Posted by Ric Garrido

Hot off the press is the announcement today of a new hotel loyalty partnership between Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM Resorts Las Vegas ‘M life’ loyalty program beginning June 20, 2013 with earn and burn reciprocity between the two loyalty programs.

Hyatt Gold Passport members in August can also get a status match with MGM M life based on their Hyatt elite status.

The participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas are:

  • Bellagio,
  • ARIA,
  • Vdara,
  • MGM Grand,
  • The Signature at MGM Grand,
  • Mandalay Bay,
  • THEhotel at Mandalay Bay,
  • The Mirage,
  • Monte Carlo,
  • New York-New York,
  • Luxor and
  • Excalibur.

The real value I see with this relationship is using low rates in Las Vegas to build up elite tier stay credits. One week of cheap stays in Vegas can add up elite tier credits with Hyatt Gold Passport quickly at rates as low as $50 per night or even less at hotels like Luxor and Excalibur.

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Excalibur is $44.50 ($28 + the dreaded $16.50 resort fee) for tonight, June 5.

From the press release:

“Hyatt Gold Passport members will be able to earn and redeem Hyatt Gold Passport points at 12 participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas, and M life members will be able to earn M life Tier Credits when staying at Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world.”

Beginning June 20, participating MGM Resorts destinations can be booked through Hyatt.com and Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Centers in addition to mlife.com and individual MGM Resorts property websites. Guests with membership in Hyatt Gold Passport and M life will be able to earn both Hyatt Gold Passport points and M life Tier Credits on eligible rates and spend for stays beginning on or after June 20 at participating MGM Resorts destinations.

Hyatt Gold Passport Benefits

  • Hyatt Gold Passport members will receive Hyatt Gold Passport points on every eligible dollar spent at the 12 participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas. Members will also have the opportunity to earn M life Tier Credits simultaneously at these locations on eligible spend.
  • All eligible stays at any of the participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas will count toward Hyatt Gold Passport tier status.
  • Hyatt Gold Passport members will be able to redeem their Hyatt Gold Passport points for award nights at participating MGM Resorts destinations in Las Vegas.
  • Coming in August, Hyatt Gold Passport members will be eligible to opt-in to a reciprocal tier status in MGM Resorts’ M life, providing benefits at participating MGM Resorts destinations. Depending on the matched Tier Level, members may receive special room offers and upgrades, pre-sale access to premier concert, show and fight tickets, invitations to members-only events, access to M life Moments – exclusive experiences, and much more.

M life Benefits

  • M life members will receive M life Tier Credits for eligible spend when traveling beyond MGM Resorts destinations, in Las Vegas, Detroit and Mississippi, when they stay at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide.
  • M life members will have the opportunity to experience destinations and cultures across the globe with the authentic hospitality that Hyatt offers while earning M life Tier Credits.
  • Coming in August, M life members will be eligible to opt-in to a reciprocal tier status in Hyatt Gold Passport, providing benefits at Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide. Depending on the matched Tier Level, members may receive complimentary in-room Internet access, guaranteed room availability, late check-out and more during their Hyatt stay.

For more information and frequently asked questions, visit hyatt.com/mlife or mlife.com’s Preferred Partner’s Page.”

 

This news was released less than 30 minutes ago. I am sure it will be all over BoardingArea today.

I’ll update with more details as warranted.

Now I kind of regret turning down an MGM M life press trip in April. I would find that information quite useful today.

I’ll be arriving in Las Vegas this evening from Toronto and perhaps I’ll pick up a bit more information during the next week.

Or at least I can visit some of these MGM Resorts I have never been inside.

But I’ll wait until after June 20 to book my MGM cheap stays Smile.

 

Ric Garrido, writer and content owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests.

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15 Responses

  1. $29 in July!

  2. @Sky – I neglected to say that the $44.50 included the $16.50 resort fee. The room rate is $28, but for all practical purposes is $44.50. I hope we get legislation soon to require resort fee disclosure in the displayed published rate.

    $16.50 on top of a $28 rate is a significant additional cost, relatively speaking.

  3. $45 stays and maybe you just hotel hop.

    Of course, $45 stay is relative if you drop $$$ in casinos.

    Comment by Michael on June 5th, 2013 at 11:23 am
  4. Hi Ric. What’s the maximum number of rooms one can book and receive stay credit for with Hyatt GP? Is it like SPG, where they award up to 3 stay credits for up to 3 rooms? Thanks!

    Comment by CalAggie21 on June 5th, 2013 at 12:17 pm
  5. @CalAggie21 – The T&C for Hyatt Gold Passport say elite credit is only applicable for one room even though member may earn points on up to three rooms per stay.

    HGP T&C

    7. Hyatt Gold Passport members may receive Hyatt Gold Passport points for up to three rooms (member’s room and two additional rooms). Member must be a registered guest, occupy at least one of the rooms and pay for all three.

    Only the room occupied by the member will count toward tier status, current Hyatt Gold Passport promotions and receive program benefits and services.

    The occupant of the second or third room may not receive Hyatt Gold Passport points, airline miles or Amtrak Guest Rewards points, either at time of stay or retroactively.

    http://goldpassport.hyatt.com/hyatt/customer-service/gp-terms-conditions.jsp?_requestid=839672

    Comment by Ric Garrido on June 5th, 2013 at 6:19 pm
  6. […] fee, you could be paying just $60 a night. And discounts do go lower. My search was random, but Loyalty Traveler found a night at Excalibur for only $28 before taxes and […]

  7. Do you think we can status match my Hyatt Plat to M Life year-after-year? Or is this August probably a once only promotion kind of thing? TIA

    Comment by SuperKirby on July 1st, 2013 at 2:40 am
  8. […] Gold Passport’s main summer news is the start of a reciprocal loyalty program partnership with MGM brand hotels in Las Vegas and mLife loyalty […]

  9. Hi Ric – was just wondering, since M Life properties will status match Hyatt Gold Passport members, does it work in the reverse as well? (e.g. if you have a Gold or Platinum players card with M Life, will you receive any sort of status match from Hyatt’s Gold Passport program?)

  10. @David – I believe that is the case. Next week I will learn much more about the partnership when I attend a Hyatt Gold Passport – M life event at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

  11. […] My first reaction to seeing the Hyatt Gold Passport and M life partnership announcement was realizing this meant really inexpensive hotel rates in Las Vegas count as Hyatt elite status stays. I saw rates at $28 per night at Excalibur the day I first checked when writing about the new partnership. […]

  12. Hey Ric – me again. Any word on my question from a question a couple of weeks ago in regards to the reverse matching scenario?

  13. @David – the match is discussed below in the MGM Resorts webpage.

    “M life Gold, Platinum and NOIR members will be eligible to opt-in to Platinum status in the Hyatt Gold Passport program.”

    More info:
    As an M life member, when can I start taking advantage of matching tier status in Hyatt Gold Passport?
    Tier reciprocity will begin in August of 2013. As a current M life member, you will receive an email explaining how to take advantage of this benefit if your M life Tier Level is eligible for matching tier status in Hyatt Gold Passport. You may also visit the mlife.com Partner Page in August for additional information and instructions.

    What does getting a matched tier in Hyatt Gold Passport mean?
    This means that you may receive a reciprocal tier status in Hyatt Gold Passport depending on your Tier Level in M life. This could get you bonus points on eligible spend, complimentary in-room Internet access, guaranteed room availability, late check-out and more at participating Hyatt hotels and resorts worldwide.

    Which tier will I receive in the Hyatt Gold Passport program as a current M life member?
    M life Sapphire and Pearl Members will be welcomed to Hyatt Gold Passport membership. M life Gold, Platinum and NOIR members will be eligible to opt-in to Platinum status in the Hyatt Gold Passport program.

    ttp://www.mgmresorts.com/hyatt/

  14. Any idea when this will start now that it’s August?

  15. I don’t know if it will be automatic. In Las Vegas you can go up to the M life Players Club desk and get a card. They might just allow you to show ID and Hyatt elite card to match. I have not read anything yet on the procedure.

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