Leverage Hyatt Status and Casino Status into Big Recognition Across Vegas

Last summer Hyatt and MGM hotels launched a loyalty program partnership. You can earn and burn points at their respective properties, and elite status is recognized across both chains.

What that means for Hyatt Gold Passport members is more hotels to earn at and redeem at (chains have historically been underrepresented in Vegas), and also for Hyatt elites recognition at MGM hotels.

Elite benefits in MGM’s M Life are different what you expect from the traditional hotel chains. A Hyatt Diamond member becomes an M Life Platinum and gets to flash their Platinum card in a very ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am?’ fashion. Show it in front of the hotel for instance, and skip the taxi queue.

What’s interesting is how some folks have leveraged their Hyatt status turned MGM status.

MGM status comes with benefits on Royal Caribbean cruise lines. There have been some limits placed on matched MGM members, but in practice I’ve heard mostly of success in obtaining benefits.

It’s been reported as well that the Las Vegas Cosmopolitan will status match MGM M Life status.

So a Hyatt Diamond-turned-MGM Platinum may be able to get Cosmopolitan’s Identity Platinum status.

Note that the early check-in and late check-out benefits are subject to availability.

What’s more staying at Cosmopolitan won’t be a total loss, not only are they aligned with Marriott but Identity points can be transferred to Marriott Rewards.

Any other status match successes in Vegas would be interesting to hear about, for sure.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. The Cosmo status match ended 2nd April and only lasted 6 months unless you hit the regular status qualification requirements

  2. I was able to leverage Hyatt silver to MLife Gold at my last stay at Bellagio. That gives you a line pass for the buffet, and complimentary room upgrades. I think we also got better comps because I was gold!

  3. Is there a way to get a physical M Life card? I opted in last year sometime but haven’t stayed at an MGM since doing so.

  4. I have Mlife Platinum but get more out of Caesars’ Total Rewards. I’ll have to see if they’ll match my Mlife status.

    @Sam C I’m pretty sure you have to pick up the card at an MGM property.

  5. I’ve tried to get my Mlife account linked to Royal Caribean, but they keep telling me they can’t since I got my status from Hyatt. Is there a different approach I should take?

  6. I’ve been to vegas twice since getting my hyatt visa card and I can say without a doubt, if you go to vegas at least once a year, it is worth having the credit card for this alone.

    The biggest benefit is the VIP check-in. When you see 100 people in line waiting to check in you can go to their M-Life status line. Every hotel does it different but at the Monte Carlo they had me go into a special VIP room with free wine while I checked in.

  7. @Gary im a hyatt platinum until feb 15 and seeing as i dont have a trip to vegas anytime soon i wanted to maximize my time as an mlife gold. if i register online for my mlife status when will it expire? does it expire as my hyatt status expires or is it for a set period of time? in that case i would only register towads feb 15.

  8. In Vegas now got shot down twice today at the cosmopolitan for a match for my platinum mlife card.

  9. The Cosmopolitan is not part of MLife. They are affiliated with Marriott. I used points there for New Year’s Eve.

  10. If you can manage a status match to Caesars Entertainment (Total Rewards); that can be leveraged quite nicely into a match at Borgata Atlantic City.
    The Borgata (Black Label) Match includes :
    $100 free play
    Free room (ok for Saturday nights, so value of $200 to $700)
    and access to the VIP Lounge. Borgata VIP lounge experience far exceeds any of the (standard) VIP lounges in Atlantic City or Las Vegas.

    LINK : http://www.theborgata.com/casino/my-borgata-rewards/black-label-trade-up

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