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Las Vegas can be a tough place to put your hotel points to use with limited options among the major hotel brands and almost total domination by huge casino resorts. Among the major hotel brands, Hyatt has the most limited footprint with just under 500 properties worldwide, and one of the big holes in their portfolio has been an upscale property in Las Vegas, where Hyatt has just one lonely little Hyatt Place.
That’s why it’s such exciting news that Hyatt has announced today that starting on June 20, 2013, it will be entering a partnership with MGM Resorts, which have 12 resorts in Las Vegas with a total of 40,000 hotel rooms at household names like the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and Bellagio.
Starting on June 20, MGM Resorts will be bookable through Hyatt.com and Hyatt’s reservation centers, as well as through MGM’s own mlife.com site and individual property websites.
Hyatt Gold Passport members and those who are members of MGM’s M life program will be able to earn both Hyatt Gold Passport points and M life Tier Credits on eligible rates and spending for stays beginning on or after that date. Note, you must be a member of both programs to earn the Hyatt points and M life Tier Credits on stays at MGM Resorts and must provide your membership numbers at check-in.
The participating MGM Resorts in Las Vegas will include the following properties in the following Gold Passport categories:
New York-New York
The Signature at MGM Grand
THEhotel at Mandalay Bay
Hyatt Gold Passport members will receive:
–Earn 5 base points on every eligible dollar spent at the 12 participating MGM Resorts in Las Vegas – on room rates and incidental charges up to $5,000 per stay. Casino spend doesn’t count.
-Platinum and Diamond members will also receive their point bonuses of 15% and 30% respectively.
-Eligible stays will count toward Hyatt Gold Passport elite status
-Gold Passport members can redeem points for award nights at the participating MGM Resorts
-In August, Gold Passport members will be eligible to opt in to reciprocal tier status in MGM Resorts’ M life and enjoy elite benefits at participating properties. Depending on the matched tier level, members may receive special rates, upgrades, pre-sale access to concerts and events, members-only events and access to M life Moments exclusive experiences. Hyatt Platinum and Diamond members will not receive in-hotel elite benefits at MGM Resorts, so that’s why a status match is significant.
-Although you can use your two free sign-up bonus nights at MGM Resorts, Hyatt credit cardholders will not earn 3 points per $1 on charges at MGM Resorts since they are not Hyatt-brand hotels.
M life members will receive:
-M life members will receive M life Tier Credits for eligible spend at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide
-M life members can earn Tier Credits for Hyatt stays
-Starting in August, M life members will be eligible to opt in for reciprocal status in Hyatt Gold Passport.
All in all, this is exciting news both for Hyatt Gold Passport members and M life members. Hyatt Gold Passport members can now earn points, elite stay credit and match with M life tier status at MGM’s unmatched portfolio of Vegas properties where their options there use to be limited. Meanwhile M life members can now earn elite benefits and enjoy Hyatt elite benefits on stays worldwide. It’s a win-win.
Although some folks might be wary of welcoming a ton of new elites into Hyatt Gold Passport thanks to the status match, given M life’s small relative size, I don’t think it will affect the Hyatt elite experience much at all, while opening up 12 great Vegas properties to Hyatt’s customers.
Personally, I’m looking forward to status-matching from Hyatt Diamond to M life so I can enjoy my elite benefits in Las Vegas. In the past, I’ve booked Vegas stays using Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts (because I’m a Platinum cardholder) to enjoy extra perks like upgrades, spa and restaurant credits, etc., but now it’ll be nice to know I can earn Gold Passport points, elite credit and more during my Vegas jaunts.