk Facebook group for pointing out that Rivers only matches to Platinum now from MGR casinos.
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