Reader Jack reminds me that I promised details on whether American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts bookings at MGM’s M Life properties in Las Vegas would earn points and stay credit in the Hyatt Gold Passport program.
Traditionally when making bookings through the Amex program (or through similar programs which confer additional benefits like late checkout, an upgrade upon availability, and breakfast) at a Hyatt property, Gold Passport confers credits. It’s an exception to the general approach that points and stay credits only accrue when booking through a chain directly.
And in Las Vegas I was specifically interested in the point, because while there will be elite status matching between Hyatt Gold Passport and M Life beginning next month, Hyatt Diamond members won’t be getting free breakfast at MGM properties as breakfast isn’t a benefit of the M Life program.
About a week ago One Mile at a Time suggested making Fine Hotels and Resorts bookings at MGM Hotels. I reached out to him because I had learned they wouldn’t earn credit from Hyatt Gold Passport. He corrected his post, but I realize I hadn’t shared the detail here. (It seemed a pretty minor point, and yet one people do see to query about).
Here’s what I asked:
Hyatt generally awards stay and night credit for American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts bookings. Properties like Bellagio participate in Amex FHR. Will those be eligible for stay/night credit in the Gold Passport program?
And the Hyatt folks did helpfully get back to me:
No, per MGM Resorts’ definition of eligible stay, American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts bookings at the participating M life resorts will not be eligible for earning Hyatt Gold Passport points and will not count towards tier status in Hyatt Gold Passport.
So there you have it, a minor point but one that several readers had asked out has been clarified.
Nonetheless I am very much looking forward to visiting Las Vegas and having some elite status recognition (something I already would get at Venetian with my Intercontinental Royal Ambassador status) and points and elite credit via Gold Passport.
And I’m fascinated to see the Hyatt/MGM relationship evolve, as it’s exactly what I would do strategically as a smaller program — “codeshare” as it were in order to gain scale to compete with the largest loyalty programs like Marriott’s and Hilton’s.
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