Update on Vegas Parking Fees & Valet Being Outsourced
A few weeks ago I covered the announcement by MGM Resorts International that they would start charging for parking at the vast majority of their properties. Circus Circus was spared as was the MGM Signature Towers and the Crystal Shopping Center in Aria.
While we still don’t know how much it will cost for valet, the company has said it will be about $10 for self parking. This money is supposedly going to be used to “enhance the parking experience” including the addition of high tech goodies and an entirely new garage behind the Excalibur.
Some New Info
Well, I have something new to add. A reader who has been a helpful and reliable source in the past has sent me some details of an email that was sent to employees from MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren. I have not personally seen this email, so keep that in mind. Anyway, among the things that were mentioned are:
- The ~$10 parking fee will be implemented in April.
- Mlife Gold, Platinum and NOIR members will be exempt.
- While they expect backlash, the company fully thinks this is the direction that the entire Strip is going in.
My contact also goes on to say that employees are very concerned about the company doing away with free valet parking. Other cutbacks have been noticed as well. Coupons books at hotels like Luxor and Excalibur were eliminated and apparently guests can now only be upgraded one “step” or category.
Either Murren and team are brilliant in finding new revenue streams that will bolster the company’s bottom line or they will erode support for their brand. Vegas is not a cheap place like it once was and adding fees on top of fees is sure to create a backlash at some point. The question still remains though if the market can absorb more fees and if MGM will effectively lead everyone else or make a mistake and have to step back these changes.
How to Avoid These Fees
In the mean time, most everyone who reads this site should be able to avoid parking charges at MGM Resorts International properties. Hyatt Platinum status gained through the Hyatt credit card will get you Mlife Gold which will apparently be enough to get the fee waived. That is of course not official, so we will just sit back and wait.
Valet Parking Outsourcing Update
Shortly after writing this story news broke that MGM Resorts announced the outsourcing of all of their valet. According to Channel 8 news in Las Vegas, the valet decision “impacts all valet employees at Aria, Vdara, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Delano, MGM Grand LV, The Mirage, New York-New York, and Monte Carlo.” The employees will now work for a new company called SP+ which will match their pay and benefits. The change will happen within the next 60 days. Wow!