Use Hyatt Points to Stay in MGM Hotels in Las Vegas!

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You could never really redeem your hotel points for good hotels on the strip in Las Vegas.  Well, that’s changing because Hyatt you can now redeem your Hyatt points at 12 MGM hotels including the Bellagio, Aria and more!

Hyatt Las Vegas

We Can Now Earn Hyatt Points For Staying Here!

Here’s the official press release and here’s a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions.

You can also earn Hyatt points for staying in MGM hotels in Las Vegas and in August you will get matched to certain level’s in MGM’s loyalty program – M Life.

How Many Hyatt Points Do I Need for a Free Night in Las Vegas?

Here are the 12 MGM hotels in Las Vegas and the number of Hyatt points you’ll pay for each night.  I’ve included the cheapest cash rate per night for a randomly selected date of Saturday, August 10, 2013 so that you can compare the cash rate to using points.

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Redeem Hyatt Points at MGM Hotels in Las Vegas

In general, you are getting less than 1 cent per point (once you factor in the resort fees) so I would not personally use my Hyatt points for stays at these hotels.  Instead, I’d prefer using them at the more expensive Hyatt hotels.  But they are YOUR points, so use them however you want!

You can redeem Hyatt points for stays after June 20, 2013, but you will pay the resort fee (even for award nights) and there are blackout dates.

Category 6 – 22,000 Hyatt Points per Night

Category 5 – 18,000 Hyatt Points per Night

Category 4 – 15,000 Hyatt Points per Night

Category 3 – 12,000 Hyatt Points per Night

  • Luxor – $133 per night

Category 2 – 8,000 Hyatt Points per Night

How Do I Earn Hyatt Points at MGM Hotels?

You can earn Hyatt points when you book a stay at MGM hotels through the Hyatt or MGM website (bookings on sites like Expedia, etc. will not count). You have to be BOTH a Hyatt Gold Passport member and a M Life member and let the front desk know that you want to earn Hyatt points for the stay.

You earn 5 Hyatt points per $1 of eligible spending.  Eligible spending includes spending on your room and up to $5,000 in M life eligible spending.  It does not include casino spending which I suspect is to prevent folks from buying chips, cashing them out, and earning points.

That said, you may be able to get cheaper rates elsewhere, so it could be worth giving up the points for a really cheap rate.

Hyatt Platinum & Diamond Benefits

The terms say that your regular Platinum and Diamond elite benefits do not apply for stays at MGM hotels.  So you won’t get free internet if you’re a Hyatt Platinum elite member and you won’t get free breakfast if you’re a Hyatt Diamond member.

You also cannot use your Diamond suite upgrade certificates at the MGM hotels.  But you will get the Platinum (15%) and Diamond point bonus (30%) for paid stays

Reciprocal Status

Hyatt and MGM are also matching members to each other’s elite status starting in August 2013.  Hyatt has the much stronger elite status program.  I couldn’t figure out what the benefits of the MGM elite status program were besides access to shorter lines, the possibility of a room upgrade, and a few discounts.

Link:  MGM Elite Status Levels

Link:  Hyatt Elite Status Levels

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Credit Cards

You can use the 2 free nights from the Chase Hyatt credit card for stays at any of the 12 hotels in Las Vegas.  You also get a free night each year for keeping the card which you can use at a Category 4 or lower Hyatt hotel.

Interestingly, you will not get EXTRA points (3 points per $1) for using the Hyatt card at MGM hotels resorts.  So you’re better off using a card which gets you extra points at hotels like the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Chase Ink Bold, Chase Ink Plus.

Bottom Line

It is nice to finally be able to earn  and use Hyatt points for staying in Las Vegas.  But do the math to see if redeeming points makes sense for you!

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46 responses to “Use Hyatt Points to Stay in MGM Hotels in Las Vegas!

  1. Any idea how many Hyatt points will be needed to stay at each of these properties ?

  2. Sorry…Disregard last comment…I didn’t see all of your post. I see the points breakdown on the properties. Thanks

  3. Interesting!

  4. Wouldn’t Hyatt Platinum get free breakfast, if matched to M Life Gold (it says free buffet line passes)

  5. Hi Darious, just a side note unrelated to the topic but please dont take it the wrong way or as an insult. every pictures that you taken with Emily is rather strange. she should lien into you as a Man and not the other way around, do you get what I mean. As a manly man, you should maitain that posture.

  6. Definitely not a ton of value for most nights–particularly if you’re barely getting 1 cent per point on a Summer Saturday, though I wonder if the value proposition changes for a big weekend like March Madness or if there’s a big fight on property… There could still be some value there.

  7. Great news! I just paid my Hyatt annual fee and I’m waiting for my cat 4 certificate to post. The certificate gets you into the New York – New York property at a 50% discount, which is nice. I’m a big cheeseball, and I love that property (even though I live in the real NYC).

  8. Nice find! This will be nice to at least earn points while staying in Vegas. I frequently stay at these hotels for conferences etc. And the redemption rates are interesting. If you can redeem on weekends some of them may be ok, though there are so many great deals in Vegas. But nice to have new options

  9. lol choi!

  10. Lol – The Buffet Line Pass perk is definitely deceiving. It’s only to get to the front of the line, not free breakfast. The real value is using points on a popular weekend where rates are sky high. The mid-tier hotels are not bad values either, but I’d say I would probably try to use AMEX FHR rates on weekdays.

  11. How long is the M-Life matched status good until?

  12. @ Kay- it’s only a 50% discount to New York New York? I thought the Hyatt card came with a free cat. 4 night as opposed to a 50% discount?

  13. Cosmopolitan is also a Strip hotel where you can stay with Marriott Reward points.

  14. Lol Wow Choi i honestly never noticed before but your right. No offense D as i think u and Emily are great. Keep up the good work.

  15. Mark Anderson

    Lots of changes in Vegas for points now… As stated above the Cosmopolitan is an Autograph Collection so you can use/earn Marriott points. The Tropicana just became a Doubletree so you can use Hilton points (and I assume get a free cookie).

    Good stuff across the board.

  16. I’m very anxious to see how this new partnership will work. If we can earn Hyatt points and stay credits, this could open the door for some easy fast-tracking to Diamond status. For instance, the Excalibur and the Luxor periodically have low-cost deals where you can stay for $35-$50/night. This would be a very cheap way to accumulate stays/nights for Diamond status at Hyatt. Even cheaper if you could book through Expedia, but I know those wouldn’t count, unfortunately.

  17. I just don’t see the value in redemption with this new program. Vegas hotels, even the nicest ones, are abnormally cheap vis a vis their national chain counterparts.
    I can perhaps see a mattress run at the awful ExCalibur or Luxor, but beyond that I see little opportinuty. I go to Vegas 3 or 4 times a year(like many) and Priceline the Venetian/Palazzo/Wynn(Strip North…Better bidding) for under $130/nite, often times much less.
    Now I see it takes 22,000 points for a night at Mandalay Bay?? That’s the same redemption rate as thePark Hyatt Vendome/Sydney! And PHV is over $1000 night in most cases.
    Oh well, to each his own.
    Accumlate? Yes. Redeem? No thanks
    (and BTW, I can almost guarantee March Madness wil be either blacked out or strictly controlled).

    • @Justin @Geoff – Perhaps not a lot of value in redeeming at low rates (especially compared to the Park Hyatts elsewhere), but it could be worth it if the rates are higher. You can also earn elite status credits and Hyatt points for staying at these hotels which you couldn’t do otherwise.

      @Kay @ Travel Bug Diary blog – I don’t understand the 50% discount. It should be free (except for resort fees if any) with the category 4 certificate.

      @MilesAbound @Mark Anderson – Agreed! Now I won’t feel like I’m throwing away points if I stay on the strip.

      @Matt C – I’m not sure, but I’d guess until your Hyatt elite status expires.

      @Kams – Thanks!

      @Everyday Ryan – That’s true and the rates are lower than what almost all Hyatt Places charge.

  18. Hi Darious

    Do you believe there will be an option to use m life points for Hyatt bookings ?

  19. I have to admit that Choi is dead on target with his comment! Funniest post I have ever read! Shows how closely people look at your pics. You have a great blog!

  20. Palazzo/Venetian are IHG properties so your Priority club certificate you get with the credit card will work there…I get 3 comp days from gambling offers and add certificate for a 4th day (usually Friday or Saturday which are more expensive and rarely comped)…also once a year or so IHG will have a discount redemption on these properties, so instead of 50,000 a night it is 25,000….good use of Priority Club/IHG points, if you cant get a cheap $100-$170 a night rate. I wouldnt spend Hyatt points when you can get specials for Bellagio at $99 fairly often…like someone said only a value on weekends or during big events when special pricing is unavailable.

  21. FWIW, British Air Avios points have been useful for booking Vegas hotels on the strip for a long while now. I used them to book Bally’s last summer and Caesars in March. The Venetian/Palazzo, Mandarin, the Caesars line of hotels (Flamingo/Harrah’s/Planet Hollywood/Paris/etc), Tropicana (now a Hilton Doubletree), Treasure Island, Trump, Four Seasons, Wynn/Encore, and Cosmopolitan are all available using Avios.

  22. @romsdeals
    Buffet line pass is worthwhile at popular buffets such as one at Bellagio and Aria, where 1 to 2-hour waiting is a norm at weekend diner time.

  23. I was wondering regarding chase card products or Amex card products. Can you apply for the same card product again and get the bonus if it’s been 12-18 months since you cancelled? i am not sure what the current consensus is. Thank you!

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  25. Oh Choi and you guys! A manly man! As a female I love that my husband of 25 years hugs me and shows me affection. A manly man is he who is not afraid of what others think. Love all your pics Emily and Daraius keep the romance alive and the points coming our way!!!

  26. New York Wendy

    I’m in luck since I’m already a member of both! And planning a trip to Vegas in the fall. So fingers crossed….

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  28. You’re in luck when you get OFF the strip in Vegas! For example, when you gamble at the El Cortez in old downtown as they have $2 gaming table instead of $15 and UP on the strip!

  29. My brother is planning a wonderfully tacky Vegas wedding and wanted me to help him choose a card to cut his cost. He would use the Hyatt 2 free night if I told him about it…….holding my tongue, what a waste! Savings in the air will be the way to go about it. Thanks for all your help!

  30. Old Vegas was the luckiest. Would love to stay on the strip and travel back in time to the old Vegas. Love the weather in Vegas, the blue skies. The lights !! Maybe some luck too. Here’s to traveling a million miles because of your blog. I’ve learned so much by reading your blog, have applied for many credit cards. I’m getting my husband on board too. Thanks for the hard work.

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  32. Justin Martin

    I skimmed the comments so maybe someone already answered, but what Kay @ Travel Bug Diary blog means is that you get the room for free but you pay for the card so you get the room essentially 50% off based on your valuations.

    Your valuation of the room prices is way way off unless its NYE and even then the prices you quote are high.

  33. Well I’m a guinea pig in this new Hyatt/Mgm partnership. On Saturday I redeemed my 2 free Hyatt Certificates for 2 nights at the Bellagio next month. The Hyatt representative that was redeeming the certificates requested a credit card number “to hold the reservation” and assured me that my card would not be charged. AHHHHH, this morning my Sapphire card was charged $1,118 TWICE….. for a total of $2,236 to the Bellagio! What – are they putting me up in a penthouse suite? As I write, the Hyatt Service Rep is checking into this as he has no idea what is going on and will get back to me. Not a good way to start off…..
    To make matters worse, I totally forgot that I gave my Sapphire number to “hold the reservation” and instantly contacted Chase upon seeing these charges. The fraud department at Sapphire cancelled my card and is reissuing a new one and will be investigating. What a mess. Just a heads up folks. Wondering if anyone else has had this problem.

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  36. Dariaus,

    Need a little advice. What would you do if you had the 2 Hyatt Free hotel bonus (any hotel) from the Chase Hyatt card and could not use by its expiration? I really don’t want to lose these nights. Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

    Mel

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  38. Stayed at the Bellagio earlier this month and got a really great rate, two nights at $89, two nights at $99. Used my husbands Hyatt card to pay for it. When his statement came in, I had to call Chase because we did not get the 3 points per dollar charged on the card for the hotel (since it is a hyatt property) so Chase manually gave us that. Should we also get Hyatt points for our stay as well, aside from the credit card points? Who do I contact? Hyatt or Bellagio? We got a free upgrade to the view of the fountains because of his platinum status. Very pretty view but kinda small rooms.

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