Note: The content on this page is accurate as of the posting date; however, some of the offers mentioned may have expired. You may view our current offers here.
Disclosure: Basic Travel Couple, LLC has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. Basic Travel Couple, LLC and CardRatings and MileValue may receive a commission from card issuers. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.
The Atlantic City status match has been on my Basic Travel bingo board for years. I finally was able to find some time over Thanksgiving to take the trip down to New Jersey and make it happen. Thanks to status matching, I received comped nights, food vouchers, and free play. Learn how to complete the Atlantic City Status Match below in this basic guide!
Join Our Basic Travel Facebook Group to Stay in the Loop on the Latest Travel & Finance News!
In this Basic Guide
- Status Match 101
- Wyndham to Caesars Rewards
- Options to Earn Caesars Rewards Diamond
- Caesars Rewards Benefits
- Caesars Rewards to Atlantic City
- How to Redeem a Caesars Rewards Celebration Dinner Voucher
- Hard Rock
- Bonus Hyatt Explorist Status Match
- Basic Breakdown
Status Match 101
A Status Match is basically taking an elite status that you have from one particular brand and matching it to a competitor or partner. Status Match opportunities can be done in a variety of ways including: in person at customer service, online, or over the phone. Sometimes a Status Match is offered by invitation only while others are promoted offers. A key component of the Status Match Travel Strategy is that often all it takes is earning one status to start up a chain of matching across hotels, airlines, casinos, and cruise lines. The best part is that status can be earned simply by opening credit cards!
Earn a 130,000 Welcome Bonus once you spend $2,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. $95 annual fee. (Rates & Fees). Terms apply.
Learn More Here.
All information about Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card has been collected independently by BasicTravelCouple.com. Hilton Honors Surpass Card is no longer available through Milevalue.com
Visit our Top Credit Cards Page for our favorite cards!
Wyndham to Caesars Rewards
Prior to being able to complete the Atlantic City Status Match, you’ll need to earn Caesars Rewards Status. This use to be a whole lot easier when Wyndham Rewards offered the opportunity to status match to Wyndham Diamond from a variety of Hotel Partners. When Wyndham Rewards reopens the status match, all it takes is Hilton Gold which comes with the Amex Hilton Surpass Card to start the chain. This is detailed in the following Guides: Wyndham Rewards Status Match & Caesars Rewards Status Match.
Don't quite need Airline or Hotel credit cards just yet? If you are looking for a Cash Back Credit Card, 0% intro APR or a Balance Transfer Card, we've got you covered with our Top Credit Card Offers.
Options to Earn Caesars Rewards Diamond
- Complete a Wyndham Rewards Status Match (Not Currently Offered) then Caesars Rewards Status Match
- Open the Barclays Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card (Automatic Wyndham Diamond) and then complete Caesars Rewards Status Match
- Open a Foundersclub Membership (Automatic Caesars Diamond)
Caesars Rewards Diamond Benefits
- $100 Anniversary Dinner Voucher
- Waived Resort Fees
- Two Free Show Tickets Per Month (Las Vegas)
- Complimentary Four Night Stay at The Atlantis in the Bahamas
- & More (Full List Here)
Caesars Rewards to Atlantic City Status Match
Once you have the Caesars Rewards Diamond Status you’ll be ready for the Atlantic City Status Match. If you play it right, you can end up with multiple comped nights, food vouchers, and free casino play. Below, I’m going to break down each separate option you have to redeem rewards in Atlantic City.
Caesars Rewards in Atlantic City
First up is Caesars Rewards! With Diamond Status, the most important perk that you’ll be able to redeem in Atlantic City is the annual $100 Celebration Dinner. I typically like to use my annual celebration dinner in Las Vegas, at places like Ruth’s Chris or Nobu. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of good options in Atlantic City. On our most recent trip, we used our Celebration Dinner Vouchers at Gordon Ramsay Steak which was a top-notch experience.
How to Redeem a Caesars Rewards Celebration Dinner Voucher
The Caesars Diamond Celebration Dinner Vouchers are pre-loaded to your Rewards Card. In order to redeem your Celebration Dinner, you need to stop by a Caesars Rewards players desk at any of the partner hotels to verify that it is on your account: Harrahs, Caesars, & Ballys. You’ll need a valid Caesars Diamond Players Card so be sure to grab a new one prior to asking about the dinner. Finally, be sure to make a reservation at one of the restaurants located within one of the three partner hotels since the time slots often fill up quickly!
Hard Rock Hotel Atlantic City
The Hard Rock is what makes the Atlantic City Status Match worth making the trip. The status match offers the most generous freebies out of all of the options in Atlantic City and should be your first stop. Matching is easy, simply provide your Caesars Rewards Diamond Card to the Hard Rock players desk in order to earn Rock Royalty Status.
What do you get with Rock Royalty?
- Two Comped Nights (Call to book 1-(609)-449-1000)
- Two $25 Food Vouchers (Swipe card at players machine to print voucher)
- $50 in Casino Freeplay (Redeem at Slot Machine)
- Access to Premium Beverages while playing (Order from the Slot Machines)
- Free Parking
- Waived Resort Fees
- Free Car Wash Voucher (Swipe card at players machine to print voucher)
My Experience – Lisa and I arrived without a hotel booked for the night and immediately did the status match. Then we called the Hard Rock Players Number to book our free nights and headed to the slot machines. One basic tip is to cash out winnings as you win to maximize profits. We each ended up with over $50 in cashback! For the food vouchers, we redeemed them at the YouYo Noodle Bar, Hard Rock Cafe, & the Flavor Tour Food Court (Acai Bowl and Salad Restaurant).
Ocean Casino Resort
The Caesars Rewards to Ocean Casino Atlantic City Status Match didn’t actually provide us with much. I was matched to Ocean Platinum Status and received a Free T-Shirt. In the past, I’ve heard that the Ocean Status Match has gotten people complimentary nights and freeplay. I’m assuming that they pulled back benefits due to the coronavirus and hopefully they will return as travel picks up again.
The Caesars Rewards to M Life Gold at the Borgata was certainly better than the Ocean. This Atlantic City Status Match resulted in $25 in Casino Freeplay which was better than a T-Shirt! I was able to turn that freeplay into $26.88 at the Sharkweek slot machine. In the past, I’ve heard that people have received up to $100 in casino freeplay and a complimentary night!
Bonus Round – M Life Gold to Hyatt Explorist
Now that you have M Life Gold Status you can status match to Hyatt Explorist. Hyatt Explorist comes with some great benefits like Room Upgrades, Late Checkout, Bonus Points on Paid Stays, & More. Follow the steps below to complete the M Life Gold to Hyatt Explorist Status Match!
- Create both an M Life and World of Hyatt Rewards Account
- Once logged in, click this link and then “Click Here Opt-In” located halfway down the webpage
- You’re now officially a Hyatt Explorist!
Status Match Merry-Go-Round
One of the best reasons to complete the Atlantic City Status match is so that you can join in on the Merry-Go-Round. Let me explain, since the statuses expire/reset at different times, it’s possible to keep re-matching online every year. This is possible during the small window of time when one status is expired while the other one is not. Take a look at the recommended timeline below!
Caesars and Wyndham Merry-Go-Round
- Wyndham Diamond Expires December 31st
- Match Caesars Rewards Diamond to Wyndham Diamond after January 1st but before February 1st.
- Caesars Rewards Diamond Expires January 31st
- Match Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Diamond after February 1st
M Life and Hyatt Merry-Go-Round
- M Life Expires January 1st
- Match Hyatt Explorist to M Life Gold between January 1st and February 28th
- Hyatt Explorist Expires February 28th
- Match M Life Gold to Hyatt Explorist after March 1st
It’s pretty amazing what you can do with only one Elite Status. It’s like a secret society that once you break-into, you can remain part of the group under the radar indefinitely. By my count, if you play this right, you can end up with Wyndham Diamond, Caesars Diamond, Hard Rock Royalty, Ocean Platinum, M Life Gold, and Hyatt Explorist thanks to the Atlantic City Status Match!
Let us know!
Have you completed the Atlantic City Status Match? I’d love to hear from you down in the comments or over in the 4,600+ Member Basic Travel Facebook Group!
More Basic Reading
- 17 Best Gifts for Travelers- 2020
- Top Travel Credit Card Offers of the Month
- How to book a $4,386 two night stay at Miraval Arizona for $50
- Earn Free Money with these Sofi Bank Promotions!
- How to pay off debt with 0% interest credit cards
- Top 7 Hotels to book with Hilton Honors Points!
Basic Travel Couple, LLC has partnered with CardRatings and MileValue.com for our coverage of credit card products and may receive a commission from card issuers. Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities.
The comments section below responses are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.