If you have status at the Cosmopolitan with their Identity program because you are a gambler, you should always check with your host first, or log in to your online account to see if you have any offers or comps available. Those will always be the cheapest available rooms.
If you don’t have any status at the Cosmo, or your gambling doesn’t merit any special offers, then this is the best way I’ve been able to find of saving money on your stay at the hotel.
For this guide I picked a random weekend about 6 months away from the time of booking just to use as an example. The period you pick may have more or less savings.
Two Night Stay: April 5-7, 2019
Note: I found out after I wrote this that you don’t even have to book the reservation on the Entertainment.com app to get the price match. Just go through to the booking page, take a screenshot of the cheaper price, and attach that screenshot to the Marriott claim form to get your discount.
Step 1: Book Your Cosmopolitan Reservation
First thing you should do is go to the Cosmopolitan website and search for the dates that you want to stay at the hotel. This will give you a baseline rate for how much the room would cost you. You can also search through the Cosmo’s offers page, but they automatically apply the best offer when you do a normal search so it’s not necessary.
This is what the Cosmopolitan’s website offered me for my dates. You can see their “Plan On No Regrets” offer was automatically applied. If you want to book a nicer room than the Executive Suite, you will have to select a different offer because those rooms do not qualify for the discount. All these prices are on a per night basis and do not include resort fees or taxes.
I selected the cheapest room, which is called the City Room. It has two queen beds and no terrace. Total price comes out to $705.23 for the two nights after taxes and fees. Book this room now! Don’t worry the room is totally refundable and we will be coming back to this reservation later.
If you are inclined you could also do this exact same booking through Marriott.com and get the same room options and prices. For our purposes it works exactly the same as if you were booking through the Cosmopolitan’s website.
Just in case you were wondering, if you search for the Cosmo on any of the other travel sites (Kayak, Priceline etc.) you get the exact same price. The above screenshot is from Expedia. Do not book on one of these third party websites otherwise you will not get the 25%+ discount!
Step 2: Make the Same Booking at Entertainment.com
Now that we’ve established a baseline price, we’re going to try to find a better one.
The place to do that is: Entertainment.com
Entertainment calls itself an online coupon book, but what we’re interested in is their travel search portal. To be able to access their travel search you need to sign up for an account. An account at Entertainment.com costs $2/month, with the first month only $1. There is no commitment so you can cancel anytime. So even if you can’t find a better price on their website, it only cost you a buck. Unfortunately you cannot search their travel portal before purchasing an account.
Once you sign up and confirm your email you can now access the search portal. It operates in the same way as any other travel website. Put in your dates and location and it lists out all the available hotels. You can filter for the Cosmopolitan if you’re having trouble finding it amongst all the options in Vegas.
Once you select the Cosmopolitan, you get a selection of rooms to pick from. They list out over 100+ room options, with different payment options and offers for each available rooms type. For our purposes we need to book the room we want to stay in, and most importantly it has to be a refundable room rate. Do not book a non-refundable rate even if it’s cheaper! We are only using this booking to leverage an even better rate we’re going to get.
As you can see the same room that was $272/night on the Cosmo website is only $240/night on Entertainment.
After you click the Book Now button, you get to see the final cost. This price doesn’t include the $88.44 for two nights of resort fees, so your real total would be $643.54 vs $705.23 booking on the Cosmopolitan website. Which is a $61.69 or 8.9% savings. So even if we stopped here, we’re already saving some money and you made back that $1 sign up cost. Now you need to book this room and get your confirmation from Entertainment.
Step 3: Get a Price Match and 25% Discount from Marriot
Once you have confirmation of your Entertaintment.com booking for your room, it’s time to use the Marriott price match guarantee to get an even better rate. Basically Marriott and all their partner hotels, of which the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is one, will match and beat by 25% any publicly advertised price on one of their properties.
Entertainment qualifies as a publicly available offer, so once you fill out a claim form on the Marriott website with your initial Cosmo booking, and your Entertainment.com booking, they will give you the lower price plus a 25% discount. It takes up to 24 hours to get a rate match. That would lower your room down to $360 for two nights.
That’s $184 less than the original Cosmo prices, plus you save another $24 in taxes, so a $208 dollar savings! 30% discount even after you factor in resort fees.
Unfortunately you still have to pay full rate on the resort fees, but even still your total comes out to $497 vs $705.
After Marriott guarantees the price match, go ahead and cancel your booking on Entertainment.com
You can cancel your account as well but I find it’s worth keeping for the $2/month fee.
Not sure if this will work for all dates, but I checked a few different times and Entertainment had a cheaper rate for each one. Let me know how your experience goes with using the price match.