Best Credit Cards to Get Hotel Status in Las Vegas

Want to get free hotel upgrades and skip the check-in lines in Las Vegas? Here's how to status match your way to free upgrades. 

You can veiw credit card offers by going to the "Credit Card Offers" tab. Click "Hotel Credit Cards" and "Show More Results" until you find the card you're looking for. You don't have to use our links, but we're grateful when you do. Thank you for supporting AskSebby!

M Life

M life Rewards is by MGM Resorts. Examples of M life hotels are the Bellagio, Aria, MGM, Mirage, andLuxor. The easiest way to get status is with the Chase Hyatt card. 

The default M life status when you signup for an account is Sapphire. The Hyatt card can status match you to Pearl status. See complete list of M life Rewards Tier Benefits here

Pearl status highlights (hotel):

  • Dedicated reservation lines
  • Exclusive discounts on hotel rooms
  • Dedicated line at buffets
  • 10% Discount at participating retail shops
  • Complimentary self parking (usually $12/day)

One step up from Pearl status is Gold. There's not a "free" way to earn Gold status; you have to earn it by gambling or paid stays. 

Gold status highlights:

  • Room upgrades subject to availability, excludes suites
  • Priority hotel check-in line at the front desk
  • Dedicated line at the buffets
  • Fine dining priority reservations
  • 10% Discount at participating retail shops
  • VIP line access at night clubs for you + one guest
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Complimentary valet parking

Hyatt Elite Tier Offer

Hyatt is currently running a promotion for Globalist Fast Track. To participate, register on Hyatt's website by November 28, 2017 to receive trial Explorist status for 90 days.  

From the World of Hyatt Elite Tier Offer website:

"To participate:

  • Register by November 28, 2017 to receive trial Explorist status for 90 days
  • Stay 10 qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days of registration to maintain Explorist status through February 2019
  • Stay an additional 10 qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days of registration and earn Globalist status through February 2019. Enjoy even more rewards with Globalist status like 30% Bonus Points, Club lounge access including breakfast and more.

Already a World of Hyatt Explorist member?
Fast track to Globalist status through February 2019 with the Elite Tier offer and enjoy our most elite status faster.

To participate:

  • Register by November 28, 2017
  • Stay 20 qualifying nights at any Hyatt hotel or resort within 90 days of registration to achieve Globalist status through February 2019

Register today and be on your way to earning elite status through February 2019."

image via https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/rewards/other-partnerships.html

image via https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/rewards/other-partnerships.html

With either Explorist or Globalist, you only receive M Life Gold, so it makes sense to aim for Explorist.

Caesars Total Rewards Hotels

For the other half of the Strip, you're looking at Caesars Total Rewards Hotels. These properties include Caesars Palace, Bally's, Planet Hollywood, Linq, Rio, and Paris. If you want status at Total Rewards properties, the credit card to get is the Wyndham card. 

Barclays has two Wyndham cards, so it can get confusing. The one with the $75 annual fee gives you Platinum status at Wyndham. The one without an annual fee gives you Gold status. We're going to focus on the one with an annual fee because you can status match it. 

Platinum status:

  • Skip select lines with VIP access
  • Up to 15% off rooms and suites
  • Complimentary self-parking and valet parking
  • 15% off gift shop purchases
  • Free trip to Atlantis

If you have Wyndham Diamond status, you also get matched to Diamond for Total Rewards. The benefit of Diamond status is you don't have to pay resort fees, plus you get access to VIP lounges.

For anyone who visits Vegas, resort fees are the necessary evil. If there's a way to make them go away for free, I'm all for it. 

If you do want Total Rewards Platinum status, I recommend applying for the Wyndham card with the annual fee. 

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan is owned by Marriott, and it's part of Marriott's Autograph Collection.  They have their own rewards program called Identity Membership & Rewards. You can't status match Marriott to Identity, but they respect your status for check-in, upgrades, and restaurants.

Marriott Platinum at the Cosmopolitan:

  • Platinum check-in (to the left of the main desks)
  • Arrival gift of $10 food and beverage coupon or 500 points
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Free tea/coffee at Platinum check-in (6am-noon)
  • 15% discount at the Wicked Spoon when staying at property

Marriott Gold:

  • Autograph check-in
  • Free tea/coffee at Autograph check-in
  • Room upgrade (subject to availability)
  • Late check-out

There's not an easy way to get Platinum membership; most people will probably get Gold status through credit card matches. To get Marriott Gold status, you can go through the American Express Platinum card or the Ritz-Carlton card in Year 1. 

Westin

Westin is off the Strip, but it's easy to walk to the Strip by walking through Bally's. You do have to walk outside and cross the street; it's a quick 5-minute walk. If you have Gold status, it's easy to get upgraded to a room on a higher floor or one with a better view. 

You can get gold status at SPG hotels with the Amex Platinum or Marriott cards.

Amex Fine Hotels and Resorts

If you have the Amex Platinum card, you have access to the Fine Hotels and Resorts portal. Benefits include:

  • Noon check-in, when available
  • Room upgrade upon arrival, when available
  • Daily breakfast for two people
  • Guaranteed 4 pm late check-out
  • Complimentary wi-fi
  • Unique property amenity

The big benefit of going through the fine hotels and resorts is that if you stay three nights, you can get the fourth night free. Some properties also give you a meal or amenity credits. 

The rates on the FHR site does vary from Google search and is often more expensive, but it might be worth it if you can utilize the amenity credits.