World Of Hyatt & MGM M Life Las Vegas Partnership: How It Works

World Of Hyatt & MGM M Life Las Vegas Partnership: How It Works

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World of Hyatt does a great job with its partnerships, which potentially give members a lot more ways to both earn and redeem points. For example, Hyatt has partnerships with Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Lindblad Expeditions, American Airlines, and others.

I’d argue World of Hyatt’s most valuable partnership is with MGM M life Rewards in Las Vegas. This partnership dates back to 2013 — not only was this the first hotel loyalty collaboration of its kind in Las Vegas, but to this day I still find it to be the best. In this post I wanted to talk a bit about how exactly this works.

World of Hyatt members get perks at MGM hotels

World of Hyatt and MGM M life have a phenomenal collaboration that allows World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem points for over a dozen additional hotels in Las Vegas. Not only that, but there are status matching opportunities, so that you can get even more value for your hotel stays.

Let’s look at the details of how this works — what hotels participate, how can you earn and redeem points, and what are status benefits like.

Which MGM hotels participate in the Hyatt partnership?

The following MGM properties in Las Vegas participate in the Hyatt partnership, allowing you to earn and redeem points:

  • ARIA
  • Bellagio
  • Delano
  • Excalibur
  • Luxor
  • Mandalay Bay
  • MGM Grand
  • Monte Carlo
  • New York New York
  • NoMad
  • Park MGM
  • The Mirage
  • The Signature at MGM Grand
  • Vdara
NoMad Las Vegas

Earn World of Hyatt points at MGM properties

The World of Hyatt points earning rates at MGM properties are excellent, and match what you’d earn when staying at a Hyatt property:

  • World of Hyatt members earn five base points per dollar spent at MGM properties
  • World of Hyatt members receive their standard elite tier bonus points on eligible spending at MGM properties (Discoverist members get a 10% bonus, Explorist members get a 20% bonus, and Globalist members get a 30% bonus)
  • MGM stays generally count towards World of Hyatt’s global promotions, and spending also qualifies towards lifetime World of Hyatt Globalist status

There are a few other things to be aware of if trying to earn World of Hyatt points at MGM properties:

  • In order to earn points you need to book either directly through MGM or through Hyatt; third-party bookings generally aren’t eligible to earn points
  • At check-in inform the front desk agent of your desire to earn World of Hyatt points, and provide both your World of Hyatt and MGM M life numbers (yes, you need to provide both, though membership in both programs is free and easy)
  • While the World of Hyatt Credit Card (review) and World of Hyatt Business Credit Card (review) offer 4x World of Hyatt points for Hyatt stays, this doesn’t extend to MGM properties, so you’ll want to use another card for your hotel spending
  • You can also earn World of Hyatt points for spending on incidentals at MGM properties, up to $5,000 per stay; if you’re staying at an MGM property you can generally charge incidentals to your room from any participating MGM property, which is a great way to rack up more World of Hyatt points
Luxor Las Vegas

Redeem World of Hyatt points at MGM properties

You can redeem World of Hyatt points and free night certificates for stays at MGM properties. Each hotel falls into one of Hyatt’s standard award tiers, which are as follows (this includes peak and off-peak award pricing, which kicks in as of March 2022):

All MGM properties are somewhere between Category 3 (typically 12,000 points per night) and Category 6 (typically 25,000 points per night).

Personally I value World of Hyatt points at 1.5 cents each, so I’d always recommend comparing cash costs and points costs when redeeming, because it may not always represent a good deal. This is especially true for midweek stays, when hotel rates in Las Vegas are often quite low.

There are a few more things to be aware of if redeeming World of Hyatt points for MGM stays:

  • While World of Hyatt waives resort fees when redeeming points at Hyatt properties, this doesn’t apply at MGM properties, and all members (including Globalists) will still have to pay resort fees
  • You can’t redeem points for suites or premium rooms at MGM properties, and also can’t use confirmed suite upgrade awards to secure a suite upgrade
  • Some blackout dates do apply for award redemptions, unlike for stays at Hyatt hotels
Mandalay Bay & Delano Las Vegas

Earn World of Hyatt elite nights at MGM properties

Regardless of whether you’re paying cash or redeeming points, World of Hyatt members can earn elite nights for MGM stays where their World of Hyatt account is linked. Elite nights earned this way count towards status, and also towards the Milestone Rewards program.

MGM Grand Las Vegas

Get a status match with MGM M life

World of Hyatt members can status match to MGM M life so that they can receive extra perks for stays at MGM properties. Here’s how status maps over between programs:

  • World of Hyatt members receive M life Sapphire
  • World of Hyatt Discoverist members receive M life Pearl
  • World of Hyatt Explorist & Globalist members receive M life Gold

World of Hyatt members can match status as often as they’d like — you need to reapply at the end of the membership year, but that’s an easy enough process.

You can request an MGM M life status match here, and can read about M life elite benefits here.

These elite perks are in lieu of the standard World of Hyatt elite perks you’d receive, since M life perks are what’s recognized at MGM properties. In terms of benefits, don’t get too excited here. For example, perks for M life Gold members include the following:

  • Access to a priority check-in queue
  • Room upgrades subject to availability, excluding suites
  • Priority reservations for restaurants and entertainment
  • Room discounts
Bellagio Las Vegas

Bottom line

The collaboration between Hyatt and MGM in Las Vegas remains the most comprehensive hotel partnership of its kind that we’ve seen on the Strip. World of Hyatt members can earn and redeem points at similar rates to Hyatt stays, and there are also some reciprocal elite perks.

Historically when I’ve gone to Las Vegas, this collaboration has made me choose to always stay at MGM properties. In fairness, it has been a few years, and Las Vegas is one place I particularly don’t have much interest in returning to in this era.

Have you ever leveraged the Hyatt & MGM partnership in Las Vegas? If so, what was your experience like?

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  1. Cheers! Guest

    I am already an MLife MasterCard holder, and thinking about applying for World Of Hyatt. How do you suggest maximizing value while using both cards? I've got good MLife status because of my Mlife card usage (usually Gold, sometimes Platinum depending on # of trips to Vegas per year)...but if I start using the Hyatt Card at MGM properties am I going to hurt myself by not using the MLife card?

    Or is the...

    I am already an MLife MasterCard holder, and thinking about applying for World Of Hyatt. How do you suggest maximizing value while using both cards? I've got good MLife status because of my Mlife card usage (usually Gold, sometimes Platinum depending on # of trips to Vegas per year)...but if I start using the Hyatt Card at MGM properties am I going to hurt myself by not using the MLife card?

    Or is the solutation as simple as just getting the status match and using Hyatt @ Hyatt and MLife @MGM?

  2. Dwondermeant Guest

    While it’s nice to earn Hyatt points should you stay in one of the MGM properties Gold status is near worthless inside the hotel
    You may get a quicker check in but that’s a big may.Frequently the elite line is slower
    The hotel does not honor a late check out and do. Upgrades are weak if any at all.
    as far as I’m concerned I’d rather stay at a Hilton property Waldorf...

    While it’s nice to earn Hyatt points should you stay in one of the MGM properties Gold status is near worthless inside the hotel
    You may get a quicker check in but that’s a big may.Frequently the elite line is slower
    The hotel does not honor a late check out and do. Upgrades are weak if any at all.
    as far as I’m concerned I’d rather stay at a Hilton property Waldorf Astoria etc
    Resorts world or IHG Venetian or Palazzo where Late check out and upgrades may likely and do apply,When MGM first offered Platinum status matches early on there was at least some small benefit.Slowly but surely they eroded away anything that existed

  3. mgmbleeeh Guest

    The best benefit of m life gold is not even listed here. FREE PARKING.
    On my past several visits to various MGM properties, the "priority" check in line was never manned.

  4. Andrew Gold

    Stayed at the Mirage in early December for a conference. Picked MGM for this very specific reason.

  5. Tacoman Guest

    Lucky- MGM Gold is the status match for Explorist and Discoverist, and that comes with free self and valet parking. A very nice perk.

  6. Aaron Guest

    FHR / THC question - can you confirm that MLife stays booked through FHR / THC can earn Hyatt points and elite nights if you provide your MLife linked Hyatt number at check-in?

    There are conflicting data points about this. For FHR / THC bookings at MLife properties I've seen no Hyatt points or elite nights, Hyatt points but no elite nights (another commenter mentions this happened to them at the Delano)
    and both Hyatt points and elite nights.

    1. GSHLGB New Member

      Its super dependent, sometimes a desk clerk is nice and it gets recoded correctly to post, to Hyatt as a stay.

      In my experience its about 40% of my stays. Using FHR

      50-50 Using LHRC (CSP/CSR)

  7. Til Guest

    We staid at the Delano in November for 4 nights booked with Amex. While I got the points into my Hyatt account the nights unfortunately didn't count. Didn't know that…..

    1. Aaron Guest

      Did you book through FHR / THC (usually full benefits) or just AmEx travel (no benefits, essentially Expedia)?

    2. Til Guest

      It was FHR (including breakfast, $100 credit, upgrade etc). With Hyatt directly those nights do count afaik but apparently they do not with MGM. Pity…. I wrote Hyatt about it especially why I got points but no nights but no reply yet. So I just did two useless Hyatt nights here to get Globalist….

  8. David Guest

    FYI, the Mirage was just sold to Hard Rock Hotel and Casinos group.

    1. evan Guest

      But on the plus side, Cosmopolitan was sold to MGM.

  9. GeorgeBrown12 New Member

    What about matching status from MGM to Hyatt? Is that still possible?

  10. Joes Guest

    Plus it usually takes 30 days to post your previous stay
    Way too long in my own opinion

  11. Ryan Guest

    I have an incredibly hard time finding hotels that allow you to redeem points for rooms straight up. Sometimes you can find Room + Cash deals, but besides for Excalibur and maybe NYNY, you can never book MGM rooms strictly using points. BS IMO.

    1. UA-NYC Guest

      When I went on a prime October home Raiders weekend, every single MGM property was available with points. YMMV.

  12. Stuart Guest

    As a Globalist I can give tell you that Aria rarely recognizes or offers anything. Upgrades are met with a blank stare (at least in the four stays there I had this year). That's fine, but the most annoying thing is the time for points to post. It has taken me up to two months and repeated emails to my concierge to get them in my account. So do keep an eye out for making sure you get them should you stay there.

  13. Kirk Guest

    Caesars Diamond members don't pay resort fees. No reason to do so with MGM as Globalist.

  14. Andre Guest

    I’m a Caesars Diamond member and have to physically go to the MGM M Life desk in Vegas to status match to M Life Gold which I don’t think is worth it since I don’t go to Vegas that much anyway.

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mgmbleeeh Guest

The best benefit of m life gold is not even listed here. FREE PARKING. On my past several visits to various MGM properties, the "priority" check in line was never manned.

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evan Guest

But on the plus side, Cosmopolitan was sold to MGM.

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Cheers! Guest

I am already an MLife MasterCard holder, and thinking about applying for World Of Hyatt. How do you suggest maximizing value while using both cards? I've got good MLife status because of my Mlife card usage (usually Gold, sometimes Platinum depending on # of trips to Vegas per year)...but if I start using the Hyatt Card at MGM properties am I going to hurt myself by not using the MLife card? Or is the solutation as simple as just getting the status match and using Hyatt @ Hyatt and MLife @MGM?

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