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I’ll admit it – I like hotel and airline status. I don’t like it because it makes me feel somehow more important (it doesn’t), I like it because status often offers real and tangible benefits for my family when we are on the road. One of the cool things to come out of the Hyatt and MGM M Life partnership is that those of us with Hyatt status will soon be matched to having M Life status. Normally you earn M Life status based on your level of gambling in MGM casinos as well as the amount you spend on rooms, food, drinks, etc. while staying in one of their casinos, however you can now get it just by having Hyatt status (some of which you can get just from having a credit card).

As you may already know, beginning in August, your Hyatt status will match to the following M Life levels:

  • Gold Passport Platinum = M Life Gold
  • Gold Passport Diamond = M Life Platinum (which is the second highest M Life tier)

As a point of reference, when you first join M Life you have Sapphire status.  You earn 25 tier credits per dollar spent in Vegas at M Life hotels on your hotel stay, dining, entertainment, or spa.  For slot play in Las Vegas M life casinos, you receive ten (10) Tier Credits for every Base Point earned.  Normally you earn Pearl at 25,000 Tier Credits, Gold at 75,000 Tier Credits and Platinum at 200,000 Tier Credits. NOIR is by invitation only.

Prior to last week, we were actually kind of proud of our Pearl status since it did take some loyalty to get!   However, thanks to an invite to a MGM/Hyatt launch event in Vegas, I shot up to Noir level due to the many generous perks from attending that event. I have no shot of ever keeping this status beyond the 14 months it was given to me, but what was super cool about having it is the chance to see what all it can get you in practice. In fact, many of the dozens of other invitees to this event also spent the weekend testing the limits of what M Life status can get in practice. Even though the official Hyatt status match isn’t going to get you Noir, many of the benefits are actually the same for Platinum that will be available via Hyatt match for Hyatt Diamond members. Even M Life Gold which you will get for having Hyatt Platinum status is far and above what most M Life members ever obtain.

In fairness, we were only able to test what Noir could get, but I truly think that Platinum will be very similar. Some of these tests were done by me, and some were reports from other Hyatt junkies in Vegas last weekend.

Access to VIP Lounges in Hotels:

Not only did the Noir card get us into the VIP lounge at the MGM, but some others used their status to gain entry to the VIP lounges at both Mirage and the Bellagio. The one at the Bellagio even had wine and drinks available in addition to the standard snacks, water, and soft drinks.

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VIP Lounge at the MGM Grand
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Soft drinks in the VIP Lounge at MGM Grand

Free Passes to Exclusive Pools:

One friend stopped into the Mirage VIP lounge and asked for a free pass to the adults-only Bare pool at the Mirage. Instead of having to pay the $20 – $30 cover, he was able to get a pass and get in for free. Note that this does not work directly at the pool – go to the VIP lounge first to get the pass.  I’m betting they have passes for a variety of clubs and pools in the VIP lounges.

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Skip the Line at Popular Clubs like Hakkasan:

I’m not near cool enough for hot Vegas nightclubs, but I was greatly entertained by the massive line to get into the new club Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. However, some friends simply showed their Noir card and were let right in just like magic.

Free Passes to the Bellagio Art Exhibit, Dolphin Habitat, Shark Reef, and more:

It was confirmed by some on this trip that the Noir card will get you free passes to these types of exhibits at M Life participating hotels, but it seems that the benefit extends to Platinum M Life members as well up to some sort of maximum number of visits per month.

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Cut the Cab Line:

Both Noir and Platinum members get to cut the cab line by simply flashing their card. This benefit can range from irrelevant when there is no line to massively valuable when the line goes on and on and on, as it did one night we were there.  You can’t really tell from the two photos, but that is one line that just keeps on going.

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Cut the Line at Buffets, Coffee Shops, etc:

Again, this can range from “who cares” to huge value! I didn’t visit the buffet at the Bellagio on this trip, but I have in the past when the wait was massive. Being able to cut the line by having Gold, Platinum, or Noir status can save you some real time!

Priority Check-in and Check-out Lines:

In Vegas it seems that everyone checks in and out at the same time.  The lines can sometimes be massive and slow moving.  Luckily, Gold, Platinum, and Noir guests can skip that line and use the Priority check-in lines that are usually much shorter.

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Check-in line at the Bellagio

How to Get Hyatt + M Life Status:

If you don’t already have Hyatt Platinum or Diamond status, don’t fret.  Platinum status isn’t hard at all to get, and even though it only matches to M Life Gold, that is still pretty good in Vegas.  To get Platinum status all you need is 5 eligible stays in a calendar year.  If that doesn’t work for you, it is also available simply by having the Hyatt Visa or the United Club Card.  I’m not sure I’d get those cards just for the matched M Life Gold status, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to have that benefit lumped in.  Diamond status requires 25 eligible stays in a calendar year, so that requires a bit more dedication.

Flash Your Status:

In Vegas it is generally acceptable to “flash your status” to get what you want, within reason of course.  You gotta remember this is the city that made the “$20 trick” famous (which I did not try in the VIP check-in lounge, although I normally try it at the regular check-in desk).  The more willing you are to flash your M Life status at key moments, the more likely it is that you will find out more and more “secret” ways that it benefits you.  I’m admittedly terrible at this as it kind of makes my skin crawl, but I will trade some skin crawling to skip a 30 minute taxi line in 100 degree heat.

I’d love to hear your M Life status stories – and I’m sure there will be many more to add once Hyatt Diamond and Hyatt Platinum members start using their status in a month or so!

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