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While my body has been home from Vegas for several days, but mind has still not left that city. I love Vegas. Always have, and presumably always will. Some hate the over-the-top nature of Vegas, but it fits me like a glove. I’m actually a very tame Vegas visitor by most standards, but I love it all the same. So, since my mind is still very much in “Vegas mode”, expect a few Vegas posts over the coming weeks. I actually have a return “girls trip” there in a few weeks, so maybe that will help me get me over my temporary obsession with the City of
We traveled to Vegas primarily using an offer a the Mirage that we were lucky enough to purchase from the Daily Getaways. I’ll post more about how that deal worked out in a separate post, but today I want to focus on a promotion that is still available today. That promotion is a joint venture between the MGM casino properties and American Express. In case you aren’t overly familiar with Vegas, the MGM casinos include: ARIA, Bellagio, Vdara, MGM Grand, The Signature, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, and Circus Circus Las Vegas. Essentially, their properties range from very high-end to some that are very affordable for practically every budget.
There are almost always hotel deals and sales going on in Vegas, and if you are even a moderate gambler, you are likely to be sent discounted or even free room offers if you participate in a casino rewards program. My husband used to get free rooms in Vegas quite frequently, but since the economy has rebounded somewhat, he gets fewer free room offers than he used to. That said, he just received more free room offers from his MGM Mlife account, so it does happen even for folks who don’t spend tons of times at the tables.
What I love about this offer from Amex and MGM is that you seem to be able to take advantage of booking the room via whatever avenue makes the most sense for you, and you can still get a credit back on your Amex. Here are the details:
- Make sure you have an American Express card. I know this part is a “no brainer”, but in addition to getting the sign-up bonuses, Amex seems to love to hand out statement credits like candy throughout the year. Seriously, if you don’t yet have an Amex, I recommend adding at least one to your credit card collection. My favorite three personal Amex cards are the American Express Premier Rewards Gold Card (3x on airfare and 2x on gas and groceries in stand alone gas stations and grocery stores), the Starwood Preferred Guest Credit Card from American Express (earns super valuable SPG points), and the Mercedes Benz Platinum Card ($200 airline statement credit plus lounge access with Delta, US Airways, and American Airlines). You can get more details about these and other offers here.
- Register your American Express card by 9/26/2012 for one of the three available MGM offers. The three available offers are:
$100 statement credit after spending $800 at Aria or Bellagio.
$70 statement credit after spending $600 at MGM Grand, The Signature, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, or The Mirage.
$40 statement credit after spending $300 at Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, or Circus Circus Las Vegas.
- Theoretically, you should then use the available links to save 10% – 15% off the room rates at the relevant hotel. However, I simply registered my card, but didn’t book my stay using their link as I already had a room reservation via the Daily Getaways. I wasn’t stressed if it didn’t work, but I considered it a bit of an experiment. No guarantees that will work for you, but it worked just fine for me as recent as last week.
- Then just charge the required amount to your room and pay with your registered American Express card at check-out. We charged expenses at many MGM owned properties to our room at the Mirage, so that helped meet the minimum required amount without any issue. Here we are at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, which we also charged to our room at the Mirage. Of course, don’t spend more money than you planned just to get “free money”. 😉
- We charged $600 to our registered SPG Amex and the rest on our Chase Sapphire Preferred Card so that we would earn 2x for the travel related charges (I love charging everything from souvenirs to excursions to the room so that they go through as a hotel charge at 2x!). So, we earned lots of points, and received a $70 statement credit from American Express three business days after we checked out. We also received an email from Amex informing us of our statement credit. Yippee!
Disclosure: I do receive a commission if you are approved for some of the cards listed in this post. As always, I only link to the best offers I am aware of. Thanks for your support!