You can oftentimes get perks for just signing up for loyalty programs. Hotels will give free WiFi to even base members of their program, and having a rental car membership can help you skip the line at the airport counter. While people will usually sign up for these if they travel occasionally, one other place to join loyalty programs is often overlooked. Las Vegas.
Now, this article isn’t for the people who spend hours upon hours at the casino. Those people already know to get a club card to track their gambling. After all, that’s how casinos can tell how much you’re spending and provide you with comps for meals, shows, rooms or all three depending on how much money you
I’m also not talking to those who know how to parlay one type of hotel status into top tier status at one casino and then match that status at all the casinos by hopping from one to another and then turn that back into a different top tier hotel status. For those of you who do this, I salute your dedication.
This article is for people like Sharon and me. The ones who don’t really care that much about Las Vegas. We’ll visit every couple of years, spend a few days checking out some shows and seeing some sites we’ve never visited before, like the Neon Museum and the Pinball Hall of Fame. For people like us who don’t gamble, what’s the value in signing up for the Vegas loyalty programs? Turns out, quite a lot.
Here’s a breakdown of the five most common programs you’ll find in and around Vegas:
M Life Rewards
M Life Rewards is the loyalty program of MGM Resorts
In Las Vegas alone, that includes the following resorts:
- Vdara at ARIA
- MGM Grand
- The Signature at MGM Grand
- Mandalay Bay
- Delano Las Vegas
- Park MGM
- NoMad Las Vegas
- The Mirage
- New York-New York
- Circus Circus
You can join the M Life Rewards program by filling out the form at this link.
Just for signing up, you become an M Life Sapphire member
According to the website, this gives you:
- Earn Points and Express Comps Redeemable at all M life Rewards Destinations
- Exclusive Access to Mobile Check-In via MGM Resorts Mobile App
- Personalized Offers and Room Discounts on mlife.com
That doesn’t sound too exciting but get this. Just for logging into your account, you’ll have access to reduced prices for hotel rooms and shows. I was looking to book tickets to see The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage (Which, if you ever get a chance to see, please do. It’s amazing). I found good priced tickets through Tickets at Work, the same place I get discounted amusement park tickets, but the prices through M Life were even less. In addition, I even earned M Life points for the tickets.
One other perk with M Life Rewards is that they’re a partner with World of Hyatt. You can match your Hyatt status to M Life status. That means that even I can become an M Life Pearl because of my Discoverist World of Hyatt status I have just from holding the co-brand World of Hyatt credit card.
Caesars Rewards, previously called Total Rewards, is the loyalty program for the Ceasars Entertainment hotels and resorts.
That’s not just Caesars Palace anymore. Caesar’s empire now includes:
- Caesars Palace
- Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino
- Harrah’s Las Vegas
- Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
- Paris Las Vegas
- Bally’s Las Vegas
- The Cromwell
- Nobu Las Vegas
- The LINQ Hotel & Casino
- Flamingo Las Vegas
If you’re not a member, you can sign up at this link.
New members are issued Caesar Rewards Gold cards (Since when is entry-level Gold?)
Being a gold level gets you the following:
- Free or discounted hotel stay
- Earn Reward Credits when you stay at Caesars Rewards resorts
- Get exclusive pre-sale access for select shows
- Enjoy special member pricing at participating restaurants
- 1 free night in Las Vegas or Atlantic City for every 5,000 Tier Credits earned in 2019, up to 7 nights
Not as exciting as the M Life/Hyatt partnership, Caesars partners with Wyndham Rewards. It’s only for top-level members of either program and that’s not the basis of this article, but just know that’s available.
Identity is the loyalty program for the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
To sign up for the program, click on this link.
Being associated with only one hotel, there would seem to be limited use for bothering to sign up for the Identity program. Entry-level members are given Velvet status.
Without joining, there isn’t much info about what you’ll receive.
Your membership starts at Velvet. Unlock special offers as soon as you join
We were really interested in going to eat and hang out at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. our last time in town but it never happened.
The nice thing about Identity points is that the Cosmopolitan is affiliated with Marriott Bonvoy and you can transfer your Identity points to Bonvoy points and vice versa. 10 Identity Points convert to 8 Marriott Bonvoy Points, and 10 Marriott Bonvoy points convert to 4 Identity Points.
My Rewards (Boarding Pass)
The My Rewards program, also called Boarding Pass, is the loyalty program for the Station Casinos. These locations include:
- Palms Casino Resort
- Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
- Green Valley Ranch, Resort, Casino & Spa
- Palace Station Hotel & Casino
- Sunset Station Hotel Rooms & Casino
- Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
- Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino
- Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
- Fiesta Henderson
- Fiesta Rancho
- Days Inn & Wild Wild West Gambling Hall
You can sign up for a new Boarding Pass account here.
Starting members are given Preferred status which provides a buffet cash discount and a 10% discount at the gift shop. I’d imagine they’d send additional offers once you’ve signed up but that’s all they promise.
B Connected is the loyalty program of the Boyd Gaming casinos and hotels. Their locations are off the strip and downtown.
- Aliante Casino + Hotel + Spa
- The Orleans Hotel & Casino
- Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
- Suncoast Hotel & Casino
- Sams’s Town Las Vegas
- Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel
- Cannery Casino Hotel
- California Hotel Casino
- Fremont Hotel & Casino
- Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel
You can sign up for the B Connected program here.
I have a place in my heart for The Orleans as it’s where I learned how to play blackjack. They had a $2 table open during a weekday with the nicest dealer available. Both she and my friend taught me that unlike the game I knew, the goal wasn’t to get to 21 but to make the dealer bust. Betting $2 a hand, I slowly learned the proper hand signals, when to hit and when to stand, why I should never sit on the last seat of the table and why it’s usually never a good bet to double down. After 20 minutes and going from up $20 to down $20 and back, we played a hand and I lost. The dealer apologized to me afterward, saying she wasn’t paying attention and would have told me I should have never hit when she was showing a 5 and I had 14 (or something like that, please don’t hate if that’s wrong).
The B Connected program’s entry-level is Ruby. Those members get the following:
- Personalized offers and events
- Special Senior Days
- Best Room Rate Guarantee
- Advance Show Tickets
- Advantage Rental Car Discounts
If you’re going to visit Vegas and stick to the major tourist areas on The Strip, it makes sense to sign up for at least the M Life Rewards and Caesars Rewards. Those can save you money on hotel rooms and show tickets just for being a member. If you’re headed off-strip or downtown, check out those other programs as well. You might be able to pick up some cheap concert tickets during your stay.
There are some other programs out there like the ones for the Stratosphere, Golden Nugget and even the World of Westgate. For those, you have to sign up at the casino but if you want to book a room they may enroll you over the phone so you can get the discounted rate.
For us, we’ll go to Vegas every 5-10 years and remind ourselves that we really don’t like it that much. Your Mileage May Vary.
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