A resort with an awesome water park, tons of children’s activities, massive aquarium, beautiful beach, on-site restaurants, and the ability to earn and use points for the stay, what could be better?  This mythical paradise is no longer mythical as the massive Atlantis resort in the Bahamas is becoming a part of the Marriott Autograph family as of this fall.  This means you will be able to earn and redeem points to stay at the sometimes pricey resort.  It also means that those with elite status may get a little something extra…though I do mean a “little” something extra as Marriott elite status doesn’t really go very far at resort properties.

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Still, this is a pretty big development in the points world as Atlantis is such a hot destination for family travelers.  We had a wonderful visit there earlier this year, but being the points junkies that we are, we stayed on points at the adjacent Comfort Suites Paradise Island that provides complimentary access to Atlantis.  The Atlantis water park and facilities were really very, very fun for families.  I absolutely plan to return for a future visit when our daughter is old enough/brave enough/tall enough to do the “big” slides!

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The Marriott Category level for Atlantis has not yet been announced, but you can bet it will be in a high category for sure.  Some other Autograph Collection hotels are the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, the Algonquin Hotel Times Square, the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, and the Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina in the British Virgin Islands.  Those properties range from 30,000 – 45,000 points per night.  The current top tier of Marriott Rewards is Category 9 at 45,000 points per night.  I’m not sure how they will categorize the Atlantis rooms as different towers have dramatically different room qualities and types, so it would not surprise me to see various categories and rates and/or required upgrade certificates for the different towers.  Regardless of how they do it exactly, I’m pretty sure you will find Atlantis at the upper end of the award chart.

One of the more interesting things to come out of the clip of Marriott CEO, Arne Sorenson, talking about this development was when he said that Marriott is looking at places that “people aspire to redeem their points at”.  That is exactly what loyalty programs should be in my mind, and the only catch is keeping the aspirational destinations at reasonable point levels that people can actually hit.

I’ll update when I find out how many points will be required per night (or follow this Flyertalk thread), but at the very least we know that by some point this fall you should be able to earn points there.  That alone is pretty cool since I can guarantee from personal experience you will spend a pretty penny while visiting Atlantis on food – even if your stay is “free” on points!

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Beautiful Bahama beach at Atlantis

This is a great family friendly addition to the Marriott family and brings another points opportunity to the Bahamas.  While we are on the topic, the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in the Bahamas with Camp Hyatt, five pools, and a “beach sanctuary” is scheduled to open in late 2014.  The more points options the better!

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Awesome kid activities at Atlantis

Will this impact your future visits to Atlantis?!

 

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7 Responses to “Earn and Use Marriott Points to Stay at Atlantis in the Bahamas!”

  1. I’m more than a little excited. Been wanting to take my daughter here for sure. Marriott is my hotel chain of choice because of our family’s travel patterns. The addition of Ritz-Carltons a few years back really improved the value we got out of the program and this will do even more.

  2. Frank says:

    This is great news. I’ve wanted to visit Atlantis for awhile but couldn’t justify spending the money out of pocket. This is a dealbreaker for me!

  3. choi says:

    what about Atlantis Dubai, can you redeem it also ?

  4. Lisa says:

    Great news and thanks for the update! We seem to always have a “stash” of Marriott points we can’t seem to find anything to do with so this will be a good new option. Having stayed at almost all of the Marriotts in the Caribbean, this is a welcome addition to the redemption options. My kids are still pretty young (1 and 3 years) so perhaps we will check this out in a year or so when they can participate in more of the activities.

  5. KBR says:

    That is great news and it is always nice to have options. I had purchased some Chose Hotels points during the dally getaways with the intention to use them at Atlantis. With this new option it might be better to stay on property. Are there any other good properties/uses for Chose Hotels points?

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