Las Vegas Points Options – Strip Hotels

It seems here at PMM we have a bit of a Vegas obsession. But Las Vegas points options will inevitably come in handy for a majority of readers one day. Reasons to visit Vegas can range from kids soccer tournaments to 21st birthday parties, bachelor parties, work conferences, or who knows what else. Since Vegas can be really expensive on certain weekends points can definitely come in handy! Keep in mind the below Las Vegas Strip hotel points options can also be bad redemption options in low times like the summer.

Below are the Las Vegas points options hotels specifically on the Strip (or very, very close). Included are all the major hotel programs: IHG, Hilton, Marriott, Starwood Preferred Group, and Hyatt.

Marriott

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Cosmopolitan is one of the chicest Las Vegas points options and features balconies, views of the Bellagio Fountain with the right room and more. Keep in mind it is classified as a “resort” the benefits are very limited even as a Marriott elite. Category 9: 45,000 Marriott points or 15,000 Starwood points. 

Marriott Grand Chateau (Vacations Club Property). This is just so slightly off the Strip but I’m counting it anyways since it is just a stone’s throw. The rates here may be cheaper and you can get “villas” with multiple bedrooms for far cheaper than suites go for on the Strip. So if you’re bringing the family this can be a great option. If you’re looking for great restaurants, a pool scene, etc. this isn’t your spot but it looks clean, comfortable and that the $ per square foot is very good! Category 7: 35,000 Marriott points or 11,667 Starwood points. 

Starwood

With the merger between Starwood and Marriott this means you can use points from Marriott for SPG properties as well. Unfortunately, with the loss of the Total Rewards and SPG partnership there is only one property left as a Vegas points option.

Westin Las Vegas
Westin Las Vegas

Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa. Luckily the one SPG option is a decent one. Ben reviewed this hotel here and ultimately found it a very nice, clean option with good rates. Even though it’s slightly off the Strip like the Marriott Grand Chateau it’s still a great location.

Hyatt

As you may or may not have heard me mention here or here, the Hyatt and Mlife membership is one of the best :). The details of this partnership are listed in my previous articles but here are all the Mlife hotels available with points.

Category 6: 25,000 points/night:

  • Bellagio
  • ARIA
  • Delano Las Vegas

Category 5: 20,000 points/night:

  • Mandalay Bay
  • The Mirage
  • The Signature at MGM Grand
  • Vdara

Category 4: 15,000 points/night:

  • MGM Grand Las Vegas
  • Monte Carlo
  • New York-New York 

Category 4: 12,000 points/night:

  • Luxor 
  • Excalibur

Hilton

Elara by Hilton Las Vegas
Elara by Hilton Las Vegas

Tropicana (DoubleTree): The Tropicana is another one of those “nice enough, good location” hotels on the Strip, similar to the MGM where I just stayed. As far as Las Vegas points options go, sometimes that’s good enough if you’re visiting during a peak season. A category 6 property where points redemptions are 30,000-50,000 points. 

Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations: In the “Distinctive Rewards” category points redemptions can be all over the board. 52,000-64,000 seem to be the lowest range of pricing though.

Hilton Grand Vacations at the Flamingo: Also in the “Distinctive Rewards” category points redemptions also seem to be had for starting at 52,000-64,000.

IHG

Venetian Las Vegas
A taste of Venice! Or not…

Venetian and Palazzo: 60,000 IHG points/night. Sounds steep but keep in mind IHG points are easier to acquire than SPG points. One of the reasons Ben is basing his glamorous roadside stays at IHG properties. Venetian and Palazzo offer some of the largest standard rooms on the Strip making this a great use of the IHG credit card free night.

Best non-points options in Vegas

There is a Four Seasons attached to Mandalay Bay. I’ve stayed there and it is quiet, serene, and everything you’d expect from a Four Seasons and a short (inside) walk to the Mandalay Bay casino floor.  If that’s what you’re looking for then go ahead but it’s too removed for me personally.

Also don’t forget the Mandarin Oriental within City Center which has a gorgeous bar and is a smoke free property, but right in the middle of the Strip. You can’t redeem standard points for it but can earn a small number of airline points for stays.

And of course, my favorite, the Wynn and Encore! Not part of any points programs but if you gamble there be sure to sign up for their RedCard and you may end up getting discounted rates to stay there in the future.

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