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Why the MGM Marriott Partnership Won’t Be As Lucrative As You Hope!

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MGM Marriott Partnership - No Reciprocal Status Match

MGM Marriott Partnership – No Reciprocal Status Match

These past couple of weeks have seen a lot of news in the hotel/casino loyalty space. Specifically, MGM and Hyatt made big waves last week when they announced the end of their decade long partnership. While there was some speculation as to who MGM would choose to partner with, we didn’t need to wait long to learn that Marriott will be their new pal on the Vegas Strip.

MGM’s Hyatt Partnership Was Valuable

While the MGM/Hyatt partnership evolved over the years, at times it has been quite lucrative. For example, in the early days of the status match Hyatt Diamond members (equivalent to Globalist today) received MGM Platinum status. That was eventually taken away in lieu of MGM Gold status, but it opened quite a few doors while it lasted.

The other major way this partnership became valuable was with the introduction of MGM Rewards. Under that program MGM Gold members (matched from Hyatt Explorist or Globalist) receive waived resort fees among other perks. Many people took advantage of that to book cheap MGM stays midweek at hotels like Luxor and Excalibur.

MGM Marriott Partnership - No Reciprocal Status Match

The MGM Marriott Partnership – What to Expect

While we didn’t get the full details of the partnership in yesterday’s press release, there are a few things that stand out to me. First, it seems like perhaps the days of a two-way status match are done. Here is how they describe the benefits that members of each program will receive.

The agreement between MGM Resorts and Marriott will also benefit members of both companies’ loyalty programs. Members of MGM Rewards, MGM Resorts’ acclaimed loyalty platform with more than 40 million members globally, will be eligible to link accounts with Marriott Bonvoy and receive select member benefits. Members of Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott’s award-winning loyalty platform with over 180 million members globally, will be able to earn and redeem points for stays at all MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy properties.

If I read that correctly then it seems like MGM members may receive a match of some sort and benefits at Marriott’s properties. The same language isn’t used going the other way though. They only say that Marriott Bonvoy members “will be able to earn and redeem points for stays at all MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy properties.”

MGM Marriott Partnership - No Reciprocal Status Match

Why MGM Probably Won’t Match Marriott Status

While I have no inside information, I could see this as a way for MGM to reset the terms given what has worked and not worked in the past. On one hand Hyatt elites filling up their low demand nights without resort fees may seem like good revenue, but perhaps they didn’t get what they wanted from the status side of the partnership. MGM no doubt is looking to get customers to spend with this type of partnership and a $30 room night with no resort fees probably isn’t what they are looking for.

Marriott is also larger than Hyatt by quite a lot. That means a lot more members who would receive perks in Vegas if they offered a status match. That’s more people who wouldn’t pay resort fees or for parking. By giving Marriott members a way to earn points and elite nights without giving up the revenue from parking, resort fees, etc. MGM seemingly comes out ahead.

Matching Hyatt to MGM to Marriott

While the Hyatt to MGM status match is officially over, hopefully you matched your Hyatt status to MGM. That status will be good through January 31, 2024 which means you could potentially benefit from the Marriott partnership. While we don’t know exactly how any match would work or to what level you would be matched, you should be able to take your MGM status (perhaps gained through Hyatt) in October and match it to some level of Marriott status.

With that said, I have a hard time believing Marriott will match to anything meaningful. Marriott Platinum status comes with free breakfast and suite upgrades at a lot of properties, so I doubt you will get that. My guess is matches from MGM to Marriott will top out at the Gold level, but we shall see. Either way this might be a once in a lifetime way to match Hyatt to MGM to Marriott, even if the Hyatt to MGM part is already over as of July 14.

Beau Rivage and other MGM properties outside of Las Vegas will be a part of the new MGM Marriott partnership.

BetMGM Integration

One other new thing coming from this partnership is Marriott’s integration with BetMGM. We will see how this is all implemented, however Bonvoy members will receive points on some transactions and also receive exclusive offers and promotions, etc. I suppose this is big for BetMGM people, however I doubt it will be a big gamechanger when choosing loyalty.

Other Improvements for MGM Loyalists

Rounding out the news i think there are a couple of other good things here for MGM loyalists. First off, the Cosmopolitan is staying with Marriott. Ever since MGM purchased that property last year we were wondering what would happen long term and now we know. If you are someone who stays at Cosmo you’ll probably be happy to see most everything stay the same. (Although Cosmo’s casino loyalty program will change to MGM Rewards at some point.)

Another unique quirk of this partnership is that it includes properties outside of Las Vegas. MGM’s Hyatt partnership was Las Vegas only, however Marriott will be adding Borgata, Beau Rivage and the MGM Grand properties in Detroit, Springfield and National Harbor as well. Those are all decent hotels so another win for Marriott customers, although who knows how the award pricing will end up.

MGM Marriott Partnership – Bottom Line

While the new MGM Marriott Bonvoy partnership affects different people in different ways, if you are someone who has enjoyed matching status from Hyatt to MGM in the past, I suspect this new deal won’t be as lucrative as you hope. There is still a lot to learn before this new partnership goes active in October, so let’s hope for some pleasant surprises and maybe we should pour one out for MGM/Hyatt, because it was a pairing that great for many of us.

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Shawn Coomer
Shawn Coomer
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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  1. If Marriott doesn’t offer an opportunity to get MGM Gold this partnership is a bust to me. Already there’s no way Marriott point redemptions will be better than Hyatts. I mostly stay at Caesar’s properties anyway and have Diamond (waived resort fees) with them so MGM would just lose my business.

  2. The biggest thing to me is the waived resort fees from being MGM Gold and whether I will be Gold again for 2024. I qualified in 2022 (for 2023) based on actual play but I’m only 1/3 of the way there in 2023 with five months to go. Hopefully it will be clear if Platinum Marriott will mean anything at MGM for status well before year end so I can decide on cost/benefit of being gold again.

  3. Hi Shawn,
    That’s a lot of speculation on your part early on lol
    Its obvious you know the stingy greedy ways of the Marriott Corporation all too well
    Like you I have no inside information.So I will speculate like you and say I think they might still surprise us even if the hard benefits are weaker than Hyatt.Its my guess they are playing the down low to not slam Hyatt to the floor in the final weeks any more than the current implosion.Perhaps more like the IHG Venetian Palazzo relationship where you don’t get much in the way of upgrades or breakfast but a late check out and or the ability to redeem or earn some points.I’ve got my popcorn ready for the first genuine set of news/information as it eventually reaches us all.Will be interesting to see.This much I can say it would be a marketing disaster if its a super fizzle.That’s why I am still guardedly optimistic.
    I see little to no business with MGM going forward for myself unless this thing really flies however on the occasion I might stay
    It couldn’t hurt to earn some Marriott points where otherwise you would get nothing.
    And folks still can get a flat 600 southwest points for now if nothing else
    Stay Tuned!

  4. Unsurprising that guests are going to get Bonvoyed by the migration from Hyatt. Remember the last couple of times that Marriott was more generous than Hyatt? Me neither.

  5. Mgm is dead to me after they killed off the Hyatt relationship. Even though I’m lifetime Marriott Plat and current Titanium, I expect the new Marriott / Mgm relationship to be like most elite benefits Marriott post-pandemic — weak or nonexistent. I too expect no status match situation like there was à la Hyatt and MGM. Pretty much this will amount to be the opportunity to redeem your Marriott points at overinflated rates at MGM properties


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