Updated: Now valid until Dec 31, 2022. HT to reader Rachael D in the Facebook group for catching this.
Regular followers of the Status Match Merry Go Round have been frustrated since about March 2020 that the “on ramp” to the merry go round (Wyndham Rewards matched) has been paused.
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The Match to MGM Rewards Requires Travel to New Jersey or Massachusetts – Usually
However, in the meantime, another pain point of the Merry Go Round, especially for those that already have Caesars Rewards Diamond status via Wyndham (or even via Founders Card) is that you need to match to MGM Rewards in person at the Borgata in Atlantic City or at the MGM Springfield in Massachusetts.
That’s certainly inconvenient for anyone on the West Coast, and it’s a bummer since the MGM Rewards status match can be electronically matched to Hyatt Explorist status. And then those can be matched back and forth each year at expiration.
If you are getting lost, please have a read of the Status Match Merry Go Round master article and then come back.
You Can Now Match at ANY MGM Casino in the US
However, now through Dec 31, 2022, you seem to be able to match at any MGM Rewards Rewards booth in the entire country under an all-MGM Rewards promotion. That includes Las Vegas and even the Empire Casino in Yonkers, NY. This was set to expire June 30th.
However, the casinos that MGM varies by state. So, for example, while Empire in Yonkers will match to local NY casinos, they don’t seem to match to Caesars.
That promotion, detailed here, explains what every casino in the country – and Canada – will match to based on your status there.
If you are Caesars Diamond or Diamond Plus, you can expect a match to MGM Rewards Gold. Diamond Elite and Seven Stars get MGM Platinum. The match includes just about any casino, though. Match from Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Heck, you can even match from Rivers Casino in Schenectady, NY, which I didn’t even know existed (yet, oddly, Turning Stone in NY, a Caesars partner, isn’t listed).
While this opens up a slew of locations to match, I should mention that if you CAN match for the first time at Borgata, you’ll also get free match play and a free “anytime” hotel night there. So, it remains the best option if you can get there.
If not, match in Vegas or match wherever you have an MGM Rewards casino. Just match by the end of the year…
Once you have MGM Rewards Gold+, you can match to Hyatt Explorist
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