MGM Resorts Shares New Information About Partnership With Marriott Bonvoy

Written By Marc Meltzer on January 18, 2024
The Sun Sets Along Las Vegas Strip Excalibur Casino

Last year, MGM Resorts announced a partnership with Marriott. The replacement for its old hotel partner, Hyatt, was supposed to begin on Oct. 1, as soon as the old deal expired.

The new deal will allow Marriot Bonvoy members access to 17 MGM Resorts properties and 40,000 rooms in its Las Vegas casinos and other properties around the US.

The deal has been delayed and will begin sometime in “early 2024.” At this time, Marriott Bonvoy members cannot book MGM Resorts hotel rooms on the booking platform of the worldwide hotel operator.

Even though there isn’t a start date for the partnership, new information is available for those planning trips to MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas and around the US.

This deal between MGM Resorts and Marriot Bonvoy will be different than the previous partnership between the casino operator and hotel company with properties around the world.

The popular reciprocal tier matching is the first major difference from the old hotel partnership.

MGM Rewards and Marriott Bonvoy tier-matching

The partnership between MGM and Marriott will allow tier matching. However, this is only available for upper-tier members of MGM Rewards to match with Marriott Bonvoy.

When the partnership begins only MGM Rewards members Gold and above can match their status with Marriott Bonvoy. Sapphire and Pearl members of MGM Rewards are not eligible for tier matching.

Additionally, tier-matching isn’t reciprocal as the previous hotel partnership. Upper-tier Marriott Bonvoy members cannot tier-match with MGM Rewards.

MGM Rewards members who match status with Marriott Bonvoy have the upper tier status until Dec. 31, 2024.

Given that there’s no start date on this partnership, those matching from MGM Rewards might not be able to get much from the Marriott status. It’s possible that this could also change when the deal begins.

Tier-matching benefits

When the accounts are linked and matched, guests can enjoy Marriott elite benefits at MGM Resorts properties as follows:

MGM Gold members can match to Marriott Bonvoy Silver Elite. These guests will receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary wifi
  • Late Checkout
  • 10% Bonvoy Bonus Points on cash spend

MGM Platinum members can match to Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite. These guests will receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary wifi
  • 2 p.m. late checkout
  • Enhanced Room Upgrade (When available)
  • 25% Bonvoy Bonus Points on cash spend
  • Welcome gift points

MGM Noir members can match to Marriott Bonvoy Ambassador Elite. These guests will receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary wifi
  • 4 p.m. late checkout
  • Enhanced Room Upgrade, including suites (When available)
  • 75% Bonvoy Bonus Points on cash spend
  • Welcome gift – Points, Breakfast Offering, or Amenity
  • Lounge access
  • Nightly upgrade awards

On its introduction page for the new program MGM Resorts says:

“Marriott Bonvoy and MGM Rewards will unlock significant benefits and experiences for members of both programs. By early 2024, members can earn and redeem Marriott Bonvoy points at more places in Las Vegas – on the Strip and beyond.”

You can see the full benefits chart from MGM Resorts and the full Marriott Bonvoy tier level and benefits chart on their respective websites.

Participating MGM Resorts casinos in Las Vegas and other states

The partnership between MGM Resorts and Marriott Bonvoy will include 17 casino hotels in Las Vegas and across the country.

The Cosmopolitan will continue its existing partnership with Marriott. Here’s how MGM’s other Las Vegas casinos will fit into Marriott’s brands:

These MGM Resorts Las Vegas properties will be part of the “MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy.”

  • Excalibur
  • Luxor
  • Mandalay Bay
  • MGM Grand and The Signature
  • New York-New York
  • NoMad (at Park MGM)
  • Vdara

A few MGM Resorts Las Vegas casinos will fall into other Marriott brand collections.

  • Aria will join Cosmopolitan in the Autograph Collection
  • Park MGM will be part of the Tribute Collection
  • Bellagio will be part of the Luxury Collection

While Las Vegas is the main hub of MGM Resorts, the “MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy” partnership also includes a few properties elsewhere in the US.

  • Massachusetts: MGM Springfield
  • Maryland: MGM National Harbor
  • Michigan: MGM Grand Detroit
  • Mississippi: Beau Rivage
  • New Jersey: Borgata

“Early 2024” *should mean the first half of this year. Expect to hear more about the MGM Resorts partnership with Marriott Bonvoy sooner rather than later.

MGM Resorts raises Las Vegas resort fees

Shortly after sharing information about its partnership with Marriott Bonvoy, MGM Resorts quietly increased resort fees at its Las Vegas casino resorts.

The additional nightly fee is increasing between $2 and $6 depending on the hotel. Guests will now be required to pay as much as $50 per night plus tax on top of the advertised rates.

The resort fees at Aria, Vdara, Bellagio, and The Cosmopolitan increased by $5 from $45 to $50.

MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and Delano resort fees are now $45 per night. This is a $6 increase on the nightly fee.

New York-New York, Park MGM, NoMad, and The Signature at MGM Grand are now charging an additional fee of $42 per night to stay at the hotel.

Excalibur and Luxor had the smallest increase in resort fees for MGM Resorts’ Las Vegas casinos. The resort fee went up by $2 per night to $37. Unrelated, the Vegas Strip facing portion of the Luxor pyramid is now a Dorito.

Resort fees are waived for MGM Rewards members Gold and above.

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