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MGM Resorts Resort Fees Raised
I remember the pre-2008 Vegas. It was a city that was booming. Fancy hotels were being built, room rates were skyrocketing and revenue per visitor was at seemingly all time highs. There was no need for resort fees. Then of course the crash hit and no one wanted to visit. The room rates plummeted and as the economy improved people began visiting again, but they weren’t spending like they used to.
At that point Las Vegas did what it has always been good at. It figured out a way to get more money from those that who were visiting. In some ways the resort fee was a natural fit for Vegas. After all it is the town that advertises $.99 shrimp cocktails to get you into the casino so you can lose all of your money. The resort fee is no different. Advertise a cheap room rate and then slap on a huge fee at check-in.
Start Small & Grow Larger
At first the fees started small and not all hotels had them. Of course over time pretty much all properties implemented them including Caesar’s Entertainment who had famously opposed them. Back in the good old days of 2011 Caesar’s heavily advertised their no resort fee policy and even organized stunts such as having Marie Osmond and 50 showgirls march down the Strip demanding an end to the fees.
But of course evil MGM Resorts (boooooooo) got their way and finally pressured Caesar’s into implementing the fees when they realized just how much they were losing. It was a bad day for Vegas and one that I am sure we will see again when the inevitable parking charges start to cascade down the Strip now that MGM is charging.
MGM Vegas Resort Fee Increases
MGM Resorts not only spearheaded Vegas resort fees, but they have been among the most aggressive companies in increasing them. Less than 3 months ago they upped the resort fees at MGM Grand, the Mirage, Mandalay Bay and Delano to $35.84 per night including tax. Now, they have upped resort fees at a bunch of other properties.
Among the changes are:
- Aria, Vdara and Bellagio increasing to $39.20 per night including tax.
- Luxor and Excalibur increasing to $32.48 per night including tax.
- Circus Circus (yes Circus Circus) increasing to $26.88 per night including tax.
According to Vegas Tripping, here are the current fees before and after tax for all MGM Resort properties after this recent change:
- Aria, Bellagio, Vdara: $35($39.20/w tax) per night
- MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Delano, Mirage, The Signature: $32 ($35.84 w/tax) per night.
- New York New York, Monte Carlo: $30 ($33.60 w/tax) per night.
- Luxor, Excalibur: $29 ($32.48 w/tax) per night.
- Circus Circus: from $24 ($26.88 w/tax) per night.
Mlife Mattress Runs
With the Luxor and Excalibur going up in price, mattress running Mlife to get Hyatt stays will be a bit more expensive. Still, I was able to find Excalibur in December for $52 including the resort fee and Luxor for $55 including the resort fee. With the actual rates being less than the resort fee, these two properties are still the cheapest option for Hyatt stays if you can stay on those low priced dates.
With their highest end properties now basically costing $40 per night on top of the actual rate, I do wonder how much further MGM Resorts can push it. With that said, I was just looking at the Atlantis in the Bahamas yesterday and their resort fee is up to $50 per day, so I suppose there is room to go up!
What are your thoughts? Is this getting ridiculous?
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