I have written before about the points-earning Facebook app run by Le Club Accorhotels (the loyalty scheme for Ibis, Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery etc) but I thought it worth another mention.
It offers bonus points on every stay when you do a ‘virtual check-in’ via a special app during your visit.
You will need to add the Accor ‘Places’ app to your Facebook account or download a specific ‘Places’ app for your iOS or Android device. The links for the downloads are here. Note that the smartphone apps still require you to link to Facebook in order to work.
Each time you are staying at an Accor property – you cannot earn points simply by popping in – you open the Places app or Facebook and register. As long as your Le Club account shows that you are staying at the property, you will earn points, although Accor is slow at adding new hotels to the list of hotels included.
You do NOT now have to access the app whilst you are physically in the property. You can check in retrospectively for up to six months after checking out.
This is helpful for anyone who cannot access Facebook from their work IT equipment whilst travelling or who does not want to run up roaming charges on their mobile.
The different ‘badges’ that you can collect are listed in the app. This takes away some of the mystery and confusion that originally surrounded the earning process.
You start by earning 50 Le Club Accorhotels points on your first check-in and then proceed to higher bonuses based on multiple stays at different brands (or the same brand) or different countries. Three stays at the same hotel earns 300 points, for example, whilst five stays at different Accor hotels also earns 300 points.
Ensure you set the privacy settings in the app to ‘Only Me’ if you don’t want Accor to broadcast your check-in to your Facebook wall.
Accor points have a fixed value of 2 Eurocents per point. Whilst none of these will make you rich, there is enough there to justify the few seconds work required to ‘check in’. You can find out more by watching the short video 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.)