Last summer we learned that Marriott would replace Hyatt as MGM’s partner. Now the benefits of the partnership are being detailed, for when MGM properties become bookable as part of Marriott Bonvoy “early this year.”
- MGM Rewards elite members can status match to Marriott
- Marriott Bonvoy elite members receive defined benefits with MGM
- Points transfer between the programs
Benefits For Marriott Elites Staying At MGM Hotels
Here are the benefits for Marriott Bonvoy elites who book MGM Collection hotels through Marriott booking channels. Benefits don’t apply if booking direct through MGM. Always compare room rates.
Note also that with this partnership, Marriott Bonvoy members receive 1 elite night credit towards status for each qualifying night stayed.
- Silver: 10% Marriott Bonvoy bonus points on Qualifying Charges
- Gold: 25% Marriott Bonvoy bonus points on Qualifying Charges; Welcome gift of 500 Marriott Bonvoy points per stay
- Platinum: 50% Marriott Bonvoy bonus points on Qualifying Charges; Enhanced room upgrades, based upon availability; Priority Check-In Line; Complimentary 2:00 p.m. late checkout (subject to availability); Welcome gift of 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per stay or $15 F&B credit per night of stay
- Titanium: 75% Marriott Bonvoy bonus points on Qualifying Charges; Enhanced room upgrades, based upon availability; Priority Check-In Line; Complimentary 2:00 p.m. late checkout (subject to availability); Welcome gift of 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per stay or $15 F&B credit per night of stay
- Ambassador: 75% Marriott Bonvoy bonus points on Qualifying Charges; Waived resort fee; One suite upgrade at a Las Vegas Hotel per year, up to 3-night stay; Enhanced room upgrades, based upon availability; Complimentary 1:00 p.m. early check-in and 4 p.m. late checkout (subject to availability); Welcome gift of 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per stay or $15 F&B credit per night of stay; Complimentary self-parking; Priority access on dining and check-in; 15% retail discounts
Late check-out, early check-in, suite upgrade; waived resort fee; complimentary self-parking; and Priority access on dining and check-in are listed as “available during a promotional period ending December 31, 2024.”
Notably, unlike the earlier Hyatt partnership, Marriott members do not receive tier matches to MGM’s status levels which have become more valuable but also much harder to learn outside of gaming.
These are benefits for the 16 properties exclusively in the “MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy.”
- Las Vegas: Vdara Hotel & Spa, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Signature at MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, Luxor Hotel & Casino, and Excalibur Hotel & Casino.
- Other destinations: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (Atlantic City, New Jersey), Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (Biloxi, Mississippi), MGM Grand Detroit (Detroit, Michigan), MGM National Harbor (Oxon Hill, Maryland), and MGM Springfield (Springfield, Massachusetts).
There are several other hotels that are also affiliated with existing Marriott brands, where benefits will apply based on those brands instead: Bellagio Resort & Casino (The Luxury Collection), ARIA Resort & Casino (Autograph Collection), Park MGM Las Vegas (Tribute Portfolio), and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas (Autograph Collection).
Benefits Are For One Year Only?
It seems notable to me that many benefits are only though December 31, 2024. The relationship is new and they’re still figuring it out. Still, this is probably a reflection both of the still-tentative nature of all of this and overeager lawyers, because everything is subject to change anyway. I would expect that benefits might be slightly modified though extended.
No Meaningful Benefits For Marriott Silvers Or Golds
Honestly who cares about a 10% or 25% bonus on points earned from paid stays at MGM, or a bonus of 500 Marriott points (worth around $3)? For all intents and purposes there’s zero benefit to a Marriott Silver or Gold staying at MGM.
This is fair since Silver and Gold are barely elite, and there’s really near-zero benefit for a Marriott Silver staying at Marriott except hopefully avoiding the worst room on property though that’s not a published benefit. Makes sense. (A Marriott Gold gets 2 p.m. late check-out at most Marriotts, which is something.)
Priority Check-in Is The Major Benefit For Most Elites
2 p.m. late check-out is valuable. But the biggest benefit for many will be priority queuing for check-in. At peak times people can stand in line 3 to 4 hours to check in at big Las Vegas hotels.
I’m not sure this is going to be enough to swing Marriott loyalists to MGM Collection properties. There’s no breakfast benefit, for instance. But it’s a start for the MGM-Marriott relationship. Let’s hope they build on it.
Ambassador Benefits Point To Marriott’s Own Inadequacies
It’s interesting that resort fees are waived for Ambassadors at MGM properties – but not at Marriott properties. All members, including Ambassadors, pay resort fees even on “free” award nights (Hilton and Hyatt members do not, and Hyatt top elites don’t even pay resort fees on paid stays).
Marriott’s upgrades only start happening three days in advance but if an Ambassador leaves Marriott and stays at an MGM hotel they can confirm an actual upgrade to a suite in advance once a year. But how can it make sense to limit an Ambassador’s one suite upgrade to three nights? A lot of stays will be four nights, so the Ambassador might as well stay elsewhere for those? And a four or five night stay necessarily means extending into non-peak nights. The three night stays are probably Thursday – Sunday. A fourth night would be a Wednesday or Sunday night! A fifth night would be a Monday or Tuesday night!
The way that these upgrades work (limited to Las Vegas properties in MGM Collection) is that members request the upgrade from a standard room type to a standard suite via their Ambassador, and it’s subject to availability for advance confirmation. Bear in mind that standard “Nightly Upgrade Awards” cannot initially be used at MGM Collection hotels.
Points Transfers Between Programs
The ability members enrolled in both programs will – “coming soon” – be able ot move points back and forth between the two.
Once launched, Marriott points will transfer at a rate of 10 Bonvoy points to 8 MGM points and from 10 MGM points to 8 Bonvoy points. So the transfer ratios are the same in each direction, with members losing 20% of their points each time they transfer. There will be a minimum of 1,000 points per transaction, and a maximum of 30,000 points transferred each year in each direction.
MGM Elites Status Match To Marriott
Marriott members receive defined benefits, rather than status in MGM’s program. MGM Rewards elite members can match their status and receive Marriott status as follows:
- MGM Gold -> Marriott Silver
- MGM Platinum -> Marriott Gold
- MGM Noir -> Marriott Ambassador
It’s interesting that no MGM tier maps to Platinum or Titanium. MGM Noirs get Marriott Ambassador which is huge, but also makes sense. Noir is MGM’s unpublished status for whales. Here’s the secret code for how Bellagio identifies their Noir whales. Think: someone gambling enough to generate a $200,000 theoretical loss.
It’s unfortunate that Marriott members don’t actually get MGM status because MGM doesn’t charge resort fees to their Gold members and higher. That’s a benefit only available to Marriott’s Ambassadors under this program. Status matching from Marriott to MGM would provide better benefits.
Fingers Crossed On The Single Best Benefit To This Partnership
Midweek rates in Las Vegas can be super cheap, especially at places like Excalibur. When MGM and Hyatt were partners, you could book a cheap Excalibur night and check in via MGM’s mobile app without ever setting foot in Las Vegas to earn World of Hyatt elite nights.
I’ll be looking to see whether Marriott-booked nights at Excalibur can be managed via MGM’s app. This will be a cheap way to generate elite nights (mattress runs) if it works. However MGM is aware of the practice and once the Hyatt relationship’s end was announced they locked Hyatt-booked stays out from checking in via mobile app.