Hyatt Gold Passport elite members might be well advised to take ten minutes this week to call MGM Resorts for an Mlife tier match based on your current 2016 Hyatt elite membership level. I made my call on Friday for a tier match based on Hyatt Diamond status in 2016. I’m headed to Las Vegas this month and MGM Resorts room rates are quite competitive and particularly good value with additional Mlife Platinum elite benefits.
To receive your matched tier in M life Rewards, call (800) 323-7249 and provide both your Hyatt Gold Passport and M life Rewards membership numbers. You can join Mlife online or probably do it over the phone when you call for a match. I have been a member since the program started in 2013, but I had to reactivate my account last week since I have not frequented Vegas much the past few years.
The current Mlife Elite Tier match level for Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum elites is Mlife Gold.
Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond elite matches to Mlife Platinum.
The new World of Hyatt hotel loyalty program launches March 1, 2017. One of the changes is a lower Mlife tier elite match for current Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Diamond members. In 2016, HGP Diamond members match to Mlife Platinum. World of Hyatt in 2017 match Hyatt top-tier Globalist (60 nights elite level) and Explorist (30 nights elite level) only to Mlife Gold. Whether that is much of a downgrade depends on your stay pattern and travel style with MGM.
Hyatt Platinum Elite Tier Alert: There is a big change for Hyatt Visa credit card members with complimentary Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum elite membership in 2016. Hyatt Visa card members change to Discoverist elites in World of Hyatt (10 nights elite level). Discoverists only match to Mlife Pearl tier with a reduction in several benefits available to Mlife Gold members on MGM Resorts hotel stays.
- Hyatt Gold Passport non-elite member = Mlife Sapphire tier
- Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum elite member = Mlife Gold tier
- Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond elite member = Mlife Platinum tier
World of Hyatt Elite Member Tiers in 2017
World of Hyatt changes the loyalty program to three elite tiers.
10 elite qualifying nights = Discoverist (complimentary tier for Hyatt Visa Card members).
30 elite qualifying nights = Explorist
60 elite qualifying nights = Globalist
World of Hyatt Elite Member Tier Match to Mlife Tier in 2017
- World of Hyatt non-elite member = no match
- World of Hyatt Discoverist elite member = Mlife Pearl tier
- World of Hyatt Explorist elite member = Mlife Gold tier
- World of Hyatt Globalist elite member = Mlife Gold tier
Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum and Hyatt Visa Card Members put in for an Mlife tier match soon to avoid any rules changes before March 1.
Hyatt Gold Passport Platinum, including all Hyatt Visa Card Members currently match to Mlife Gold in 2016. World of Hyatt will recategorize most of these elite members into Discoverist with an Mlife tier match downgrade to Mlife Pearl.
Mlife Elite Member benefits
The question is what kinds of Mlife Tier benefits are impacted by Platinum and Diamond Mlife tier downgrades to Gold and Pearl?
Hotel Discount Rates – All Mlife members get 15% off room rates.
Room Upgrades – Mlife Gold members have upgrades listed as a benefit. World of Hyatt Discoverists lose that benefit in 2017.
Gaming – Each Mlife tier earns higher points. Change from Mlife Platinum to Gold is a drop from 30% to 20% gaming points. Mlife Gold to Pearl is 20% to 10%.
Pool Cabanas and Bungalows – Mlife Platinum members have priority access. That is not an Mlife Gold benefit.
Spa/Salon – Mlife Platinum members have priority access. That is not an Mlife Gold benefit.
Retail Shops Discount – Mlife Platinum members get 15% off. Mlife Gold and Pearl = 10%.
Dining – Mlife Gold members have priority reservations and line access. Mlife Pearl members only get Las Vegas buffet line pass.
Nightclubs and Pool Clubs – VIP Line Access to Nightclubs and Pool Day Clubs for You and a Guest for Mlife Gold and Platinum members. This benefit will be lost to current Hyatt Platinum members in 2017 when tier match drops to Pearl for World of Hyatt Discoverist members.
Valet Parking and Taxis – Mlife Platinum members get priority lines for valet parking and taxis.
Valet parking and taxi lines and free valet parking are probably one of the most popular benefits for Las Vegas trips. There is a 20 to 30 minute wait sometimes for your car or a long line for taxis. Hyatt Diamond members can currently match to Mlife Platinum. This status match may change at any time to Mlife Gold, the highest tier match for Hyatt elites offered in the new World of Hyatt program. Mlife Gold members get complimentary valet parking. This is a benefit you can lock in now with a Hyatt Platinum member status match to Gold. Valet parking will not be free for a World of Hyatt Discoverist matching to Mlife Pearl in 2017.
Free Parking at MGM Resorts for Mlife Pearl Members
One major MGM Resorts benefit still available in the new World of Hyatt to current Hyatt Platinum and Visa card members is free parking.
- Self-parking is complimentary* for Pearl, Gold, Platinum and NOIR M life Rewards Members
- Valet-parking is complimentary* for Gold, Platinum and NOIR M life Rewards Members
- Scan your qualifying M life card for entry and exit (you do not need to take a ticket)
I’ll be heading to Las Vegas for a family gathering. Now that I have refreshed my memory on all the benefits available to Mlife elite members, MGM is looking like a good value option for my upcoming family gathering trip.