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Elite benefits:


Additional benefits for Ambassadors:
  • Waived Resort Fees
  • Complimentary 1pm Early Check-In
  • One Suite Upgrade per Year in Las Vegas (Up to 3 nights without using NUA)
  • Complimentary self-parking during stay
  • Expedited valet and taxi service
  • Guaranteed hotel reservation within 24 hours
  • 15% retail discount
  • Fine dining priority reservation
  • Dedicated line at participating restaurants, buffet, and cashier cage
  • VIP line access to select nightclubs in Las Vegas (member +1)
  • Priority access to pool cabana, spa, and salon reservations
  • Discount to select shows
A Qualifying Stay for Marriott Bonvoy members to earn Marriott Bonvoy points at included MGM Resorts destinations are stays booked through Marriott.com (including Award Redemption Stays), Marriott Bonvoy App, and the Marriott Customer Engagement Centers. Select prevailing rates booked through the MGM Resorts Call Center, and participating MGM Travel Agents may also be Qualifying Stays.


Stays booked through the following methods at MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy destinations are not considered Qualifying Stays:
  • MGM Resorts websites
  • MGM Rewards Mobile App
  • MGM Rewards website
  • MGM Resorts Call Center (non-prevailing rates such as casino offers, MGM Rewards member discounts, etc.)
  • Tour operator, online travel channel, or other third-party channel (such as Expedia, Hotwire, Priceline, etc.)
  • Booked at a group rate as part of an event, meeting, conference or organized tour
  • Booked at a tour operator, wholesaler, or airline crew room rate or package including, without limitation, organized tours or package bookings
  • Booked at a complimentary rate
  • Booked with a voucher or third-party award
  • Contracted rooms
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Marriott International and MGM Resorts Partnership

Old Feb 29, 2024, 4:19 pm
  #646  
 
Join Date: May 2009
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Originally Posted by T-15.01
any experience with a MGM booked stay being able to be credited to Bonvoy for EQN? Or just not going to work ?
Marriott benefits (including EQNs) when booking through non-Marriott channels are explicitly excluded. While people sometimes get those (e.g. some AmEx FHR have gotten them), these are MGM properties and I would expect they would not pay for Marriott elite benefits when offering the discounted rates on MGM's site.
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Old Feb 29, 2024, 9:19 pm
  #647  
 
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Adding to the "what's the point" posts above ...
  • A few days ago I booked a two-night stay at Park via MGM (where I have lowly "Sapphire" basic status with MGM) ... a standard King room, with "guaranteed early check-in" (for $40) ... total cost $397.
  • Booking the exact same room and dates via Marriott, where I am a valued Titanium member (but get virtually zero benefits at MGM hotels) ... total cost $835.
Same room. Same dates. Double the price. But no early check in if I pay double to book via Marriott.

Double the price, but I get less. Other than the ability to earn a few Marriott points. Hmm.
  • Just for fun, and out of frustration, I checked Expedia. Exact same room and dates. Total cost $692.
  • Then, checking Amex Platinum's "The Hotel Collection": Same room, same dates. Total cost $746. But booking via Amex comes with benefits: a $100 property credit + a one-category room upgrade.

Highest price? Book via Marriott.
Fewest benefits? Book via Marriott. (Even as a second-from-highest tier Bonvoy member.)

This MGM/Marriott thing is a big fat dud. Utterly useless.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 6:15 am
  #648  
 
Join Date: Aug 2022
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Originally Posted by FlyerJ
Adding to the "what's the point" posts above ...
  • A few days ago I booked a two-night stay at Park via MGM (where I have lowly "Sapphire" basic status with MGM) ... a standard King room, with "guaranteed early check-in" (for $40) ... total cost $397.
  • Booking the exact same room and dates via Marriott, where I am a valued Titanium member (but get virtually zero benefits at MGM hotels) ... total cost $835.
Same room. Same dates. Double the price. But no early check in if I pay double to book via Marriott.

Double the price, but I get less. Other than the ability to earn a few Marriott points. Hmm.
  • Just for fun, and out of frustration, I checked Expedia. Exact same room and dates. Total cost $692.
  • Then, checking Amex Platinum's "The Hotel Collection": Same room, same dates. Total cost $746. But booking via Amex comes with benefits: a $100 property credit + a one-category room upgrade.

Highest price? Book via Marriott.
Fewest benefits? Book via Marriott. (Even as a second-from-highest tier Bonvoy member.)

This MGM/Marriott thing is a big fat dud. Utterly useless.
I was called "entitled" by a certain infamous member of the Marriott Bonvoy Insiders FB group for pointing out things like this (in particular, that the partnership benefits no Bonvoy members except Ambassadors - even Titanium get bupkis, as you demonstrate here).
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 6:38 am
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Join Date: Sep 2010
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Originally Posted by chipbennett
I was called "entitled" by a certain infamous member of the Marriott Bonvoy Insiders FB group for pointing out things like this (in particular, that the partnership benefits no Bonvoy members except Ambassadors - even Titanium get bupkis, as you demonstrate here).
Was this a certain someone who requires their room to be kept at an arctic temperature?
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 6:43 am
  #650  
 
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Originally Posted by CLEguy
Was this a certain someone who requires their room to be kept at an arctic temperature?
One and the same!
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 6:54 am
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Originally Posted by chipbennett
One and the same!
Well the ambassador program is perfect and without a single flaw so
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 7:53 am
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Originally Posted by chipbennett
I was called "entitled" by a certain infamous member of the Marriott Bonvoy Insiders FB group for pointing out things like this (in particular, that the partnership benefits no Bonvoy members except Ambassadors - even Titanium get bupkis, as you demonstrate here).
Well you are and should be entitled to be treated fairly by a program you have
been loyal too by spending your hard earned dollars in.
However Marriott essentially failed us all sadly.Every partnership relationship in the city is essentially better
Hilton IHG Hyatt etc for their elite customers in their programs.

Considering Marriott is the largest loyalty program in the world they basically got down on their knees and kissed MGMs @s$ leaving their members with higher prices than booking through MGM and a small amount of lackluster benefits at best not even a status match.

I’ve been in these programs since the 90s and this may likely be about the worst relationship of this magnitude I’ve ever seen
regardless if one is willing to pay the tab happily or not and like the given properties
Hopefully my early overview is off.But I doubt it
Marriott failing and pathetic
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 12:34 pm
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Originally Posted by 777 global mile hound
Ive been in these programs since the 90s and this may likely be about the worst relationship of this magnitude Ive ever seen
regardless if one is willing to pay the tab happily or not and like the given properties
Hopefully my early overview is off.But I doubt it
Marriott failing and pathetic
You know, when it comes to my MGM stays, I think it's easier just to forget about the rewards stuff absent the Hyatt EQNs. Why bother, unless the reciprocal benefits are at least Bonvoy Titanium, which I don't it is or will ever be.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 1:31 pm
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Anyone able to link their Bonvoy in their MGM rewards? I can't seem to find it?

I'm not much of a status traveler but I happen to have Bonvoy Plat and move around Pearl/Gold at MGM. Basically my only status anywhere. Such a disappointment. I pay between nothing and next to nothing for rooms through MGM Gold/Pearl so I would never book through Marriott. I was at least hoping to get the elite night credit or something.

I wonder if once status' are linked, front lines might be able to offer a little better upgrade at checkin or something like that when considering all factors.

Oh Well.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 2:26 pm
  #655  
 
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So I did not link my accounts but I am Ambassador, and have been for quite some time (1000+ nights in less than 9 years which includes 2020-21). I have stayed in Vegas Marriott's including the Cosmo before the merger.

Anyway today I received a leather bound box with Ambassador embossed logo and playing cards and a heavy glass paperweight in the shape of a die. With an advertisement of benefits for the MGM partnership.




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Old Mar 1, 2024, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by CloneCones
So I did not link my accounts but I am Ambassador, and have been for quite some time (1000+ nights in less than 9 years which includes 2020-21). I have stayed in Vegas Marriott's including the Cosmo before the merger.

Anyway today I received a leather bound box with Ambassador embossed logo and playing cards and a heavy glass paperweight in the shape of a die. With an advertisement of benefits for the MGM partnership.




I got this a month ago and thought it was a stupid use of marketing money. Then it got me thinking about a trip to Las Vegas. And now Im booked. So I guess it worked, surprisingly.
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Old Mar 1, 2024, 4:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Klimo
Anyone able to link their Bonvoy in their MGM rewards? I can't seem to find it?

I'm not much of a status traveler but I happen to have Bonvoy Plat and move around Pearl/Gold at MGM. Basically my only status anywhere. Such a disappointment. I pay between nothing and next to nothing for rooms through MGM Gold/Pearl so I would never book through Marriott. I was at least hoping to get the elite night credit or something.

I wonder if once status' are linked, front lines might be able to offer a little better upgrade at checkin or something like that when considering all factors.

Oh Well.
There is no status linking to MGM for Marriott Bonvoy members.

> MGM Rewards members at higher tiers can link into Bonvoy -- and get an elevated status in Bonvoy.
> But Marriott Bonvoy members have no ability to link to a higher tier in MGM Rewards, and don't get any benefits through MGM Rewards due to having Marriott status.

Whatever your MGM Rewards status is, it shall remain. You get no bump from your Bonvoy status.

The only way for Marriott Bonvoy members to get any benefits during stays at MGM Hotels is by booking via their Bonvoy account and leveraging Bonvoy status -- which, as I posted above, appears to force you to pay outrageously high and uncompetitive room rates.

But note that only Ambassador tier members in Bonvoy get any benefits at MGM. Ambassador members get a big list of benefits when booking/staying at an MGM property. Anything below Ambassador - anything between Bonvoy dirt level and BonvoyTitanium - and you essentially get zero tier benefits when staying at MGM.

This 'partnership' appears to be a one-sided deal, at least for us as Bonvoy members.

My plan: if I go to Vegas, I won't bother with Bonvoy in any way. I'm more likely to try to bump up my MGM status -- which gives me better-than-Bonvoy room rates and better-than-Bonvoy benefits.
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 6:01 pm
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Sorry if I missed this: I just booked the Bellagio on points (for 50% less than the Comso) for some dates in July. How (as an Ambassador) do I apply for my "One Suite Upgrade per Year in Las Vegas" ? Thank you!
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 7:33 pm
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Originally Posted by lucycan
Sorry if I missed this: I just booked the Bellagio on points (for 50% less than the Comso) for some dates in July. How (as an Ambassador) do I apply for my "One Suite Upgrade per Year in Las Vegas" ? Thank you!
You have to contact your personal Ambassador.

Note that it is only good up to three nights.
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Old Mar 2, 2024, 7:38 pm
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Originally Posted by iknowthings
You have to contact your personal Ambassador.

Note that it is only good up to three nights.
We have a five night stay in June. Is it possible to do the first three nights in a suite (or last three) then change after?
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