El Cortez brings value through Club Cortez
May 19, 2015 3:01 AM
by H. Scot Krause
Club Cortez is the customer loyalty program (slot club) found at the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas, rewarding you for being a valued player at the hotel-casino.
Membership is free and easy. Just visit the Club Cortez booth to sign up. Everyone receives a free gift of some sort just for signing up.
It is a stand-alone club (not connected or linked to any other clubs) and can gain you access to free slot play, up to 75% in discounts, cash back, comp dollars, free tournament entries, gift shop discounts and much more. Once you achieve higher tier levels, even more benefits kick in like free rooms and meals, casino host services, priority hotel check-in, special birthday gifts and member parties, exclusive VIP events and more.
There are 4 tier levels. Emerald is the opening card level until you have earned 3,000 points and move up to Sapphire level. Earning 60,000 points will move you into Ruby level and earning 300,000 moves you into the exclusive Diamond level.
Every point you earn in the designated 12 month period gets you closer to the next level. When using your points, discounts at the Café Cortez Coffee Shop begin at 25% off at the Emerald level, 50% for Sapphire/Ruby members and 75% for Diamond.
Every $1 played on any slots earns you 1 point. Every $1 you play on most video poker machines earns 1 point. The points can be used for cash back, dining, hotel stays and more. (500 points = $1 cash back).
Comp dollars are earned based on your daily play on slots, video poker, video keno, table games, keno and race and sports book. Comp dollars can be used just like cash for hotel stays and dining at the El Cortez restaurants.
You can view your Club Cortez points by inserting your card into any slot machine reader. The display will show your current point and comp dollar balances. Once you establish an account and PIN you can also swipe your card at a kiosk.
Enter your PIN to view and redeem your available offers. If there are opportunities to win additional items, the on-screen instructions will guide you through the process. Established players receive monthly mailers that often include free play offers, room specials, meal discounts, free tournament entries and more.
Club Cortez always features a monthly promotion as well as many ongoing promotions. Throughout May, players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, $200 or more on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, $300 or more on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or $200 or more on live keno will receive their choice of a free gift card from Walgreens, Smith’s, Walmart, Shell, Chevron or Downtown Project.
On Monday, May 25, the casino will be serving free White Castle cheeseburgers to club members from noon to 6 p.m. to celebrate Memorial Day.
Earning 100 points any day of the week at the resort gets you a free spin at the kiosk for a range of free prizes like Klondike ice cream bars, free slot play, slot points, a hot dog, and $5 off at Cafe Cortez.
See a club representative for any questions.
H. Scot Krause is a gaming industry analyst, researcher and journalist. He is a former entertainment director and 18-year resident of Las Vegas. Questions or comments for Scot may be addressed to ScotKrause@GamingToday.com.