Freemium games tend to have a bad reputation. Time allotted to play without spending any money is often capped and the player if forced to buy credits to make it further in most games. There are games offered on mobile and through Facebook where the user plays virtual slots to earn comps through any of the app’s myriad of partners. The player has the option to buy credits to earn faster, but it is not necessary to earn rewards if you’re patient.
Freemium can be free
I started using the myVegas app a few years ago when I prepared for my trip to Las Vegas in 2013 and I have never spent a dime. It’s simple, every day you get a spin on the bonus wheel which is multiplied by how many friends like the page and how many days in a row you login, the higher your level the more you can win. There are two kinds of chips in the game, loyalty chips and playing chips. Loyalty chips are what you redeem, and the player earns ten of them per an amount of spins based on the wager.
All that is required besides playing is just getting fed advertisements from the app’s partners.
The partner list for myVegas has expanded since its inception. In the beginning it was just the MGM owned properties in Las Vegas, but now includes partners such as Royal Caribbean and the Borgata. A mobile companion app was also since added but it crashes and sometimes points are lost in the crash.
I used my myVegas points for tickets to the Shark Reef in Mandalay Bay, an Andy Warhol exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, and Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, as well as various retail discounts.
Once the player has enough loyalty points for their desired rewards they redeem and are emailed a code. The recipient then presents the code to the desk with their player’s card and are handed the tickets and have fun.
The fine print
Like with any redemption programs, there are terms and conditions. I learned the hard way in my trip in 2013 that there is a limit to how many rewards you can redeem in a given time. As part of the terms and conditions the player can only redeem three rewards in a 90-day period when they involve special events and attraction tickets.
Retail and dining discounts do not fall into this category however and you can use as many as you’d like. Loyalty points can also be redeemed for discounted or even free rooms depending on the amount of points redeemed and availability.
Rewards are not offered constantly, each day there are a certain amount allocated for redemption until they sell out. While that reward might be available the next day it is not a guarantee. There is also a timeframe for redemption, rewards expire in sixty days.
So, if you’re planning your next trip out to any destination offered by myVegas or any other freemium casino’s partners invite your friends to start playing. Work together and you maximize the number of comps your squad can use.