How to Get Free Parking at MGM (Grand, Bellagio, Luxor, Mirage, Aria)

Learn how to get free parking at MGM properties in Las Vegas

These days, you can hardly drive a quarter-mile up or down the Las Vegas Strip without sighting at least two major casinos owned by MGM Resorts.

Unfortunately, these MGM resorts will charge you for parking in their garages. Self-parking at MGM hotels could cost you between $10 to $18 per day, and the valet parking fees are almost twice as much as those for self-parking.

It’s totally understandable if you don’t want to pay to park at an MGM-owned hotel. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to get free parking at all MGM properties.

UPDATE: As of May 23, 2020 Both MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment have announced that all of their properties on and off the Strip will offer free self-parking for the "foreseeable future". Valet-parking has been suspended for now at most, if not all, casinos.

MGM and Caesars properties encompass the majority of the major casinos and hotels on the Strip. Casinos not owned by one of these two companies either already offered free parking or will be offering it now. Free parking has returned to the Las Vegas Strip! At least for the time being.

How to get free parking at MGM? The owners of the MGM resorts came up with an easy way for guests to get free parking: the M Life Rewards program. It’s a free program that depending on your tier will allow you to enjoy several privileges, including free parking. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting free parking at MGM with the M Life Rewards program: (I’ll explain in detail further below)

  1. Open an M Life Rewards account.
  2. Retrieve your M Life Rewards players card.
  3. Apply for your M Life Rewards Mastercard to upgrade to Pearl status.
  4. Once you have attained a Pearl status, you can visit any MGM resort and park in their garages free of charge.

When we moved to Las Vegas, many of the casinos on the Strip were just starting to charge for parking and for a long time we avoided MGM properties because we wanted to use our money to have fun, not pay for parking.

Then we found this simple way to park at any MGM property in Las Vegas for free.

In this article, we’ll discuss all you need to know about using the M Life loyalty program to get free parking. But first, it’s vital to understand how the program works and how to become an M Life Rewards member.

(Read our complete free parking guide here to find out where you can park for free at non-MGM properties on the Las Vegas Strip).

How to Get M Life Rewards Players Card

The M Life Rewards program is a tier-based system that gives points to members who use and pay for services in any of the MGM resorts. These services include games at the casino, room stays, dining, and spa treatments, among others.

MGM MLife players club card tier levels

I’ll explain each tier below:

Sapphire

The sapphire tier is the starting point for all new M Life Rewards members. While it gives you several offers and privileges, you don’t get free parking.

Pearl

You need to earn at least 25,000 Credits to become a Pearl member. This tier makes you eligible for free self-parking, but you still have to pay for valet parking. 

You can reach the Pearl status without having to earn the required points, but only if you get the M Life Rewards Mastercard. We’ll discuss this method later in this article.

Gold

This tier comes with all the benefits of the previous two and more. You get free self and valet parking when on a Gold membership. You need to earn 75,000 Tier Credits to attain this status.

Platinum

Earning 200,000 Credits will get you to the Platinum level, where you can enjoy even more benefits, including free self and valet parking.

NOIR

NOIR membership is simply by invitation. It’s the highest tier available in the M Life Rewards program. Members enjoy both types of free parking (valet and self). It’s also the only tier that provides complimentary limousine service to and from the airport.

The best thing about the M Life Rewards program is that your membership applies to all MGM hotels and casinos in the country. 

In Las Vegas alone MGM Resorts owns 13 of the biggest and best casinos on the Strip. You can get free parking at:

  • Bellagio (see our article: Is the Bellagio worth the money?)
  • The Mirage
  • Vdara
  • Aria
  • Nomad
  • Park MGM
  • New York – New York
  • Excalibur
  • Luxor
  • MGM Grand
  • The Signature at MGM Grand
  • Delano Las Vegas
  • Mandalay Bay

Check here to see room rates at all of the above Vegas MGM properties (vegas.com)

Next, let’s look at how to apply for the players’ card, which is the first step to getting free parking at MGM resorts. Please note that the application is free, but you must be 21 years or older to apply.

How to Apply for an M Life Players Card

To apply for M Life Players Card, all you need to do is follow the step-by-step process below to sign up for free online.

  1. Visit the M Life Rewards sign-up webpage.
  2. Fill in your details. You need to provide your email, contact info, address, and other required information.
  3. You’ll receive your membership account number and other essential details.
  4. Activate your M Life Account.
  5. Visit any MGM property, at your convenience.
  6. Go to the M Life desk or station in the casino. Present your valid, government-issued ID (passport, driver’s license, state ID, military ID).
  7. Collect your M Life Rewards players card.

At this stage, you’ll have a Sapphire membership, which doesn’t make you eligible for free parking. To upgrade to free parking you’ll either need to spend a lot of money at an MGM property over time OR do what we did and apply for an M Life Rewards Mastercard.

We provide more info on the Mastercard in the next section.

Watch our video to learn how to get free parking at MGM Las Vegas properties.

How to Get the M Life Rewards Mastercard

If you already have an M Life players card, you can apply for a Mastercard. If you don’t have one, follow the instructions above to get your players card first. 

You can then apply for your Mastercard using the following steps:

How to Apply for an M Life Mastercard

  1. Visit the M Life Rewards Mastercard page to sign-in and input your existing M Life account details.
  2. Visit any MGM property, at your convenience.
  3. Go to the M Life desk or station in the casino.
  4. Collect your M Life Rewards players card.
  5. Wait for 7-10 days for the upgrade to Pearl status to reflect on your account.
  6. Start enjoying free parking!

NOTE: As locals, we just went into the Mirage and got both our M Life Rewards Players Card and instant approval for the M Life Rewards Mastercard in about 10 minutes but it still takes 7 days for the players card to be upgraded to Pearl level. So if you’re visiting from out of town you’ll want to sign up for everything online before your trip.

Facts About the M Life Rewards Program and Free Parking at MGM

MLife players card with pearl status

Here are a few things you should keep in mind about your M Life membership:

  • You need to have your card present to enjoy free parking.
  • You need a valid, government-issued ID to change your M Life Rewards card PIN.
  • You don’t get free valet parking unless you’re on Platinum level or higher.
  • To upgrade to Platinum, earn Tier Credits by making gaming and non-gaming purchases with your card.
  • MGM establishes tier level advancements based on Accumulated Tier Credits on the 1st of October every year.
  • If you reach a higher status, you will remain there for at least a year.
  • The Mastercard comes with specific transaction fees and rates. You can see them here.
  • You must have a US residential address to be eligible for the M Life Rewards Mastercard
  • Your M Life Rewards Mastercard does not charge annual or monthly fees.
  • You won’t have to pay foreign transaction fees either. (We love this perk!)

Other Benefits You Can Enjoy with the M Life Rewards Program

Aside from the free parking, you’ll also gain other privileges as a member of the M Life Rewards program. Here’s a summary of these benefits:

  • You get free gaming experience at slots, tables, and the like.
  • You don’t have to stand in the general check-in line (which can be really long) when checking into your room. With your card, you can go straight to the priority check-in line.
  • You may receive invitations to M Life members-only gaming events and tournaments.
  • You get better rooms at MGM hotels.
  • You enjoy discounts on your hotel room charges and MGM resorts shows.
  • Get 5-15% discounts at MGM retail shops, depending on your tier.
  • You get a buffet line pass.
  • There are guaranteed hotel reservations for NOIR members.

Conclusion

With a little pre-planning, it’s easy to get free parking at MGM resorts in Las Vegas. 

The online M Life Rewards account sign-up process takes only a few minutes. You can also get both your players card and Mastercard at the same M Life Rewards station in less than 10 minutes.

While there are other establishments in Las Vegas that will allow you to park for free, few of them are as luxurious as the MGM resorts properties. So whether you’re staying at one of the MGM hotels or not you will definitely want to visit as many of them as you can while you’re in Las Vegas.

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