Marriott International and MGM Resorts Reveal New Partnership

by Anthony Losanno
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Marriott signed a licensing deal with MGM Resorts for a new partnership that will let Marriott Bonvoy® members earn and redeem points at MGM’s 17 resorts starting this October. This replaces the Hyatt partnership that was just announced as ending on September 30th (more here).

Hyatt had been MGM Resorts’ partner for the past decade. I’ve enjoyed many stays in Las Vegas and loved that I was earning points and credit towards requalifying for Globalist status. Marriott was my primary hotel program for years until I flipped it to my secondary last year. I continue to maintain Titanium status, but don’t think I’ll stretch for Ambassador anymore.

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Bookings at 40,000 of MGM’s Las Vegas rooms will be available on Marriott’s site and in its app by the end of the year. Details around benefits, status matches, and all of the other details around the partnership have yet to be announced. Hopefully, this will map to Marriott the way that it did with Hyatt with Marriott elites getting status with MGM Rewards and vice versa. Marriott Bonvoy® has over 180 million members and MGM Rewards has more than 40 million members. This partnership offers a boost to Marriott’s presence in Las Vegas and will give MGM Rewards members access to properties globally.

MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy

Some of MGM Resorts’ properties have already been announced under Marriott brands known as the “MGM Collection With Marriott Bonvoy.” We should see full elite benefits for Marriott Bonvoy® members at these properties. They include:

  • Bellagio Resort & Casino (The Luxury Collection®)
  • ARIA Resort & Casino (Autograph Collection®)
  • Park MGM (Tribute Portfolio)
  • The Cosmopolitan (this property will continue to be part of Autograph Collection®)

Anthony Capuano, President and CEO of Marriott International, said:

We look forward to increasing our global room distribution by 2.4% as we grow our presence on the Las Vegas Strip and in other compelling destinations across the US.”

Marriott and MGM have a relationship currently with the Cosmopolitan. That began before MGM bought the property. Now the rest of the resorts will be able to offer benefits and attract some of Marriott’s loyal travelers.

Anthony’s Take: I used to earn points and stays with Caesars when it was tied up with SPG, then I earned with Hyatt and MGM, and soon it will be Marriott and MGM. I’m happy that another partnership was struck and look forward to earning (and hopefully enjoying lots of benefits) when in Vegas.

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