1. Planning Your Stay and Budget at Planet Hollywood
1.1 Best Time to Plan Your Stay at Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay is a luxurious and expensive hotel in Las Vegas. It can be pretty expensive during weekends, holidays and during major events and conventions. So if you want to keep it within your budget , you need to plan your trip beforehand and look out for days which do not fall in any of the above mentioned days. Travelling during the weekdays is a suitable option for the people who want to keep the hotel stay within their budget. Also making a list of things to do while in Vegas is a smart decision. Mandalay Bay gives a plethora of fun activities and entertainment facilities within its 120 acre area to its guests. Most of these activities and facilities are free for its guests. So plan your trip and things to do before leaving to Vegas in order to stay in budget.
1.2 Room Choices at Planet Hollywood
Mandalay Bay features luxurious and spacious rooms and suites offering a blend of style and comfort. There are three kinds of rooms – Deluxe room, Resort King and Resort Queen, each of which is hosted in a spacious 550 square foot area. As for the suites, there are thirteen different types to choose from starting from the Bay Suite with an area of 610 square foot to the Hospitality Suite with an area of 2300 square foot. Some of the facilities include large plasma-screen TVs, wireless internet, mini-bar and iHome clock radios.
1.3 Room Rates at Mandalay Bay
The hotel room rates at Mandalay Bay remain quite high during holidays and seasons. The approximate room rate during peak season starts from above $100. However during off-season the room prices come down to $60-$70 approximately. A daily Resort Fee add up to the room rates at the time of check in. This fee is collected by the hotel independently. However, Mandalay Bay room rates go even lower with coupon codes and deals available for both loyalty card members and non-members. Some tentative room rates are displayed below for the month of November and December. You can inquire more about the room rates at Mandalay Bay by clicking here.
1.4 Booking Your Room at Mandalay Bay
It is always recommended to book the room from the official site to get the best offer and deals. Most of the coupons and deals that are being offered by different partners are in association with the hotel. So the same coupons are applicable when the booking is done through the official site, which will enable you to get the best price of the room. In addition to this, if you book by using your M-Life membership card, you shall be entitled to a host of other members-only benefits. The image below is an example of the benefit of booking the room from the official Mandalay Bay hotel site. The offer is valid when the purchase is made via MandalayBay.com.
2. Mandalay Bay Loyalty Card
2.2 Discounts on M Life Card
With M Life card you can get rewards and discounts when you spend on any of the facilities in Vegas like hotel stay, casino slot and table play, dining, entertainment and spa facilities. You can enjoy special access and privileges to when you produce the M Life card for dining, entertainment and other amenities. Kindly note that the discounts can be availed only at M Life partners destinations. The image below is an illustration of the discounted room rates that are less than the regular room rates by almost 20-30% for M Life members.
2.3 Earning M Life Reward Credits
Reward credits for M Life can be earned in various forms such as Express Comps, Points and Tier Multipliers. M Life rewards can be collected by linking all the activities to the card and most significant is the casino, where you can earn rewards faster than any other activity in Vegas.
One can earn Express Comps by playing slots, video poker or any of the table games. This is in fact the fastest way to earn comps. For the table games Express Comps can be earned depending on the average bet and time during the gameplay. The Express Comps earned can be used against hotel accommodation, dining, entertainment, M Life moments and for any other activities at any of M Life destinations.
While playing at the slot machines or at the video poker machines, the M Life members can earn points. The points earned can be used for FREEPLAY at the slot machines or can be converted to Express Comps by visiting the M Life desk.
Moving up the tiers entitles to even more reward points and Express Comps while playing at the casino. There are 5 tiers for M Life members starting with Sapphire. Sapphire is followed by Pearl which can be attained by earning 25,000 points in a year. Pearl is upgraded to Gold tier when the player earns 75,000 points in a year. Platinum is the nest tier after Gold which can be attained by earning 200.000 tier credits. The last and the most prestigious tier is the NOIR which can be attained by invitation only.
Each of the tier status earns 10% more points than the tier below it. Players can earn more points and rewards by upgrading and moving up the tier levels. The tier level bonus is given in details below.
- Pearl - 10% bonus on points and Express Comps
- Gold - 20% bonus on points and Express Comps
- Platinum - 30% bonus on points and Express Comps
- NOIR - 40% bonus on points and Express Comps
2.4 Benefits of M Life Card
There are a plethora of benefits via M Life membership. The most important of all are the tier credits which help in upgrading the membership level to the next tier. Earning tier credits from October 1 to September 30 makes you eligible for the tier beginning each October. If at any point of time you advance to the next tier, you can enjoy the benefits of the higher tier for at least a year. Tier credits can be earned through –
- Slots and Video Poker
- Table Games
- Hotel Accommodations, Dining, Entertainment, and Spa
The potential benefits of each tier of M Life membership are:
Sapphire - up to 24,999 Tier Credits
- Discounts on Rooms, Shows and Participating Retail Shops
- Presale Tickets to Events, Concerts and Fights
- Access to Exclusive / Personalized Offers on mlife.com
Pearl - 25,000 Tier Credits - Enjoy all the perks of Sapphire membership, along with:
- Tier Multiplier – 10% bonus on Points and Express Comps™
- 10% Discount at Participating Retail Shops
- Buffet Line Pass (Las Vegas Resorts)
Gold - 75,000 Tier Credits - Experience everything Pearl Members do, plus:
- Tier Multiplier - 20% bonus on points and Express Comps™
- Priority Hotel Check-in Line
- VIP Line Access to Nightclubs and Pool Day Clubs for You and a Guest
Platinum - 200,000 Tier Credits - All the benefits of Gold membership, enhanced with all this and more:
- Tier Multiplier - 30% bonus on points and Express Comps™
- Priority Valet and Taxi Service
- 15% Discount or more at Participating Retail Shops
NOIR - By invitation only - The ultra- elite, NOIR Members are entitled to the best of everything.
- Tier Multiplier - 40% bonus on points and Express Comps™
- Complimentary Limousine Service To / From Airport
- Guaranteed Room, Show, and Restaurant Reservations
Click here for the comparison of the Tier benefits
3. Tips and Tricks
3.1 Room Upgrade Tricks
$20 trick: You can use this famous 20 dollar trick at the time of check in. All you need to do is, just to slip in an amount of $20 between your ID card and credit card to the front desk staff at the time of check in to the hotel and ask if any complimentary upgrade is available. This trick has worked successfully for many guests in the past. The amount of tip should be more during peak time when there is inflow of guests is more and more number of people would be trying the similar technique. Here are few examples of the $20 trick.
Another way to get a room upgrade is to use the Express Comps and M Life rewards which you earn while playing at the casino or at any other activity. You can enquire about comps and any available upgrade to the casino host or M Life desk. If you are eligible for any upgrade, the same would be intimated to you.
3.2 Casino Tips
Before heading to the casino or any of the games at Mandalay Bay, get the M Life Players Club membership. Without a membership card all your playing may get unnoticed and in vain. Using the membership card for playing or gambling in the casino can be very helpful, whether you win or lose. If you lose in gambling, you can get back a part of your money in the form of comps and other benefits. And winning helps in upgrading the membership tier at a rapid pace. You can get double the benefits with upgraded membership.
While playing any of the table games it is not advisable to play with the locals. The locals play in the casino more often and you would have less chance to win. If you happen to sit by a table in which the dealer greets some of the players by name, then just avoid the table. Ask for a different table and try to play with the tourists.
Although drinks are offered free at the casino, try to limit it if you are in a mood to play and gamble. People often lose when they are drunk. Play slowly and keep your bets low unless the host is nearby. When you see the casino host nearby raise you bet amount and play elegantly, which will in turn help you earn the host’s favor and get extra comps and benefits.
3.3 Additional Tips and Tricks
- While booking room at Mandalay Bay, keep the resort fee in mind. The resort fee at Mandalay Bay per day is $32.48. This fee is not included in the room reservation and is collected separately by the hotel.
- You can always ask for the exchange of the comps and reward credits with anything of your choice. If you are lucky enough you can get it exchanged with the comps and reward credits.
- Always charge everything to your room. This will enable you to get rewards based on the M Life card.
- Visit the official promotional page for exclusive Mandalay Bay deals and offers.
4. Food and Beverage
4.1 Mandalay Bay Buffet
The Bayside buffet at Mandalay Bay is a beautifully designed beach-themed buffet. Mandalay Bay buffet offers limited, but fresh selection of food items. The Mandalay Bay buffet is not very expensive as compared to Bacchanal buffet or Bellagio buffet. There are also plenty of Bayside buffet coupons and deals which makes it even more economic.
If you opt for the Bayside buffet you can save a huge amount when you go for a late lunch, just before dinner buffet is being served. The food items in the lunch and dinner buffet do not differ much, but prices do.
4.2 Budget Food Near Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay can be quite pricey for food items if the nearby budget restaurents are not well known. One can go to the food court near the convention center and get light food items like sandwich and drinks under $10. Hussong’s Cantina is a Mexican cantina at Mandalay Bay is a great place at Mandalay Bay to enjoy a budget meal. All the items in the menu are under $20. The House of Blues is a must try place for lunch which is less expensive and the average price is between $10 to $15.
If you want to save money in drinks, then the best place inside Mandalay Bay is the casino. You can have free drinks at the casino irrespective of playing or not. But while drinking it is not advisable to gamble and bet huge amounts. The rooms have a minibar each. But these drinks are chargeable and pulling the drink or bottles outside the minibar shall incur charges. If you are keen in having drinks inside your room, try to get a few bottle of beer or drinks from a shop nearby and have it inside the room.
Red Square Restaurant & Vodka Lounge at Mandalay Bay has Happy Hour from 4 pm to 7 pm and 10 pm till it closes daily. Guests have options of enjoying drinks like complimentary Vodka tasting, domestic beer at $5, wine at $7 and $11 for handcrafted signature cocktails.
5. Entertainment and Attraction
5.1 Free Las Vegas Shows and Attractions
Mandalay Bay has some of the best attractions in the whole of Vegas. The Shark Reef Aquarium is a wonder by itself. You can literally see the shark in front of you. The Shark Reef Aquarium is included in a special entertainment package of MGM Resorts International. The 3 for $57 package allows you to choose any of the three attractions in the MGM properties in Vegas including the Shark Reef Aquarium. For more details and bookings click here.
5.2 Mandalay Bay Hotel Pool
The Daylight Beach Club is one of the biggest and the most happening pool in Las Vegas with occupancy of about 5000. It is housed at the Mandalay Bay, adjacent to the Four Seasons Hotel entrance. Some of the poolside facilities include 70 daybeds, 25 cabanas, grand cabanas and bungalows with private pools. Although the pool side lacks sand, it gives a real good beach experience with its plenty of space to walk around. The Daylight Beach Club is most famous for the massive pool parties and DJ events. The entrance fee varies with special events. In general the admission fee for women starts at $20 and $30 for men.