Details: New MGM Rewards Loyalty Program

Details: New MGM Rewards Loyalty Program

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MGM Resorts is launching an all new loyalty program as of February 1, 2022. Let me state upfront that I’m not a huge Las Vegas fan, so this isn’t the topic I’m most passionate about. However, on balance I’d say that these changes are bad news for those who are actually loyal to MGM, while I’d say they’re good news for World of Hyatt members, thanks to Hyatt’s partnership with MGM. Let’s go over the basic details of the new program.

MGM Rewards replaces M life Rewards

The first major change with MGM’s new loyalty program is the name — the program will be named MGM Rewards, and that replaces the M life Rewards branding. Frankly I appreciate how straightforward the name is, as there’s not much effort required to remember the name of the program.

MGM Rewards elite tiers & benefits

MGM Rewards will continue to have five elite tiers, though they’ll feature refreshed perks, as follows:

  • Those with fewer than 20,000 Tier Credits receive MGM Rewards Sapphire status, which offers the ability to earn points, discounts at select shows, and the guaranteed lowest room rates when booking direct
  • Those with 20,000-74,999 Tier Credits receive MGM Rewards Pearl status, which offers invitations to member-only experiences, complimentary self-parking at participating destinations, and complimentary tickets to select concerts
  • Those with 75,000-199,999 Tier Credits receive MGM Rewards Gold status, which offers waived resort fees when booking direct, a $100 Tier achievement celebration dining experience, and complimentary enhanced room upgrades
  • Those with 200,000+ Tier Credits receive MGM Rewards Platinum status, which offers up to $600 in air travel credits to Las Vegas once per year, a $200 Tier achievement celebration dining experience, and an annual complimentary cruise on Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises
  • MGM Rewards has invitation-only Noir status, which offers up to $1,200 in air travel credits to Las Vegas once per year, a $500 Tier achievement celebration dining experience, and complimentary transportation to & from the airport with each stay

Of all these changes, personally I think the most exciting development is that resort fees will be waived for Gold members and above. This can make a huge difference, given that virtually all hotels in Las Vegas have resort fees, and in many cases they’re steep.

MGM Rewards greatly cuts points earning potential

Here’s the bad news. For those looking to earn rewards with MGM’s loyalty program, currently you earn 25 Tier Credits per dollar spent on hotel stays, dining, entertainment, and spas. With the new program you’ll earn just four Tier Credits per dollar spent on those purchases, which is an absolutely massive devaluation.

Clearly the aim is to heavily incentivize gambling, because that’ll be the easiest way for members to earn Tier Credits. The good news is that this shouldn’t impact World of Hyatt members, who choose to earn World of Hyatt points for their Las Vegas hotel stays.

How Hyatt loyalists can benefit from this

As I said above, I’m not a big Vegas person, but there is one aspect of this that most piques my interest. Hyatt & MGM have a partnership, which includes status matching. World of Hyatt Globalist & Explorist members receive Gold status with MGM, and that will continue to be the case with the new program. Gold members receive waived resort fees.

Weekday rates at Excalibur are regularly ~$21 per night, plus a $35 resort fee.

In the future, Gold members will no longer have to pay that fee, so you can actually stay at a hotel for ~$21 per night. But it gets better than that — thanks to the Hyatt & MGM partnership, you can earn World of Hyatt elite nights and points for these stays.

Going to Las Vegas will now truly be the cheapest way to maintain Globalist status. Now, practically speaking, the catch is that:

  • Weekday rates are way lower than weekend rates, so you’ll only get this kind of pricing if you’re staying for a couple of nights at a time
  • This could be a useful mattress run opportunity for Las Vegas locals, but for others the value of this won’t be that huge

This isn’t a case of checking in once for two months and paying $1,200 to maintain Globalist, but it’s still an intriguing opportunity…

Bottom line

MGM’s loyalty program is being refreshed, with the introduction of MGM Rewards as of February 1. Elite benefits are being refreshed, and perhaps most exciting is that Gold members and above will receive waived resort fees when booking direct. Thanks to the partnership between Hyatt & MGM, World of Hyatt elite members should benefit from these changes.

The bad news is that for those actually loyal to MGM, earning elite status through non-gambling means will be significantly more difficult.

What do you make of these MGM Rewards changes?

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  1. Steve Guest

    I'm on the phone with MGM right now and they say no waived resort fees for MGM Gold's who obtained status via match from Hyatt even on paid stays.

    When I challenged this they went back three times to supervisors who all reiterated this is the rule.

    Hopefully MGM will clarify this one way or the other since when booking the resort fee isn't being waived and MGM claims that only Golds who have earned...

    I'm on the phone with MGM right now and they say no waived resort fees for MGM Gold's who obtained status via match from Hyatt even on paid stays.

    When I challenged this they went back three times to supervisors who all reiterated this is the rule.

    Hopefully MGM will clarify this one way or the other since when booking the resort fee isn't being waived and MGM claims that only Golds who have earned their status via the MGM program will have the charges removed at checkout.

  2. Michael Guest

    So if I book now for late February 2022 at a MLife property I won’t be charged any resort fees as a globalist?

  3. Strafeychops Guest

    Does anyone know if there will be a similar devaluation to the Mlife Rewards Mastercard? It was formerly 1 point per $1 for most day to day purchases and 3 points per $1 when used at MGM properties for MGM stuff?

  4. UA-NYC Guest

    Great for Hyatt loyalists!

    Boo hoo to the Marriott schlubs who loved their Cosmo stays. Happy it will soon be in the MGM fold!

  5. JC Guest

    Absolutely incorrect. This is a massive devaluation. Previously, you earned 25 points per dollar spend on hotel, dining, etc. It's been cut all the way back to 4! I think you weren't exactly aware of how the previous program worked.

  6. AJ New Member

    I am surprised no one mentioned FHR stays. One of the main reasons I never utilized my FHR credit in LV is the resort fee. If you are globalist (and thus MGM gold), and book a FHR stay, are resort fees waived?

    1. Michael Guest

      I just saw on Twitter that Gary Leff confirmed that FHR bookings (the one exception) will have resort fees waived as well.

    2. Michael Guest

      The one exception when not booking “direct” that is.

  7. John Ryan Guest

    @Ben, one important point that you forgot to mention is that now when it comes to room spending, previously on hotel, dining, entertainment, and spa charges, you would earn 25 tier credits per dollar spent. And now, you earn 4. I think this is super important to bring up as it represents a huge devaluation.
    milestomemories.com/m-life-devaluation/

  8. Reno Joe Guest

    Yes, benefits under the new program are better. But, it's probably worth making a distinction about how one attains tier status. Under the old program, dining and hotel charges earned 25 tier credits. Under the new program, dining and hotel charges earn only 4 tier credits. So, if one is earning tier status DIRECTLY, it's much more difficult. If one receives tier status from a reciprocal agreement with (say) Hyatt, great.

  9. Steve from LA Guest

    Often, during non-peak times, M Life will offer comp. nights. I wonder if those comp. nights will count towards Hyatt status . . . If they do and you can check in online, that would be the ultimate virtual mattress run.

  10. Brian Radigan Guest

    Do you need to book through Hyatt to recieve the elite night credit? And if you do does MGM recongize your MGM status even when you book through Hyatt? I am curious how the waived resort fee gets applied.

    1. Frank B Member

      You could book through MGM or Hyatt previously. I am a Hyatt Globalist and a local so I would put family up there and booking through MLife with my reciprocal gold status always got the best rate and the points always credited to Hyatt. I even managed to get Hyatt points for restaurant spend when I booked through FHR.

  11. ZumaStar New Member

    Lucky- CORRECTION: the prior message had typos any data points on whether MGM properties like Excalibur allow online check-in? E.g. - could one do a “mattress run” ,for example, at Excalibur -for the $21 mid-week nightly rate -and just pay for the stay online without physically being there - so as to earn elite Hyatt nights?
    If anyone knows, would appreciate info. Thanks!

  12. ZumaStar New Member

    Lucky- CORRECTION: any data points on whether MGM properties like Excalibur allow online check-in? E.g. - could one do a “mattress run” ,for example, at Excalibur -for the $21 mid-week nightly rate -and just pay for the stay online without physically being there - so as to earn elite Hyatt nights?

  13. ZumaStar New Member

    Lucky- any data points on whether MGM properties like Excalibur allow online check-in? E.g. - could when do a mattress run resemble at the 20 minute dollar nightly rate and just pay for the stay without physically being there?

    1. John Ryan Guest

      They do allow online check-in and you verify your id through the MGM Resorts app.

  14. Joe Guest

    Love the waived resort fees! I matched Hyatt -> MGM Gold -> Caesars Diamond last year. Enjoyed some incredibly cheap nights at Caesars resorts because of the waived resort fees and ended up not using MGM at all. Look forward to getting back to MGM for my next visit now (especially since my lack of chucking money away into slots means I won't ever maintain diamond with Caesars otherwise).

    1. Eric Wu Guest

      Match to Wyndham Diamond before 2/1.
      And match back to Ceasars Diamond after 2/1. That's is how you get lifetime Diamonds.

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Brian Radigan Guest

Do you need to book through Hyatt to recieve the elite night credit? And if you do does MGM recongize your MGM status even when you book through Hyatt? I am curious how the waived resort fee gets applied.

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Steve Guest

I'm on the phone with MGM right now and they say no waived resort fees for MGM Gold's who obtained status via match from Hyatt even on paid stays. When I challenged this they went back three times to supervisors who all reiterated this is the rule. Hopefully MGM will clarify this one way or the other since when booking the resort fee isn't being waived and MGM claims that only Golds who have earned their status via the MGM program will have the charges removed at checkout.

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Michael Guest

So if I book now for late February 2022 at a MLife property I won’t be charged any resort fees as a globalist?

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