It’s almost upon us – MGM’s abhorrent decision to introduce parking charges in Las Vegas comes into effect over the next two weeks.
Parking is going to cost hotel guests $10 a day. Implementation commences on 6th June at New York-New York, Bellagio, Aria, Vdara and Monte Carlo, then spreads like the disease it is to the Excalibur, Luxor and the Circus Circus valet on the 7th June, then MGM Grand and The Mirage on the following day concluding with Mandalay Bay and the Delano on the 13th.
There is (limited) provision for locals to avoid the charge, for the time being at least. Parking will be free for 24-hour periods as long as they have a Nevada driver’s license. All that will be required is to pass the smaller of two bar codes on the back side of a license past a scanner.
MGM have announced that the company will review the position on 29th December this year. For all money that means that the concession for locals will be removed or at least watered down.
Surprisingly the handicapped and veterans will also not be entitled to free parking unless they are like other guests and qualify for free parking as an Mlife Rewards member of Pearl status or higher. You will have to be a MLife Gold card holder to avoid valet fees.
None of this directly affects me of course as I don’t keep a car in Vegas – also I’m boycotting MGM properties until they stop the squeeze on free stuff.