Two MGM Resorts Amex Offers – How They Differ

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Credit Cards, Travel Deals

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During the past couple days, American Express issued two Amex Offers for MGM Resorts. The deals are differ in several ways, though. 

Before we get into which offer is (potentially) better and where they can be used, here are the quick bullet points for each.

MGM Resorts Amex Offer #1: Spend $500+, Receive 7,500 Membership Rewards Points

  • Spend $500+, get 7,500 Membership Rewards® Points – MGM Resorts – Las Vegas
  • Get 7,500 additional Membership Rewards points one-time by using your enrolled Card to spend $500+ on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay at select MGM Resorts Las Vegas destinations from 10/16/17 to 1/8/18.
  • Offer valid only at Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, The Signature at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and Delano.

Membership Rewards points (MRs) are generally worth a bare minimum of about one cent each when redeemed for travel. Given that valuation, taking advantage of this offer and meeting the spend requirement nets you about $75 worth of MR. (Remember: paying for Amazon purchases with MRs is generally not a great option unless absolutely necessary or a great cross promotion comes along.)

Bellagio Las Vegas, a Mlife Rewards and MGM Resorts hotel and casino resort.

MGM Resorts Amex Offer #2: Spend $250+, Receive $50 Statement Credit

  • Spend $250 or more, get $50 back at select MGM Resorts destinations
  • Get a one-time $50 statement credit by using your enrolled Card to spend $250+ on room rate and room charges, when you pay for your stay at select MGM Resorts destinations from 10/17/17 to 1/8/18.
  • Offer valid only at MGM Grand, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, Beau Rivage, Gold Strike, and MGM Grand Detroit.

This offer knocks $50 off your statement when you spend at least $250 at one of the participating properties.

How the MGM Resorts Amex Offers are Similar

Both offers are valid only for room rate and room charges. Stays paid for before the promotion start date or after the promotion end date are not eligible.

Reservations must be made directly through MGM Resorts online at mlife.com, by phone, or via mobile app. However, I received a credit statement earlier this year when MGM Resorts ran a similar Amex Offer and I booked through Fine Hotels & Resorts.

New York-New York Las Vegas, a Mlife Rewards and MGM Resorts hotel and casino resort.

How are the MGM Resorts Amex Offers Different?

Properties

Each offer is exclusive to certain properties — there is no overlap between deals.

Offer #1 is valid only at a select number of Las Vegas resorts: Bellagio, ARIA, Vdara, The Signature at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and Delano.

Offer #2, meanwhile, is good at some of MGM’s resorts in Sin City and other markets: MGM Grand, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor, Excalibur, Beau Rivage (Biloxi, MS), Gold Strike (Tunica Resorts, MS), and MGM Grand Detroit (uh, Detroit).

It also features much broader availability and more affordable resorts (relatively speaking) than the “Spend $500+” deal.

Minimum Spends

I really like that these offers cater to different hotels and travel budgets.

While it’s easy to spend a pretty penny (or more) in Vegas, not everyone has the same budget.

Some travelers don’t bat an eye when dropping at least $500 at a higher-end hotel. Others, though, may cap their spending at $300 or $400 and stay at an Excalibur or Luxor (which aren’t bad hotels; they’re simply more affordable and less luxurious than Bellagio or Mandalay Bay).

Valuation

Valuation-wise, I think offer #2 is a better deal. Spending $250 to essentially receive a 20% cash discount is better than forking over $500 for 15% back in MRs.

Then again, it all depends on how you use your MRs. If you have the American Express Business Platinum card — which rebates 35% of select airfare purchases paid for with Membership Rewards points — those 7500 MRs are worth way more than $75.

Which Cards Are Eligible?

Only two of my charge cards — both my American Express personal Platinum card and American Express Business Platinum card — were targeted. None of my credit cards received the deal.

American Express Platinum metal card. (Click for a larger image.)

Charge Everything to Your Room!

As always: make sure to add the offers to your card(s) before making reservations and starting your trip. But once you get to Vegas and begin your stay, charge everything to your room. Meals, show tickets, drinks, souvenirs — anything and everything that can be charged. This will help you meet the minimum spend AND accrue both Mlife and Hyatt points.

Don’t forget to use your Mlife card to receive shopping discounts at select MGM Resorts vendors!

Were You Targeted for MGM Resorts Amex Offer? Do You Prefer One Deal More than the Other?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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About the Author: Chris Carley is a writer, media consultant, voice over artist, dog owner, husband, and recently became a dad! He loves talking all things points and miles. You'll likely find him in an airport lounge while on a trip that involves the most circuitous route possible leading to his ultimate destination. .

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