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The Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is set to join Marriott’s Autograph Collection in fall 2014. To expand their reach into the luxury/high-end marketplace, the Autograph Collection was launched by Marriott in 2010. Today it includes 60 unique properties around the world, including the Algonquin and Carlton hotels in New York City and Blue Moon and Turnberry Isle Resort in Miami. These hotels are often individually owned and operated while leveraging Marriott’s extensive website, booking engine, brand and loyalty program.
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The addition of Atlantis is significant because you’ll be able to earn and redeem Marriott points for stays at the mega resort, which is a big plus for anyone with Marriott and Ritz-Carlton points or Chase Ultimate Rewards (for Sapphire Preferred, Ink Bold and Ink Plus cardholders) that transfer to Marriott and Ritz-Carlton at 1:1 ratio.

They’ve yet to announce the hotel’s category and I doubt there will be one redemption level for the various towers since it’s really a collection of different resorts all on one compound with a total of 3,400 rooms. My guess is the lower end Beach Tower will be a level 6 property (30,000 points a night), mid-range towers Coral and Harbourside category 7 (35,000 points a night) and luxury towers Royal and The Cove category 8 (40,000 points a night).

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I’ve never been to Atlantis, but I’ve heard good things from friends and family members who liked the numerous activities available all in one monster location, ranging from a giant casino to 11 pools and a water park. The Cove offers an adults only environment and pool, so there seems to be something for everyone. Personally, I’m not a fan of mega resorts, but that’s probably because I don’t have a pack of children to keep occupied on my trips.

From many East coast destinations, it’s a short hop to Nassau in the Bahamas and airline ticket prices can be reasonable–especially in the off season, which adds value to this island getaway.

Have you stayed at Atlantis before? Would the ability to earn or redeem Marriott points increase the likelihood of your return?

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  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
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