The widely popular hotel partnership between MGM Resorts and Hyatt is coming to an end on Sept. 30, 2023.
The partnership between MGM Rewards and World Of Hyatt was popular because it was one of the few rewards programs between a worldwide hotel chain and Las Vegas casino operator that offered similar benefits.
This announcement comes as Rio Las Vegas will become a Hyatt hotels property when new owners take over the casino hotel during the fourth quarter of this year. Details about plans for Rio are sparse but are slowly becoming more clear.
Dreamscape, the incoming ownership group of Rio, appeared before the Nevada Gaming Control Board this week. Hyatt will begin operating the hotel on Oct. 1, 2023.
MGM Rewards and Hyatt Tier matching
The most popular part of this partnership was the mutual tier matching with MGM Rewards and World of Hyatt members. This will come to an end sooner than the entire partnership ceases to exist.
Tier-matching between MGM Rewards and the World of Hyatt rewards program is ending on July 14, 2023. Similarly, those who tier-match from MGM Rewards to Hyatt should do so before July 14, 2023.
On the bright side, those who have tier-matched with MGM Rewards or World Of Hyatt will keep their status for the remaining calendar year for each program.
World of Hyatt members who tier match with MGM Rewards by July 14, 2023, will keep their MGM Rewards status through January 31, 2024.
Any MGM Rewards members who tier-matched with Hyatt will keep their status until February 29, 2024.
Existing reservations made through Hyatt
Since these hotel rewards programs worked so closely together, there will be confusion with existing reservations. Since Hyatt is ending the partnership, the questions will likely be for reservations made through that system.
Eligible paid and award stays booked through Hyatt at MGM Rewards properties will be honored. Benefits will be earned for stays with checkout before or on September 30, 2023.
Stays with a checkout date after September 30, 2023, will be honored as booked. World of Hyatt members will no longer be able to earn World of Hyatt points when staying at MGM Resorts properties.
Reservations through Hyatt with a checkout before or on September 30, 2023, will still include the current relationship benefits. The partnership will end after this date.
Hyatt in Las Vegas
The partnership with MGM Rewards gave Hyatt customers access to 12 Vegas Strip hotels inside eight casinos. The Cosmopolitan is not an MGM Rewards property and is not connected to the Hyatt partnership.
When the deal ends, Hyatt will only have two Las Vegas properties. The company will operate:
- Hyatt Place on Paradise Road
- The location at Silverton Village a few miles south of Mandalay Bay
The next Hyatt hotel partnership will be with Rio. This should begin on Oct. 1. when the new owners plan to take over operations of the property from Caesars on that date.
Who will be the next MGM Rewards hotel partner?
MGM Resorts hasn’t announced a new national hotel partner for its rewards program. That doesn’t mean rumors about a new partner aren’t making the rounds online.
When MGM Resorts purchased Cosmopolitan, the company also inherited a partnership with Marriott’s Bonvoy rewards program. This partnership only exists between Marriott and the Cosmopolitan.
MGM Rewards still isn’t fully integrated at the Cosmopolitan. The BetMGM sportsbook is still the only venue inside the Cosmopolitan that allows guests to earn MGM Rewards points.
There’s still no date on when the Cosmopolitan will become part of the MGM Rewards system. The casino still uses its Identity Rewards program which is affiliated with Marriot’s Boyvoy.
While a deal hasn’t been announced, it’s possible MGM Resorts could expand the Marriott partnership to the rest of its properties.
Regardless of the new hotel partner brand, MGM Resorts could announce a new deal before its relationship with Hyatt ends.