MGM Resorts will be increasing resort fees at three of its Las Vegas hotels on August 1, 2019. This is a mandatory additional daily fee that a hotel charges in addition to the advertised price.
 
 
 
For example, a $200 per night room at Aria will now cost $245 per night instead of the advertised price. The fee increase is $6 per hotel.
 
 
 
Aria 
Old resort fee: $39 
New resort fee: $45 
Total new resort fee after taxes: $51.02 
 
Bellagio 
Old resort fee: $39 
New resort fee: $45 
Total new resort fee after taxes: $51.02 
 
Vdara 
Old resort fee: $39 
New resort fee: $45 
Total new resort fee after taxes: $51.02 
 
Resort fees for all other MGM Resorts Las Vegas hotels will remain the same (for now). Since we’re sharing fees, let’s take a look at the rest of the MGM Resorts Las Vegas hotels:
 
MGM Grand 
Resort fee: $37 
Total resort fee after taxes: $41.95 
 
The Signature at MGM Grand 
Resort fee: $37 
Total resort fee after taxes: $41.95 
 
Mandalay Bay 
Resort fee: $37 
Total resort fee after taxes: $41.95 
 
Delano Las Vegas 
Resort fee: $37 
Total resort fee after taxes: $41.95 
 
The Mirage 
Resort fee: $37 
Total resort fee after taxes: $41.95 
 
Park MGM 
Resort fee: $37 
Total resort fee after taxes: $41.95 
 
NoMad Las Vegas 
Resort fee: $37 
Total resort fee after taxes: $41.95 
 
New York – New York 
Resort fee: $37 
Total resort fee after taxes: $41.95 
 
Luxor 
Resort fee: $35 
Total resort fee after taxes: $39.68 
 
Excalibur 
Resort fee: $35 
Total resort fee after taxes: $39.68 
 

Who’s Paying Resort Fees

You may have noticed that Las Vegas and casino operators have been expanding and building convention facilities. The Las Vegas Convention Center is currently being expanded. Wynn Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment are building new conference centers. MGM Resorts means business and upgraded conference facilities at ARIA, MGM Grand, Park MGM and Luxor last year.
 
Leisure travelers visiting Las Vegas are impacted greatly by resort fees. However, it appears the main target of resort fees are business travelers. These visitors are less price sensitive so the fees won’t impact their travel. Even though they only accounted for about 15% of Las Vegas visitors last year they typically pay more for rooms than tourists looking for deals.
 
This isn’t to say that anyone shouldn’t be upset with the fees. It just helps to understand where the corporations are coming from. Until both tourists and business travelers stop paying the fees they will continue to increase unless the government steps in. A new lawsuit against Marriott could force hotels to change their deceptive pricing policies.
 

How To Avoid Resort Fees

If you don’t like resort fees, don’t pay them. There are a few ways to avoid paying the additional fee on hotel rooms each night.
 
If you must stay on the Vegas Strip, consider Casino Royale. The Best Western hotel doesn’t charge a resort fee. This isn’t a fancy option, but the location is great and the rooms are more affordable. These rooms are a great option if you just need a place to pass out for a couple of hours each day and shower.
 
Non-gaming hotels off the Vegas Strip are another option. Every major national hotel chain has properties in Las Vegas. Many of these hotels don’t charge additional resort or parking fees. The fees may vary, so check before booking.
 
There are a lot of guests tired of paying resort and parking fees that they’re looking at Airbnb as a new option. Bookings with Airbnb in Las Vegas have increase double figure in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal shows that Airbnb is bookings in Las Vegas are being noticed on the Vegas Strip.
 
Resort fees are waived for Caesars Rewards Diamond and Seven Stars members. There is a cost involved with reaching the higher tiers of Caesars Entertainment’s loyalty club but there’s a way to skip the line so to speak. You can purchase a Founders Card to quickly reach Diamond.
 
This isn’t free but there are plenty of perks beyond Diamond at Caesars. Depending on where you purchase the card, the price could cover two weeks of resort fees. In addition, you’ll have all the other perks from Founders. This isn’t for everyone, but it’s an option.
 

Marc

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