News in brief:
Convert Qatar Qmiles INTO Le Club AccorHotels points (and then Avios?)
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.
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.
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.
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.