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World of Hyatt elite status tiers expire very soon on February 28, 2018, unless of course you requalified for the next year. If you are used to having Hyatt elite perks on your travels such as lounge access, late check-out, and more, this can be a real blow. However, there might be a way to protect some of your Hyatt elite status perks by leveraging the Hyatt and M life reciprocal elite status program, if you act quickly.
Before we get into the details of how this works, the premise is that if you have any M life elite status from gambling in the casinos or having the M life credit card, you can match that status to a corresponding Hyatt elite status level. If you have a Hyatt elite status level from staying in Hyatt properties or from having the Hyatt credit card or whatever, you can match that to some M life elite status. My mom recently matched her Hyatt Discoverist status she got from the co-branded Hyatt credit card to M life Pearl in order to get free parking in Vegas.
Last year, my husband Josh temporarily lost his Hyatt elite status in March, but was able to match his M life Platinum status to Hyatt to secure Hyatt Explorist status while he earned back Globalist.
Match your expiring Hyatt status to M life now
Now that you know sort of how this works, let’s talk about why you will want to match your expiring Hyatt status to M life now. First, you will want to do it now because you obviously can’t match it to M life once it expires, and having M life status can be very useful when you are in Vegas. The M life elite status perks vary based on your level, but it can help you avoid parking fees, access shorter lines for buffets, have a shot at a room upgrade, and more. You can see the full chart of M life perks and discounts here.
If you are a Hyatt fan, the main reason you might want to do this match right now is that since M life elite status operates on a different calendar than Hyatt elite status, you may be able to match your M life status back to Hyatt after your status level drops post March 1st.
Let’s say you are a Hyatt Globalist or Explorist right now, but that come March 1st you will be just a general member or Discoverist. If you match your Hyatt status to M life right now you will get M life Gold status per the chart above. Fast forward to when you lose your Hyatt status on March 1st, you can then theoretically match your M life Gold status to Hyatt Explorist status. There is no way to match to top tier Globalist, but Explorist is better than nothing with the four annual lounge access certificates, late check-out, and bonus points.
Will this really work?
I can tell you with 100% certainty it has worked reliably for the past few years. I cannot tell you with 100% certainty that it will work this year, but it is worth a shot. I have yet to hear any reports of it not working, though it is always possible that at some point the carousel will stop turning.
How to match Hyatt status to M life
To get started on matching you current Hyatt status to M life, you can head here and click on “Opt In” as shown below.
Share status with your spouse
Everything I mentioned so far can be accomplished online, however if you are going to physically be in an M life casino, there is a way to extend this status matching domino game to your partner. M life states that “two members with the same address may link individual M life Rewards accounts to share their tier, Tier Credit and Express Comps balances. Both members must visit an M life desk in the resort and show a valid identification to link accounts. M life maintains separate account numbers and account histories for every member. Restrictions apply at MGM Grand Detroit and Borgata.”
At least one of you would need M life status that you earned on your own or matched from Hyatt before you go to an M life casino to share it with your spouse or partner. Once all of that is accomplished, that person who shares your address could very likely then match their new M life status to their own Hyatt account if they desired.
Have you been utilizing the M life – Hyatt status match opportunities to expand your elite status perks?
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