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MGM Resorts reduces military and senior discounts

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Nittany1, Aug 3, 2019.

  1. Nittany1

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    I was on the MGM website looking to book some rooms for a meeting in October.
    They have always offered a 10% discount for military , seniors , and AAA members.
    They recently took the discount for seniors and active military to 5% from 10%.

    For comparison, I checked Caesars and they offer 10% discount to military, first responders, teachers students, and government employees.
    I'm not in the military but this seems like a bad decision .
     
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  2. LVRaiders

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    MGM raised resort fees and cut discounts in the same week. Interesting...
     
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    We went over this in the staff meeting. The economy being what it is, and the amount of discretionary funds available to tourists, we see no need to offer marginal discounts. Our target demographic is the twenty-something with considerable disposable income and a pent up desire to dispose of it right here. We firmly believe our rewards programs more than balance the 'feel good' discounts we have previously touted.Next week we will delve into heretofore untapped revenue streams, most involving children and the elderly.

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    I'm a CET fan, but let's wait and see. They eventually followed MGM down the resort fee and paid parking path.
     
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    CET's upgrading military to Platinum and offering them a 10% discount: "Thank you for your service."

    MGM reducing military discount to 5%: "Thank you for your money!"
     
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  6. Paul K

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    For your convenience, of course.

    Thanks for your service, you can stay here, just don't take up space reserved for higher paying guests.
     
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    My dad and grandfather plus some of my relatives all served in the military fighting wars. My dad served in the Navy fighting on an Ammunition Ship and i proudly treasure his medals which i will keep forever, and thanks to him i was born in a Naval Hospital. He was cremated and i burried his ashes at my Mothers grave, in Vegas at Red Rock Canyon, and from sea to shining sea.

    Personally, i think all veterans who have served/are serving, should be comped each time they are in Vegas. Forget the measly 5%/10% which is embarrassing...........they fought and died for us and continue to serve, including their families, who are unsung heroes for keeping it all together once they get home.

    Vegas........show some compassion.
     
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    I understand your sentiment and also have a family history of proud servicemen and hold huge respect for them, but the number of people who have served in the military is HUGE and any business would pretty much go broke if they suddenly stopped charging all veterans.

    10% however doesn’t seem too much to ask (especially since many groups also get similar discounts) and cutting that number in half is certainly some really bad PR.

     
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    As a Vietnam Vet with some residual issues, I tend to agree with the above.

    It is very easy to say give a discount. But - keep in mind that money has to come from somewhere. Those that have OWNED a business understand this much better.
     
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    A AAA member is now worth 5% more to MGM Resorts than a veteran. Think about that for a second.
     
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    How about waiving the resort fee? Some levels of membership have no resort fees so how damaging can it be? Just have hard fast rules as to one per reservation/room and not on holidays or weekends or other days that seem inappropriate.
    And I believe they are a corporation. Huge tax discount just for being a corporation in the last tax bill.
    Seems nit-picky and being a veteran I can say this, my tip for drinks in a way is thanking them for their service. Needs to be a better way convey the appreciation felt. It’s turning into more of “Have a nice day”.
    Mini-rant over. :evillaugh:
     
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    Actually no level of Mlife membership gets you automatically waived resort fees. Caesars does this at Diamond and 7 Stars.
     
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    Don't always believe everything VitalVegas posts or at least how they spin it.

    Looking at their pics they shared, the ones listed are advanced purchase rates (with the exception of the Flexible Rate Vdara offer that doesn't state it's non-refundable.) Those discounted rates offers can be booked by anyone.
    https://vdara.mgmresorts.com/en/offers.html
    https://aria.mgmresorts.com/en/offers.html
     
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    TBH, I'm surprised they offer a senior discount at all on the Strip. Is it really an AARP discount where it is a partnership thing like with AAA?
     
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    If you ran MGM and were focused on profit, would you do this? I wouldn't.

    I think it's pretty clear what they view the discount as - a 5% discount is a PR offering so they can say that they have one.
     
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    I think I'm at the point where I'm turned off from MGM as a whole. I'll still rent a cabana or two from them but staying with them just feels like a bad decision. At least the Wynn provides an incredible atmosphere and level of service that almost makes me say "Yea okay, take your resort fees".
     
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    The thing that struck me is they always had a 10% discount for military.
    Now it's 5% so they are keeping an extra $10 on a $200/night room at any of their hotels while collecting a $39-$45/night resort fee.
    Why not go the other way and market the hell out of it saying we now offer all active military a 15% or 20% discount for the remainder of 2019.

    They could even select which hotels do offer it.
    IMO looks like another greedy cash grab to prop up the MGM 2020 program.
     
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    Vegas is a huge extortion racket.

    Good time to figure out there are gobs of great places to visit.
     
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    I was in the Navy for 20 years.

    I never expect a military discount,. It is nice when I get it but not mandatory. I did my bit and got paid for it. matter of fact, I still get paid for it every month so I am good with that.
     
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