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It’s time to Status Match Hyatt to MGM Rewards = waived resort fees

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It’s time to Status Match Hyatt to MGM Rewards

Hyatt and MGM struck a partnership all the way back in 2013. August of that year, reciprocal elite status was granted to members of each program. Why was this so great? It opened the door to a merry-go-round of elite status since the programs continue to run on different calendars. This means that you can keep rematching from one to another.

In 2022 MGM has rebranded their MLife program to MGM Rewards and luckily they kept the status match in tact. It’s time to match your Hyatt status to MGM since the MGM status should have fallen off while Hyatt status runs until the end of Feb.

Let me explain how this works and the MGM Rewards Gold sweet spot for waived resorts fees.

Go here to match Hyatt to MGM

Go here to match MGM to Hyatt

*Note that some people are reporting that the link is broken and they’ve had to manually call in to match.

  • Pearl to Discoverist
  • Gold, Platinum, Noir to Explorist


I mentioned that the Programs run on different calendars

  • MGM Rewards status you earned in 2022 will drop off on 1/31/23
  • The World of Hyatt status you earned in 2022 will expire 2/28/23
  •  This leaves a gap whereby MGM status expires and Hyatt is in tact.

This gap in time facilitates the opportunity to do something really cool – you can use your Hyatt status to match to MGM from Feb 1st to Feb 28th. It may be possible to match between Jan 1st and Jan 31st, but I always do it once it’s fully fallen off.

Then, on March 1st, if your Hyatt status has lapsed, you could match your MGM status to Hyatt status. In fact, you could do this earlier than March 1st, but in the past I always wait just in case there is a glitch ( like I mentioned I do with MGM )  and it doesn’t recognize the match for the next elite status year.

Matching could equal No Resort Fees at MGM properties

Here’s a look at the benefits of each tier – you’ll notice that Gold status includes resort fees being waived ( the $100 tier achievement isn’t included if you’re matched ) and you can hit Gold status with an Explorist match.

Now with resort fees being waived…it’s even more valuable for Hyatt members planning a trip to Vegas.

Things to keep in mind

  • you must book direct and via MGM
    • This is better anyways since their rates are far better

When you Match Hyatt to MGM you will see this process

Start with Sapphire Status

You can see that I have been dropped down to the lowest MGM Rewards status. At the time of matching I held Hyatt Globalist status, but that will drop off come March 1st so I’ll need to match back to get Explorist.

Next use the link to optin to the Hyatt to MGM status match

Confirmation of the match

Mine instantly updated to MGM Rewards Gold

That’s a wrap! Lemme know if you have any questions,

but use those links to match and follow the time schedule and you’re good to go!

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  • ChuckB January 29, 2022

    FWIW, the above link to match my Globalist to Mlife didn’t work, I kept getting the error message others have reported.

    Decided to go about it from the Hyatt page. Once logged in scroll way down to ‘curated relationships’ and click on MGM. Then scroll down to ‘Mlife rewards’ and click on learn more. Then click ‘opt in’, and you’ll get logged into Mlife and matched. At least, it worked for me and I created my Mlife account about 10 minutes ago.


    • mtd February 4, 2022

      Matching from the Hyatt end worked for me as well – thanks!

    • Sho'nuff February 6, 2022

      Good Lord that was ridiculous to find out how to do this. Thanks for your suggestion. One added note to save people time, you want to click Loyalty Program at the top once you’re logged in and then select Program Overview. Then your post.

  • Mike Saint January 25, 2022


    FYI. I waited on hold about 45 minutes to get an MLife Agent. She had to manually upgrade my account. I go through this merry go round every year as I’m a Hyatt Globalist. She said “this link never works”. She had to do some stuff and then she had to go call someone else while I waited on hold another 20 minutes. But in the end, she upgraded both me and my wife again for another year.

    Painful calling in.

    • J. January 25, 2022

      Thank you for sharing!

    • Miles January 25, 2022

      uggggh so sorry you had to go through this – i’ll put a note in the article about it. Thank you for the data point!

  • Mike Saint January 25, 2022

    The site must be flooded with people. It’s down. It’s not working for me.

  • J. January 25, 2022

    My M Life Gold expires 1/31/22. I am looking to match to Hyatt Explorist before 1/31, then match back to MGM Rewards after 2/1. Then after 3/1 match back Hyatt. Is there anything that would prevent me from doing this?

    Getting an error trying to match M Life Gold to Hyatt online…

    • Miles January 25, 2022

      Hey J – looks like Mike experience something that many others have been for a few years now and that’s a periodic error on the MLife page that doesn’t make it easy to match. Call into MLlife and have them manually link it to Hyatt. Then when you relink Hyatt to MLife make sure you aren’t signed into your MLife account when you match back from Hyatt, should work fine then.

      • J. January 26, 2022

        Strangely I was able to match online today! I guess 45 minutes saved 🙂

        • S January 28, 2022

          I’m in the same boat as you are. To clarify, have you already rematched Hyatt > MGM or you’re waiting until 2/1 to be able to do that? I wasn’t sure in your comment whether you were talking about MGM > Hyatt or Hyatt > MGM.

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