Hyatt’s new partnership with MGM M Life’s 12 Las Vegas hotels has launched. The two programs now offer reciprocal earning and redemption. Next month we expect them to implement status matching between the programs.
- Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum maps to Gold (mid-tier of 5 levels)
- Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond maps to M Life Platinum (second highest, behind invite-only Noir)
- M Life Gold, Platinum, and Noir will receive Hyatt Platinum
What I haven’t seen discussed yet is that this will yield substantial cruise benefits for Hyatt members who receive their comped status in the M Life program.
That’s because, as MJ On Travel reminds me, M Life has launched a partnership with Royal Caribbean cruise lines as well.
Hyatt elites will get M Life status, and M Life status is recognized with several perks on Royal Caribbean.
Hyatt Platinum, the status you get just for having the co-branded credit card, will get you M Life Gold. And that yields:
- Departure lounge access
- Priority Checkin
- Welcome Amenity
- Complimentary specialty dinner
- 5 onboard drink vouchers
Hyatt Diamond yields M Life Platinum which entitles to several benefits in addition to those for M Life Golds:
- 10 onboard drink vouchers rather than 5
- Priority waitlist for shore excursions, spa, and dining
- 30 minutes free onboard internet
Now there are a some qualifications here. The benefit chart suggests that M Life Platinums (and Noirs) get a free cruise each year.
I am confident that this benefit will change, or rather that comped Hyatt Diamonds will not be given free Royal Caribbean cruises.
I had heard that each year Noirs received free cruises from Royal Caribbean, I didn’t realize it applied to Platinums. Details online suggest that the M Life Platinum benefit of a 3, 4, or 5 night Bahamas or Caribbean cruise in an ocean view stateroom is “based on recent M Life play” which would seem to exclude Hyatt Diamonds from automatically receiving this.
I’m not big on cruising personally, but for those who are it’s additional benefits of the Hyatt-MGM partnership that I didn’t even realize were baked into the cake.