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How To Sign Up For Las Vegas Loyalty Programs & What You Get When You Do

by joeheg

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.

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 bet.

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.

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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:

MGM Rewards

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MGM Rewards is the loyalty program of MGM Resorts.

In Las Vegas alone, that includes the following resorts:

You can join the MGM Rewards program by filling out the form at this link.

Just for signing up, you become an MGM Rewards Sapphire member.

According to the website, this gives you:

  • Earn Points and Express Comps Redeemable at all MGM Rewards Destinations
  • Exclusive Access to Mobile Check-In via MGM Resorts Mobile App
  • Personalized Offers and Room Discounts

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 MGM Rewards were even less. Also, I even earned points for the tickets.

One other perk with MGM Rewards is that they’re a partner with World of Hyatt. You can match your Hyatt status to MGM Rewards status. That means that even I can become an MGM Rewards Pearl because of my Discoverist World of Hyatt status I have just from holding the co-brand World of Hyatt credit card.

Caesars Rewards

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Caesars 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 Caesars 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
  • One free night in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Lake Tahoe or Reno for every 5,000 Tier Credits earned in 2022, up to seven nights

Not as exciting as the MGM Rewards/Hyatt partnership, Caesars partners with Wyndham Rewards.

Identity

Identity is the loyalty program for Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

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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.

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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. Unfortunately, we’ll never get a chance since it never reopened after the pandemic.

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:

  • 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
  • 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 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.

Boyd Rewards

Boyd Rewards 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
  • Cannery Casino Hotel
  • California Hotel Casino
  • Fremont Hotel & Casino
  • Main Street Station Casino Brewery Hotel

You can sign up for the Boyd Rewards 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 the goal wasn’t to get to 21 but to make the dealer bust, unlike the game I knew. 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 Boyd Rewards program’s entry-level is Ruby. Those members get the following:

  • Personalized offers and events
  • Best Room Rate Guarantee
  • Advance Show Tickets

An interesting benefit of Boyd Rewards is the ability to transfer points into the HawaiianMiles loyalty program.

Other Programs

Every casino/hotel has a loyalty program. Here are some others.

Final Thoughts

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 MGM 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 show or concert tickets during your stay.

For us, we’ll go to Vegas every 5 years and remind ourselves that we really don’t like it that much. Your Mileage May Vary.

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6 comments

Adam July 22, 2019 - 1:44 pm

Identity rewards offers aren’t that great at the lowest level, basically just discounts on hotel stays. You do get $5 in freeplay slots or video poker at the Cosmopolitan, however, which is a nice small benefit. And if you do play blackjack again, learning basic strategy would be helpful. Some casinos will even let you have a basic strategy card on the table, especially at the $2-5 tables.

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vancemi July 22, 2020 - 11:24 am

Caesar’s Rewards has really gone downhill in terms of service and value. Yes, you can earn points on stays, gambling, purchases, etc . . . BUT the payouts are small. You get back just 1% when you try to use your points. At some other restaurants, it’s only .5%. You can get freeplay on slots, but that also is at .5%. I used to use this program a lot and I built up a lot of points (close to 140000), but they stopped giving comps and they weren’t very welcoming at all. I decided to use up my points and quit the program, so we got a list of restaurants that take the rewards points. We had a very nice meal at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris. When I tried to pay with my rewards points though, they said they don’t take those anymore. I’D JUST GOTTEN THE LIST FROM CAESARS REWARDS. Anyway, you’re better off going with a rewards program that gives better than a penny to a half penny on the dollar.

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Paula Lawson November 5, 2020 - 8:22 pm

When will I receive my card

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Carl WV February 7, 2021 - 5:04 pm

Few of these programs will mail you a card. You have to pick them up at the casino in person.

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Billy Bob February 7, 2021 - 5:15 pm

Should be any day now. Sit tight.

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JohnB April 25, 2022 - 7:28 pm

The easiest way to earn comps/discounts is to play “MyVegas”! It is on Facebook and very easy to play. I have received so many freebies form MyVegas. You can sign up for MGM Rewards on line as well, so you play MyVegas earn some things before going to Vegas.

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