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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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Vegas is back?

(UPDATE: Mask were required when indoors again from July 30th, 2021 – February 10, 2022. The mask mandate is no longer in effect)

Vegas is back. Kind of.

The cab driver on my way from the airport said that Vegas was back. And on the surface, that’s believable. There are a lot of people on the Strip. Shows are reopening and most restaurants and clubs are open. The airport is crowded.  That’s about as far as it goes. Even though the airport was busy, they have only 1 taxi line open and there wasn’t much of a wait when I landed.

Many restaurants have reopened, but not all of them. The ones that are open tend to require reservations. The lineup I saw waiting to get in to Catch at Aria right when they opened was comical. I considered going to the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars, but all reservations were sold out for the duration of my last trip. Late night dining options are very limited (and you can expect long lines at the ones that are). It seems like more restaurants are reopening each week, though (like Fleur at Mandalay Bay reopening July 26th).

As a general rule, masks are not required if you are vaccinated.

If everyone is being honest, it looks like over 90% of the people in Las Vegas are vaccinated. I don’t believe that, though. I did get a few looks for wearing mine. Most staff members wore masks, but not all of them. I am guessing that some vaccinated staff may not be required to wear masks. I wasn’t happy that the Cosmo room service person came right into my room without a masks, though.

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Casinos loosening restrictions in Las Vegas – and abroad

In 2020, land-based casinos all around the world were forced to shut down activities, to comply with lockdowns and social distancing measures imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19. After a few months, these venues were authorized to resume operations under severe restrictions, including limited capacity and distancing protocols. 

But now, as COVID-19 cases decline and vaccinations increase, several Las Vegas casinos are loosening these restrictions; casino floors are set to return to a 50% occupancy limit and many venues on The Strip returned to 24-hour operations.

In Canada, the Ontario provincial government allowed casinos to reopen, and gambling venues in Alberta are expected to do so by the end of March. European casinos and gambling venues also benefited from the rise in vaccinations, as countries such as Poland already restarted operations. In the United Kingdom, the largest gambling market in Europe, sports betting venues and casinos are expected to reopen in April and May, respectively.

Las Vegas

cleaning a table game

Casinos in Las Vegas had been operating at a limited 25% capacity since November, when they were allowed to increase the occupancy to 35% in February. But Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak recently signed an emergency directive loosening the state’s health restrictions, allowing casinos to increase capacity from 35% to 50%. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, this led to big crowds flooding the Las Vegas Strip and casino floors in the first weekend following the announcement.

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myVEGAS Room Rewards Availability Calendars for 2021

Although the Rewards say to “Redeem by December 5”, the current Travel Window is only through September 30, 2021.
There is generally a lot of availability between now and then. I’d expect the travel windows to extend a bit further soon.

As a general rule, Comp Room Rewards are not available for weekends, although Park MGM is showing the weekend of September 10&11 as available. The 25% and Fixed Rate discount Rewards are available for almost every day. You can usually get just as good a deal if not better simply by logging in to your Mlife account or using a readily available deal from a site like my MarksLasVegasDeals.com site.

If you have never purchased myVEGAS chips, you might not be able to see all of the comp Rewards in the app. I discuss this in my  Getting More myVEGAS Rewards post.

For additional information on redeeming the Rewards, visit my myVEGAS Reward Redemption Processes post. Also check out the 3 in 30 post and Comp Reward Limitations posts for important details. It may be helpful to read my Mlife Players Club info as well.

I have not created graphics for it yet, so here they are in text format.

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