If you want to make the most of your trip to Las Vegas like Cody and I did this last week, then have I got the scoop for you! I am going to inform you about all the apps that you will use to gain free rewards for your time in Las Vegas, including how to get FREE rooms from MGM Resort hotels on the Strip! There are other vacation spots (and as of last week there is a BIG update coming in terms of new rewards – read to the end for that update!) in these apps as well, but the focus is definitely on Vegas specifically. And if you want to read about everything we did during our trip (including all the things we scored from these rewards), read my blog “The Perfect 4-Day Itinerary for Las Vegas“!
What apps to use
There are five apps involved with the myVEGAS family that, once connected, you will be able to collect all loyalty points gained from all apps into one big bank! The five apps are:
- myVEGAS Slots
- POP! Slots
- my Konami Slots
- myVEGAS Blackjack
- myVEGAS on Facebook, which is just the same slot games but played through Facebook itself
Although having a Facebook account isn’t required, it will help you immensely! Especially since Konami Slots, myVEGAS Blackjack, and myVEGAS on Facebook will all require that you have a Facebook to be able to connect your loyalty points into one pool and purchase rewards. However, if you don’t have a Facebook, you can still play and gain loyalty points to redeem for free rewards by hooking up your email or Apple ID to myVEGAS Slots and POP! Slots. For example, Cody doesn’t have a Facebook but he was still able to gain a decent amount of points and help to purchase different rewards for our trip!
Do I have to pay to use it?
All of these apps are FREE! There are in-app purchases, but they are 100% NOT required to make bank on these apps. Every day you will get a Daily Bonus for each app, and every two hours you can collect a Time Bonus that will give you extra coins to keep on playing! Like I said, having a Facebook gives you an advantage because once you connect your Facebook to these apps, then you will start receiving daily emails that have will have even MORE free coins to collect for each app (except POP! Slots). Even on Facebook you can make quite a bit! If you go to the myVEGAS Facebook page, they post regularly with updates, but every update also has a link to collect MORE free coins – either through the Facebook game or through myVEGAS Slots (sometimes both!!). And those links don’t expire for six days, so if you started playing right now, or if you don’t check Facebook for a few days, you can go back as far as 6 days ago and collect ALL of those free coins. So there’s really no need to pay to buy more coins to play the slots on the app because there are so many opportunities for free coins.
How to “buy” rewards
The Loyalty Points will be what you use to buy the rewards (see the next section on how to earn them). Although most of the rewards are the same across all the apps, there are some rewards that I found that were on specific apps. That being said, just be sure to check all the apps’ available rewards. Loyalty Points also cap out per day per app, assuming that you don’t use all your coins before you hit the cap. This is set up so that you aren’t just letting the games run all day and night without stopping. This cap increases with your level though! I don’t have any definite amount that it caps out on based on your level – however I do know that with my current level on Facebook being 82, that my Loyalty Points stop going up after I have gained 1,100 points on that app. The way to tell if you have capped out is that next to your Loyalty Point tank will be a green check mark once you have reached your daily Loyalty earning limit on that app. The only app that doesn’t show the green check mark though is the Facebook app. Unfortunately for that one, you will have to watch to see if your tank is filling up and if doesn’t fill up a little more with one of the spins, then you know you have reached your daily limit. But just because I cap out on one app, doesn’t mean that I can’t gain any more in a day! I can easily go to another app and keep on gaining! With each app having their own cap and level, you will find that you can gain and gain and gain all day!
How to gain Loyalty Points
You gain Loyalty Points by filling up your Loyalty Points “tank”. It starts filling up with each spin. The higher you make your bets per spin, the faster it fills up! Once it fills up, it will give you a certain amount of Loyalty Points. That amount will depend on your game level. For example, every time Cody fills up his Loyalty Points tank on myVEGAS Slots specifically, it awards him 200 Loyalty Points, but me being a higher level than him on that app, every time I fill up my tank, it awards me 400 Points! And for reference, I am level 315 on myVEGAS Slots. But again, each app has a different tank and each tank will award a different amount depending on the level you are on that certain app. Also the higher level you are, the more it will take to fill up your tank. Per day across all apps, I can gain around 10,000 Loyalty Points before I either run out of coins or I just want to use my phone for other things because I’m sick of playing. However that amount is smaller if for some reason I have more going on in my day and can’t have the games running on Auto. But again just remember to be aware of that green check mark next to your Loyalty Points! That check mark will appear once you have reached your daily limit for receiving Loyalty Points for that day! Once you see that, stop spinning and wasting your coins, and move on to the next app.
How long does it take to gain enough points for my trip?
One of the questions I got via Instagram was how long it took me to gain as many points as I needed to buy everything for my four day trip to Vegas. The simple answer is I have no idea. I have been playing myVEGAS Slots for about a year, but I didn’t download or play the other four apps until maybe a month or so ago and that’s when I was REALLY set on gaining Loyalty Points because at that point the trip to Vegas was planned and bought. But please don’t think that you need to be playing for a year to gain enough to have a good time in Vegas. Honestly I really only played religiously for a month or two to gain what I needed to buy everything for Vegas. What’s great about gaining the points is that you can literally put the game on Auto Spin and walk away from it. Very few of the games require you to be a more active participant, but sometimes the slots will stop spinning if you gain a level and they require you to Collect a Level Up Bonus.
PRO TIP: If you plan a Vegas trip far enough in advance, say two months out, STOP PLAYING THE APPS. Why? After our first trip to Vegas, Cody and I stopped playing the apps because we didn’t need to gain the rewards anymore. Once we booked our second trip three months after the first one, we reopened the apps. What we found was that each time we opened one of the apps, it automatically gave us about 20,000 Loyalty Points per app that we opened!! WHAT! Exactly – these apps are designed to get you to go to Vegas and spend your money, and what better way than to entice you to come on over. So play the apps, get some steam going, AND THEN STOP. Give it a month or so and reopen the apps. You will be pleasantly surprised with how much you can earn for doing nothing. Disclaimer though: I don’t know if you need to redeem a reward first to trigger this.
Purchasing and cancelling rewards
It’s always fun to look at the Rewards page prior to buying just to get a feel for how much you need to gain to purchase that reward with your Loyalty Points. Most every single hotel, including the Bellagio, offer FREE rooms! That’s right COMPLIMENTARY rooms are available for the BEST MGM Resort hotels on the Strip!! You do however have to pay for the room fees/taxes though. But still, it’s a good deal! Before purchasing a reward though, it’s a great idea to make sure that the reward you are purchasing won’t expire before you can use it or that the place that hosts the reward isn’t closed due to COVID related reasons. If for some reason you do purchase a reward that ends up being unavailable to actually use, don’t worry! You can Cancel the reward and get your points back! Easy peezy! Cody and I weren’t able to use all of the rewards we bought while we were there just because our schedule was so jam packed (or because we didn’t check if things were available when we got there and realized afterwards that it was closed) so we were easily able to get those points back and now we have another little bank going for our next trip!
Best course of action for buying/using rewards
We also kind of did a “divide and conquer” situation to buy rewards. Since I had more time to play since I was furloughed and Cody was at work, I used my Loyalty Points to buy the bigger rewards such as our comped room at the MGM Grand or two free glasses of champagne at Prime at the Bellagio, and Cody used his Loyalty Points for 2-for-1 deals since those tended to be a lot cheaper. But then there were rewards that we both bought to make sure we could do them together, like the Mandalay Shark Reef reward and the free shot at Centra reward.
Rewards aren’t just for Vegas!
Overall there’s no right or wrong way to get the rewards! You will find your own little system for your own trip that will help you and the person or people you go with to have the best time and maximize how much you are able to save! Especially since as of this week, they have announced that they will now be offering rewards that you can use at home!! This is an absolute game changer because now you can play these games without this idea that you HAVE to go to Vegas to get rewards. You can now play and redeem for things like an iPad! How amazing is that!!!
What are you waiting for? Get to playing!
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