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How to match your World of Hyatt status to MGM Rewards for free perks in Las Vegas

Feb. 06, 2022
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It's certainly possible to do Las Vegas on a budget. But, from resort fees to parking fees, a trip to Las Vegas can quickly become more expensive than expected.

However, you don't have to be the unlucky visitor that wasted an extra $15 to $18 per night for self-parking in Las Vegas if you have any World of Hyatt elite status level.

Even the low-level Discoverist status that comes with the World of Hyatt Credit Card and the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card is enough to score you complimentary parking and other perks when visiting MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas and beyond.

And, if you have Explorist or Globalist status, you can avoid MGM Resorts' pesky $35 to $45 per night resort fees on your trip to Las Vegas. That's right: the new MGM Rewards program that launched on Feb. 1, 2022, offers waived resort fees for members at select tiers.

The secret is matching your World of Hyatt status to MGM Rewards. Here's how and why you should link your World of Hyatt and MGM Rewards accounts.

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Benefits of matching Hyatt status to MGM Rewards

Bellagio Resort & Casino (Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International)

Hyatt's elite status levels match to MGM Rewards Sapphire, Pearl or Gold status. In particular, Hyatt statuses match to MGM Rewards tiers as follows:

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

MGM Rewards has two higher status tiers — Platinum and Noir — that you can't unlock with your World of Hyatt status. But there are still some tangible perks at the Pearl and Gold status levels.

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MGM Rewards Pearl status allows you to use a dedicated line at buffets, avoid self-parking fees and get a 10% discount at select retail shops. You'll also be eligible for complimentary tickets to select exclusive MGM Rewards concerts in Las Vegas. And, as long as you hold Pearl status or higher, your MGM Rewards points and Slot Dollars won't expire due to inactivity.

MGM Rewards Gold status offers all the same perks as Pearl but also provides:

  • Waived valet parking charges
  • Waived resort fees when booking hotel rooms directly with MGM
  • Access to a priority check-in line at the front desk of MGM Resorts
  • Access to a dedicated line at participating restaurants
  • VIP line access to select nightclubs in Las Vegas

Some perks, such as waived resort fees for MGM Rewards Gold members, require you to book directly with MGM Resorts International. Some of the other perks, such as waived parking fees and the discount at select retail shops, should be available as long as you have your MGM Rewards member card with you. You can pick up your member card the next time you visit an MGM destination.

Related: Caesars Diamond and MGM Gold both waive resort fees now: Here's how they compare for non-gamers

How to match Hyatt status to MGM Rewards

Matching your Hyatt status to MGM Rewards is easy and can be done via the Hyatt website. Once you're there, scroll down and click the "Learn more" button.

(Screenshot courtesy of hyatt.com)

If prompted, sign in to your Hyatt account and then click "Opt in."

(Screenshot courtesy of hyatt.com)

Log in to your MGM Rewards account. You'll see the following message if your match is successful. Although the message notes it may take 24 hours for MGM to update your account, some (but not all) members have seen their tier be updated immediately.

(Screenshot courtesy of mgmresorts.com)

Make sure you aren't logged in to the MGM Rewards website when initiating a match on Hyatt's website. This can sometimes generate an error. If you get an error while matching, double-check that you're logged out of the MGM Rewards site and try again.

If you don't have an MGM Rewards account yet, set one up so you can link it to Hyatt.

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

Bottom line

There are lots of ways to skip the line and get some VIP treatment in Las Vegas, but many of them involve spending lots of money on lodging or gambling. However, you can leverage your existing hotel elite status by matching it to Las Vegas casino loyalty programs to avoid some lines and fees on your next trip to the Entertainment Capital of The World.

Additional reporting by Katie Genter.

Featured image by Tory Kooyman
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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Why We Chose It

If you are looking to take your premium rewards to the highest level, this card is really a no brainer in our eyes. Chase's Ultimate Rewards make points easy to redeem, with a wide range of 10 airline and three hotel transfer partners and a friendly user interface. Despite the high annual fee, Chase is consistently adding new benefits to keep the card competitive in a fierce premium rewards field.

Pros

  • $300 annual travel credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year
  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more