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This is rather niche, but it works! Through December 31, 2020, if you have Caesars Diamond elite status, you can match it to M Life Gold, and from there, to Hyatt Explorist. I just did it this past weekend.
The only hitch is you must do the Caesars to M Life match in person. And of course, have Caesars Diamond status to start with, which is a free perk you get from FoundersCard membership. You can also get it from matching your Wyndham Platinum or Diamond status, which you can get from having a Wyndham credit card.
If you’re in a place where there are Caesars and MGM casinos or hotels, like Las Vegas, Atlantic City, or Tunica, it takes just a few minutes to get it done. I was at the Horseshoe Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, and walked over to the Gold Strike Casino. From there, I matched from M Life Gold to Hyatt Explorist online in under a minute.
Within Hyatt’s program, Explorist – the middle tier – isn’t all that different from Discoverist – the lowest tier – which also comes with having the Chase World of Hyatt card. But this is an easy way to get it for free and without completing a single stay.
Caesars M Life status match to Hyatt Explorist
Conversely, you could match these backwards. If you have Hyatt elite status, you could match to M Life online, then walk to a Caesars (and then match to Wyndham status – this also still works).
Why bother matching to Caesars or M Life status? If you ever want to stay at their properties, you’ll get free parking, faster lines throughout, waived resort fees, and potential room upgrades. There are also usually generous room discounts that come with status.
And if you don’t have Hyatt elite status, but you can get the Caesars or M Life status, you can match to their middle tier without having to complete a single stay.
Hyatt Explorist status gets you:
- Premium internet
- Bottled water
- Late checkout and elite check-in
- Guaranteed room availability within 72 hours
- Bonus American Airlines miles on every paid Hyatt stay, and bonus Hyatt points on every paid American Airlines flight
So nothing too exciting. But if it’s free, why not? Hyatt has some amazing promotions going on right now, so if you can make use of those, you could potentially start out at a higher status from the get-go. Explorist members are also eligible for room upgrades at check-in. You never know on that front – I’ve gotten some nice upgrades as a mid-tier member in the past.
Betting on uncertainty
If this year has taught me anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. I didn’t do these matches to collect random hotel status, but just in case other status match opportunities pop up later. Plus, there might be promotions that convince me to book with a certain chain and it would be nice to have status already if that happens.
Plus, in the case of Caesars and M Life, I’ve found random promotions in my account for cheap rooms. Like really cheap. Combine that with a cheap flight, and you have a recipe for a pretty fun time post-Covid.
I know a lot of people aren’t traveling right now, but when the pandemic is under control, it’ll be nice to have options.
Caesars M Life status match bottom line
I popped in and out (masked) to grab my Caesars Diamond card and then to match to M Life Gold status. You might feel differently about the in-person component of this deal. If you find yourself around an MGM hotel, this is a pretty easy match and unlocks a few different opportunities – including mid-tier Hyatt Explorist status.
Again, it’s niche and the opportunity ends at the end of December 2020, but thought I’d do a quick write-up in case someone finds it helpful. Loving these little opportunities that are popping up.
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