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Hyatt and M life have a pretty neat reciprocal elite status program that can be used to create elite status in one of those programs if you have it in the other. For example, on March 1st of this year my husband lost his Hyatt elite status as he didn’t have very much paid travel in 2016, but as soon as that happened, he matched his M life status to Hyatt and became a second tier level Hyatt Explorist with four club access certificates that he has used this year to secure lounge access in places like the Grand Hyatt New York.

 

Getting free World of Hyatt status courtesy of M life

Along those lines, a few weeks before the new World of Hyatt program took effect earlier this year I had strongly recommended that those with Hyatt status make sure they have matched that status to M life status in the hopes of matching that status back from M life to Hyatt after March 1st, especially if your Hyatt status was dropping on that date.

I suspected that after the World of Hyatt program launched, those with M life Gold or higher status could match it back to Hyatt Explorist status as Josh did. For the most part, that plan worked perfectly.

 

Time to match Hyatt status to M life status

M life status levels reset on October 1st each year, so now may be a good time to revisit this situation if you have lost your M life status level and need to match your Hyatt elite status level back to M life. Again, this could potentially be useful once again come March 1st of next year if you need to leverage your M life status level back to Hyatt because of a drop in status there.

For example, if you are an Explorist with Hyatt right now, you should be able to easily match that status online to receive M life Gold status that will be valid until September 30, 2018. M life Gold status gets you things such as priority lines at buffets, nightclubs, and restaurants, free self and valet parking at M life properties, priority check-in lines, and a potential M life room upgrade. The parking fee waivers alone can be very, very valuable in Las Vegas, so the status match is absolutely something that is worth doing if you might ever find yourself near an M life casino.

Fast forward to March 1, 2018, if you find yourself in a situation where you have dropped below a Hyatt Explorist due to limited 2017 travel, you should presumably be able to match your M life Gold status back to the Hyatt Explorist level at that time. I can’t guarantee that will work next year, but I can tell you it worked this year.

Use a Hyatt Explorist Club Access award at the Hyatt Regency Maui

How to match Hyatt status to M life

To get started on matching you current Hyatt status to M life, you can head here and click on “Opt In” as shown below.

This elite status reciprocal relationship is helpful even if all you have is a co-branded Hyatt credit card and the Disoverist Hyatt status that comes from having that card. My mom had no status of any kind in Hyatt or M life, but she got the Hyatt co-branded card a few months ago, and today we finally took the time to match that Discoverist status to M life Pearl status.

The M life Pearl tier you qualify for with Hyatt Discoverist status offers free self-parking which can really save you on a multi-day Vegas trip where self-parking rates at M life properties currently go as high as $15 per 24 hour period. Free valet parking is offered at the M life Gold level and above. You can view the full chart of M life perks and discounts here.

Have you been utilizing the M life – Hyatt status match opportunities to expand your elite status perks?

 

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