Hyatt Takes A Gamble

Hyatt takes a gamble. Literally. Hyatt is taking a gamble that you’ll want to stay at MGM Resorts in Vegas if you can earn, and use, Hyatt Gold Passport points there.  A lot of people have already written about this partnership, I know. But, this news has an interesting impact on an upcoming trip for me.

Beginning June 20th, Hyatt members will be able to earn and redeem their points at hotels like ARIA, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York New York, Luxor, Excalibur, Circus Circus.


Starting in August, Hyatt Gold Passport and M life (MGM’s membership rewards program) will be eligible to opt-in to reciprocal tier status match in with the other program.  There are five levels of M life levels, so it will be interesting to see which levels align. Earning top-tier status with M life seems like it would be pretty costly (you earn the more you spend and gamble).

Here are the M life levels:

SAPPHIRE Sapphire  PEARL Pearl  GOLD Gold
Here are the hotel benefits for M life members (from Sapphire to Noir left to right)
Room Discounts or Comps Gold_dot Gold_dot Gold_dot Gold_dot Gold_dot
Best Room Rate Guarantee Gold_dot Gold_dot Gold_dot Gold_dot Gold_dot
Room Upgrade (subject to availability) Gold_dot Gold_dot Gold_dot
Priority Check-in Line & Priority Early Check-in/Late Check-out Gold_dot Gold_dot Gold_dot
Turndown Service Gold_dot Gold_dot
Priority Access to Pool Cabanas and Bungalows Gold_dot Gold_dot
Access to Dedicated Concierge Phone Line Gold_dot Gold_dot
Spa/Salon Priority Reservations Gold_dot Gold_dot
Guaranteed Hotel Reservations Gold_dot

I have a conference in Vegas during one of the most expensive times of year. It’s at a hotel I don’t want to stay at. I’ve looked for Starwood hotels, of course, but they’re all sold out.  There are rooms at several of the MGM hotels and this could be a good use of Hyatt points.  I guess I’ll have to wait until the 20th of June to see what the redemption options are.

Do you have a favorite MGM property?  The big question will be – do I stay at one of these properties or do I stay at a Hilton property and work towards Hilton Gold again? Decisions, decisions.

4 Comments on "Hyatt Takes A Gamble"

  1. Miles, Points, and Mai Tais | June 9, 2013 at 7:39 pm |

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Noir remains exclusive to the high rollers.

    I like Mandalay Bay. Great views of the airport, still on the strip, but at the same time a little quieter and less chaotic.

    As a players club, I like Total Rewards a lot better than MLife. It will be interesting to see if Harrah’s shacks up with anyone.

  2. I prefer MGM properties over CET properties..

  3. I believe that Circus Circus, for those interested in family and/or budget accommodations, is not participating in the program, per the FAQ:

    My favorite MGM property is the Bellagio, but hard to beat the Luxor when flying in at night! And I too am interested in the reciprocal tier status match options.

    Thank you for the post.

  4. @Joe
    Thanks for the notes.
    Looks like MGM Int needs to update their site re: Circus Circus!

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