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Las Vegas used to be the land of cheap rooms, cheap food, and free parking. Their money was made primarily on gambling and the rest was basically just to get and keep you there as long as possible so you would gamble (and usually lose) more. Well, times change places, even Las Vegas, and while there are still cheap food and rooms to be had, they may or may not be at the places or times you want to visit.
Just as resort fees hit The Strip hard a few years ago, the next wave of change that is washing over Vegas beginning this year will be parking charges at the MLife properties regardless of whether you self park or valet park. I won’t be shocked at all to see the Caesars properties follow as they did with resort fees. Also just like with resort fees, these parking charges can really add up over the course of a multi-day trip, especially at some of the nicer properties. At Bellagio, Aria, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, and even New York New York, self parking charges will be $10 per day and valet will be $18 per day, even for registered hotel guests who already pay resort fees.
How Get Free Parking at Mlife Properties in Las Vegas
However, like with many fees in the travel world, there is a way to avoid these charges (other than just using Uber and skipping a rental car!). First, while the parking fees kick in on June 6, 2016, the self parking charges aren’t charged to Nevada residents until 12/29/2016 as long as you don’t stay longer than 24 hours.
Second, and probably more importantly, those with certain Mlife status levels will be exempt from parking charges, and remember you can get Mlife status just by having Hyatt Gold Passport status if you link your accounts. Also remember that you can get Hyatt elite status just by having the co-branded Hyatt credit card! The Platinum Hyatt status you get from having the Hyatt credit card may not get you very many perks at Hyatt properties, but it matches to Mlife Gold which does get you some Mlife perks of value, now including free parking.
In fact, Mlife Gold status and above not only gets you free self parking, but also free valet parking at all of the Mlife Vegas properties!
Since valet parking can be $18 a day at many of the nicer Mlife properties, this is a pretty big deal! If you go to Mlife properties in Las Vegas with any regularity, I would recommend getting at least Hyatt Platinum status so that you can benefit from Mlife status, especially if you would be impacted by the new parking charges.
I’m sad to see yet another mandatory charge hit so many travelers who visit Las Vegas, but at least many of us have a pretty simple path to free parking at Mlife properties in Las Vegas thanks to the Hyatt and Mlife relationship.