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News in brief:

Convert Qatar Qmiles INTO Le Club AccorHotels points (and then Avios?)

Qatar Airways has become a partner of Le Club AccorHotels, the Novotel / Sofitel / Ibis / Mercure loyalty programme.

You can now convert your Accor points into Qatar Privilege Club Qmiles at the standard rate of 2:1, with a minimum transfer of 4,000 Accor points.  You can also set up your Accor account to automatically convert points from future stays.

What is interesting is that this also works the other way.  Rather like the Finnair / Accor partnership, you can convert Qmiles INTO Accor points.

The ratio is 4.5 : 1, with a minimum of 4,500 Qmiles getting you 1,000 Accor points.

An Accor point is redeemable for 2 Eurocents of free hotel room.  This means that 4,500 Qmiles gets you €20 of free stay.  This is weak at under 0.4p per mile so not hugely exciting.

It also offers a roundabout way of converting Qmiles into Avios.  Accor points convert into Iberia Plus Avios points at 1:1 (bizarre, since the conversion rate into BA is 2:1!).  This means that 4,500 Qmiles would get you 1,000 Avios in an Iberia Plus account which you could then move to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.

This is only really going to be useful if you have a small number of Qmiles you can’t otherwise spend.  It is always good to have another option to earn Avios, however.

Full details of all Accor’s airline partnerships can be found here.

Full details of the Qatar Airways conversion deal – and the detailed instructions on how to do it – are on the Qatar Airways site here.

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10,000 Flying Blue miles with one PointsHound booking

Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France programme, is offering a very generous 10,000 Flying Blue miles with your first hotel booking via PointsHound.

Full details can be found here.

Apart from being a first-time PointsHound customer there are few rules – you need to book for two or more nights and book, but not stay, before 31st December.  If you have a Flying Blue account this is well worth a look.

Remember that bookings via PointsHound are treated as non-qualifying and will NOT earn you points in any hotel loyalty programme.  You may also be denied your status benefits.

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Comments

  1. My rental went just fine, and a class higher. Will need filling up tomorrow morning with ,I guess around a pint of diesel !
    Regarding the FD Points Hound offer above, any ideas on the cheapest hotel anywhere in the world to take advantage?

  2. Scott lavallee says:

    I got this reply eventually from Qatar and it does work.

    We would like to inform you that effective 13th December 2016, you will be able to redeem your Qmiles to Le Club Accor Hotel Points.

    Please note that this Redemption is available via online channels only “Mobile App and Qmiles.com”.

    In order to redeem your Qmiles to Le Club Accor Hotel Points, you may follow the below given steps:

    1. Qatar Airways Mobile App – Android & Ios
    Click On “Privilege Club” Icon
    2. Click on “join now / login”
    3. Log In Credentials
    4. My dashboard:
    Click “redeem with partners”, click “convert qmiles”
    5. “Convert qmiles”

    · Select “accorhotels” from the partner dropdown
    · Add accorhotels loyalty membership number (16 digits)
    · 3. Select the number of blocks (qmiles can be redeemed in blocks of 4,500 that equals to 1,000 le club accorhotels points)

    Note: in a single redemption request, member can choose a maximum of 10 blocks, i.e. up to 45,000 qmiles can be redeemed for 10,000 le club accorhotels points. Member can redeem a maximum of 100,000 qmiles per calendar year.

  3. PilgrimOfScandinavia says:

    There is now a convert qmiles on my dashboard under redeem on partners. You elect no of blocks of 4500 qmiles and include your accor le club no. Generates a thank you response once submitted. Let see how long the processing is for the points to reach my accor le club account… and if the autoconvert to iberia works

  4. PlaneSimple says:

    Rob (or others), do you know if points covered from Qatar to Club Accor will count towards accor status? I lost my platinum status recently (previously via Amex) and am a few short of Gold but presumably could then transfer more to gain Platinum again if the points count towards status.

    Thanks

    • They would this year but AFAIK they will not under the new system from 1 January.

      • PlaneSimple says:

        eek, hope my redemption for a few thousand points goes through before 1st Jan – I have my doubts though as Qatar say 10 days and I think it was after 20th i applied.

        Thanks for the info – will let you know!