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One of the most powerful ways to get more perks from your travels is to maximize the benefits of elite status matches. In my opinion you should always be looking out for status matches since you can often score a great deal by utilizing your existing elite status. One such deal exists in Atlantic City, but it won’t be around long.
By now you no doubt know of the Mlife Hyatt partnership. If you don’t know, those who have status with Hyatt get status reciprocally through Mlife (or vice versa). An easy way to get status for example is through the Hyatt credit card which gives Hyatt Platinum status. That equates to Mlife Gold status which can get you free parking, expedited check-in at some properties and even the occasional modest room upgrade.
The Borgata is a casino in Atlantic City which has been partially owned by MGM Resorts for awhile. They recently completed the purchase and have announced that it will eventually become part of Mlife. Until that time, they have a very very nice loyalty program with an elite tier called “Black Label”
With Black Label you get the following benefits:
- FREE self and valet parking
- Access to Amphora Lounge
- 10% discount at Borgata Collection
- Priority line at check-in and at My Borgata Center
- Invitations to My Borgata Black Label only parties and events
- Priority reservations at restaurants
- Priority access to guest rooms and suites
The Black Label Match
Better yet, Borgata used to only match elites from casino clubs in Atlantic City to their Black Label, but now they have added Gold or higher Mlife elites to the match. When you match to Black Label you get:
- $100 BONUS SLOT DOLLARS or Match Play
- Complimentary Stay in a Classic Room
- Access to VIP Lounge
My Match Experience
I recently visited Atlantic City and had the opportunity to take advantage of the match. After arriving at the Borgata I went immediately to the Player’s Club, showed my card and was given the match without question.
I was informed that:
- I had $20 in comp dollars. It takes $10 in comp dollars to visit the VIP Amphora Lounge which has a full buffet dinner and open bar or $10 in comp dollars to visit the buffet.
- I had $100 in free slot play. I didn’t manage to utilize this benefit.
- I had a free night. I was able to go to the front desk and book my free stay for the following night.
Amphora Lounge & Buffet
After I did the match, I returned to the Boardwalk area where I was staying and came back for my free night the following day. At that time I used $10 comp dollars to enter the Amphora Lounge. The Amphora Lounge which is only open to Black Labels is pretty great considering it has a very nice buffet spread and full open bar. The service was great as well, but it was busy! No wonder they charge $10 in comp dollars.
The next day before I left the hotel, I decided to eat at the normal buffet for lunch since I still had $10 comp dollars available and considering I wasn’t going to be around in the evening for the Amphora Lounge. I found the buffet to be just alright and would recommend the Amphora Lounge for the atmosphere, and the free drinks if you are into that sort of thing.
My room at the Borgata was just a standard room, but was going for close to $200 for the night of my stay including taxes. The bed was very comfortable and the decor was modern. To be honest it reminded me of other MGM Resorts properties which isn’t necessarily bad. It was everything you would expect from a room in a four star casino resort.
If you already have Mlife Gold or higher status (or another casino status) then it definitely makes sense to do the Borgata Black Label upgrade. Between the lounge access, the free room and the $100 free slot play, you can get a tremendous amount of value and have a little fun too. I was in Atlantic City just to sight see, but no matter the reason for your visit, use this travel hack to save some money!
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