MGM MLife Program Benefit Downgrades & Resort Fee Increase to $50+ Per Night At Three Las Vegas Properties

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When looking closer at my MGM MLife account yesterday I noticed an announcement that effective October 1st 2019 several program benefits will change (read: downgraded).

Additionally, MGM will also increase the pesky resort fees at three key Las Vegas properties to $45 plus tax which ends up exceeding the $50 mark for the first time – on par with Wynn Las Vegas, The Venetian and The Palazzo.

I wouldn’t even have paid much attention to it but when I wrote about the Q3 World of Hyatt promotion yesterday that includes earning extra MLife credits on each Hyatt stay, I noticed a message in my MLife account.

It wasn’t even popping up, instead the changes are buried deep in the website.

The biggest issue here for tier members is that the hotel room discount is now a universal 10% off the Best Available Rate (BAR). Before it was always possible to book the individual M life Tier Discount and I can say that the Noir rate was often pretty solid. Now each MLife member will get a plain 10% off.

There are still individual gaming offers though with the discounts likely tied to your gaming activity:

At the moment my Gaming Offer displays the same rate as the AAA discount and the new member offer. What I did in the past is I’ve watched for special offers that include a substantial F&B credit in order to mitigate the higher rates and especially the horrible MGM resort fees.

That brings us to another infuriating announcement by MGM, namely that they will increase the resort fee at their Las Vegas properties Aria Resort & Casino, Bellagio Hotel and Casino, and Vdara to US$45 plus local tax.

In total the resort fee will new $51.04 which is an all time high. It represents a $6+ tax increase. The remaining properties won’t change their resort fee structure – for now.

“We are constantly evaluating prices to ensure they properly reflect the business landscape and the services and amenities they support,” said Brian Ahren, director of corporate media relations at MGM.

What an absolute joke of a statement. The business landscape? Wynn Las Vegas as well as The Venetian and The Palazzo started it and have gotten away with it so MGM thought they’ll jump on the bandwagon.

Keeping in mind that being a tier member with MGM M life will not get you any discount on these pesky fees, I suggest looking at a Tier Match with Caesars Rewards where the Diamond level will earn you a complete waiver for all resort fees.

Conclusion

Honestly I’m not even sure why MGM selected these three properties for the fee increase. I don’t find them particularly luxurious, at least not in comparison to Wynn and Palazzo. Gouging at it’s best!

The ever changing M life benefits which are to the detriment of the member convinced me a long time ago that I’d never actively pursue a tier level with them. The benefits are pretty much non existent even for top tiers especially compared with the competition from Caesars Rewards.

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