How To Avoid Resort Fees At MGM Resorts With World of Hyatt Status Match

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Match Hyatt Status To MGM Rewards

Last week MGM announced a lot of changes with their players club rewards program. First off the ditched the old name, M life, for a more straightforward name MGM Rewards. Along with the name change, MGM announced some new perks for elite status members in the new MGM Rewards program.  The really cool thing is with the World of Hyatt and MGM Rewards partnership Hyatt loyalists can earn some of the great new perks without spending any money in the casino. It is very easy to match Hyatt status to MGM Rewards status and get many of the great new perks. In this article I will show you just how to do it to ensure your next trip to Vegas, or any other MGM property, is as good as it can be.

The Benefits of Matching World of Hyatt Status to MGM Rewards

Here is what status level you can get for matching your World of Hyatt status over to the MGM Rewards program:

  • Hyatt Discoverist status – matches to – MGM Rewards Pearl status
  • Explorist status – matches to – MGM Rewards Gold status
  • Hyatt Globalist status – matches to – MGM Rewards Gold status

In the early days of the Hyatt and MGM partnership Globalist (Diamond back then) members in the World of Hyatt program would get Platinum status with MGM. Unfortunately, after that first year MGM changed it so that the best status you can get via the partnership is Gold status. But, with the recent changes in the MGM Rewards program Gold status is all of a sudden pretty good. Especially when you don’t have to spend any money to get it!

Match Hyatt Status To MGM Rewards
The Bellagio Conservatory.

MGM Rewards Status Perks

Here are the perks for each tier of the MGM Rewards program that you can match to. Some of these perks are new and do not start until February 1st, 2022.

MGM Rewards Pearl Status Benefits

  • Tier credits needed reduced from 25,000 to 20,000
  • Complimentary tickets to MGM Rewards concerts for Pearl
  • MGM Rewards Points and Slot Dollars will not expire for Pearl members due to account inactivity.

MGM Rewards Gold Status Benefits

  • Everything you get with Pearl status.
  • Tier credits required remains at 75,000
  • Waived resort fees for Gold
    • Only applicable when booked directly. Booking through third party, with Hyatt points or as a part of a conference, trade show or discounted group rate will not be eligible.
  • Exclusive tier appreciation events and experiences Gold
  • New Tier Advancement Celebration Dinners and access to exclusive tier appreciation events recognize members who reach Gold or above tiers based on 2022 gaming and non-gaming spend. (not a perk of status matches)
  • Priority check in line at hotels, night clubs and select restaurants.
  • Room upgrade, subject to availability

Complete The Status Match In Just A Few Clicks

Before we even get started on matching your Hyatt status to MGM Rewards we should ensure one thing, that you already have an account with MGM.  If you do not have an MGM Rewards account then sign up for one HERE.

Once we have that all squared away matching your status between the programs is pretty easy. It is all done online and will only take you a few minutes. Just be sure that you are not already logged into your MGM Rewards account when completing the match. It caused an error for me when that happened.

Link To Match Hyatt Status to MGM Rewards

Here is the landing page for all of the info on the partnership.

Match Hyatt Status To MGM Rewards
Hyatt Regency Maui

Matching MGM Rewards To Hyatt Status

What about if you are a gambler and want to earn status with the World of Hyatt program for an upcoming trip? First off, great choice! Hyatt is a great chain and a very rewarding program. Because of the partnership you can match your MGM status back over to Hyatt as well. The match is a reverse of what is listed above:

  • Pearl status to Hyatt Discoverist
  • Gold / Platinum / Noir status to Hyatt Explorist

To match your M life Rewards tier to World of Hyatt just login to your M life Rewards account and click the Opt-In button on this page.

Final Thoughts

It is really that simple. With just a few clicks you can be on your way to champagne and caviar dreams on your next Vegas trip. Well, maybe that is overselling it a bit. How does waived resort fees and free show tickets sound instead? It doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Especially when it didn’t cost you any time, or money, at the tables or slot machines.

If you are going to be losing your World of Hyatt status at any point in the near future you can use the match between the programs to keep it alive as well. Although, with the addition of Milestones to the Hyatt program the match that way isn’t as lucrative as it used to be.

Mark Ostermann
Mark Ostermann is a father, husband and miles/points fanatic. He left the corporate world after starting a family in order to be a stay at home dad. Mark is constantly looking at ways to save money and stay within budget while also taking awesome vacations with his family. When he isn't caring for his family or taking a weekend trip, Mark is working towards his goal of visiting every Major League Baseball ballpark.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I currently have MLife credit card that I use for booking Vegas trips. Should I apply for and start using a World of Hyatt credit card instead?

    • If you think you would stay at Hyatt hotels outside of Vegas I would look into it. If you focus on mostly Vegas trips then I think you are okay with what you have.

  2. Might be worth noting that per Gary/VTFW, “And if you redeem Hyatt points for your stay you will not have your resort fee waived.”

  3. With the free concert information lacking details, the only benefit of substance is no resort fees. Toss in the difficulty in getting value out of comps and the time involved to walk next door if you want a change of luck or scenery and the only reason I can see to stay there is (ironically) I don’t want to gamble.

    • It sounds like the tickets will be YMMV by account per the terms I was looking at last night so may be nothing for matched status or a poor selection. Only time will tell for sure.

  4. It does state that you need to book directly through MGM to get the waived resort fees according to what I’m reading so, if you book with Hyatt points they may not honor. Just a head’s up.

    • That is true. Although Hyatt points rarely offer good value in Vegas so shouldn’t be a problem most of the time.

  5. I’m interested to see if Gold will still get free valet. That might be a major cut that I didn’t use but it could affect people who did use it. And this was one of the very few benefits that Mlife did offer.

  6. As if we didn’t have enough Globalists already! By this time next year, everyone and their sister/brother will be a Globlaists with the cheap $25/night fares at dumpy MGM properties in Las Vegas.

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