MGM Resorts and Marriott partnership: Book Vegas rooms from 5,000 points

The recent move by MGM Resorts from its partnership with the World of Hyatt program to a new one with Marriott Bonvoy has sparked a lot of interest among travelers. One of the most pressing questions that many have is how many Marriott Bonvoy points it will cost to stay at big-name Vegas resorts such as MGM Grand, Bellagio, Aria, Excalibur, and more.

According to the information available, it will cost as few as 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night at the more entry-level Strip properties, in addition to the resort fees that are applicable. This is an attractive offer for those looking to stay at these iconic properties using their loyalty points.

The transition to Marriott Bonvoy also comes with its own set of benefits, including the opportunity to earn five free night awards (each night valued up to 50,000 points) after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening a Marriott Bonvoy Boundless credit card. However, it is important to note that certain hotels may have resort fees that need to be factored in when booking.

As of now, some of the Las Vegas MGM properties are already bookable using Marriott points, with more expected to come online in March 2024. The starting Marriott points prices for these properties are as follows:

– Excalibur: Starting at 5,000 Marriott points plus $41.95 per night resort fee
– New York-New York Hotel & Casino: Starting at 9,000 Marriott points plus $47.62 per night resort fee
– MGM Grand: Starting at 15,000 Marriott points plus $51.02 per night resort fee
– The Signature at MGM Grand: Starting at 20,000 points plus $47.62 per night resort fee

It is worth noting that other popular properties such as Bellagio, Vdara, Aria, Park MGM, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay are expected to come online in March within the Marriott program. Each of these properties will fall under different collections within the Marriott Bonvoy program, offering guests a variety of options to choose from.

One important difference between the previous partnership with Hyatt and the new partnership with Marriott is the points pricing model. While Hyatt used a more standard award chart, Marriott uses a dynamic points pricing model, which means that the cost can vary widely depending on the date and availability. This means that while starting award prices may be low, guests should be prepared to pay higher amounts on certain dates, even at budget-friendly properties.

A positive aspect of the new partnership is that guests can use fixed-value Marriott certificates awarded with Marriott credit cards at these MGM properties, providing more flexibility in redeeming points. However, it is important to note that guests will still be responsible for paying resort fees, which can add up significantly.

Overall, the transition to Marriott Bonvoy offers exciting opportunities for travelers looking to stay at MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas. With a range of options available and the ability to earn and redeem points for stays, guests can now enjoy the benefits of the Marriott loyalty program at some of the most iconic resorts in Las Vegas.

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