Las Vegas is a “love it or hate it” kind of place. For those who wanted to stay in chain hotels for status benefits, points, etc. Las Vegas was always quite a difficult place. The Starwood hotels are OK but not on the Strip. There is an HHonors hotel on the Strip, but it doesn’t really honour elite benefits, etc.
That all changed in 2013 when Hyatt did a deal with MLife resorts. At the 12 MLife hotels in Las Vegas (and a few elsewhere), Hyatt Gold Passport members can earn points, night credits for stay purposes, etc., as well as redeem points for free nights. Members with Hyatt Gold Passport elite status can also have that matched across to the MLife scheme, which ought to get you a number of benefits such as room upgrades. Unfortunately, having status doesn’t get you off the hook paying “resort fees” which supposedly cover such silly things as internet access, newspapers, local phone calls, etc.
A few of the MLife hotels in Vegas are not very nice at all. But, thankfully, you can often find incredibly cheap midweek rates. So, if you wanted to pick up 5 Hyatt stay credits for Diamond re-qualification, you just have to move each night between the connected Excalibur and Luxor hotels. The cheapest rates for these MLife hotels are usually found on the MLife website (not the Hyatt website), especially if you have matched status and qualify for the discounted rates offered to MLife elites.
And, until 30 September, 2015, you can pick up some bonus points from Hyatt Gold Passport for staying in Las Vegas. Members can earn 500, 1,000 or 1,500 points for every 3 nights, depending on which hotel they stay at. The nights don’t need to be consecutive, but you do need multiples of 3 nights in each group. (i.e. 2 nights at the Luxur and 1 night at Mandalay Bay will get you no bonus…)
- Group 1 (500 points per 3 nights)
- Hyatt Place Las Vegas
- Group 2 (1,000 points per 3 nights)
- Mandalay Bay
- MGM Grand
- The Mirage
- Monte Carlo
- New York, New York
- THE Hotel
- The Signature
- Group 3 (1,500 points per 3 nights)