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What is the Free Stay At Atlantis in the Bahamas with Caesars Diamond Status?

I’ve seen many bloggers write about how you can get a free stay at Atlantis in the Bahamas if you are Caesars Rewards Diamond or above. And while I’ve seen bits and pieces of what to expect on various message boards and blog comments, I’ve yet to see a comprehensive review of the Atlantis experience when using this “comp.” So I flew down for 4 nights to find out….

For the uninitiated, Caesars Rewards is a casino chain loyalty program and Diamond is high tier status within the program, which has Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and 7 Staryou can get a free stay at Atlantis in the Bahamas if you are Caesars Rewards Diamond or above. And while I’ve seen bits and pieces of what to expect on various message boards and blog comments, I’ve yet to see a comprehensive review of the Atlantis experience when using this “comp.” So I flew down for 4 nights to find out…. levels with varying benefits.

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Why many MilesTalk readers care about this and have access to this free stay is because of the various status matches that have been able to confer Diamond status – the genesis of the Status Match Merry-Go-Round.

Wyndham Rewards has reciprocal status matching with Caesars meaning that Diamond status with Wyndham gets you Diamond status with Caesars.  And recently that has been as easy as matching many mid-tier hotel programs to Wyndham, including Hilton’s Gold level which you can get just by signing up for the Hilton Surpass credit card or the Hilton Business credit card.

But many people ask questions like “How much are the fees on top of the free nights?” and “How much will I spend on meals?” as well as “What are the rooms like?” And, of course, “Will my Marriott Elite benefits apply?

What Can You Expect with this “Free” Atlantis Bahamas Stay?

The first thing to know is that if you have Diamond via status match, you will have access to only the lowest level of redemption for Diamonds (marked as 15,000 Tier Credits on the Caesars Atlantis page).  In fact, even if you are only Caesars Platinum, you have access to this offer, however you’re limited to 3 nights in the Beach Tower.

For Diamond, even matched base level Diamond, you get 4 nights in the Beach tower at peak times, but 4 nights in the Coral off-peak (used to be the Royal). Here’s the complete details from the Caesars website:

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Base Level Diamond Offer

I’m going to focus on this tier because it’s what people that matched to Diamond are eligible for.

Booking the Stay

To book, you’ll call 1-800-752-9711. Note that not all days will be available. When I called mid-December, I was told Dec 18th-22nd were available and then not anything until late January. Be prepared to be flexible. State clearly that you are calling to book a Caesars Diamond (or your level) complimentary package.

Peak vs Off Peak Dates at Atlantis

Off Peak months are May, June, September, October, January and February. Additional Peak days may occur during these months. 

If at all possible, you want to book off-peak. October or January would be my picks…. February can be chilly.

Why? Because the Coral Tower, is much better, though not nearly as good as the Royal that you used to get off-peak.

The Beach Tower, in which I stayed, turned out to be the forgotten stepchild of Atlantis. While due for a refresh in 2019, let me share what you are in for when you stay at the Beach Tower:

  • You are a 10 minute walk (at a reasonable NYC pace) from the action of the Marina or the Casino. Even farther from the waterpark or spa.
  • The Beach Tower is old and, I’m not exaggerating, a bit decrepit. The idea is that you’re headed to the beach and you know this is the lowest level accommodation at Atlantis, but so much was falling apart. In fact, in our initial room (we had to move) the balcony door couldn’t be opened and we discovered the lock to the entire room was faulty (no key card needed to enter!).
  • The decor reminds you how old the building is. To make things worse, they have literally closed road access to the Beach Tower. So while it’s removed from everything else and contains a check-in area and driveway, the check-in area doesn’t function and the driveway is blocked. It adds an extra “haunted” vibe to the stay -as if you are staying in a closed down hotel.
  • There is ONE outlet in the room. It’s not by the bed. I got into the ritual of charging my laptop while I was out so I could put that on my nightstand to charge my phone overnight.
  • As you can see, the room by itself just looks “fine” but in context of the things broken in the rooms and building (in our second room, the lights didn’t work until we got maintenance in and the Wi-Fi was incredibly slow, one of three elevators was usually out of service, etc) it made it less tolerable and a bit of an intrusion, if you will, on the relaxation aspect.
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And here are some supporting pictures of the Beach Tower:

Atlantis Beach Tower Lobby
Atlantis Beach Tower Lobby 0 Front Desk is just for the Concierge now
Abandoned Atlantis Beach Tower Driveway
Beach Tower Elevators – They look like service elevators

Now, it’s not all bad. We did have an *incredible* view:

And as we were told, if you are staying IN the Royal Tower, you can’t SEE the Royal Tower from your room. True enough….

No matter which tower you are in, you do have included and unlimited access to the Aquaventure Waterpark. Bear in mind that if you want a locker while at Aquaventure, it runs $17 and up.

Now that I’ve made it clear what you are getting with the Beach Tower as compared to the Coral (old tower but somewhat renovated and with outlets by the bed) or the Royal (newer tower, though not recently renovated), let’s talk about some of the other questions everyone asks.

If you are on the Caesars Diamond Casino rate, what is the “real” cost of the room?

The total cost per night will be $66. That is the resort fee of 55.94 + a $10 gratuity. The resort fee includes wifi for four computers, 2 waters per day, towels, local phone calls, etc. Is it egregious at $65 per day? Yes. So just think of it like a $66 per day room.

I’m Marriott Bonvoy Platinum / Titanium / Ambassador: Will I get upgraded? Will I get points? Will I get on-property benefits?

Great question and, as Titanium I can tell you – somewhat! You will get a Welcome Amenity of a beverage (wine split, etc) and a snack (cheese and crackers is what we took). I believe 1,000 points was an option instead of the snacks.  You won’t be upgraded as far as I could make out (and we weren’t) but they did check us in early and implied that was a favor based on my status. As for late check out, that is subject to availability.  I think you are supposed to ask the night before or the morning of, but after we had several service failures, we were granted a late checkout in advance.

Free breakfast is not an included benefit. Marriott grants the Atlantis an exemption from the on-property breakfast benefit. Suffice it to say, there is no executive lounge.

Will I earn Marriott Bonvoy points from the stay?

I made sure they had my Marriott number again at checkout. The points did not post automatically as I suspected they might not, but I submitted a missing stay request online 2 weeks later and I was credited a few days later.

Update Oct 30, 2019: Marriott has changed their T&Cs. The Reef and Beach rooms are no longer considered participating properties. This means that only “Off Peak” stays at the Coral will count now; not the standard Beach rooms (unless you get lucky).

How much will food cost me at Atlantis Bahamas?

The answer is ALL OF YOUR MONEY.

Seriously, it’s really expensive. A breakfast sandwich at Starbucks was about $10. A slice of pizza at the slice joint at the Marina was $7 (even a cheese slice).  The buffet in the Royal Tower was around $45 at lunch and $70 at dinner.  Then there are name brand restaurants you’l recognize from the States. Carmines, Virgils BBQ, Nobu, and Todd English’s Olives – to name a few.  We ate at the latter 3 of those and only Nobu was up to snuff quality-wise.

All food is base cost + 12% VAT + 15% auto gratuity. The $7 pizza slice is $8.89 all-in.

Think about what you’d be paying in a high end NYC restaurant (but for average food) or, perhaps more appropriately, what you’d pay at an island at an exclusive resort in the Maldives.  Beers around $10 and drinks around $12-$20. Entrees were all over the map. You could manage a burger or a flatbread for a hair under $20. From there it was + + +.

We were going to have dinner at Virgil’s but switched to lunch after I got a gander at the dinner menu prices (not shown online). You’ll see below why lunch is the move there…

Pro Tip About Food Just Outside the Atlantis Resort

Just outside the resort, off the Marina, is a Dunkin’ Donuts (with normal prices) and a restaurant with normal prices – standard fare like chicken and ribs and burgers. We didn’t eat there, but would have if we discovered it sooner.

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You can also take a ferry for $16 round trip to “town” though I’ve been there before and it’s basically “any cruise port tourist area.”  If you really want to be adventurous, you could use TripAdvisor to find a truly local restaurant in Nassau where prices will be cheap, but the cab fare will make up for much of that.

Service at the Atlantis Resort

You might be a bit shocked at how bad the service is at the restaurants….  The tip of 15% is automatically added to all bills (including that $7 pizza slice) and across the board, we generally felt the servers were interested in anything but our meals.

In general, expect “standard island” service. This is not the Four Seasons…

The Casino Experience Pass

[NOTE: As of January 2019, the Casino Experience Pass is no longer offered.]

You will still get $75 – $100 (peak / off-peak) in slot dollars and access to Aquaventure, but the rest that I’ve crossed out below is no longer part of the package.

This will get you $100 in free slot play (no need to do anything for it – just spend it). Though, no, you can’t just cash it out. You’ll have to play something. You can keep your winnings.

You also get:

  • 1 Round of golf (worth around $250 – you’ll need to bring your own clubs or rent for ~$70 – Hat Tip to Ryan in the comments for that info)
  • 1 Shallow Dolphin Experience (worth around $150)
  • One sushi / sake sampler for 2 at Nobu (~40)
  • Two cocktails at Olives ($30-40)
  • Two cocktails at Seafire Steakhouse ($30-40)

For the golf and dolphin experience, simply bear in mind only one per room. No other catch. Note that for the dolphin experience, if you have a companion, they cannot get to the beach to watch you unless they pay a fee. They’d have to wait in a waiting area a bit far from the action to take pictures. Our Dolphin Cay check-in agent was kind enough to waive that fee for me. And those pictures, even n your cell phone, save a boatload compared to the official photo packages.

And the free cocktails (and sushi at Nobu) are really complimentary. They cover tax and tip and if you order more, they will give you two checks to keep the accounting straight. If you preferred wine to a cocktail, that was no issue as long as you kept to a glass under around $20. They’ll advise you.

Be sure to save those receipts and check your final bill though – two of the three cocktail freebies wound up on the final bill, though they were quickly removed.

 

Electricity in the Bahamas

The outlets in Atlantis are US 110 Volt ones, so no adapters are needed.

Currency in the Bahamas

There is a Bahamian Dollar that is pegged 1 to 1 to the US dollar. Everyone and everywhere at Atlantic accepts and gives change in US dollars. I did note on checkout though that the bill is charged in Bahamian Dollars, so be sure to use a card with no foreign transaction fees like the Chase Sapphire Reserve or the Chase Sapphire Preferred.

The only time you ever *might* get back a Bahamian dollar as change is if you went somewhere really local off the beaten path.

Weather in the Bahamas

Generally around 70-80 degrees F year round, but in mid-winter it can occasionally be upper 60s, low 70s. I find that the shoulder seasons are generally be fine, but early February, for example, may not be as warm as expected.

Taxis to and from Atlantis

From the airport in Nassau (NAS), it’s about a 30-40 minute ride. If you are staying at the Beach Tower you will be dropped off at the Coral Tower to check-in. And then, yes, it’s a hike to your room.

The taxi charge is complex and most drivers seem to try to rip you off. The fee should be $41 from NAS to Atlantis for two passengers with one normal bag and one personal item sized bag each. That is $38 for the base fare + $1 for the toll on the bridge to Atlantis + a $2 airport fee. Before entering a taxi, get the info sheet from the attendant that goes over this so you have it for reference. Additional people or bags will add to the fare.

We had two small suitcases and one personal bag and when we arrived he tried to charge $4 extra for the bags. Now, a 15% tip for cabbies is customary, so I was going to give him $48 anyway and he could consider it fees or tip – I didn’t care.  But I do know from others that it’s common for the taxi drivers to pull this so be aware. On the trip back, it should be just $38 as there is no bridge toll on the way back nor airport fee. Additional bags or passengers over 2 will still be extra.

I ran into JT Genter from TPG at Atlantis and he had a similar taxi experience.

Tipping at Atlantis

When you drink or dine on property, 15% is included on all bills. This is the expected amount. Yes, there is a line for additional tips, however nobody seemed to expect it and given the level of service, I doubt you’ll feel inclined to add more, but of course that is at your discretion. Island-wide, 15% tips are the expectation. Of course, if someone helps with your bag or with beach chairs, etc, a few bucks is always welcome.

You’d tip in US dollars. No need whatsoever to ever get any Bahamian dollars.

Customs in the Bahamas

Bear in mind the Bahamas is not part of the US! It’s an independent country and you will pass through customs on entry. On the way back to the US, you will pre-clear customs in Nassau.

Priority Pass Lounge at Nassau Airport on Departure

Not remotely worth arriving early for. Not super comfortable and rather than having food and drinks out, you get a $20 credit per person (including VAT and 10% tip) to use on food and drink. They were done with food for the day by 5pm, though, so it was drinks and cookies for us.

Cell Service and Wi-Fi at Atlantis

If you have T-Mobile like me with their unlimited international roaming, you’ll get signal on their BTC network. I initially was having issues, but I manually selected the network and then it stuck. Note that it was 3G speed and very slow, so I connected to the hotel Wi-fi whenever possible. The Wi-Fi, while free, varied greatly in speed from perfect to a crawl. And they don’t have it setup to flawlessly transfer you from connection point to connection point, so you often have to reconnect if you’ve moved around.

Don’t forget to explore Atlantis!

Additional Note:

As of January 2019, those booking this offer are being told:

“If you redeem this complimentary offer you are expected to play to the same level of casino play or greater. If you do not play or show reduced casino play you may be charged for some or all of your upfront complimentaries including rooms, food & beverage, limos, etc. If you need additional clarification, please contact Casino VIP Services or your Player Development Executive.

Customers receiving room reservations at a special casino rate must record 4 hours of rated play over the duration of their stay. If 4 hours of play is not generated, the special casino rate will be changed to the Casino promotional rate. The nightly promotional rates are: The Beach/The Coral $200, The Royal $300 and The Cove/The Reef $450. Additional room taxes and fees apply.”

My understanding is that this is because they have received an unintended number of people from Caesars who aren’t gambling and that isn’t their intent of the offer. I would expect the above to be truly stated and you should be prepared to put in 4 hours at the casino.

If you have been in 2019 and beyond and can speak from personal experience, please share in the comments.

Summary

Despite what seems like a lot of dissatisfaction in my post, we had a great time. Yes, the building being run down and far from the action took away from it, as did the food prices and service.  All in all, for 4 nights we spent about $1,000 on-property (for two people).

We didn’t go out of our way to save every dollar, but we did actively try to keep costs reasonable. That includes the $65 a night resort fee, food, and two massages at the Mandara spa ($100 + tax each for 50 minutes was surprisingly reasonable there). We didn’t do any other activities.

All in all, though, Atlantis really is a great place to get away from winter weather and this deal did save us $880 off of what the rate would have been for the same room online ($220 / night avg rate).

You have the beach, lots of pools, the waterpark, the casino, and the relaxation of an island. Atlantis is beautiful.

And at $65 a night, with the right expectations going in, you’ll have a fantastic time.

If you have any questions at all, ask me in the comments, on Twitter, or in the private MilesTalk Facebook group.

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  1. Great information! This pretty much matched my experience pretty well. Food is expensive – so pack snacks if you can to supplement. For free play, I believe you have to “cycle” through the entire $100 free play to make it “real play”. and then you can cash out. Jacks or Better has some of the best Video Poker odds for that. Also, they have little competitions throughout the day that are pretty easy to win! You can play it once per week (I think their week resets Sunday or Monday), so I was able to play twice and win an additional $150. Not bad. Also Marriot Status is hit or miss depending on who you get. I’m not sure the official policy, since you’re marked as a “casino” stay, one front desk agent said I wasn’t eligible for benefits – I went down the next day and asked again and they said they’d send up a cheese plate. Couple things to note here, Dave: You wrote that it’s four nights in the Coral (off-peak), it’s actually The Royal. Also, there is a minor catch to the round of golf: No clubs included, and I believe they are $70 to rent. So it makes it a $70 round of golf unless you bring your own.

    • Thanks Ryan – Updated the golf info with a HT to you. And thanks – I’d mistyped Coral vs/ Royal in a few places and thought I caught them all…. I found the one you spotted and corrected. We kept talking about the Coral when were there since they are connected and it got stuck in my head 🙂

  2. I’ve been there 3 times in 2 years. Me and my wife are both Diamond so we did 4 and 4 nights back to back. We’ve stayed in the Beach, Garden, and renovated Coral Tower. The Beach Tower is very much run down. It has musty smell and the rooms are whatever. We DID enjoy our balcony though and had that exact same view.
    The new Coral Tower rooms are faaaaantastic and they have a large balcony. They were still renovating the 2nd building (the one with the library) when we were there.
    The shuttle to the Beach Tower was still operational when we stayed. I’m curious as to why they closed it off. The walk from Beach to Coral really sucks.

    For food, we stuck with the burger spot (I heard it used to be Johnny Rockets), Dunkin Donuts, and poolside eateries.
    When we brought our kids for the shallow water dolphin experience, they had no problem allowing us to be on the “beach”. I filmed with my Yi Action cam on a stick. Note: they don’t allow filming IN the water by participants.
    We went to the comedy club once and it was….ok. The host was better than the other comedians.

    Coral Tower has a new pool and although they shut down the pools pretty early, they had kids movies on an outdoor screen at night there. Note: they shut down the pools but you can go back in but you are on your own.

    Foods deals can be had at the poolside eateries. Closer to the Cove there are better choices. Also, the delicatessen has some good deals but you have to pay attention to what you’re ordering. The pizza spot next door is ridiculously high. I want to say they have 21″ pizza (huge) but they run about $35.

    We ordered delivery from Dominoes and it was actually normal prices.

    The food overall is way too high. The Dunkin Donuts just off the reservation is even higher than “normal” and the restaurant next door to it was high enough that we didn’t eat there. We did eat at Fish Fry (Arawack Cay) and they were decent and high depending on the place. Twin Brothers is good but expensive. We did the daring thing and walked back from there.

    Transportation should be arranged ahead of time through Atlantis and they bus you in. We forgot to this in time our first time there and ended up paying $60 one way in a Lincoln Town Car. Otherwise, I think it was $30 rt. Big difference.

    I think Baha Mar may steal Atlantis thunder soon. It’s muuuuuch closer.

  3. I was there in May and did the three nights in the beach tower and agree with your assessment of the condition of the building. One food tip I would add is the Double Dragon Chinese restaurant. They deliver and their portions are huge. If your are staying the beach tower they will drive up to the closed road. Drivers only take cash.

  4. NFD: Unfortunately, it definitely is not 🙁 You are thinking about at Caesars Entertainment properties (where it is waived). But at Atlantis, which is not owned by CET, resort fees are not waived.

  5. Atlantis offers two meal plans for Breakfast and Dinner the nicer more gourmet one runs about $130 per day plus VAT and gratuity
    I think it is well worth it if you like to eat at the nicer restaurants (Nobu was not included) but many including Virgils were.
    THey have a lesser meal plan for the Pizza and burger places as well I think it ran something like $85 a day plus VAT & Gratuity
    They may offer a childs rate for the meal plans we do not have anyone in our family under 25 so it may be good to ask if traveling with younger children.

  6. I called today to make a booking inquiry. I just got status matched to Wyndham Diamond but when does it make most sense to status match to Total Rewards?

    THE AGENT ON THE PHONE TOLD ME THAT JANUARY IS NO LONGER CONSIDERED OFF PEAK – IS THIS CORRECT?

    • Hmm. The website still says January is off peak. You never know but I would try another agent.

      It makes the most sense to match Feb 1 as that is the start of the TR program year.

  7. beach tower sucks. Run down and too far from the action. We tried to get room service and were told “no room service in the beach tower.” Atlantis frequently has promotions (for example $300 resort credit with 3 night stay) which you can’t combine with the caesars benefit.

  8. Just booked my trip for the end of May so I appreciate the info Unfortunately it looks like they did away with the casino experience pass this year, only get the $100 free slot play

    • What do you need confirmed? Feel free to join/post on the MilesTalk Facebook group for lots of quick feedback to whatever questions you have.

      • Sorry…the comment Steve made that the casino experience extras were no longer being included…Dolphin Experience, Golf, Sushi Sampler, couple of free drinks

  9. I just booked a Total Rewards Diamond status Atlantis trip. I got my TR Diamond status through a match with Wyndham. When I made my reservation, the terms and conditions state this:

    “If you redeem this complimentary offer you are expected to play to the same level of casino play or greater. If you do not play or show reduced casino play you may be charged for some or all of your upfront complimentaries including rooms, food & beverage, limos, etc. If you need additional clarification, please contact Casino VIP Services or your Player Development Executive.

    Customers receiving room reservations at a special casino rate must record 4 hours of rated play over the duration of their stay. If 4 hours of play is not generated, the special casino rate will be changed to the Casino promotional rate. The nightly promotional rates are: The Beach/The Coral $200, The Royal $300 and The Cove/The Reef $450. Additional room taxes and fees apply.”

    I don’t have much gambling experience at Caesars, so not sure how they will measure this. Any ideas?

  10. Daniel: This does seem to be a new term in 2019. They have indicated that it was always intended to be for actual gamblers. So I would plan to play slots or tables for a combined 4 hours over the course of your stay.

    If anyone else has REAL experience from 2019 onwards, please share.

  11. Anyone know if we’re allowed to book this for someone else? I have the package but can’t use it? Can I book it for my parents for example?

  12. My Ceasers diamond status expires in Jan 2020, can I make a booking for Feb/March 2020 or should I make bookings prior to my status expriation?

  13. You cannot. You will need to rematch next year to book that. Each year, you can only book until Jan 31 of the following year.

  14. Hi! This is GREAT info! Does anyone know how long the Caesars match (from Wyndham) will last? Is it also the same three months?

  15. Anyone have experience with going with a group of 4 people but only put 2 on the reservation? I’m assuming the “free” room is only for 2 people and they probably charge an astronomical fee for added people. Any wristbands? Are they strict when enforcing this?

  16. I am booked at the baha mar from using Hyatt points but wanted to spend a day at the water park at Atlantis. A day pass is outrageous and would gladly pay $60 something for one night. Can you book just one night on the diamond offer? Even 2 nights would be cheaper than the cost of one pass.

  17. You can book 1 night no problem, but keep in mind the resort fee is $66 per night. Subject to availability. You’ll have to call to see.

  18. Hi, @Iris, Unfortunately not. Atlantis is not a Caesar’s property and has no affiliation other than a marketing agreement between Caesar’s Rewards and the Atlantis casino. That’s also why you have to pay resort fees here.

  19. My wife and I were there a couple of weeks ago on my complimentary trip. We are returning in January with the kids to use hers, and this first trip was extremely helpful as we plan our next trip.

    Prior to this trip I hadn’t spent a dime in a casino, so this was a big concern for us as well. We asked at Casino Services when we arrived and were given a players card that had our $100 in complimentary slot play. We made sure to ask what was required and were told that we just needed to play for four hours. They track this by your players card. The lady at the desk said that as long as your card is in the machine and you are actively playing, your time is being counted. If you decide to play table games, just hand your card to the dealer. However, the $100 is for free slot play, not table games, so if you decide to play those, you’ll need to put up your own money.

    We were given two players cards, one for me and one for my wife. We asked if we played simultaneously, would that eliminate the required playing time quicker? The answer was that we could play at the same time, but her playing would not count towards the four hours.

    Like I said before, we are not gamblers, so we slow-played the free $100 and were able to make that last. We found the penny slots with a 25-cent minimum bet to be the lowest amount you could possibly bet. We would wager $2 at a time and spin every 45-60 seconds or so. We had about $20 remaining after about 5 hours of play, so we decided to play the 50-cent minimum bets until our comped money ran out.

    I checked today and it’s been 1 1/2 weeks since the trip and I haven’t seen any extra charges on my credit card. I will be sure to update this if that changes.

    A couple of tips: Always cash out after winning, even if it’s only something small like 2 cents. Otherwise your winnings get credited towards your bets and you end up playing them. We ended up coming away with a little more than $90.

    Also, Take advantage of the free drinks while playing. They are smaller, but it’s definitely better than overpaying for drinks from any of the bars.

  20. Thanks so much for the great info. I just became Diamond today & had been wondering about the Atlantis deal.
    I never cared much for the Bahamas to begin with. I was there many ago & found it to be seedy. Growing up in New York, Nassau-Paradise island had a cheap low budget reputation among the islands.
    However there are trade offs in life therefore ‘IF’ there were no resort fees, the food quality & price was better, the island was safer to venture away & additional Total reward perks were thrown in..well then it possibly would be worth the time effort and airfare. Sounds like a bad deal. I’d prefer the Dubai deal if the airfare wasn’t $1800+. ea way from San Diego. Thanks again for such a clear detailed article.

  21. @Jerry: Thanks for the comment. It is definitely either a great deal or not such a great deal depending on your viewpoint (and I’d add if you go during their off peak time when you get a room in a much better tower), but I think it’s important to consider that paying under $70 a night for these rooms is a steal when you consider that any other customer there is paying full price PLUS still getting gouged on everything. For us (also in NY) it’s a deal worth doing each year just to get a nice beach vacation for not much more than the flights. It’s hard not to get ripped off for food every day of the week in NYC anyway 😉

  22. Dave, you make complete sense. For me I’m thinking the flight time, changing planes etc. From NY or east coast I can see how it may be worth it 🙂

    • Hi @croc. Thanks for stopping by! You won’t be able to add when booking. You can add at checkin but only in an eligible tower. The beach tower USED TO be included but no more. From the latest Marriott Bonvoy T&Cs: Points or Miles may be earned and Points may be redeemed for stays at The Coral at Atlantis; The Royal at Atlantis; and The Cove at Atlantis. PS: You’ll probably still need to submit the folio later for credit but it will be eligible if in one of these towers.

  23. Update on this: was able to add my number on check in, and got upgraded! (she said “out of the kindness of her heart” but it was also right after she pulled up my Marriott account).

    One thing I haven’t been able to find around the internet…do you know how this codes on a credit card? I’m trying to decide if I should use my Marriott card (if it codes as Marriott), or my Citi Prestige (if it codes as a generic hotel). I’m also debating doing food and beverages as room charges or credit card charges (if they ring up as food, that could be 5x on Prestige)

  24. I tried looking back to what I did last December but my Amex statements don’t go back that far. My hunch is that you could put it on the Bonvoy card and have Amex manually credit the difference if it didn’t work automatically. They are able to look it up and see it’s Bonvoy. PS: Yes, that is exactly how my experience went. They gave us a little welcome amenity and a nice view as well as a late checkout. That was the extent of the benefits but better than nothing!

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