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) offers 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:

All MGM properties are somewhere between Category 3 (12,000 points per night) and Category 6 (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 for non-peak stays, like on weekdays.

There are a few more things to be aware of if redeeming 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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Comments
  1. Lucky – does the partnership apply at other MGM spots like the Borgata in AC, Beau Rivage in Mississippi, MGM National Harbor, etc.?

  2. Thank you! I had no idea about this partnership. Please explain how to book an MGM property with Hyatt points and how to determine which category MGM properties are in. Thanks again!

  3. @Carrie,
    you can book through hyatt. the categories are listed.
    Generally the cash rate at Vegas is the better deal.

  4. My experience is that the integration is not good. I’ve had a # of stays at MGM properties and each time I’ve had to email WoH to get the points credits

  5. I’ve leveraged Explorist status to MLife Gold for a couple of years now, it’s pretty simple. My stays have been exclusively at the Delano. Just give both loyalty cards at checkin. Points have always posted with no issues. And Delano garage parking fee is waived.

  6. 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

    Thanks for pointing this out. Prevented a mattress run I was planning at Excalibur.

  7. It doesn’t matter at the moment (but may again in the future) – but pre-pandemic MGM was charging for parking at their properties. One of the Pearl or above has been free parking at MGM properties.

    I have Hyatt Discoverist status through the World of Hyatt credit card, which gets be MGM M Life Pearl, which meant that through a credit card I received free parking at MGM properties.

    Until if/when they start charging for parking again it won’t matter, but that was a significant benefit.

  8. Is there any exemplary benefit to signing up for WoH if you already carry the MLife branded Mastercard? For example, Gold MLife status is baked into the Mastercard, so the status match aspect doesn’t matter. It’d be nice to see a breakdown of points earned at MGM Properties via WoH vs. MLife’s own card in order to ascertain which has more “value”.

  9. I don’t understand something: How do you “rack up more World of Hyatt points on charging incidentals to your room” if you are advising not using the Hyatt cc since there’s no 4x World of Hyatt points for Hyatt stays at MGM properties?

  10. @ DonDover — You’re racking up more Hyatt points because you earn 5x points on this spending, plus any elite bonuses, and that all counts towards status. You can use a card like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or Citi Premier to still earn 3x points on hotel spending.

  11. I stayed 2 nights at the MGM Grand and 3 nights at the Park MGM late February for the double elite nights credits.

    Booked through the Hyatt app but didn’t know I had to let front desk agent know.

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