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My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Part 3: MGM M life Gold Benefits IN DEPTH!


M life Gold Benefits

Delano Las Vegas Skyfall Lounge-View

My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Part 1: What’s Still Working and What Is Not

My Atlantic City Status Match Adventure — Part 2: Total Rewards Diamond Benefits IN DEPTH!

Armed with my Total Rewards Diamond status, I matched my status to M life Gold at Borgata. As I mentioned in my first installment, I didn’t have some of the better M life Gold benefits because I had been Borgata’s member before.

M life Gold benefits aren’t as good as Total Rewards Diamond, but it doesn’t mean the’re useless. Quite the contrary, they are very valuable if you travel to some MGM destinations, if only for free parking and skipping lines to clubs and restaurants. Unfortunately, M life appears to be much stingier with comp and discounted rooms than Total Rewards — although, from what I understand, their properties are more upscale in general.

MGM Resorts in Las Vegas

  • Bellagio
  • ARIA
  • 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
  • Luxor
  • Excalibur
  • Circus Circus

Other MGM U.S. Resorts

  • Borgata Atlantic City, NJ
  • MGM Springfield, MA
  • MGM National Harbor, DC
  • MGM Grand Detroit, MI
  • Beau Rivage Biloxi, MS
  • Gold Strike Tunica, MS

MGM Resorts in China

  • MGM Macau
  • MGM Cotai
  • MGM Grand Sanya
  • Diaoyutai Boutique Hotel Chengdu
  • Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou
  • Bellagio Shanghai

Notable M life Gold benefits

I’ve handpicked some of the better M life Gold benefits (the whole list is here)

  • Bonus on Points Earned Playing Slots: 20%
  • Bonus on Express Comps: 20%
  • Priority Hotel Check-in Line at the Front Desk
  • Room Upgrade (subject to availability at check-in, excludes suites)
  • Dedicated Line at the Buffet and Participating Restaurants
  • VIP Line Access to Select Nightclubs
  • Complimentary Valet and Self-Parking

Notable M life Borgata Atlantic City benefits

Here are the M life Rewards benefits pertaining to Atlantic City (full list)

For new members:

  • $100 BONUS SLOT DOLLARS or Match Play
  • Complimentary Stay in a Classic Room
  • Access to VIP Lounge

For all M life Rewards Gold members:

  • Complimentary self and valet parking
  • Access to Amphora Lounge for you and a guest for $12.50 Express Comps per person per visit
  • Borgata Buffet for you and a guest for $12.50 Express Comps per person per visit
  • Dedicated line at Metropolitan
  • Dedicated line at the M life Rewards Desk and Front Desk

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise benefits

M life Gold Benefits

Hyatt Explorist Status match

M life Gold benefits

Park Hyatt Tokyo The Peak Lounge

Armed with my M life Gold tier, I went ahead and matched to Hyatt Explorist Status. Here are the Explorist highlights (and the full list):

  • 4 Club lounge access certificates (valid on award nights, too)
  • 20% Bonus Points on all eligible purchases
  • Complimentary premium Internet
  • Dedicated elite check in area
  • Upgraded room based on availability at check-in
  • Late 2 PM checkout
  • Waived resort fees on free night awards

myVEGAS Facebook and Mobile Games

M life Gold Benefits

You can play myVegas games for free to get Loyalty Points for free stuff at M life properties

MyVEGAS is a series of Facebook and mobile (Android and iOS) games that allows you to win “Loyalty Points.” Then you can use these points to book complimentary or discounted rooms, free meals, shows, etc. mostly (but not just) in Vegas  and mostly (but not just) at MGM properties. I almost dismissed the whole thing out of hand, but then I read on one of the forums that you can run these games in the background. From what I understand you need to learn some basics in order to play these games for free (the game does “encourage” you to buy “loyalty points”) while maximizing the rewards. I haven’t figured it out yet, and I’m not 100% sure it’s worth the effort, but I felt I had to mention this option as a method of “enhancing” your trip.

Bottom Line

If you don’t see M life Gold status as a huge deal, you might be right. But it still offers quite a few important benefits (plus the Explorist status match with Hyatt), and in addition, your status will be valid until September 2019. If you think about it, MGM and Total Rewards combined properties cover the better part of the strip in Vegas and 4 casinos in Atlantic City, so having status in these 2 programs can enrich your travel greatly. If you live close to Atlantic City, consider making your way to Borgata to get a match.

Anyone knows more about M life and/or myVegas games? Share with the class! 🙂



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