Last June a huge partnership went live between Hyatt Gold Passport and MGM M life. Shortly thereafter Starwood and Caesars announced a similar partnership, though it’s not nearly as lucrative.
The Hyatt/MGM partnership was a brilliant idea, given Hyatt’s lack of properties in Las Vegas. Through this partnership, MGM’s properties in Las Vegas are a lot more accessible for Hyatt Gold Passport members. This is true whether you’re looking to earn or redeem points. For MGM, the upside is primarily that they’re getting a lot of new loyal guests that might otherwise choose a non-MGM property when staying in Las Vegas.
As a reminder, the M life properties in Las Vegas include the following:
|Vdara||MGM Grand Las Vegas|
|The Signature at MGM Grand||Mandalay Bay|
|DELANO LAS VEGAS||The Mirage|
|Monte Carlo||New York-New York|
Gold Passport and M life status reciprocity
One of the cool aspects of the partnership is that they offer status reciprocity. As a Hyatt Gold Passport Diamond member you’re matched to M life Platinum, while as a Gold Passport Platinum member you’re matched to M life Gold. Matched status is valid for one year, though you can manually renew your status match after that by once again linking your accounts.
Anyway, since status matching between the two programs has been live for a bit over a year, a lot of people are seeing their matched status expire. That’s the case for me, as my M life status has been downgraded from Platinum to Pearl.
You do get status reciprocity with MGM for as long as you have status with Hyatt, so it’s time to renew your status match. To renew your status with MGM, simply go to the Gold Passport and M life partnership page, and click the button for opting-in to matched M life status.
From there you’ll be prompted to enter your Gold Passport information, and will then be prompted to either join M life or sign in to your M life account.
On the next page you’ll get a message saying that the update was successful, and that your status has successfully been aligned. The update isn’t instant, however.
Don’t expect a consistent experience
I think it’s worth mentioning that you shouldn’t expect matched status to be similar to what you’d get at Hyatt. For example, as an M life Platinum member you don’t receive complimentary breakfast, lounge access, guaranteed 4PM check-out, a welcome amenity, etc.
Vegas operates completely differently when it comes to loyalty, so you can expect things like cutting the taxi queue, priority tables at restaurants, room discounts, etc.
Have you taken advantage of the partnership between Hyatt and MGM, and if so, what was your experience?
(Tip of the hat to Gary)