How To Book A Free Stay At Atlantis Bahamas (No Points Required)

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Last year for spring break, we took Jack to Atlantis in the Bahamas. He had a blast and I can’t wait to bring him back sometime soon. For free.

One way to book a free stay at Atlantis is with Marriott. As a Marriott resort, you can use Marriott Bonvoy points to cover your Atlantis Bahamas stay. But there’s an even better way to book. You can book a 4 night stay at Atlantis without redeeming any points!!

There’s no timeshare presentation to attend, and you may not even need to open a new credit card.

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I’m going to go ahead and get this out of the way: I’ll be referring to this as a free trip, since the room and taxes are covered, but you will have to pay a daily resort fee. “Almost free” just doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as “free”.

How to book a free 4 night stay at the iconic Atlantis Bahamas resort

Let’s get straight to the point: you need Caesars Rewards Diamond status.

If you do not have Caesars Rewards Diamond status, I’ll explain how to get it. It’s very easy and you may already be eligible.

Caesars Rewards is the loyalty program of Caesars Entertainment. The Atlantis package is one of the benefits available to Diamond members.

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When you think of Caesars, you probably think of its namesake property in Vegas, Caesars Palace, but you can enjoy Caesars Diamond status benefits at over 40 locations around the US. If casinos are your thing, you may get even more value out of Caesars Diamond status. Other Caesars Diamond benefits include:

  • $100 Diamond Celebration dinner at Caesars owned restaurants
  • No resort fees*
  • Complementary valet and self parking
  • Priority lines at hotel check-in, restaurants, casino cages and the Caesars Rewards Center

You can view all of the Diamond benefits here.

*Caesars and Atlantis have a partnership, but Atlantis is not a Caesars property. Unfortunately, this means that the resort fee waiver does not apply for the free Atlantis stay.

Going to Dubai anytime soon?

Another free hotel stay worth mentioning was just added in 2020 for Diamond members. I wouldn’t plan a trip just to use this, but if you’re already planning a trip to/through Dubai, Caesars Diamond Rewards members can book 2 free nights at Caesars Bluewaters Dubai. Click here for more information.

How to get Caesars Rewards Diamond status

If you happen to have Caesars Diamond status already, you can skip to the “Complimentary Atlantis Bahamas package for Caesars Diamond Rewards members” section.

For everyone else, I’m going to explain how you can match your way to Caesars Diamond status. You may already be eligible.

It’s much easier than you probably think. No gambling or hotel stays required.

The easiest way to get Caesars Rewards Diamond Status is to match from Wyndham Rewards Diamond Status. If you already have Wyndham Rewards Diamond Status, skip to the “Match to Caesars Rewards Diamond” section in this post.

If you do not already have Wyndham Rewards Diamond status, you can easily get it and I’ll explain how.

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Are you already eligible for Wyndham Rewards Diamond status?

If you have a certain level of status with select hotel programs, you can match it to Wyndham Diamond status. If you don’t, no worries. I’ll explain how you can easily get the status needed to match to Wyndham Diamond.

ProgramStatus needed to match to Wyndham Diamond
Marriott Bonvoy

-Gold Elite
-Platinum Elite
-Titanium Elite
-Ambassador Elite
Hilton Honors

-Gold elite
-Diamond Elite
World of Hyatt

-Globalist
IHG Rewards Club

-Platinum Elite
-Spire Elite
Radisson Rewards

-Gold
-Platinum
Omni Select Guest

Black
Choice Privileges

-Diamond
Best Western
-Diamond Select

If you do not have a qualifying status, there are several credit cards that grant automatic hotel status. No hotel stay required.

Receive automatic status for as low as $89

The Platinum Card from American Express and The Business Platinum Card from American Express come with automatic gold status for both Marriott Bonvoy and Hilton Honors. You must link your Hilton or Marriott account to your Amex account. You can do this on the benefits page of your Amex account.

The Platinum Card from American Express

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Current offer: Earn 60,000 American Express Membership Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the first 3 months. Terms apply, learn how to apply here.

Annual fee: $550

Statement credits:  Receive up to $200 in reimbursement for airline incidentals per calendar year, receive $200 total in Uber credits annually, receive $100 reimbursement for TSA precheck or Global Entry enrollment, and 100$ total in statement credit for purchases at Saks Fifth avenue annually.

More benefits: Cardholders and two guests are granted access to the amazing Centurion lounges (where available). You’ll also get lounge access to airport lounges around the world with a Priority Pass membership.

Earn rate: If you’re a frequent flyer, this card has one of the highest earn rates on flight purchases. Earn 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly through airlines or through amextravel.com.  Earn 1 point per dollar on all other purchases.  

Some other premium cards, such as the Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant from Amex, also come with elite status that matches to Wyndham Diamond. Premium cards such as Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant and the Amex Platinum have high annual fees. If you do not have one of these already, there are cheaper ways to get a Diamond status match.

There are a few cards with lower annual fees that also give you the automatic status required to ultimately reach Caesars Diamond.

IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

IHG(Registered Trademark) Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

Current offer: 140,000 IHG points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.

The annual fee is $89.

Benefits: IHG Platinum Status, Receive up to $100 every 4 years for Global Entry or TSA Precheck application fees, free night each anniversary.

Earn rate: 10 points per dollar at IHG properties (this brings the total to 25 points per dollar because you also receive 10 for being an IHG Rewards Club member, plus an additional 5 for having Platinum status), 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, 1 point per dollar on all other purchases.

To summarize what we’re going to do here:

If you already have hotel status as indicated in chart above:

  1. Match to Wyndham Diamond
  2. Match Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Diamond
  3. Book your free Atlantis trip

OR

If you do not already have status:

  1. Open a credit card that gives you automatic status that matches to Wyndham Diamond
  2. Match that status to Wyndham Diamond
  3. Match Wyndham Diamond to Caesars Diamond
  4. Book your free Atlantis Trip
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Match to Wyndham Rewards Diamond

Once you have your qualifying hotel status, you will need to create a Wyndham Rewards account if you do not already have one.

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Next, request your Wyndham status match here.

All you have to do is upload a picture or screenshot of your Membership card that shows your full name and current status. Most programs will show your membership card in the mobile app. I used my Hilton Gold card.

In a few days you should receive confirmation of your match. I received an email within 48 hours.

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Log into your Wyndham account to confirm that you have been matched to Diamond.

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Important: You must do the next step within 90 days of being matched to Wyndham Diamond. When you match from another program Wyndham Diamond, you only have that status for 90 days (unless you complete the specified Wyndham stays required to maintain it).

Match to Caesars Rewards Diamond

You will need to create a Caesars Rewards account if you do not already have one. It’s free.

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Once you have your Wyndham Diamond status, click here to match to Caesers Rewards.

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Click “Match my Status” under “Im a Wyndham Rewards member”.

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You will be prompted to enter your Caesers login information

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Enter your Wyndham Rewards number.

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You will receive a confirmation message.

Once your Caesars status is updated to Diamond, you can call to book your Atlantis package.

Complimentary Atlantis Bahamas package for Caesars Diamond Rewards members

Note that there are different Atlantis packages if you have a higher level of Caesars status. I’m going to focus on the package that comes with the lowest Diamond tier since that’s the status you’ll get when you match from Wyndham Diamond.

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I would definitely choose the off-peak offer if possible. The Coral is nicer than The Beach. This is valid until January 31, 2021.

Peak Offer
  • Complimentary 4-night stay in The Beach, including room taxes
  • Up to 2 additional nights at a Special Casino Rate of $85 per night (Complimentary room taxes are valid only on the Complimentary room night offers. Guests are responsible for the room taxes on all paid nights)
  • $75 Free Slot Play
  • Access to Aquaventure, a one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterscape with 20 swimming areas and 11 pools

Off-Peak Offer (February, May, June, September, October & January ONLY)

  • Complimentary 4-night stay in The Coral, including room taxes
  • Up to 2 additional nights at a Special Casino Rate of $92 per night (Complimentary room taxes are valid only on the Complimentary room night offers. Guests are responsible for the room taxes on all paid nights)
  • $100 Free Slot Play
  • Access to Aquaventure, a one-of-a-kind 141-acre waterscape with 20 swimming areas and 11 pools

To book, contact Atlantis Casino VIP Services at 800-752-9711 or 954-809-2153. Specify that you are a Caesars Diamond Rewards member and you would like to book your complimentary package.

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Save even more by using miles and points to book your flights

We found a great deal on flights through JetBlue last year.

If you do not already have a Chase Sapphire Preferred card, the welcome bonus of 60,000 Ultimate Rewards points can definitely help with flights to the Bahamas!

The welcome bonus is worth at least $750 in travel, but possibly even more with Chase’s airline transfer partners.

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Current offer: Earn 60,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 in the first 3 months.

Earn 2 points per dollar on travel and dining, and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases. The annual fee is $95, but the welcome offer alone is worth a lot more than that. Also, you’ll receive a year of DashPass (normally $9.99 per month) for free.

The fine print

Overall, this is a great deal, but there are a few things you need to know. First, I’ll dissect the actual fine print from the Caesars Rewards website. Their fine print in italics, my comments in bold.

Availability

By utilizing the Atlantis partnership benefit, you acknowledge that Atlantis, Paradise Island Bahamas is not operated by Caesars Rewards and operates its own Terms and Conditions, including: Offer must be booked and travel completed by 1/31/2021. Offer is based on hotel availability, rates may vary. Offer is not available 3/6/20-3/22/20, 4/4/20-4/18/20, 7/2/20-7/5/20, 11/25/20-11/29/20 & 12/27/20-1/3/21. Additional black dates may apply. 2 Night minimum stay is required to qualify for this offer. 

This is subject to availability and not all dates are available. It helps to have some flexibility.

Resort fees/extra person fees

Customer must post a credit card at time of reservation. Airfare, meals, taxes, resort fees and gratuities are not included unless specified.  Room is based on double occupancy and is non-transferable.  Additional guests over the age of 12 will result in a $50 charge per person per night in The Beach, The Coral, The Royal and The Reef with a maximum room capacity of 4 adults and 1 child under the age of 4. The Cove additional guests 12-17 years of age will result in a $50 per person per night charge with a maximum capacity of 4 people. Additional guests 18 years of age and over will result in a $75 per person per night charge with a maximum room capacity of 4 adults.

The room rate and taxes are covered. But you do have to pay a daily resort fee and gratuity that comes to about $65-$70 per day. That means you have to pay around $260-280 for your 4 night stay.

What’s included in the resort fee: Resort Fee Inclusions: WiFi in Rooms and Hotel Lobby’s (up to 4 devices), Access to Fitness Center (2 guests per day), Two Bottled Waters Per Day, Per Room, Movie Theater Unlimited Access, Coffee and Tea In Room, Casino Lessons Daily, Shuttle between Towers.

Reduce out of pocket fees

One way to save even more money is with the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card. You can use the. purchase eraser to cover the resort fees.

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Welcome offer: Earn 50,000 Venture miles after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months. The annual fee is waived the first year.

After the first year, the annual fee is $95. You earn 2 miles per dollar on ALL purchases. You will also receive up to $100 in reimbursement for Global Entry or TSA Precheck. Not bad for a card that has no annual fee the first year!

You can use miles as a purchase eraser. To do this, you can purchase your hotel stay with your Capital One Venture card. Then you log in to your Capital One account and use your Venture miles to “erase” all or part of the travel purchase. You can redeem at a rate of 1 cent per point.

Casino Play?

Offer cannot be combined with any other Caesars Entertainment or Atlantis, Paradise Island offers. Atlantis management reserves the right to modify, change or cancel at its sole discretion. If you accept this offer and do not show any rated casino play, the Atlantis may charge you for some or all of your upfront complimentaries including rooms, food & drink, limos, etc. Any upfront complimentaries will be applied to your preferred player account. Additional complimentaries may be available once all upfront complimentaries have been earned. 

Data points suggest that required casino play isn’t enforced, however, I suggest asking for clarification about this when you book.

Cancellation policy

Guests must cancel their room 7 days or more prior to their arrival date and receive a cancellation number in order to avoid a cancellation penalty. If guest cancels their room 6 days or less prior to their arrival date, guest is subject to a cancellation charge of the first night’s room rate. Reservations that are no shows/not cancelled will result in the guest being charged for the full length of the stay booked at the nightly cancellation rate. Nightly cancellation and no show rates are The Beach/The Coral $200, The Royal $300 and The Cove/The Reef $450. 

If your plans change after booking, make sure you cancel so that you are not charged a cancellation or no show fee.

Other things to consider

Food is expensive at the resort.

Also, there is 15% gratuity added. There are other nearby restaurants, but the Bahamas is just expensive, period. There is a 12% VAT added to everything.

Suggestion: book a taxi service that will stop at a grocery store on the way to the hotel from the airport. You can stock up on snacks and liquor.

If you have Marriott status, it probably will not be recognized

While Atlantis Bahamas is a Marriott property, don’t expect any Marriott elite benefits to be honored if you book this package. To be clear, this isn’t surprising since most hotels do not honor elite benefits for bookings made through a third party.

Final thoughts

If you were already planning a trip to Atlantis, this is a no brainer. If you’re looking for a fun place to take your kids, this is definitely worth looking into.

One thing I didn’t mention but should have is that there are lots of childcare options. Jack had a blast while Ryan and I spent one morning doing the slides that he wasn’t big enough to do. During the day, they do outdoor activities. He even got to visit the animal hospital. Then one night, we went to dinner at Nobu while Jack enjoyed his evening hanging out in the kid’s club. Unfortunately, this isn’t free. But it is great to have the option.

Living his best life

There is nothing better than almost free travel. While not entirely free, this can be a great deal.

If you do not already have the status needed, you can automatically earn it if you open the right credit card.

Due to Chase’s 5/24 rule I suggest getting the IHG card if you’re still under 5/24.

IHG Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

IHG(Registered Trademark) Rewards Club Premier Credit Card

Current offer: 140,000 IHG points after spending $3,000 in the first 3 months.

The annual fee is $89.

Benefits: IHG Platinum Status, Receive up to $100 every 4 years for Global Entry or TSA Precheck application fees, free night each anniversary.

Earn rate: 10 points per dollar at IHG properties (this brings the total to 25 points per dollar because you also receive 10 for being an IHG Rewards Club member, plus an additional 5 for having Platinum status), 2 points per dollar at gas stations, grocery stores, and restaurants, 1 point per dollar on all other purchases.

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