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In July, I wrote about MGM Resorts ditching its partnership with Hyatt to closely align with Marriott. Marriott Bonvoy® members will be able to earn and redeem points at MGM’s 17 resorts in the near future. This was slated to start this month, but it’s now been pushed to 2024.
A joint statement was released. It reads:
Marriott International and MGM Resorts International are creating an extraordinary experience for our loyalty members with the introduction of MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy. Our two companies are excited to deliver world-class offerings and benefits for our guests. We look forward to debuting MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy by early 2024.”
This news is not surprising considering the cyberattack that crippled MGM last month (more here). With its entire IT systems shut down for days, MGM needed to rebuild. The entire ordeal cost the company $100 million and shook customer confidence after it was revealed that some personal data was accessed.
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. 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’m done mourning the loss of crediting MGM hotel nights to Hyatt and am ready for the benefits and credit to be earned with Marriott Bonvoy®. Given what MGM went through last month with its cybersecurity attack, it’s not surprising to see this pushed back.
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