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Generous Mercure promotion – get 40% off plus a £40 voucher or 2,300 bonus Avios

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Mercure, one of the Le Club Accorhotels brands, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.

As part of this promotion, they are offering discounts of up to 40% PLUS either a £40 Accor voucher or 2,300 bonus Avios when you stay with them this Summer.

Here is how it works:

You need to book at a participating Mercure hotel between 22nd June and 18th August, for stays from 12th July to 8th September

There is no promotional code for Mercure – this special package will show automatically when you try to book if it is available

You will earn 2,300 Le Club Accorhotels bonus points for a stay in the UK and 2,000 Le Club Accorhotels bonus points for a stay elsewhere

You will need to be a Le Club Accorhotels member first. There is often a promotion going on which enable you to join immediately at the elite Platinum level – this Flyertalk thread will tell you if there is one at present.

You have two choices as to how you take the bonus.

The 2,300 bonus points from a UK stay gets you a £40 voucher towards a future stay at any Accor Group property, including Novotel, Sofitel etc. The 2,000 bonus points from a European stay gets you a €40 voucher.

If you prefer to take Avios or other airline miles, you should set up your account to automatically send your points to your airline account. If you don’t do this you will be in trouble, because the minimum transfer if you do NOT have automatic transfer is 4,000 points and you won’t get to 4,000 points on one stay unless it is an expensive one.

You should set up your Accor account to transfer to Iberia Plus and NOT to British Airways.

The conversion rate from Accor to Iberia Plus Avios is 1:1. Your 2,300 bonus points will therefore get you 2,300 Avios points, plus the base points you would earn from the stay anyway.

(The conversion rate to BA Avios is, oddly, 2:1 – see here. This means you would only get 1,150 Avios as a bonus. So, send them to Iberia Plus and then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across.)

You will probably pay around £80 for a UK Mercure property outside London at the weekend, so a £40 rebate (if you take the voucher) is not a bad deal – and neither is 2,300 bonus Avios.

Accor Live Limitless update – December 2023:

Earn bonus Accor points: Accor is not currently running a global promotion

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Comments (23)

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  • Simon says:

    Interesting. So where is the absolute cheapest Mercure property located?
    Some of the rates aren’t that great, compared to other sales. For example, Warwick is £55.30 on the 30-day advance rate, £81 on the ‘40%’ off rate.

    • sandgrounder says:

      I’ve seen one in Bolton for £42 in this promo. Free night in Bolton anyone? Anyone?

      • trickster says:

        Might be useful for the Cbeebies Mr Bloom event for anyone with young children (if available that weekend)!

    • sandgrounder says:

      I’ve seen one in Bolton for £42 in this promo. Free night in Bolton anyone? Anyone? :—)

    • Jamie says:

      I need to be inbolton one night this summer. Might try and take advantage of this deal

  • Brian says:

    Hi Raffles,

    Is the title of your post correct, or shouldn’t that be ‘2,300 bonus Accor points’??

  • Brian says:

    Oh, sorry – didn’t read as far as the bit about Iberia – I just saw your first bit mentioning the 1,150 Avios…

    • Rob says:

      Sorry, I have updated it to 2,300 as you can get that via Iberia

  • Volker says:

    What would I do without you, Raffles? Thanks a million.

  • Volker says:

    NOTHING beats this fantastic blog.

  • RAPC says:

    Ignore Bolton and head a few miles away to Wigan. That is £38.50 for a night on this promo at the Mercure Wigan Oak.

    • Rob says:

      If it’s still on when the football season starts, we may know a taker for that one!

  • Blenz101 says:

    Are you sure that just by selecting autoconvert you can get the Avios, my account has often ended up with rogue points when I don’t have a lot of stays planned.

    In my account the wording under autoconvert says

    “Option 2: I would like to convert my Le Club Accorhotels points systematically into points for other loyalty programs
    * Points will be transferred automatically to the selected partner as soon as my account has the required number of points
    * My points will be credited to my partner account within 6 weeks following the transfer
    * I cannot receive other Le Club Accorhotels rewards”

    This reads to me as though you may still need to hit the 4k points before a conversion is triggered?

  • Nick Burch says:

    The Mercure Letchworth Hall is quite easy to get to from London (if coming by train, but a ticket to Hitchin with PlusBus, then it’s a 10 minute walk from the bus stop), and can sometimes have good weekend rates. It has a great Nuffield health centre attached, lots countryside around, just a shame that the hotel experience there is often so poor… (Bad customer service, Le Club Plats given the worst rooms in the hotel etc!)

    • Andrew says:

      Unfortunately doesn’t seem to be offering this rate (looked there, as not far for me)

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