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TPG reader @Spirith20 tweeted me a question about earning points in Vegas:

@ThePointsGuy — “I’ll be staying at the Bellagio soon. Any suggestions for how to earn points on the stay with a hotel partner?”

Back in the day it was hard to earn hotel points in Vegas, and most people didn’t even consider that an option. But now it’s much, much easier, and there are plenty of opportunities to earn (and redeem) points for your stay.

The Bellagio is one of the M life resorts, along with a number of other properties on the Vegas strip and elsewhere, such as Aria, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and others. M life began partnering with Hyatt a few years ago, so Gold Passport members can earn and redeem points at select properties, and even enjoy reciprocal benefits.

If you booked your stay directly through M life or Hyatt (and not through an online travel agency), you can earn five Hyatt Gold Passport points per dollar for your stay. I list Hyatt points at 1.8 cents apiece in my latest valuations, so that’s a return of 9% even before you factor in whatever credit card rewards you earn. Note that you must be an M life member and Hyatt Gold Passport member (with linked accounts) to earn Hyatt points at M life resorts.

If you’re staying on an ineligible rate, you can still charge eligible dining, entertainment and spa services to your room and earn Hyatt Gold Passport points for those charges. However, only charges billed to your hotel room will qualify. Remember to notify the front desk agent that you would like to earn Hyatt Gold Passport points, and to add your M life and Hyatt Gold Passport member numbers to your reservation.

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As for other points-friendly hotels in Vegas, Starwood and Caesar’s Entertainment announced a partnership in 2013 that provides similar benefits for both SPG and Caesar’s Total Rewards members. Caesar’s operates a number of properties in Las Vegas, including Caesar’s Palace, Nobu, Bally’s and The Cromwell. SPG Platinum elites get a number of VIP benefits such as priority check-in and preferred entry to select restaurants.

Both The Venetian and The (slightly newer) Palazzo partner with IHG Rewards, so you can earn and redeem points, or use free night certificates from the IHG Rewards Club Select Credit Card.

Inexpensive rooms usually aren’t hard to find in Vegas, especially on weeknights. So while I don’t recommend using your points in Sin City, it’s great that you can now earn some valuable rewards for your stays.

Remember to link your Hyatt and M life accounts, and good luck in Vegas!

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at info@thepointsguy.com.

American Express® Gold Card

With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.

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  • Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
  • $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
  • Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms apply.
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