(EXPIRED) 8,000 Membership Rewards w/ $400+ at MGM Resorts via new offer

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There is a new Amex Offer out that is good for 8,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $400 or more at a number of popular MGM resort / casinos. There is likely also an $80 statement credit version of this offer, though I’d rather have the Membership Rewards points.

The Deal

  • A new Amex Offer is out that’s good for 8,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $400+ at MGM Resort / casino properties including:
    • Bellagio
    • Aria
    • Vdara
    • MGM Grand Las Vegas
    • The Signature at MGM Grand Las Vegas
    • Mandalay Bay
    • Delano Las Vegas
    • Park MGM
    • NoMad Las Vegas
    • The Mirage
    • New York-New York
    • Luxor
    • Excalibur
    • Beau Rivage
    • Gold Strike
    • Borgata
    • MGM National Harbor
    • MGM Springfield

Key Terms

  • Expires 5/4/20
  • Excludes other MGM properties
  • Not valid on air & hotel packages
  • See your offer for full terms

Quick Thoughts

This makes for a nice return on spend if you’ll be staying at any of the included properties. When I visit Las Vegas, I usually prefer to stay at MGM properties because:

  1. They have a partnership with Hyatt, offering points earning and elite night credit for stays at MGM properties
  2. Reciprocal status with Hyatt gives me MGM Mlife Gold, which enables me to skip the ridiculously long check-in lines in Las Vegas
  3. Severa MGM propertiesl are on Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts or Chase Luxury Hotel Collection. Delano can be particularly cheap and is all-suites.
  4. You can charge almost everything at any MGM properties to your room at another MGM property.

To clarify that final point, if I stay at Mandalay Bay and visit the buffet at Bellagio, I can charge the meal to my folio at Mandalay Bay. When visiting with a group, this makes for a great opportunity to pick up some easy points.

Note that while Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts or Chase Luxury Hotel Collection bookings seem to be excluded by the terms (which state that you must book direct), past bookings have triggered Amex Offers like these. That’s because Amex FHR bookings, for example, are charged directly by the hotel, whereas a booking made through Amex Travel (or other online travel agencies like Priceline, Expedia, etc) are charged by the travel agency and will not trigger this type of Amex Offer.

I believe that all of the Las Vegas FHR properties now give the $100 credit as a spa-credit-only. Check Chase Luxury Hotel Collection as I believe they may still offer a general resort credit (that could potentially be used for a restaurant, etc).

Apart from booking via FHR, I typically find the best rates available by logging in to my MGM account.

All that said, since I currently have Caesars Diamond status and will hopefully re-match to it tomorrow when my status expires, I’d probably be equally likely to consider Caesars properties for my next Las Vegas trip since they do not charge resort fees for Diamond members (which you can’t seem to escape with MGM).

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