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Hyatt and Wyndham elites: It's time to match to MGM Rewards and Caesars Rewards

Feb. 07, 2022
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Editor's Note

Caesars Rewards no longer allows members to match Wyndham status obtained via a match from Caesars to match back to Caesars. See this <a href="https://thepointsguy.com/news/caesars-wyndham-stop-matched-status/" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-schema-attribute="">post</a> for more information.

Editor's note: Caesars Rewards no longer allows members to match Wyndham status obtained via a match from Caesars to match back to Caesars. See this post for more information.


Having elite status in Las Vegas can help you save money on parking and even resort fees.

Luckily, several hotel loyalty programs partner with popular casino loyalty programs for reciprocal status matches. So, you may be able to easily get — and keep — elite status with one or more casino loyalty programs. In this guide, I'll discuss the following two status match partnerships:

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These two hotel loyalty programs offer a different elite status benefit year than their partner casino loyalty programs. So, once you have status, you can match your status back and forth on a so-called status merry-go-round. By doing so, you can keep low- or mid-tier status in both programs forever — or at least until the programs change or terminate their partnership.

But, you must remember to match your status every year. And you'll need to get the timing right or else you'll find yourself thrown off the status merry-go-round. Here's what you need to know.

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World of Hyatt and MGM Rewards

MGM Grand Las Vegas. (Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International)

By using the World of Hyatt and MGM Rewards status merry-go-round, you can maintain as high as World of Hyatt Explorist and MGM Rewards Gold status. Best of all, you can do the status matches online once you have Hyatt or MGM status.

Match Hyatt status to MGM each February

If you have World of Hyatt elite status, you'll want to match to MGM Rewards each February. Of course, you could wait to match shortly before your next trip to Las Vegas — but you must initiate your match before your Hyatt status resets at the end of each year.

Hyatt status levels match to MGM Rewards as follows:

  • Discoverist: MGM Rewards Pearl.
  • Explorist and Globalist: MGM Rewards Gold.

Check out our guide to matching your World of Hyatt status to MGM Rewards for more information. And go here to do the match.

Related: Hyatt members, listen up: Use this simple tip to avoid resort fees at 13 Las Vegas casinos

Match MGM status to Hyatt each January

Once you have MGM Rewards status, you'll need to match back to World of Hyatt each January if you don't earn Hyatt status organically. After all, your Hyatt status resets at the end of each year and your MGM Rewards status resets at the end of each January. You can use this difference in elite status benefit periods to maintain status in both programs.

MGM Rewards tiers match to Hyatt elite status as follows:

  • Pearl: World of Hyatt Discoverist.
  • Gold, Platinum and Noir: World of Hyatt Explorist.

Go here to do the match on MGM Rewards' website each January.

Earning Hyatt or MGM status initially

Aria Resort & Casino. (Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International)

If you don't have World of Hyatt status or MGM Rewards status yet, here are some ways you can snag status with one of these programs and hop on the status merry-go-round:

Of course, the perks will be best if you're able to snag at least Hyatt Explorist or MGM Gold. And MGM Gold status just got better with the new MGM Rewards program. After all, MGM Rewards Gold now provides waived resort fees when you book directly with MGM Resorts International.

But, even if you maintain Hyatt Discoverist and MGM Pearl, you'll still get plenty of perks when staying with MGM and Hyatt. In particular, you'll avoid the worst rooms when staying with Hyatt and you'll get complimentary self-parking at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas.

Related: A classic getaway: Revisiting the Las Vegas of my childhood to love it even more

Wyndham Rewards and Caesars Rewards

(Photo by Denis Pepin/Shutterstock)

With the Wyndham Rewards and Caesars Rewards status merry-go-round, you can maintain as high as top-tier Wyndham Diamond and mid-tier Caesars Diamond statuses. As with Hyatt and MGM, you can match statuses between Wyndham Rewards and Caesars Rewards online once you have either Wyndham or Caesars status.

However, as of February 2022, Caesars isn't allowing members to use Wyndham status obtained via a match from Caesars (or any other program) to match back to Caesars. But, you can still match Wyndham status earned via stays or Wyndham credit cards to Caesars. So, although the status merry-go-round has changed, it's still possible to maintain status in both programs.

Match earned Wyndham status to Caesars each February

If you have earned Wyndham Rewards status, you'll want to match to Caesars each February once your Caesars status has dropped to Gold.

Wyndham Rewards statuses match to Caesars Rewards tiers as follows:

  • Platinum: Caesars Rewards Platinum.
  • Diamond: Caesars Rewards Diamond.

Go here to do the match on the Caesars Rewards website.

Related: How I leveraged Wyndham's partnership with Caesars to extend expiring hotel points

Match Caesars status to Wyndham each January

Once you have Caesars Rewards status, you'll want to match back to Wyndham each January. After all, your Wyndham status resets at the end of the year each and your Caesars Rewards status resets at the end of each January. So, January is the time to match.

Caesars Rewards tiers match to Wyndham status as follows:

  • Platinum: Wyndham Rewards Platinum.
  • Diamond and Seven Seas: Wyndham Rewards Diamond.

Go here to do the match on Wyndham's website each January.

Earning Wyndham or Caesars status

Caesars Palace and The Bellagio. (Photo by Toms Auzins/robertharding/Getty Images)

If you don't have Wyndham status or Caesars status yet, here are some ways you can snag elite status with these programs:

  • Sign up for select Wyndham credit cards.
  • Wyndham Platinum status is a benefit of the Wyndham Rewards Earner® Plus Card.
  • Wyndham Diamond status is a benefit of the Wyndham Rewards Earner® Business Card.
  • Match another casino loyalty program to Caesars Rewards, which is currently running a Diamond tier upgrade promotion through Dec. 31 (only open to new Caesars Rewards members; you must present your valid eligible loyalty card from select competitors at any Caesars Rewards Center; you'll need to earn 100 tier credits by Dec. 31 to get all of the Caesars Diamond perks).
  • Earn Wyndham Platinum or Diamond elite status through nights.
  • Earn Caesars Rewards Diamond or Seven Seas status through tier credits.

The information for the Wyndham Rewards Earner Plus Card, and Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Many travelers will find that the easiest way to get Wyndham status is by signing up for one of the Wyndham credit cards. For the purposes of matching to Caesars Rewards, the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card is your best option since it gives Wyndham Diamond status as a cardholder perk.

But, if you already have MGM Rewards Gold status, visiting a Caesars Rewards destination to match in person may be a better option. However, note that the Diamond tier upgrade promotion technically requires you to be a new Caesars member. So, although some existing Caesars Rewards members have reported success with this promotion, it may only work if you aren't already a Caesars Rewards member.

Related: 17 ways to earn Wyndham Rewards points for your next redemption

Bottom line

Especially since you can earn Wyndham Diamond status by holding the Wyndham Rewards Earner Business Card, Wyndham Diamond is an excellent stepping stone into elite status with all four programs discussed in this guide. After all, you can match Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Diamond online. Then, visit an MGM Rewards destination participating in the tier match promotion by June 30 and match your Caesars Diamond status to MGM Gold status. Then, you can match MGM Gold status to Hyatt Explorist status online.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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