Accor’s new ‘Secret Deals’ is a lot worse than ‘Happy Mondays’

Accor’s ‘Happy Mondays’ was the most generous UK hotel promotion available for cash stays.  Every Monday and Tuesday, it would unload unsold Novotel, Mercure, Pullman, Ibis etc rooms for the following two weekends for as little as £25.  You would occasionally even see a London-based Ibis, such as the one at Excel, for £25.

These rooms would even count as qualifying stays in Le Club AccorHotels and trigger any generous bonus promotions running at the time.

Oh well.

‘Happy Mondays’ ended two weeks ago and will not be returning.  It has been replaced by ‘Secret Deals’.

You can take a look at the first ‘Secret Deals’ selection here.

It looks rubbish.

Accor Secret Deals

It seems as if the batch of deals will be refreshed every two weeks or so – the current batch are available until today, 13th May.

You can book for any point over the next three months, which at the moment takes you up until the end of July.

The problem is that there isn’t much out there.  Take Saturday 8th July, which is a day when I need a couple of rooms in London for my brother.  All they can offer me is the Sofitel at Heathrow ($147, not sure why $) or Gatwick ($116).  No sign of any of the many, many other London hotels run by Accor.

There are only 11 towns on the dropdown list, and that includes such delightful weekend break destinations as Chesterfield, Bradford and my own home town of Rotherham.

The politest thing to say is that this is hopefully early days and that Accor will work to improve the selection of hotels.  I assume it is trying to copy Starwood’s Hot Escapes model although I have never felt that was very successful either.

You can find out more about Accor Secret Deals on their website here.

PS.  Don’t forget that you can still earn at least 7.5 Avios per €1 in the current Accor ‘Sweet Pillows’ promotion here.  There is also an interesting bonus points offer running in parallel 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.)

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  1. Managed to get up to Gold status with Accor last year (when bonuses counted towards tier status) mainly via Happy Mondays. Being an occasional London commuter, I used to make Monday my office day, travel down on Sunday afternoon in cheap day fare territory and the saving vs full fare tended to cover most of the hotel rate. My favourite pick was the Mercure London South Bank where for £60 a night, I invariably got upgraded to their roof terrace rooms on the top floor (a smokers haven!) with great views towards The Shard. On top of the free drink voucher they used to place additional welcome amenities for status members which were locally sourced. So for this hotel that tended to be from Borough Market: micro brewery ale, artisan chocolate and the likes. And the 7x bonuses given at Mercure vs Ibis which of available was only £10 less made this property a non brainer and a hidden gem in the Accor portfolio. Plus it bolstered up my IB Avios account. A real shame the offer has ended. Back to early Monday starts for me…. not so happy.

  2. Sebastian says:

    Happy Mondays was the only reason I stayed with Accor as their hotels are average and their customer service appallingly. Looks like it will be back to Hiltons for me.

  3. Sorry I might be going through a moment of dullness. How do I change my account to earning miles rather than points? Also how do I register for the Iberia tripple Avios?

    Ps I have autoconvert working if that makes any difference.
    Thanks in advance

  4. Lady London says:

    I took a look – I don’t know why they’ve bothered really.