I am sitting in the Comfort Inn, Green River, Utah. This is a small town off Interstate 70 about 50 miles northwest of the desert recreational town of Moab. I will be staying in Las Vegas tonight after a 410 mile drive today. I will experience Las Vegas M life over the next three nights.
Say what you think of midscale hotels and Choice Privileges, but I have to say the King Bed at this hotel is one of the most comfortable beds I’ve slept in during the past year. And the free breakfast has bananas, oranges and apples. There has been little fruit offered in all our free breakfast stays the past nine mornings. Too bad I have to body slam the room door to get it to close and lock behind me each time I enter the room.
This is the first day of my M life.
Hyatt Gold Passport membersmay be aware that MGM Resorts and Hyatt Gold Passport started loyalty program reciprocity effective June 20, 2013. This means members of both programs can earn loyalty credit with stays at their respective hotels.
As a loyalty traveler and ten year member of Hyatt Gold Passport, the MGM M life partnership means there are now 12 properties in Las Vegas, in addition to the Hyatt Place Las Vegas, for earning Hyatt Gold Passport points and elite tier stay and night credit.
As Loyalty Traveler, I have been invited to Las Vegas for a Hyatt Gold Passport-M life
press event tomorrow. I have been given complimentary Noir elite tier status with M life which I just activated in the past hour.
More about M life elite benefits will come in a later post. The table showing different M life tiers and benefits can be seen here.
How low can I go?
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.
Thursday and Friday I have a complimentary room at the MGM Grand as part of the
press event for the partnership.
Tonight I need a room I will pay for out of my pocket. A midweek room rate should be inexpensive in July when the temperature is nearly always over 100 degrees.
Hyatt Gold Passport website rates for Las Vegas:
- Hyatt Place Las Vegas $99
- The Mirage $99
- Bellagio $159
- The Signature at MGM Grand $105
- Vdara $99
- Aria $109
- Monte Carlo $59
- MGM Grand $80
- New York-New York $65
- Excalibur = Not Available
- Luxor $43
- THEhotel at Mandalay Bay $120
- Mandalay Bay $90
What caught my attention is Excalibur not being available for booking through the Hyatt Gold Passport website.
This hotel has availability through the Excalibur and M life websites for tonight with rates starting at $33.
Excalibur room rate after adding resort fee and tax = $53.76.
After checking the terms and conditions of the partnership, it looks to me like I can book this hotel through the M life website or the Excalibur website (rooms are available for direct booking) and it will still qualify for Hyatt Gold Passport credit.
How can I earn Hyatt Gold Passport points?
A guest must be both a member of M life and Hyatt Gold Passport to earn Hyatt Gold Passport points at M life resorts. At check-in, the member must notify the Front Desk agent they would like to earn Hyatt Gold Passport points and ask to add both their M life and Hyatt Gold Passport member numbers to their reservation.
What is considered an eligible stay for earning points on hotel spend?
Members can make their reservation at mlife.com or directly with their favorite property, as well as through hyatt.com or through Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Centers. Any booking where payment is made directly to MGM Resorts International, through hyatt.com or through Hyatt Worldwide Reservation Centers is an eligible stay. For clarity, the following stays are not eligible: third party reservations, complimentary room nights, master account group bookings and Hyatt Gold Passport free night award bookings.
Here is the link to the M life T&C on Hyatt’s website.
Excalibur is a Las Vegas Strip hotel property I don’t recall ever having even been inside.
Rising to the Top
After a week on the road staying in midscale hotels like Holiday Inn Express, Marriott’s TownePlace Suites and the Choice Hotels Comfort Inn, tonight could be a good night to treat Kelley to a top of the line hotel.
I have stayed at the Aria Resort before and I even attended a press party in the Aria Sky Villa in December 2010. Aria suites start at $225 for rooms with 900+ square feet of living space.
Vdara is also part of the City Center complex that includes Aria and the Mandarin Oriental hotels and Vdara is located next to The Cosmopolitan, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. Vdara is apartment style with the basic $99 room offering 582 square feet of space.
Vdara has a two-bedroom, two story penthouse suite with 1,447 sq. ft. of room at $600 per night. Too rich for my wallet.
MGM Signature Suites and Vdara are smoke-free properties which is a nice feature for Las Vegas hotels.
Luxor, the Las Vegas pyramid resort, looks like one of the best values. Rooms start at $43, but the real value is the low price of a suite.
$83 for 590 square feet Pyramid King Suite at Luxor Resort.
The Deluxe Pyramid King Suite is 800 square feet at $103.
There are so many choices for great deals at the MGM properties in Las Vegas. It is tough to decide, but I need to make a reservation before we take off this morning, so we have a specific destination for tonight.
Any suggestions on where I should book?
Should I go low or should I go high in Las Vegas?
$33 for Excalibur or $105 for The Signature?
There are so many M life choices in Las Vegas for Hyatt Gold Passport credit.
Ric Garrido, writer and owner of Loyalty Traveler, shares news and views on hotels, hotel loyalty programs and vacation destinations for frequent guests.