One of the benefits to being a regular in a Las Vegas casino is loyalty points. The more you play at a specific casino, the more points you rack up. Typically, casinos on The Strip treat their loyal players quite well, which means you can earn yourself free drinks, free meals, free stays, free show tickets and much more. And what’s great is that most players will be playing at the casino anyway, so by simply signing up for the loyalty program, they’re now qualifying for freebies that they wouldn’t have earned otherwise.
There are tons of options in terms of loyalty programs in Las Vegas, but they’re not all equal. Which are the best ones that you want to sign up for and play? We’ve got a full comparison of the cards, so that you know where to go and rack up the points next time you’re in Sin City.
M Life Rewards (MGM Resorts)
The M life Rewards card is the one you’ll earn by playing at MGM Resorts International. What’s great about this one is it applies to a number of the spots on The Strip, including MGM Grand, The Bellagio, Aria, Mandalay Bay and more.
The program itself has a few tiers to it: Sapphire, Pearl, Gold Platinum and Noir. When you spend money at the MGM resorts, you earn credits equivalent to the amount. Eventually, the money that you turn into credits can help you upgrade to the next level or tier of this card. Unfortunately, though, you can only get into the Noir category if you are invited, as that’s their ultimate tier for VIPs.
This is a rewards card that really emphasizes spending more money in order to get the most out of it. The longer you play and rack up the points, the more rewards you can get. It doesn’t matter where in the resort you are spending your money – you could be in the casino, the spa or any of the restaurants.
When you have this card, you can get a variety of other perks as well. An example of a perk is that you can get 20 percent off room rates. There are also countless other shopping discounts and ticket discounts that you can take advantage of. The card offers improved perks at the higher tiers as you could probably expect.
Grazie Rewards Program
The Grazie Rewards Program gives players a way to earn rewards for their time and money spent. When you have this membership, you will be able to earn points when generating action at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.
You can earn points with the membership if you play the slots, video poker, rent a car, buy drinks, visit the spa and order in-suite dining. In other words, the MGM program allows you to earn points in a few more spots than the Grazie.
Similar to the aforementioned M life Rewards, the Grazie program offers three tiers to work your way up in. The first is Grazie, followed by Gold and finally Platinum. The higher up that you can get into this program, the more points you can earn when winning on the slots or other games. And the more you earn, the more you can get in comps.
As for the perks themselves, there are very exclusive suite rates and other upgrades you can accumulate. You are able to get concert tickets and complimentary nightclub entry.
One knock on this program is that Grazie rewards does not offer points for table games. However, they will take your play into account, which in turn will help you earn other offers. Newly signed up members are handed a free slot bonus as well, which is a nice freebie to get started with.
If you want to play and earn at Sportsbook, keep in mind that there are four main tiers that make up the Sportsbook Rewards card.
You start off on the Gold tier before moving up into both Platinum and then Diamond. After you continue stacking up points, you can get upgraded to the highest tier, which is called Seven Stars status. The way you reach the various levels is simple: by playing more. The more you play, the more credits that you earn, which can net you better benefits such as rooms, food and much more.
You have a lot of earning potential when utilizing this card. You are able to get five reward credits for every single dollar that you spend. You can earn roughly 10,000 credits if you spend at least $750. To put this into perspective, you can’t get into Seven Stars until you earn at least 150,000 credits.
The rewards are so great on this card that you can even earn a free night in Las Vegas for every 5,000 credits. That’s not bad because most people can reach this in just a couple of hours of $5 Blackjack.
Other rewards are lounge access, pre-sale to shows and special dinners. This is one of the more generous cards and programs on The Strip.
The Sportsbook Insider card is usually the best option for people going on a one-off type of trip. You can instantly start earning points on this card when you spend money at hotels, restaurants and casinos.
When you earn points, you go up multiple tiers. There are four tiers, starting in Red, going into Gold, followed by Diamond and finally you top out at Chairman.
With the points, you are able to pick up some discounts when it comes to rooms, restaurants and special promotions designed specifically for you. For about every $1.50 that you spend on the slots at a Sportsbook property, you get one point in return.
Using this card can get you massive discounts on accommodations, which is one of the most attractive parts of this program. For example, you can get up to 35 percent off on rooms and even 20 percent off on rooms in Tower Suites.
The downside of this card is that it’s limited to three casinos. Two of them are in Las Vegas and the final one is Sportsbooked in Macau. If you love the Sportsbook, this card makes sense for you. If you like to move around and stay at different places, this might not be the best program for you.
The last one we’re looking at is the Identity Membership Program, which is the rewards program at The Cosmopolitan in City Center.
Identity is primarily designed for people who love to play the slots. The major point of this program is to just stack up as many points as you possibly can when spinning around the reels. You get five points for every dollar that you spend on most activities in the resort, but you get a point for every $2.50 that you spend on a slot machine. Of course, you can earn in many places (video poker pays a point for every $6) but they clearly encourage you to stick to the slots.
As you earn, you’ll move up through their tiers, starting at Velvet, then continuing on to Gold, Sterling and Platinum.
Sterling and Gold members are able to earn double the number of points per slot game played. However, Platinum members earn triple the points from slots.
Table games don’t give you points for this particular program, which is disappointing. But they do get marked down as games played, which can help you pick up promotions and other comps – especially if you keep in touch with the hosts, dealers and pit bosses.
The downside is that you can only utilize your Identity Points at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. If that doesn’t suit you, you can instead convert them to Marriott Bonvoy points, but you’d lose points on the exchange in the process.
Overall, this card is great for those who love to play the slots and play at The Cosmo.