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Back in July it was announced that the family of Atlantis resorts would become Autograph by Marriott properties- meaning you’d be able to earn points on paid stays and also redeem points for free nights. At that time I guessed they’d range from hotel category 6-8, but it looks like they’ll be 7-9).
Per Marriott’s site the partnership is now live, though you’ll have to call 1-855-696-4732 to book stays. Hopefully inventory will be loaded online soon, but I called up to see just how many points each tower would be for a random stay in March. Off the bat the phone rep told me that the Reef is not available for point redemption, but the following towers were available for a weeklong stay March 6-13:
Coral & Beach: 35,000 points a night (Category 7)
Royal Towers: (the main tower seen in most advertisements)- 40,000 points a night (Category 8)
The Cove: (the higher end, more adult focused tower)- 45,000 points a night (Category 9)
Resort Fee: There is a $20.99 resort fee per person, per day- even on point redemptions
Remember, Marriott gives the 5th night free on award stays, so a 5 night stay at the Cove would only cost 180,000 points. I’d also recommend looking into Marriott Air + Hotel awards, which I just did this May for a 7 night stay at the JW Marriott Cannes, which also got me a Southwest Airlines Companion pass. This is helpful as well since Southwest just started flying to Nassau, so doing an Air + Hotel award might make it even more useful.
Availability seemed good, though apparently New Years Eve seems to be blacked out (or sold out), but in general this is great news for those with Marriott points. However, if you have Chase points, it still may make more sense to book Atlantis hotel stays via Ultimate Rewards Travel at the rate of 1.25 cents per point than transferring at 1:1 to Marriott. For example, 45,000 Ultimate Rewards points are worth $563 when redeemed for travel and you can often find rates much lower than that, so transferring to cover nights usually doesn’t make sense unless you need to top up for an award.
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