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Mlife Tier Credits for Non-Gaming Activities

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)
Pearl: $1000
Gold: $3000
Platinum: $8000
Noir: $40,000 (Note: Noir became a ‘by invitation only’ tier in 2013)

For more information on the benefits associated with each tier, visit the Mlife Tier Benefits page.

The Luxor: Perfectly Adequate

Luxor Rooms and Overview:

The Luxor opened in 1993 during the “family friendly”, highly themed era of Las Vegas. It originally had a thoroughly Egyptian themed interior including a Nile River Tour river ride circling the casino and the King Tut’s Tomb and Museum exhibit in addition to Egyptian themed statues, artwork and games (like a camel race version of the old horse race mechanical game). The restaurants and bars also had Egyptian themed names like ISIS, the Pharaoh’s Pheast buffet and Nefertiti’s Lounge.
 In 2007, MGM Resorts acquired the Luxor and proceeded to de-theme it as much as possible. The only remaining evidence of the original theming is the pyramid itself, the large statues by check in and the obelisk and sphinx in front of the main entrance.

Today, the Luxor is a good, but somewhat generic mid-level resort. It is still one of my old standbys. I know the room will be clean and presentable. It isn’t fancy and has a AAA 3-Diamond rating. The rates reflect that. Even though the bars and cafes are less themed now, I like the modern feel of Centra and Aurora as well as the semi-private feel of High Bar. The buffet (now called MORE, the buffet) isn’t as impressive as it used to be, but it is still a reliable and affordable choice. I like the easy access to Burger Bar, the House of Blues and RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay. Evidently a lot of other people choose the Luxor too, since the check in line is consistently one of the longest that I see. They offer 10% discounts for AAA members and Active Duty Military when booking directly with the hotel. The Luxor is part of the Mlife players club.

Blue Man Group recently moved back to the Luxor. Carrot Top, Chris Angel and Fantasy also perform at the Luxor.


LUXOR pyramid deluxe floorplan
LUXOR Pyramid Deluxe

The Luxor has a variety of room types available to the public. The basic room is the Pyramid Deluxe room.
 The room is 420sq.ft. That is slightly smaller than the average base Strip room but it uses the space well. It is a single rectangular space and the bed (King or 2 Queens), armoire, table and chairs are balanced. The bathroom has a shower, but no tub. The floor plan gives a good representation of what is there. Continue reading The Luxor: Perfectly Adequate

Resort Fees: The Good and The Bad (Archived Post)

On March 1st, 2013 Caesars Entertainment started charging a resort fee. Most resorts in Las Vegas now charge a resort fee. They are usually waived for comped rooms and can be waived for higher tiered players, but that will vary. I am leaving this post up for archival purposes.

Resort fees are becoming more and more prevalent in Las Vegas.  Caesars Entertainment even based a marketing campaign around the fact that their hotels don’t charge resort fees (kind of like Southwest’s no checked bag fees campaign).  Just like checked bag fees, you need to factor them in when budgeting for your trip.   To add insult to injury, resort fees are typically taxed at the hotel tax rate of 12%.  This means your special deal for a $49.99 per night room at New York – New York actually costs you $83.99 per night once you include the resort fee and all taxes.

If you are unsure whether your hotel charges a resort fee, ask when you make your reservation.  If you book online through the hotel’s website, there should be a little disclaimer next to the total cost of your stay mentioning the resort fee, whether that has been included in the total and what it covers.  If you book through sites like Expedia and Hotwire any resort fee should be listed in the hotel overview or trip summary pages before you complete your reservation.

While they tend to get a bad rap, resort fees are not always a bad deal.  How much you pay and what you get in return varies from hotel to hotel, though.  At the upper end (fee-wise), MGM Grand, the Mirage, Mandalay Bay, New York – New York, ARIA, the WYNN, Encore, Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch all charge $25 plus tax which makes it an additional $28 per night.  At the lower end, the Gold Coast charges only $3 and the Riviera charges $11.

Resort fees almost always include Internet access, local calls, fitness center passes and boarding pass printing.  The Gold Coast does not include Internet access in their $3 resort fee, but they still include free calls, in-room coffee and fitness center access.  The Mirage includes the use of their in-room robes as part of their resort fee.  The Monte Carlo (which has a $20/night resort fee) includes 2 Keurig coffee pods and 2 bottles of water each day as part of their fee.  That sounds like such a simple addition, but it makes a big difference.  Circus Circus goes above and beyond by including 2 free Midway games, 2 Premium ride passes at their Adventure Dome and 2 free drinks as part of their $8.95 resort fee.

For comparison, if you are staying at Harrah’s and want 24 hours of Internet access and one day fitness center passes for you and your partner it will cost $11.95 for the Internet and $20 each for the fitness center access ($25 each during the weekend).  That is $51.95 for things that would have been included in most resort fees.
At the Rio, the same Internet and 2 fitness center passes combo costs $53.95.

I am not a fan of any hotel forcing additional, non-voluntary charges (which is ultimately what the resort fees are), but since I do use the services that the resort fees cover, they do tend to save me money.  There are situations where they will save you money and there are other situations where you will be paying for things you aren’t using.  If you stay somewhere simply because they don’t charge a resort fee, you might end up paying more that you would have with a resort fee.  The best way to approach the resort fee issue is simply to be an educated consumer.

MGM Resorts’ Mlife Players Club

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,   Park MGM, Bellagio, Aria, Vdara, The Signature at MGM Grand, Delano Las Vegas  and a few casinos outside Las Vegas.  Continue reading MGM Resorts’ Mlife Players Club