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Mark has been a Las Vegas regular for one 2 decades and has helped many people get the most out of their Las Vegas experience.

Mask Mandate Lifted

On February 10, 2022, Governor Steve Sisolak lifted the state’s mask mandate for indoor public spaces in Nevada. Localities and businesses may continue to request mask use. However, it looks like Caesars and MGM are not requiring masks and are even marketing “mask-optional” trips.

It has been speculated that this will create a surge in visitors for this weekend’s Super Bowl events and beyond.

Mlife Extending Tier Credit Earning Period 31 days

I received an email from MGM / Mlife letting me know that they were extending the Tier Credit earning period for 2022 status by 31 days. They will count any Tier Credits earned in January 2022 towards both 2022 and 2023 status. (Quick reminder that when you earn Tier Credits, you are officially earning them towards your status for the following year).

I can understand why they wouldn’t want to simply extend your tier status for another year like they did last year, but giving me 31 more more days seems like an empty gesture. I have had minimal time in the casinos this year and have no plans to go this January. This promo certainly isn’t going to change that. If you are a few credits shy of achieving the next Mlife tier, though, I hope it helps you.

2021 Bellagio Fountain Holiday Songs Added

The Bellagio Fountain Holiday song schedule has been updated to include holiday songs. The current rotation has a holiday song as every 3rd song. It makes the times easier to predict if you don’t have the schedule handy. The holiday songs play at 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:45pm, 8:30pm, 9:15pm, 10:00pm, 10:45pm and 11:30pm during the week. They add 1:00pm and 2:30pm on holidays and weekends.

The schedule will change each week until January 3, 2022 when it reverts to the standard playlist. You can see the current schedule on my Bellagio Fountain Show Songs and Schedule 2021 page.

Cosmopolitan to be operated by MGM Resorts

The Cosmopolitan has changed hands a few times since it opened in 2010. It was one of my favorite hotels for awhile, with its focus on food and beverage and nightlife. I revisited the property this past June and was able to enjoy one of my favorite rooms again. I really do enjoy relaxing on those balconies. I was disappointed in almost everything else about the Cosmo this past trip, though. I like MGM, so I am hoping things turn around a bit.

MGM Resorts will begin operating the Cosmopolitan operations once the agreement is finalized in early 2022. That will give MGM operational control of all of the Strip-front gaming properties on the West side of the Strip from the Bellagio, South to Mandalay Bay. That is a long stretch. They will be leasing the property from a partnership that includes Blackstone. Note that MGM recently sold the Bellagio to Blackstone and is leasing the property back. Over the past few years, MGM has also sold Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Aria and Vdara to Blackstone and is leasing them back under similar agreements.

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