One of my favorite things about the Status Match Merry Go Round™ is that ever since its discovery right here at MilesTalk, it’s evolved like crazy.
And I’m not even the only one that evolves it. Readers always write in with tips, which is how the whole South Florida “tangent” came about.
When we lost the Caesars to MGM Gold match, it was also readers and group members that first advised on the way you can still do it in Atlantic City, the long way (see that Status Match Merry Go Round™ post for how) and also that for a brief window, you could still match to MGM Gold at Excalibur in Las Vegas (now dead).
Well, today Southern California reader and MilesTalk group member Kelvin K. details in this group post (access for members only) how to match by starting in San Diego and ending in Las Vegas with the now standard Merry Go Round “On Ramp” of the Wyndham Business Earner card –> Caesars Diamond.
You won’t get the free MSC Cruise and Wynn nights that you would get if you matched in Atlantic City from Ocean Casino, but you get the MGM Gold and Hyatt Explorist statuses and thereby lock in (for as long as it all lasts) Caesars Diamond, Wyndham Diamond, MGM Gold and Hyatt Explorist. And if you are SoCal based, this sure beats a cross country flight!
It’s still some work, though. Let’s see how Kelvin pulled this off!
First, Kelvin opened the Wyndham Business Earner card and matched to Caesars Diamond (online).
Then, in San Diego, he did as follows:
- Harrah’s Resort Southern California – pick up Caesars physical card
- Caesars Diamond > Sycuan Club Sycuan Elite (no perk)
- Club Sycuan Elite > Club Barona Platinum (no perk)
Then he drove to Las Vegas and took these steps:
- Club Barona Platinum > MGM Gold
- MGM Gold > Mirage Unity Icon + $100 dining credit good for 6 months
- MGM Gold > Resorts World Genting A-lister (no perk besides free parking)
As Kelvin says, “this works because MGM matches the California casino Club Barona Platinum to MGM Gold per their website.”
(Note: This MGM match is scheduled to end June 30, 2023, so this post may be outdated after that unless updated.)
Want proof? He’s got that too 🙂
I love everything about this.
I love that Kelvin was so creative in reverse engineering how he could pull this off locally!
Keep those tips coming!
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