Next time you visit Las Vegas, you might be able to leave your credit cards at home. Many hotel-casino resorts along the city's famed Strip now let guests use their digital wallets to pay for their room, meals and more — but not for gambling.
MGM Resorts has begun accepting various digital forms of payment at nearly all points-of-sale at its 12 Vegas properties (though there are some limitations at Circus Circus). The company has been installing the needed equipment for seamless transactions over the past three months. Instead of cash or credit cards, MGM Resorts' guests can now use Android Pay, Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Samsung Pay.
As with other digital payment platforms, WeChat Pay technology is pretty simple. After downloading the app and linking it to a bank account, consumers simply scan their unique QR code to make a purchase. All transactions in Las Vegas are in U.S. dollars.
WeChat Pay is currently the only digital wallet program available at Caesars' 11 Las Vegas resorts. A spokesman said the company plans to expand to other properties next year. In China, hundreds of millions of people already use WeChat Pay for everything from bicycle rentals to hospital expenses.
"This is the trend," Claire Yang, Caesars' director of international marketing, said in a phone interview from Beijing. "I firmly believe that American customers will adopt digital payments in the future. It's the way to go. Credit cards will become obsolete."
According to a Caesars news release, WeChat Pay has 600 million active users worldwide.
And as for hitting the tables or video poker, Caesars and MGM say your electronic wallet can't be used to gamble. You'll still need cash.