Here’s Why I Book MGM Hotel Nights to Achieve Hyatt Elite Status

To achieve elite hotel status, you must stay a certain number of nights in a calendar year.

If you know you won’t get the required nights organically, you can top up your elite status by booking cheap nights – either near you or somewhere you can easily get to – for benefit from the status. Simply put, you can search for cheap nights and book stays to earn Elite Night Credits.

But this strategy is usually only a good idea if you only need a few more nights to qualify.

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I achieved Hyatt Globalist status in 2021 during some extremely generous Hyatt promotions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Status usually requires 60 nights per calendar year, but I got it by only staying 28 nights.

And I love globalist status – but I will never stay at Hyatt hotels for 60 nights in a calendar year. So if I want to win it back, I will have to complete my stays with a few cheap nights. Here’s how I plan to do it by leveraging Hyatt’s partnership with MGM.

You can earn Hyatt Elite night credits at MGM hotels

The Excalibur Hotel & Casino is an MGM property where you can win Hyatt Elite Nights. AARONP/BAUER-GRIFFIN/GC IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES

MGM and Hyatt are partners. When you stay at MGM properties and include your Hyatt number with your reservation, you earn Elite Night Credits with Hyatt.

Here’s why it’s amazing: MGM resorts in Las Vegas offer some of the cheapest room rates in the United States. Hotels are ready to offer you an inexpensive stay so you can play longer. So if you need a few nights to earn (or requalify) Hyatt elite status, you can earn elite nights at MGM hotels in Las Vegas very cheaply.

Related: Earn Hyatt Elite night credits at MGM resorts

At Excalibur and Luxor, you can often find nightly rates of $30 or less. The problem is that these properties add resort fees.

My Favorite Benefit of Hyatt Explorist Status: Waived Resort Fees at MGM Vegas Properties

Below is a very affordable $24 night at Excalibur. However, a $40 resort fee brings the final cost to around $64 – still cheap, but probably not worth it unless you just need a few more nights to qualify for status. On top of that, you have to factor in the cost to get to Las Vegas if you’re not local.


If you have Hyatt Explorist or Globalist status, you can avoid resort fees by matching your Hyatt status to MGM Gold status. Since I currently hold Globalist status, I can book this room – and earn a Hyatt Elite night credit – for $24 all inclusive.

Related: Use This Simple Trick To Avoid Resort Fees At 13 Las Vegas Casinos

Globalist status and the Milestone rewards that come with it have brought me thousands of dollars over the past year. However, I am currently 40 nights away from requalifying, and 10 nights away from qualifying for explorer status. If I don’t at least earn Explorist status this year, I won’t get any more resort fees at MGM resorts — and I won’t be able to cheaply book my way to Globalist in the future.

I gave up hope of getting Globalist status this year, but I plan to get Explorist status just so I can continue to bypass resort fees at MGM properties. Then I still have the option to supplement my Hyatt stays with discounted MGM nights to earn discounted Globalist in 2023.

Is Globalist status worth booking hotels you don’t want to stay in?

It probably seems ridiculous to waste hundreds of dollars on staying at a hotel you’re not interested in just to gain elite hotel status. So, let me describe the benefits I have received from elite globalist status over the past year:

  • Suite upgrade certificate used for one night in Thompson Nashville: $600 and up.
  • Suite upgrade certificate used for three nights at Alila Ventana Big Sur: $900 and up.
  • Suite upgrade certificate used for three nights at Andaz Maui: $1,200 and up.
  • Suite upgrade certificate used for four nights at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: $2,000 or more.
  • Free Night Award (up to a Category 7 hotel) used at Hana-Maui Resort: $700 and above.
  • Free Night Award (up to a Category 4 hotel) used at Lahaina Shores Beach Resort: $300+.
  • $100 Hyatt Gift Card.
  • Free breakfast at Hyatt hotels: $350 and up.
  • Free parking at Hyatt hotels during reward stays: $400 or more.

That’s over $6,500 worth for spending around $1,000 on hotel stays to earn elite night credits. So if you don’t mind traveling to Las Vegas, it could present a good opportunity to maintain your globalist status and make a profit.

At the end of the line

If I do not achieve Hyatt Explorist status before my Globalist status expires, I will no longer have an inexpensive way to achieve Hyatt Elite status.

Since Hyatt Explorist and Globalist status equates to MGM Gold status, I can currently get Hyatt Elite night credits for only $24 each. It’s worth booking multiple nights at these properties just to earn elite night credits, and I’ll get a trip to Vegas out of the deal.

Of course, you still have to physically check in at the hotels you book. Booking hotels, checking in online and not being physically present at a hotel is against the rules and may result in the closure of your loyalty account. So be careful and only book stays that you can actually use.

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