Accor hotels, which owns Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman etc, has launched a new, generous, promotion.
Given the generally weak offers launched by Carlson, Hilton, IHG and Starwood for Q2, this is worth a look. The only snag is that you need to book your stays before 31st May.
You will earn €120 of Accor hotel vouchers or 6,000 Avios (or other airline miles) if you complete three stays of 2+ nights at Accor properties before August 31st. Even super-cheap weekend rooms booked under the ‘Happy Mondays’ offer will count!
You MUST register for this promotion at this website.
Existing bookings made before yesterday do NOT count. ‘Points and Cash’ bookings do NOT count.
The bonus is dropped into your account in the form of 6,000 Le Club AccorHotels points. Your first stay comes with 500 bonus points, your second comes with 2,500 points and your third 3,000 points.
This means that two things happen which are not explained on the promotional website:
If you reach 10,000 points (from a combination of the bonus and the base points from your stay) you will be given Gold status in the Le Club Accorhotels programme. This page on the Accor website shows you the points you need for each tier and the benefits received.
Instead of taking the €120 of vouchers, you can convert your 6,000 bonus points (plus base points) into airline miles. For the main programmes I write about, the conversion rates are:
Flying Blue 2:1
Avios.com or BA: 2:1
Iberia Avios: 1:1 (so don’t convert to BA!)
Miles & More: 2:1
By converting to Avios in the Iberia programme, you are effectively ‘paying’ 2 Eurocents per Avios compared to taking the Accor hotel vouchers. The hotel vouchers are therefore a better deal unless you have no plans to use them. In all of the other airline schemes you are paying 4 Eurocents per mile which is very poor.
Remember that each stay must be for at least two nights and you need to book by 31st May, even though you don’t need to complete your stays until 31st August.
You can find full details of the offer, and the link to register, on the Accor website here.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)