When I’m not Point Me’s go-to casino hotel expert, my day job is an elementary school teacher. And it’s been a grueling couple of months. I couldn’t wait for a much needed poker getaway and status match trip to Atlantic City, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Three hotel statuses were on the way: M life status, World of Hyatt, and Rock Royalty.
My Casino Hotel Status Match Journey To Date…
In the last several months, I’ve written about the backdoor status match that enabled anyone with hotel status to match to Diamond status at Wyndham Rewards. This in turn matched to Total Rewards Diamond, a program later renamed to Caesars Rewards Diamond.
Read: How To Status Match From Marriott To Wyndham & Total Rewards (Caesars Rewards)
Read: What Are The Benefits of Caesars Rewards Diamond?
Read: How To Get Comp Rooms At Casinos: Free Nights In Dubai, Las Vegas, and Atlantic City
Last weekend, I was able to leverage my newly minted Caesars Rewards Diamond status even further. My Caesars Rewards Diamond, and subsequent matching, allowed a friend and I to enjoy an almost free weekend in Atlantic City.
If you’re keeping track at home:
- Marriott Rewards (Bonvoy) → Wyndham Rewards
- Wyndham Rewards → Caesars Rewards
- Caesars Rewards → M Life, World of Hyatt, and Rock Royalty (See Below!)
1. MGM’s M Life Status Match From Caesars Rewards
The only way acquire MGM’s M life Gold (without playing a crazy amount of slots or table games) is to use a status match promotion offered by the Borgata.
But first, some background. I’ve claimed before that I’m far from perfect in this hobby. The purpose of this trip was to rectify a mistake that I made a few years ago when Hyatt switched to the World of Hyatt program. That year, I forgot to match my Hyatt Diamond status to M life Gold!
That meant that when my status lapsed I was stuck with the status given to me through my Chase World of Hyatt Credit Card, Discoverist. For someone with a family, I lost those ever important Club Access awards. Therefore, when I saw an opportunity to gain Hyatt Explorist status and Club Access awards, I jumped on it. The first part to doing that was acquiring M life Gold.
Now back to this Borgata M life match. Per an earlier conversation I had with a Hyatt executive, I learned that this match must be completed before February 28th or no Club Access awards would be earned. Therefore, I set aside a weekend in February to make the journey. I booked an American Airlines roundtrip flight direct from Memphis to Philadelphia using 15,000 British Airways Avios that I acquired via the Chase British Airways Signature Visa card and $11.20 in taxes.
Status Matching To M Life At Borgata Atlantic City
Part of the benefits of this status match is a complimentary room good on any night. As I was going to be in the area for two nights, I needed to figure out what to do for another night. The problem for me was that I wanted to be as close to Borgata as possible since they have the largest poker room in Atlantic City.
I tend to play until early into the morning which makes it tough switching hotels. I also wasn’t thrilled about paying a $300 cash rate either. Therefore, I explained the situation to an M life Rewards representative at Borgata. The representative, aghast that I was even considering going to another hotel, spoke to her manager and offered me a second complimentary night. Score!
The only caveat was that I was on the hook for the resort fees of $22.23/night. Comped resort fees is one area where Caesar’s loyalty program has an edge over MGM. With Caesar’s, diamond members do not pay resort fees on paid or comped nights.
Arrival To Borgata Atlantic City
Upon arrival to the hotel, I went to the M life desk. There, I showed them my Caesars Rewards Diamond card and received got my M life Gold card. In addition to the two free nights, I also gained:
- $100 match play offer
- $25 in Express Comps
Unfortunately, my friend who is Caesars Rewards Platinum, could not match to Pearl status through this method. We were able to skirt that by matching his Hyatt Discoverist, a benefit of the Chase World of Hyatt credit card, to gain him M life Pearl status. However, the only real benefit at that level is free parking.
2. World of Hyatt Status Match From MGM’s M Life
From here, the next status match was as simple as it can be. MGM Resorts and Hyatt have a partnership. In order to do a Hyatt status match, I logged onto the Hyatt status matching site. From there I clicked on the opt in button.
Next I just had to input all of my Hyatt login information.
After successfully logging in the site directed me to log into my M life account.
Finally, after logging in a message appeared saying my account would be updated within 24 hours. It took only about 12 hours for my inbox and boom! I got the Hyatt status match and a welcome email giving me Hyatt Explorist status.
3. Hard Rock Casino’s Rock Royalty Status Match From M Life
After acquiring the two major statuses that I came to Atlantic City for, I began wondering what other casinos I could match to my M life Gold status. Turns out there are a lot of other options! However, for this trip I decided to only match one more, Hard Rock Casino.
My M life Gold status gave me Hard Rock’s top tier status Rock Royalty. On this trip, we used the free buffet for two benefits and the $100 in free play. The casino gave me an additional $10 and refunded me another $10 for the parking they charged. Unfortunately, during my free play, we ran into an issue, and I only got about $35 of the $120 I had been awarded. In addition, I got two comped nights that can be used anytime in the next 90 days along with 2 passes to Howie Mandel’s Comedy Club.
Tip: Why You Should Wait Until Your Next Trip To Casino Status Match
I didn’t continue status matching for one reason: timeline stipulations. I would like to get back to Atlantic City for another poker weekend within the next few months. Therefore, having additional comped weekend nights would save me another large expense. When I return, I will then take advantage of other status matches for a potential third cheap trip.
Unfortunately for my friend, we found that his Pearl status was worth almost nothing at other casinos. All of the rooms he was offered via comps had to be used Sunday-Thursday nights and the free plays benefits were small: less than $25 or nonexistent.
Unfortunately, my almost 30 hours of poker playing did not give me the massive wins that I was hoping. However, due to the fact that my out of pocket expenses totaled just under $120 for my roundtrip flight, rental car, two weekend nights and food, I still consider it a great weekend. In the long run, this insane status matching promotion will be bearing fruit for a long time.