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Checking Back In On MyVEGAS

July 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM | by | Comments (18)

We've been hoping MGM Resorts' smash hit social media experiment, myVEGAS, might add new partners and new rewards and we've been excited to see the steady addition of new experiences.

MyVEGAS brought new rewards on board for Vdara, the non-gambling, non-smoking hotel in CityCenter. This writer was especially happy to see a spa discount offering a 80-minute service for the price of a 50-minute booking. Hopefully, this will spur similar rewards at other properties and, maybe, a complete freebie at a higher loyalty point tier in the future.

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Vegas Resorts Prepare For Overturn Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban

July 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (4)

Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.

You may have noticed an increase in the number of times we’ve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)

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MyVEGAS Success Could Reap Greater Rewards

May 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM | by | Comments (14)

As MGM Resorts and PlayStudios continue to add more games, more rewards and more players to their ever-growing, uber popular MyVEGAS Facebook game, it begs the question of what (if anything) can they not link to the game.

MyVEGAS has been steadily adding new partners. Sugar Factory, the Las Vegas Monorail, Wolfgang Puck, House of Blues and Vdara have all climbed on board. Are there others on the way? It's probably a safe bet.

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MGM Resorts And AEG Break Ground On New 20,000-Seat Arena

Where: 3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
May 1, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | Comments (3)

On a barren stretch of property tucked behind Monte Carlo and New York-New York resorts, stood luminaries of the sports world, media members and local VIPs this afternoon for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the MGM Resorts and AEG Las Vegas Arena, a 20,000-seat indoor venue scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.

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Where A Mega-Resort Once Would Have Reigned, A City Of Rock Will Arise

April 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM | by | Comments (6)

Once upon a time, MGM Resorts (or MGM MIRAGE as it was known at that time) had hoped to bring two new mega-resorts to Las Vegas. CityCenter arrived, but plans to turn a vacant plot of land next to Circus Circus (and across the Strip from what is soon-to-be SLS Las Vegas) into a second tourist destination died when the economy went south. That multi-billion dollar mega-resort was to have been a partnership with Kerzner, the company best known for its Atlantis resorts.

If everything had gone as planned, that resort would have debuted in 2012. It didn't. Fast forward seven years and that acreage is still a wasteland. But, not for much longer. MGM Resorts plans to custom build a $20 million, 33-acre "City of Rock" on the site as part of plans to host the US debut of Rock in Rio (RiR), one of the world's biggest music festivals.

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MGM Resorts, Hakkasan To Make Beautiful Hotels Together

April 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (3)

A rendering of Dubai Pearl which will feature Bellagio, MGM Grand and Skylofts hotels.

In 2007, MGM Resorts created a hospitality arm to take its most high-end/recognizable brands -- Bellagio, SKYLOFTS and MGM Grand -- and bring them to cities around the world. Now, that goal will include the Hakkasan brand, too, as the two unite to create MGM Hakkasan Hospitality.

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MGM Resorts Explains Phone Reservation Fee

April 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (10)

When booking a room over the phone with an MGM Resorts hotel, a $10 fee is now attached. A VegasChatter reader bought the charge to our attention last week. Now, we have a statement to share from MGM Resorts on why the fee was enacted:

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A Room Reservation By Phone? There's Now A $10 Fee For That

March 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM | by | Comments (12)

There are probably not that many people that reserve hotel rooms by phone, anymore. And, when it comes securing reservations in Las Vegas, there will be even less.

VegasChatter reader Ken R. informed us that a new fee has popped up on the websites for MGM Resorts' properties. It's a $10 fee for phone reservations. Instead, website visitors are urged to "avoid" it by booking online. We found the fee cited on the websites of Bellagio, MGM Grand, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, and The Mirage.

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Las Vegas Casinos To Go Dark For Earth Hour 2014

March 24, 2014 at 11:04 PM | by | Comments (7)

Las Vegas is known for 24-hour gambling, Elvis impersonators on every street corner and lots and lots of lights. The Strip features numerous marquees and bright lights that can be seen for miles. The Luxor's beam of light can even be seen from space. So, what does it take for these lights to take a break?

Earth Hour! Taking place around the world, Earth Hour draws attention to environmental issues. Created in 2007 and organized by the WWF (World Wide Fund for nature, not the fake pro wrestlers), the annual event encourages businesses and individuals to turn off non-essential lights for one hour as a commitment to the planet.

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When Pretty Please Doesn't Work, Paying Extra Will

March 20, 2014 at 1:11 PM | by | Comments (2)

An early checkout after a late night on The Strip isn’t the ideal way to conclude a trip to Las Vegas. That’s why we’re really looking forward to trying out Palms' new 24-hour checkout option. But, what if you’re staying elsewhere in Vegas? Fortunately, Palms isn’t the only place in town offering reservation options. Artisan is our favorite, as its check-in and checkout options are some of the most flexible and easy to understand. When reserving your room online, you can choose an early arrival or late checkout, or even opt for both. There’s no begging at the front desk to get in early. And, they’ve eliminated the need for those hung-over morning calls in which you plead for a couple more hours of sleep. It can all be taken care of online, even before you arrive.

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M Life And Pinnacle Entertainment’s MyChoice Announce Partnership

March 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like just yesterday that MGM Resorts and Ameristar reached a partnership which would allow Ameristar's Star Rewards to connect with MGM's M Life. That players club partnership was actually more than two years ago now. Things changed for Ameristar late last year when Pinnacle Entertainment bought the company. Instead of squashing the Star Rewards/M Life partnership, Pinnacle created a new partnership between their MyChoice players club (which is not connected with Ameristar’s Star Rewards... yet) and M Life.

This partnership will allow all Pinnacle properties across the country to connect with Las Vegas. In addition to the Ameristar casinos in seven states, you can find Pinnacle casinos everywhere from Jackpot, Nevada to St. Louis, Missouri and Cincinnati, Ohio. You can view a full list of Pinnacle casinos here.

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Ain't No Stopping M Life Now

February 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM | by | Comments (2)

M Life isn't pulling any punches in its quest to be the best players club around.

After teaming up with Hyatt, Southwest Airlines, Royal Caribbean, Avis Budget and Ameristar Casinos to offer members greater rewards, it's now bringing a new heavyweight to the game -- the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).

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