Our cheapest vacation to date is in Las Vegas. Aside from our casino budget, we only spent around $150-$180 for five days in Vegas! One might think that it is impossible without skimping on food, accommodations, and activities. Well, we were able to do it and we even had the chance to watch one of the Cirque du Soleil shows, indulge at hotel buffets, get free entrees from a couple of famous restaurants, and stay at Palazzo and Aria hotels. We earned all of these using myVEGAS rewards and hotel comps. The good news is, you can too!
Getting free stuff in Las Vegas is easy once you learn how to do it. We have been redeeming myVEGAS rewards for the past few years but this is the first time we were able to maximize the rewards in one trip. For a step-by-step tutorial on how to redeem myVEGAS rewards, you can check my previous blog post here.
KA by Cirque Du Soleil
For our first redemption reward, Mr. C and I availed standard complimentary tickets to KA at MGM Grand. Since we availed our tickets two months in advance, we were able to get amazing seats in the front row. It was an immersive experience! Ticket prices at that area are around $110+ each but since we had complimentary tickets, we didn’t pay for anything.
When we arrived for the show, they only checked our tickets and not our valid IDs. It is the same case when we watched the Zumanity on our previous trip. Keep in mind though that rewards are non-transferable. So, for those of you who are asking if they could watch Cirque du Soleil shows even if the ticket or the myVEGAS account is under a different name, the answer is no but let’s just say that they did not check our IDs on both times we watched Cirque du Soleil shows.
Ticket Redemption and Seat Reservation
When purchasing the reward in your myVEGAS account, you have to make sure that the email address is the same as the one that you have registered for your M life account. You will receive an email which includes a Redemption Link. This link will redirect you to your M life account and the available dates for your complimentary ticket. Once you have selected your preferred date and time, you can choose among the complimentary seats. Your chosen seat should show at the right sidebar with the price COMP. Buy the ticket and print it before your trip. You should also receive a confirmation email and an e-ticket after purchasing the ticket. Present the printed ticket when you go to the show.
Our tickets showed taxes and fees but we weren’t asked to pay for anything when we arrived. Same goes for Zumanity.
Loyalty Points: 40,000
Regular Price of Our Tickets: $110+/person
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, MGM Grand
Free Entrée with the Purchase of Another Entrée
One of our favorite reward redemptions is the complimentary entrée with the purchase of another entrée at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. Its Double Cut Pork Chop with Pineapple Hoisin-Glaze ($37) and Flat Iron Steak with Red Wine Sauce ($40) are very succulent! Both dishes have excellent flavors too.
We also had the chance to redeem a complimentary entrée with a value up to $35. Unfortunately, this specific reward is no longer available in myVEGAS. We ordered the House Smoked Salmon Pizza with dill crème fraiche and caviar ($29). The many different flavors and texture of its ingredients make this pizza so delicious! Another must-try in this restaurant is the Chocolate Souffle paired with vanilla bean ice cream and Grand Marnier Crème Anglaise ($15). This decadent dessert is moist and rich. It is also refreshing because of the citrus sauce.
Print the email confirmation from myVEGAS and present it to your server before you order. On both occasions that we redeemed our rewards, reservation was not needed. You could only redeem 1 reward per table. The servers in Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill are well-informed about their tie-up with myVEGAS so there’s no need to worry about redeeming the reward. Order any 2 entrées and at the end of your meal, they will hand you your bill that will show the 2 entrees with the lower value showing as myVEGAS entrée. You will only have to pay for the higher value entrée and its 8.25% tax. We ended up paying $44 for an $84 meal.
Loyalty Points + Extra Payment: 15,000 LP + $44
Cucina by Wolfgang Puck, The Shops at Crystals
Complimentary entrée with a value up to $35
Like the Bar & Grill complimentary entrée, this specific reward is no longer available in myVEGAS but we were able to avail it before it was removed. We ordered one of their signature pizzas, Tricolore ($23), which had tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula and pecorino as toppings. Since the reward was for a complimentary entrée, we didn’t have to pay for anything.
If you would like to try this celebrity chef’s restaurant, Cucina still has a reward in myVEGAS where it offers $25 dining credit with the purchase of two entrées or more.
Same as Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, you have to print the email confirmation from myVEGAS and present it to your server before you order. You could only redeem 1 reward per table.
Loyalty Points for the $25 dining credit: 10,000
Complimentary Cheesecake at Carniege Deli, Mirage
Mr. C and I both have a sweet tooth so dessert is not a question. We each redeemed a complimentary cheesecake slice at Carnegie Deli and took them back to our hotel. Both slices of blueberry and strawberry cheesecakes were massive!
To redeem your complimentary cheesecake, you have to go to the M life desk in Mirage and show them the redemption code or the email confirmation from myVEGAS, your M life account number or your M life card, and a valid ID. The M life employee will issue a reward slip or update your M life card. Present the slip or the updated M life card to the Carniege Deli counter.
Loyalty Points: 6,000
Regular Price of Cheesecake Slice: $11.99
Complimentary Dinner Buffet at Grand Buffet, MGM Grand
Most complimentary buffets in myVEGAS are available only from Monday-Thursday and have a requirement of one night minimum stay at any MGM Resorts International Property. Unlike those buffets, Grand Buffet is available daily, except for blackout dates, without any stay requirement. We found the quantity and quality of food decent, not remarkable, but the huge convenience to avail the buffet anytime at no cost makes it a good reward for us.
To redeem your complimentary dinner buffet at Grand Buffet, you have to go to the M life desk in MGM Grand and show them the redemption code or the email confirmation from myVEGAS, your M life account number or your M life card, and a valid ID. The M life employee will issue a reward slip or update your M life card. Present the slip or the updated M life card to the hostess at Grand Buffet.
Loyalty Points: 75,000
Regular Price of Weekend Gourmet Dinner: $39.99/person
Complimentary Dinner Buffet at The Buffet, Aria
The complimentary buffet at Aria is available only from Monday-Thursday and has a one-night minimum stay requirement at any MGM Resorts International property. There is another Aria Buffet reward in myVEGAS which does not require a stay but it is only a 2-for-1 price. We like The Buffet at Aria because of its high-quality food and wide range of choices. We particularly like the meat at the carving station, poke bowls, seafood, and dessert station. It even serves grilled oysters!
To redeem your complimentary dinner buffet, you have to go to the M life desk in Aria and show them the redemption code or the email confirmation from myVEGAS, your M life account number or your M life card, your room key for the stay requirement, and a valid ID. To avoid any complications, it is better to schedule your buffet on the same day that you will be staying in an MGM Resorts property. The M life employee will issue a reward slip or update your M life card. Present the slip or the updated M life card to the hostess at The Buffet.
Loyalty Points: 39,000
Regular Price of Mon-Thurs Dinner: $38.99/person
One Complimentary Room Night at Aria Resort & Casino
We figured that instead of getting the 2-for-1 price for the Aria buffet and pay $38.99+ tax for 1 person, both of us would just avail the complimentary dinner buffet and redeem one complimentary room night at Aria. It will cost us a resort fee and tax of $44.22, which is basically similar to the 1 person buffet, and we get to stay for one night in a deluxe king room in Aria. Sounds like a better deal, right? M life recognizes this complimentary room night at Aria and is enough to redeem our two complimentary dinner buffets!
Room Reservation and Reward Redemption
Before you purchase your reward, check the link of the promotional calendar at the bottom of the reward details to find available dates for this promo. After you have purchased the reward, you will receive an email which includes a Redemption Link. This link will redirect you to your M life account and the available dates for your complimentary stay. Select your preferred date and room. You will also be required to enter your credit card details. Print the booking confirmation and present this upon check-in. You could try to ask them to waive your resort fee and tax but generally, they charge the daily resort fee and tax of $44.22.
Loyalty Points + Extra Payment for Resort Fee and Tax: 200,000 LP + $44
Regular Price: $157.60 (prices may change)
myVEGAS Maximum Redemption Limit
There is a maximum redemption limit of 3 rewards for MGM resorts every 30 days. For example, if you redeemed your third reward on December 15, the next available reward can be only be redeemed on January 15 or later. Hotel stays and shows are counted on the days that you will use them and not on the day you made your room reservation or booked your ticket.
We didn’t know about this limit until our trip. Fortunately, there was a glitch in the M life system and the representative was kind enough to override the system. We successfully redeemed tickets to KA by Cirque du Soleil, dinner buffets at Aria and MGM Grand, cheesecakes at Carniege Deli, and one complimentary stay at Aria.
Some users that pay to get coins for the game say that their limit is increased to 4. I wouldn’t be able to prove it though since I only play the game with the free chips I get from the daily bonus and myVEGAS emails. 🙂
In terms of non-MGM reward, you can have as much as you want. Non-MGM rewards include those that are under Wolfgang Puck, Monorail, Smith Center, Maverick Helicopters, and Royal Caribbean.
myVEGAS Reward Cancellation
If you made a mistake in purchasing a reward, you could cancel it on the Pending Purchases. You are allowed to cancel up to 5 pending rewards every 30 days however there are certain rewards that are non-refundable even when cancelled. From what I’ve encountered, loyalty points cannot be returned once you have booked the hotel. Instead of cancelling your hotel reservation, try to move it to another date.
Complimentary 3-Night Hotel Stay at Palazzo
Aside from the free rewards we received from myVEGAS, Mr. C was able to get hotel comps for 3 nights at Palazzo. Again, we didn’t pay for anything. Even the resort fees and taxes were waived.
If you will be playing at the casino, register for free hotel membership and agree to the marketing emails and offers. When you use the membership card at the casino, the hotel will have a record of your playing time and spending. We occasionally check our Grazie and M life online accounts to see if there are good deals. They also send marketing emails which sometimes include hotel comps like our 3-night complimentary hotel stay. We also receive hotel comps that include free tickets to slot tournaments.
Regular Price: $141.75/night + $45 daily resorts fee and tax (prices may change)
By the end of our 5-day vacation in Las Vegas, we only spent $88 in extra fees for the rewards, $30 for Uber, and $50-$60 for miscellaneous expenses. Our savings from myVEGAS rewards is worth $750 while the 3-night Palazzo hotel comps from Grazie saved us around $600.
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5 Tips for a Hassle-Free myVEGAS Experience:
- Check the location of the reward. Not all rewards are for Las Vegas.
- If the reward that you want is already sold out, consistently look for availability. Patience is the key! Some rewards get sold out immediately but they are also replenished from time to time.
- Collect chips by playing the game during quests and avail the daily bonus chips. Bonus chips are also sent to your Facebook email address.
- When redeeming a reward in your myVEGAS account, make sure that the email address is the same as the one that you have registered for your M life account. If there’s a mistake, you could call M life using Skype (free of charge) to have it fixed for you!
- Purchase the rewards you want before your trip because many rewards will not be available once you arrive in Las Vegas. You could cancel them during your trip if they are not needed anymore.
I hope this helps. If you have tips that you would like to share, feel free to comment below! And, if you liked this post and found it helpful, share or save this to your favorite Pinterest board! ♥