MGM Rewards has revamped its elite program to make tier status more difficult to earn (for non-gamblers) but more rewarding.
One sweet spot is that MGM Rewards grants Gold elite status to Hyatt Explorist and Globalist members. This now includes a waiver of resort fees, upgrade at check-in if available (view, high floor); dedicated line at restaurants; and complimentary valet parking.
However if you’ve gained your Gold status via Hyatt you will not receive the Gold level’s $100 tier achievement celebration dinner. And if you redeem Hyatt points for your stay you will not have your resort fee waived.
That’s because booking through Hyatt – which you have to do in order to redeem points – is not considered ‘booking direct’ to be eligible for waived resort fees.
MGM shares with me,
Bookings on Hyatt channels are not considered “direct” MGM channels to receive the waived resort fee benefit. This includes Hyatt prevailing cash bookings, Hyatt point redemption bookings, and Hyatt points + cash redemption bookings.
If you are (or become) MGM Gold via your Hyatt Globalist or Explorist status, waived resort fees will only benefit you on paid stays when booking direct – not when redeeming your Hyatt points to stay at MGM properties.