New Las Vegas hotels are bookable with points

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Good morning and welcome back to Daily Drop, the peanut M&M of travel newsletters. Sure, there are tons of options out there - but there’s no argument over who’s the best.

Here's what we've got for you today:

🏨 MGM hotels now bookable with Marriott points

A while back, we told you about how Marriott stole the beloved MGM partnership away from Hyatt, which was… devastating… to say the least.

As of this past weekend, a number of MGM properties in Las Vegas are now officially bookable with Marriott Bonvoy points, and there are some really interesting redemptions…

A graphic showing the logos for MGM and Marriott

First of all, the award costs for these properties vary WIDELY by property and date…

More specifically, prices range all the way from 5,000 points per night (which is insane) all the way to 150,000 points per night (which is also insane, for all the wrong reasons).

For example, you can book nights throughout the year at the Excalibur for just 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy points.

A Las Vegas MGM hotel for 5,000 Marriott points per night

And although this sounds like a pretty amazing deal, there is more than meets the eye here…

The cash cost of this room for one night is $84, including a $42 resort fee, which you still need to pay when using points.

A screenshot of the aforementioned property showing the points and resort fee for a ingle night

Therefore, these 5,000 points are only saving you $42, along with the opportunity cost of missing out on earning points and participating in promotions.

But don’t worry, kids, there are some MUCH better redemptions available in Vegas.

I ran a search for this summer and found redemptions like this one at other MGM hotels:

A screenshot f an MGM proerty that costs 22,000 Marriott points

The cash cost is a whopping $537, but only 22,000 Marriott points.

Like the Excalibur, you’ll still have to pay a resort fee at this property ($51 this time).

BUT in this case, your 22,000 points are worth $486, which means you’re getting 2.2 cents per Marriott point in value… which is AMAZING.

As I mentioned, prices can also be pretty outrageous during peak times…

An MGM Vegas proprty that costs 150,000 Marriott points per night

Overall, this is great news for you Vegas fans. 

If you plan your travels far enough in advance, your Marriott points could get you some amazing value from these new properties.

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When I tell people what I do for work, I always get the same reaction:

“Wow, you have the best job in the world! Tell me when you’re hiring, I want to do what you do!”

And to be honest, those people are right - I do have the best job in the world.

And today, I’m excited to tell you that you, too, can have a job like mine. That’s because Daily Drop is hiring another writer for our upcoming Award Drop newsletter. 🤗

Here’s what we’re looking for in a candidate:

  • The ability to find amazing award deals

  • Writing skills that allow you to condense complex information into an easily digestible newsletter

  • A working knowledge of points and miles and expertise to advise others on the subject

  • Teaching readers about why these deals are good in addition to just sharing the details of a given deal

  • A deep-rooted love of cats (just kidding, although our current writing team is all crazy cat people 🙋🏼‍♂️🤦🏻‍♀️🐱)

If this sounds like something that is up your alley, I want YOU to apply for the job and join our wonderful Daily Drop family. 👇

I look forward to seeing some of you talented people apply for the job! 😁

🤓 Travel Trivia Tuesday

Can you guess the snowiest country in the world?

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The top ten list includes places like Greenland, the U.S., Nepal, China, and more…

But the country that takes the crown as the world's snowiest spot is…

Japan! With its higher elevations, it receives a whopping 600 inches of snow each winter (mainly in January and February).

This epic snowfall is fueled by icy winds from China meeting moisture-filled air over the Sea of Japan, resulting in heavy snow, especially in mountainous regions.

A photo of Japan in the winter, covered in snow.

This isn't suuuper surprising considering Japan is a popular ski spot for travelers. Skiing hotspots like Niseko thrive in drawing thrill-seekers from far and wide. But, Japan isn't the only snow champ!

Up north, Canada (proud Canadian moment 🍁) battles for the title, enduring frigid temps and massive snow for up to eight months a year.

Even the U.S. sees its fair share of snow, with my home state of New Hampshire and others boasting some serious winter wonderlands.

So, if you're dreaming of a snowy escape, Japan might just be the spot. Read more here.

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That’s all for today, folks!! I hope you points and miles nerds apply for the job, and I look forward to welcoming one of you lucky ducks to our team.

For now, however, I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Tuesday, and I’ll see you tomorrow morning. ❤️

Mike Dodge
Head Writer, Daily Drop

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