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Here's Where You Can Use Your Hotel Loyalty Points in Vegas

February 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM | by | ()

If you're a frequent hotel guest, then you're probably a member of that hotel's loyalty program. Or you should be, so you can earn and use loyalty points at different hotels across the world.

While using a hotel's loyalty program is pretty straight-forward (find the hotel brand in whatever city you like and book), things work a little bit differently in Las Vegas which is dominated by massive hotel-casino resorts. In past years, you needed to be a member of a casino's players club program to earn rewards like upgrades, dinner comps and free rooms.

But that's no longer the case. Even first-time visitors to Vegas (affectionately called Vegas Virgins on our sister site, VegasChatter.com), can get a free room, a killer view, and more, all through their existing loyalty program membership.

See where your favorite hotel loyalty program can be used in Vegas below!

· Hyatt Gold Passport: Hyatt Gold Passport partnered up with MGM Resorts last year to offer their members the ability to earn and use Gold Passport points for not just rooms, but also for crazy sexy cool experiences like DJ-ing at a nightclub or selecting the songs that play at the Bellagio fountains. The partnership actually works both ways, allowing MGM's members of their players club program, M Life, to earn and use their M Life points at Hyatt hotels and resorts, worldwide. Guests will earn 5 Hyatt Gold Passport points for every eligible dollar spent at MGM Resorts. Similarly, guests will earn 8 M Life Tier credits for every eligible dollar at Hyatt Hotels. We've rounded up more major points here but do consult the M Life FAQ for further info.

· Starwood Preferred Guest: Just last month, SPG launched a similar partnership with Caesars Entertainment that allows members to earn and use points at any Caesars property in Vegas. Previously, SPG-ers could only stay at the Westin Las Vegas, a small casino hotel down a side street from the Strip. SPG members can now earn two Starpoints/$1 at participating Caesars Entertainment hotels while Elite members of Total Rewards (Caesars' player's club) will earn 1 Reward Credit for every eligible dollar spent at participating Starwoods. SPG has also created a bunch of special Vegas-themed SPG Moments such as a meet-and-greet with Britney Spears and a "Wolf Pack Weekend" for you and your dude friends at Caesars Palace. Hit up SPG.com for more info on how it all works.

· IHG Rewards Club: Way before Hyatt and SPG teamed up with major casinos in Vegas, IHG Rewards Club led the way with their partnership with The Venetian and The Palazzo in 2010. Now, IHG members can earn 2,000 points per qualifying stay at either The Venetian or The Palazzo. The InterContinental Ambassador and Royal Ambassador perks are also offered, including the $100 credit to raid the minibar which The Points Guy Brian Kelly did for us way back when. Read more on the IHG offers here.

· Marriott Rewards: The Cosmopolitan, one of the hottest hotels on the Strip, hitched themselves to Marriott's Autograph Collection in 2010, about four months before the hotel actually opened. Today, it will cost about 40,000 Marriott Reward points to stay one-night at The Cosmo. But you'll earn about 10 points for every dollar spent there. Here's more info on earning points with Marriott Rewards and more info on how it all works with The Cosmopolitan's players club program, Identity.

· Hilton HHonors: Hilton rebranded The Tropicana as a DoubleTree resort back in 2012, allowing their HHonors members to earn 10 points for every dollar spent there. Guests can also choose from varying point rewards when booking their stay. Currently, HHonors is offering a Weekend Rewards program letting guests earn 1,000 bonus points for each night they stay and an additional 5,000 bonus points for any weekend stay of at least two nights. And yes, The Trop is participating in this.

· American Express Fine Hotels and Resorts: : You might be asking yourself, but what about The Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons Las Vegas, and The Wynn and Encore Las Vegas? Right now, those hotels are matched up with any other loyalty program BUT they are all a part of American Express's Fine Hotels and Resorts, available to Platinum and Centurion card holders. Typically, reserving through FHR will get you a third night free as well as a considerable resort credit (about $100) to spend on a spa treatment or a dinner, along with complimentary breakfast for two each day. Also not hitched to a major hotel's loyalty program? The upcoming SLS Hotel Las Vegas but maybe the opening this Labor Day weekend will spur sbe to get their loyalty program back in gear.

[All photos: Juliana for HotelChatter]

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