That didn’t take long.
Just after MGM Resorts and World of Hyatt announced their split, the former said, “I do!” to a partnership with Marriott Bonvoy.
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(Quick caveat: I love that one of our readers sort of sniffed this one out last week!)
Not much is yet known about the long-term license agreement (as they’re calling it). The announcement is a lot of rah-rah and back-slapping.
Program members can start booking “several MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy resorts” in October.
Points for either program will be redeemable at each other’s properties. BetMGM — MGM Resorts’ online gaming platform — is also in on the action, allowing members to redeem BetMGM points for Bonvoy points.
Collect ’em All (or Most?)
Seventeen (17) MGM Rewards properties will find homes in various Collections. Unless otherwise noted, all locations are in Las Vegas (well, technically Paradise, Nevada).
- Marriott’s The Luxury Collection
- Marriott’s Autograph Collection
- ARIA Resort & Casino
- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (already an Autograph Collection property)
- Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio
- Park MGM
- MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy
- Beau Rivage (Biloxi, Mississippi)
- Borgata (Atlantic City, New Jersey)
- Excalibur Hotel & Casino
- Luxor Hotel and Casino
- Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
- MGM Grand Detroit (Michigan)
- MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
- MGM National Harbor (Oxon Hill, Maryland)
- MGM Springfield (Springfield, Massachusetts)
- New York-New York Hotel & Casino
- NoMad Las Vegas
- The Signature at MGM Grand
- Vdara Hotel & Spa
One notable absentee: Delano Las Vegas.
If you’re like me, one of the first things you thought of when hearing this news was, Will there be status matches between MGM Rewards and Bonvoy?
That information isn’t yet available.
If status matches are offered, I doubt MGM would offer Bonvoy members anything higher than Gold. (And, really, vice versa.) MGM Rewards Gold was the most elevated status that World of Hyatt members could match — even Globalists.
But several credit cards offer Marriott Bonvoy Gold elite status as part of their perks:
I’m not getting my hopes up about MGM Rewards doing a “Gold for Gold” match (but hopefully will be pleasantly surprised). That’s potentially a bunch of waived resort fees, folks in priority lines at check-ins and select restaurants, and complimentary room “upgrades” (read: better views).
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Again, we don’t even know if there will be status matches.
Marriott Bonvoy and MGM Rewards will form “MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy,” which offers each program’s members opportunities to redeem points at each other’s properties.
Status matches (if any), loyalty program benefits, and other information are set to be announced in the coming weeks and months.
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