New – 15%+ return with triple Accor points on UK Novotel, Mercure, Ibis etc stays!

Accor has launched a new ‘triple points’ promotion for stays in the UK.

Before I get to that, I want to remind you of the parallel ‘triple Avios’ programme Accor is running.  This allows you to contrast both offers.  It is one of the best hotels promotions currently available and covers all of Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Sofitel, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery and Pullman.

How ‘triple Avios’ works

First, remember that you should credit your Accor stays to Iberia Plus and not to British Airways Executive Club.

For historical reasons which predate Avios, Accor has a very generous deal with Iberia Plus.  Accor points convert at 1:1 into Iberia Plus Avios.  They only convert at 2:1 into British Airways Avios.

You should set your Accor account so that the Avios from this offer go into your Iberia Plus account.  You can then transfer them across to BA if you wish.

How to take part in ‘triple Avios’:

This is what you have to do:

Take a look at the promotion rules here

Change the settings on your Le Club AccorHotels account from earning points to earning miles

WARNING:  If you already have a pot of 3,000+ Accor points, they will be converted into Iberia miles immediately.  If you want to save your existing points for a hotel discount voucher then do NOT take part in this promotion.

Select Iberia Plus as your preferred airline – NOT British Airways!  (You will obviously have to open an Iberia Plus account at if you don’t have one.  New members of Iberia Plus must wait 90 days before they can transfer Avios across to British Airways or

Book before 12th September and stay before 12th October.  Existing bookings made before 11th July do not count and should be rebooked.

The ‘triple Avios’ is based on what you would earn as a ‘Classic’ base level member, ie 2.5 points per Euro.  This means that you would earn 7.5 Avios per €1 spent which is a very attractive rate.  Status members would earn even more.

(Note that the earning rate is lower at Ibis, Ibis Styles and Adagio.  You only earn 1 per €1.  At Adagio Access you earn 0.5 per €1.  This means that a ‘Classic’ member would be earning 3 Avios per €1.)

This deal could work out very nicely.  Let’s imagine that you are spending £500 at a Novotel for a week.  That would be €600 which would earn you 4,500 Avios.  A status member would do even better.

Full details can be found on the Accor website here.

Le Club AccorHotels triple points

Now, let’s look at the new ‘triple points’ offer

This latest promotion is for triple Accor points and NOT triple Avios.  Full details are here – YOU MUST REGISTER via the link.

It is ONLY valid for hotel stays in the UK.

The relevant dates are similar to the triple Avios promotion.  You need to book by 11th or 15th September – depending on whether you believe the website image or the terms and conditions – for stays before 15th November.  There is no minimum nights requirement.

Given the choice – and you only have a choice if you have a UK stay coming up as triple points is UK-only – I would take triple points rather than triple Avios.

Why?  Well, I think the logic is straightforward:

you can convert your points into Avios at any time, as long as you have at least 3,000.  This means that you are no worse off than taking Avios in the first place.

you have the additional option of using your points for Accor hotels vouchers at the rate of 2,000 points = €40

this offer is good for stays until 15th November whilst ‘triple Avios’ ends on 12th October

Converting your points into Accor vouchers is more valuable than using them for Avios.  At the current woeful € exchange rate, you are effectively paying 1.72p per Avios point if you take 1 Avios point instead of 2 Eurocents of hotel credit.  This is terrible value.

Remember that you will earn at least 7.5 Accor points per € spent.  This means roughly 8.7 points per £1 which is worth 17.5 Eurocents (15p) of hotel credit for every £1 you spend.  If you have Accor elite status you would earn even more.  On a pricey business trip this could be very lucrative.

The only reasons to take ‘triple Avios’ instead of ‘triple points’ would be if:

you are staying outside the UK

you will never get to 3,000 Accor points to allow you to convert to Avios and don’t want to have any ‘orphaned’ points in the Accor scheme

you can’t see yourself ever paying for an Accor stay out of your own pocket and have no use for the €40 vouchers

You can find official details on the ‘triple points’ offer here.  Registration IS required – I would do it now in case you forget.

(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.)

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  1. I will give you a good reason to take the triple avios. if you do not have status and want to chase accor status, its the fastest way to get them via points. i had to be in the UK for 6 weeks and in that time using happy monday fares and the Facebook app, i am a platinum member now. the free pint overtime you checkin is a nice bonus. if you stay in pullman, you can even ask for a cocktail. i recommend the pullman martini :)

    • …don’t understand how triple avios gets you to status faster than triple points…?

      • Yes, should make no difference with triple Avios v triple points.

        • they convert your accor points automatically into avios. you earn accor points 3 times faster. once you get 3k they transfer it to iberiaplus. you will get you base points plus your accumulated bonus points and 200% of those base points.
          60 pound stay at novotel 144 points
          points accelerator 69 points
          three times more iberia bonus 288 points
          501 points for 60 pounds stay at Novotel.

          when you accumulate 3000 its automatically transfers to iberia so if you just get 2000 and use it before they transfer they points you are safe. just don’t accumulate more than 3000.
          i have a sneaky suspicion they will give double bonus points if 2 offers are registered. i will find out tomorrow with my pullman booking in KL

          for now all accor points count towards status qualification

  2. OT but Accor: my points expire lare December courtesy of the quest competion last year , however, my last stay was 31st August 2015. Can I trust this December expiry date or should I do another hotel stay in the next few days to ensure my points will not suddenlh disappear on 1st September? I read through the old post on preventing points expiring but none of the comments say whether points expire early due to lack of a hotel stay in preceding 12 months where they have been extended by sone othef earning activity.

    • Concerto says:

      I am hoping my awful Aberdeen stay, mentioned below, will extend the validity of these points. That quiz was a stupid, badly managed gimmick.

    • Yes you can trust this december date.
      Only this year, because from next january the expiry date of your points will depend on your hotel stays.

      You may also top-up your points with a e-reward transfer…
      Or just buy one eclair au chocolat or one croissant at a Lenôtre shop in Paris in november, and your points will have a new expiry date of november 2017. Total cost 4 euros. Do present your cad for it to be swiped.

      • Thanks Bob, I will have no problem to do a hotel stay before December but didn’t want to do one before next Wednesday as I had no need for that.

  3. Concerto says:

    I really don’t like the Accor brand but work puts me into these hotels fairly often (Novotel, Adagio) and I am unable to collect a single point for me. I am told it is a “group rate” or paid by someone else, despite a relatively high rate (EUR147 in Aix-en-Provence recently). Surely I’m not alone with this problem?

    OT But I had a leisure stay at the Aberdeen Mercure Caledonian and it was AWFUL, one of my worst hotel nights for a long time. Will write a post about it on Flyertalk sometime soon.

    • 1nfrequent says:

      My work also uses Accor brand properties but I find that I do get points on Novotel and Mercure stays. I do not get points on Ibis stays.

      Our bookings are made via a corporate travel agent, which I believe are booked on a group rate. A couple of Ibis managers have told me that it’s the group rate and corporate travel agent use that prevents me from getting points on stays with their brand.

      I offer that up for what it’s worth.

    • @Concerto

      Mercure is a mixed bag some are truly awful (the one in reading city centre for example); If you need to go back to Aberdeen Ardoe House just outside Aberdeen is a much better bet. Though i also quite like the Crowne Plaza at the airport; almost brand new the car park is reasonable – and they allow multiple entry and exits without charging more.

      • Concerto says:

        Thanks. At Crowne Plaza ABZ we parked around the corner for nothing because the road behind the hotel is technically a building site. Agree the hotel is nice.

  4. Do you earn Accor points for stays where you pay, or part pay, using the Accor vouchers?

    • in past – yes , part paid by vouchers was also counting to the total spend , however didn’t check that recently

  5. Triple Avios did NOT work for me!

    So I followed instructions and had a couple stays in a Grand Mecure, which boosted my Accor points above the 3000 threshold for conversion to Iberia and the system happily did the automatic transfer. However, I only got 3000 Avios, not even giving me a bonus for my most recent stays.

    The promotion page is so badly written that it is impossible to figure out what must be done to qualify. Is it necessary to stay 3 times?

    Has anyone got this to work?

    • Hmmm. Did you set your account to auto-convert to Avios before the stay? The 3000 threshold would have had nothing to do with it as that only applies to existing points.

      • Yes, I did set my account for automatic conversion to Iberia before even booking the stays. I’m just wondering if anyone else has managed to get this to work. If so, what hoops did they have to jump through. Reading the promo page it almost suggest that you have to stay 3 times or is that a maximum of 3 times? Very confusing language.

  6. Trip points apply to base points only, so you will get around 6000 points back.

  7. Slightly OT but Accor-related. I’m trying to book a night at Ibis Styles in Zaragoza; when I’m at the payment page on the Accord website, I select the Amex card which is saved to my profile, and I get directed to a third party payment page which only accepts Visa. I haven’t seen this before when I booked with Accor (whether it’s Ibis or other brands). Anyone else had the same problem?

    • Yes. I’ve had that – there are some hotels, mostly Ibis, I believe, that don’t take Amex.

    • Phone up and book at the call centre. or get an online callback and they should accept Amex

  8. I don’t think platinum additional points are also tripled , only base point probably

  9. OverTheHorizon says:

    Well, surprise surprise, LCAH have once again failed to deliver.

    * Saw the article on HfP, immediately set my LCAH account to auto-convert to IB Avios
    * Had 2 stays, the latest of which ended 3 weeks ago, and both sets of “normal” points posted
    * Have I had my triple bonus which will post “within 10 days” of checkout ? Have I hell !!

    I sent in a missing points form and they responded asking for a PDF of the hotel invoices. But hang on, you already know the stays were legit as you’ve posted the normal points for them !!!

    Truly pathetic…I will be so glad when my Platimum membership ceases in December – it will take away the temptation to have anything further to do with LCAH…

    Having said that, I find F1, iBis, Novotel Suites and Sofitel perfectly fine, depending on context, it’s just the loyalty scheme seems to be operated by their competitors, it’s so shit…