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How to avoid paying for parking at MGM properties

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Until June 2016, free valet and self-parking was available throughout the Strip. Now, it has joined the ranks of indoor smoking, $2 shrimp cocktails and other perks once ubiquitous in Las Vegas. To make matters worse, MGM Resorts just raised its rates, only four months after it started charging locals to park.

Self-parking at all MGM Resorts remains free for guests who stay one hour or less, with fees across 12 properties ranging from $5-$7 for 1-2 hours, $8-$12 for 2-4 hours, and $10-$15 for 4-24 hours.

Of course, we must come up with a #lifehack for bypassing paid parking. Customers with Pearl, Gold, Platinum or Noir M life rewards cards receive free parking at MGM properties, but if you’re not a gambler, the membership allows you to sign up for its Mastercard, the use of which allows the upgrade to Pearl status—and free parking.

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