Hyatt and MGM Resorts Enter Into a New Reciprocal Relationship

Photograph by FlyerTalk member Spymon. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by Spymon.

Effective as of June 20, 2013, you will be able to earn and redeem Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points at twelve resort properties located on the Las Vegas Strip which participate in the M life frequent guest loyalty program of MGM Resorts International — and all eligible nights and stays at these resorts will count toward Hyatt Gold Passport elite tier status, according to FlyerTalk member and official company representative J. Zidell, VP Hyatt Gold Passport.

In addition, each of the twelve participating resort properties will be available for reservations and award night bookings through either the official Internet web site of Hyatt Worldwide or through its reservation centers.
Starting in August, you will also be able to enjoy such unique benefits as pre-sale access to premier entertainment, exclusive M life Moments experiences, and more when you opt in for a matched tier status in the M life frequent guest loyalty program.
You will earn five Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points for every dollar at participating resort properties. If you have Platinum or Diamond elite status, you will also receive your respective point bonus of 15 percent or 30 percent — but you will not be offered your in-hotel benefits at the participating resort properties, so do not count on such amenities as complimentary access to the Internet in your room or being able to check out of the resort property at a time later in the day.
There is no limit as to how many Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points you may earn at the participating resort properties — but casino spend does not earn Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points, and bookings for meetings and events are not eligible for Hyatt Gold Passport Planner Rewards. You also will not be able to earn additional partner points at participating resort properties.
You must be a member of both the Hyatt Gold Passport and M life frequent guest loyalty programs and provide both of your member numbers upon booking or checking in to earn Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points at participating M life resort properties. However, there is no cost to sign up for either program.
The following is a list of hotel categories within which each participating resort property is expected to be placed, along with the amount of Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points you can expect to spend per night for award nights:
Category 6 22,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points per night

  • Bellagio
  • Aria
  • Mandalay Bay
  • THEhotel

 
Category 5 18,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points per night

  • Vdara
  • MGM Grand
  • The Signature at MGM Grand
  • The Mirage

 
Category 4 15,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points per night

  • Monte Carlo
  • New York New York

 
Category 3 12,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points per night

  • Luxor

 
Category 2 8,000 Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program points per night

  • Excalibur

 
FlyerTalk members are generally excited about this news — although at least one FlyerTalk member portends a significant devaluation of the Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program soon. Hyatt Gold Passport was the only major frequent guest loyalty program which did not implement what FlyerTalk members consider to be a major devaluation this year — but then again, Hyatt Worldwide arguably has the fewest properties which participate in its frequent guest loyalty program. In my opinion, Hyatt Worldwide appears to be in growth mode, so I do not believe a major devaluation is expected anytime soon.
I do believe that this new relationship with MGM Resorts International resort properties in Las Vegas is a smart move on the part of Hyatt Worldwide, as it immediately gives Hyatt Gold Passport frequent guest loyalty program members access to twelve resort properties in Las Vegas and increases the presence of Hyatt Worldwide without having to spend for real estate or new construction.

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