MGM Resorts is making some changes to the Mlife program starting October 1, 2012.
The 2 main changes to be aware of are:
No more revolving tier expiration date. Tier credits will reset on October 1st and tier status will expire October 1st of the year after you earn that tier (earning Gold status in January, 2013 should give you Gold status through October 1, 2014). This is basically the same way Total Rewards handles tiers.
Mlife now requires $3 per point for slot play instead of the $2 per point that it had been. Points for video poker are unchanged at $10 per point. Points for table games are still a bit of a secret although they did include a footnote to go to the Mlife desk for a ‘complete list of earning rates by game type’. As a side note, the new point earning rate is back to what it had been for the old MGM Players Club, before it was transformed into Mlife.
Although MGM Resorts discontinued its branded credit card a few years ago, it has entered into a new partnership with Visa which will send you text message offers when you make a make a purchase at an MGM resort’s shop, purchase show tickets or make reservations at an MGM resort using your linked Visa card.
The Noodle Shop is located directly off of Mandalay Bay’s casino floor, between Raffles Café and the hotel’s main elevators. It is open 11am-11pm during the week and 11am-1am on the weekends. They do not take reservations, but the line moves fairly quickly.
When we got in line for dinner, we were the only non-Asian group. I took this as a good sign. There is no place to sit while you are waiting, so be prepared to stand for a while. Our party of 4 was seated about 20 minutes after arriving. We kept it fairly simple. Hot tea all around, steamed shrimp dumpling appetizer, 2 people ordered Shanghai Noodles and 2 people ordered Mongolian Beef. All of the food was good, but a little bland or under-seasoned. I really wanted a bit more of an edge or street version of my Shanghai Noodles. They were too refined. The Mongolian Beef had a fairly thin sauce, which my companions enjoyed, but they also thought it wasn’t as flavorful as they had hoped.
The service was attentive when we arrived, but (expect for the water refills) we were left alone once the food arrived. It was nice not to be bothered during the meal, but after we were done, we had to wait a while before flagging down our server so we could ask for the check. I would think they would want to get us out faster since the line was at least 12 people deep the entire time we were there.
It was a nice place to eat and even though the casino is right there, you never felt like you were at the edge of the casino. The combination of the quiet environment and being left alone once dinner was served, helped create a very private dining feel. It is worth trying for yourself, but I probably won’t be back since I was hoping for a more flavorful experience.
When I originally posted about MGM Resorts’ Mlife program I mentioned that you could earn Tier Credits for retail, dining, entertainment and lodging expenses. I left out one detail though, because I hadn’t been able to verify it. Now I can add it.
Your earn 25 Tier Credits for every dollar you spend on dining, entertainment, spa services and lodging when you track it with your Mlife card. Please note that shopping purchases are no longer part of the program. As a general rule though, if you can charge it to your room, you can get 25 Tier Credits per dollar for it.
If you never gamble, but want to get the perks associated with some of Mlife’s higher tiers, this is what it will cost:
Sapphire: $0 (everyone starts with this)
Noir: $40,000 (Note: Noir became a ‘by invitation only’ tier in 2013)