Marriott Bonvoy members have been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to start earning and redeeming points at MGM Resorts properties. The hype around this partnership escalated when MGM Resorts made the significant move to sever its ties with Hyatt in favor of embracing a broader, more extensive collaboration with Marriott International. The possibilities seemed endless, spanning not only the realm of hotel loyalty but also branching out into online betting and hotel branding. This announcement angered Hyatt loyalists, who had previously used Vegas as an all-you-can-eat buffet of cheap elite nights.
A specific launch date remained shrouded in uncertainty. While October 1st had been casually tossed around as a potential start date, the situation took a sudden turn when MGM Resorts faced an unprecedented cyberattack last month. The fallout from this event cast doubts on the partnership’s commencement. Now, we have official word from both companies that Marriott and MGM Resorts have decided to postpone the launch to sometime in early 2024.
In a joint statement, the companies expressed their enthusiasm for the partnership and the vision they have for their collaboration. “Marriott International and MGM Resorts International are creating an extraordinary experience for our loyalty members with the introduction of MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy,” the statement read. “Our two companies are excited to deliver world-class offerings and benefits for our guests. We look forward to debuting MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy by early 2024.”
Despite the anticipation surrounding this partnership, neither company has commented on the specific reasons for the delay. However, considering the recent cyberattack on MGM Resorts, it’s not entirely surprising that the launch has been pushed back by a few months. Cybersecurity concerns are no small matter, and both companies likely want to ensure the utmost security and readiness before introducing their collaboration to the world.
As we wait for the dust to settle and the partnership to take shape, many details about the specifics of this collaboration remain to be announced. While the delay may be a tad disappointing for Marriott Bonvoy members eager to explore the offerings at MGM Resorts properties, great things are worth the wait. Let’s hope the extra time gives the companies the opportunity to refine and enhance the offerings they plan to bring to the table.