The partnership between Hyatt and M Life has been getting a lot of well deserved attention on the blogs of late. I think it’s a pretty good deal, and really enjoyed learning more about the benefits based on the real experiences of Scott over at Hack My Trip. But what about those of us that aren’t Hyatt players? Personally, my attendance at September’s Frequent Traveler University event in Tampa will be the first time in 13 years that I’ve set foot in a Hyatt hotel. It’s not that I’m on some vendetta or enjoy being the resident contrarian, I think Hyatt Gold Passport is a terrific program. It’s simply that my travels tend to include as many visits to places like Huntington, WV and Peoria, IL as New York, NY and Washington, DC. Programs with properties in the smaller towns and hamlets of America are more likely to provide me with more benefits.

While I have no immediate plans to visit Las Vegas, MrsMJ and I have talked about visiting as it’s a place that we’ve never been together. There’s good news for us because we’ll get M Life benefits too. How so? Royal Caribbean and M Life have entered into a partnership offering reciprocal benefits between M Life and Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society. Let’s take a quick look at the benefits available to me as a Diamond Plus member of Royal Caribbean’s loyalty program.

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As a Diamond Plus, I receive the benefits equivalent to M Life Platinum status. Indications on Cruise Critic are that getting these benefits can be a trick, but I have reached out to M Life for a little guidance. Look for an upcoming post on that. In addition, I receive occasional offers on Las Vegas hotel stays like the following.

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In summary, you don’t necessarily have to be a Hyatt player to enjoy enhanced benefits on your visits to Las Vegas. Royal Caribbean and M Life have entered into a partnership that offers reciprocal benefits between the two programs that can be beneficial. Coming soon – the logistics of actually getting the benefits applied.

-MJ, July 27, 2013