(EDIT – this link seems to have died overnight since I wrote the post. Apologies!)
Via Loyalty Lobby, Accor has brought back a sign-up link that gives you instant Platinum status in its loyalty programme. This will be very handy if you ever stay at a Novetel, Sofitel, M Gallery, Mercure etc.
The link is here. It does not mention Platinum status, but trust me that your account will immediately show you as Platinum.
You need to create a new account, so if you already have one you will need to abandon it and get a new one. The email address you use must be one that Accor does not already have on file.
The benefits of Platinum status can be found here (click on the Le Club Accorhotels Loyalty tab) - they are not life changing, but certainly worth having (upgrade, 5pm check-out etc). And you may be able to use your Platinum status here to get a status match with another hotel chain ….
It may also come in handy if you book one of the ‘Happy Monday’ discount rates I mentioned on Monday and which are due to run each Monday for a while.