The Best Credit Cards for Las Vegas

The Best Credit Cards for Las Vegas
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Las Vegas is one of the most popular destinations to visit in America, and not only for rabid gamblers. The city has become an entertainment capital, with world-class nightlife, restaurants, and shows. But, do you have the right credit card for your trip? Here are our picks for the best cards to carry in your wallet on your next trip to Las Vegas.

The Best Credit Cards for Las Vegas

Chase Sapphire Preferred card

Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve Cards

The Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cards are the best cards for travel and dining spending we’ve written about it extensively. The Preferred earns 2X per dollar for travel and dining, and the Reserve earns 3X the points for the same categories. That means that almost everything you’d be putting on a credit card in Vegas earns you bonus points. If you opt for the Reserve card, you’ll have a $300 travel credit every cardmember year to use towards travel, so that could cover your hotel stay (or flights to get to Vegas). And, with Las Vegas McCarren’s two Priority Pass lounges, you’ll have lounge access when leaving the city (in case you needed more free drinks).

World of Hyatt Credit Card

World of Hyatt credit card

The Chase Hyatt Visa might not be a first though for your wallet in Las Vegas. The Hyatt brand has only one “official” hotel near the Strip, and it’s a Hyatt Place. But, Hyatt does have a partnership with MGM Resorts’ mLife program, that offers reciprocal benefits for elite members. MGM Resorts owns classic Las Vegas resorts like the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and the Mirage, among others, so benefits while staying at these mega-hotels makes a trip a little better.

When you are a cardmember of the Chase Hyatt Visa, you’re automatically “Discoverist” status in the World of Hyatt program. This matches to mLife’s “Pearl” status, which gets you discounted offers at MGM Resorts, “Express Comps” when playing slot machines in Las Vegas, free self-parking at resorts, a “skip the line” buffet pass, and 5% off the shops at all the resorts. It also will help you earn higher mLife status quicker, which offers even more rewarding benefits (like skipping the busy taxi lines). You’ll also be able to redeem your Hyatt points at all mLife properties on the Strip.

The Chase Hyatt Visa is also on our list of Best Credit Cards for Elite Status, and also gives a sign up bonus of 50,000 points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months of card membership. That’s good for two nights at any Category 1-5 property. Plus, you’ll receive a free Category 1-4 night each year of card membership.


Summing It Up

Las Vegas can be a very cheap destination, or a very expensive one. You’ll want to check out our tips on how to save in Las Vegas before you go as well. There are also many properties to redeem points for on the Strip, including the brand-new W Las Vegas. Let us know if you have any questions in the comments!