The former MGM Players Club became Mlife in 2011.
It was a big departure from the former, non-tiered system, but it made it more accessible to the average visitor… kind of.
Mlife covers the MGM Resorts International properties – MGM Grand, Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Bellagio, Aria, Vdara, The Signature at MGM Grand, Delano Las Vegas ( formerly THEhotel) and a few casinos outside Las Vegas.
Tiers and Tier Credits.
Similar to Caesars Entertainment’s Total Rewards system, Mlife uses Tier Credits to calculate your status.
- Sapphire is the basic tier that everyone starts with.
- Pearl is the next tier up and requires 25,000 Tier Credits earned between October 1st and September 30th of the following year.
- Gold requires 75,000 Tier Credits.
- Platinum requires 200,000 Tier Credits.
- NOIR is by invitation only and requires at least 1,000,000 Tier Credits.
Tier Credits reset to zero on October 1st, but the tier you achieved in that year is good for another full year. For example, if you earn 75,000 Tier Credits between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013, you will have Gold status through September 30, 2014.
Calculating Tier Credits for slot and video poker play is easy.
$1 through a slot machine = 3.33 Tier Credits (effective Oct. 1, 2012)
$1 through a video poker machine = 1 Tier Credit
You earn Tier Credits for table games, too. The number of credits will vary with the game, your average bet and the duration of your play. Betting $25/hand for an hour of blackjack will earn 550 Tier Credits. You will earn tier credits faster when playing roulette and carnival games (like 3-Card Poker). MGM properties used to require a minimum bet of $25 per hand in order to track or rate your play. MGM Grand is now tracking all play (verified March 2016). When in doubt, ask the dealer or the pit boss.
When you have Pearl status or higher, you earn credits at an accelerated rate.
Joining in on the recent trend of rewarding you for non-gaming activities, Mlife also lets your earn 25 Tier Credits per dollar spent on dining, lodging and entertainment. Aside from retail purchases, if you can charge it to your room, you should be able to get Tier Credits for it.
Remember, Tier Credits are only used to keep track of your Tier.
Beware that Tier Credits accrue at a lower rate at non-Las Vegas based MGM properties. You only earn 8 Tier Credits per dollar spent at MGM Grand Detroit, Beau Rivage and Gold Strike Tunica. The Tier Credits earned from gambling at those casinos is lower, too. For my calculations, I am only focusing on the Las Vegas casinos.
Here is a quick breakdown of how much it takes to reach each tier.
Mlife benefits vary with your tier status.
- Sapphire status gives you a 5% discount at some retail outlets and a discount at the onsite Avis car rental.
- Pearl status lets you use the VIP line at the buffet, upgraded show seating, 10% retail discount and a 10% bonus on Points earning .
- Gold adds the use of the VIP line at the cafe, room upgrades, priority check in, 10% retail discount, 20% bonus on Points earning and special access the casinos’ nightclubs.
- Platinum gives you priority access to just about everything as well as a 15% retail discount and a 30% bonus on Points earning.
- NOIR adds guaranteed room and dining reservations, 15% retail discount and a 40% bonus on Points earning. Those benefits are in addition to the offers that the casino sends based upon your gambling daily average.
Points and Comps.
Points are how Mlife keeps track of your actual comps.
- $10 through a video poker machine = 1 Point
- $3 through a slot machine = 1 Point (effective Oct. 1, 2012)
- You do not earn Points for table games, but you do earn comps based upon the game, average bet and duration.
Comps are divided into Express Comps and Primary Comps.
You get $0.01 in Express Comps for every Point you earn on slot and video poker machines. Express Comps for table games are based on your length of play, average bet, and game type. While it is fairly easy to track your Express Comps, Primary Comps are still a trade secret. They accrue based upon your rated play at table games and slot machines but you need to go to the Mlife desk to see how much you have. They can then credit those Primary Comps to your room.
You can use your Express Comps to cover lodging, dining and entertainment costs. Look for an “Express Comps Accepted Here “ sign to find participating outlets or apply them to your room charges.
You also receive $0.01 in POINTSPlay for every point you earn on slot and video poker machines. You can load POINTSPlay into a machine and play with points instead of cash. If you don’t want to play those points, you have the option to convert the POINTSPlay amount into Express Comps.
For more information on the Mlife system, visit mlife.com