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Accor rolls out improved benefits for status customers – including Amex Platinum holders

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I gave Accor a bit of a hard time the other day for reducing the conversion ratio of LeClub Accorhotels points to Avios points without notice. They deserved it.

At the same time, though, Accor has also announced improved status benefits. This will benefit anyone who visits a Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery, Sofitel, Pullman etc hotel.

It is worth remembering that American Express Platinum charge card holders get top-tier Platinum membership at Le Club Accorhotels. This now delivers some genuinely useful benefits.

The key benefits for Platinum members are free internet, early check-in AND late check-out (not guaranteed), a room upgrade (not guaranteed), a welcome drink (guaranteed) and access to the Executive Lounge (this IS guaranteed!).

For comparison, a Platinum previously only got a welcome drink at a Sofitel and did not get free internet, lounge access or early check-in.

Each of the brands in the group is also giving specific extra benefits to top tier members as you can see here. Sofitel throws in a free newspaper, for example. Suite Novotel gives you a courtesy car for four hours.

Here is an overview of the points scheme. Basically, you earn points based on your total. These can be redeemed for Accor hotel stays or transferred into airline miles, including Avios. A Platinum member now receives 8% of their bill back if they take vouchers – a pretty generous return.

Earning Platinum from hotel stays is pretty tough given the ’60 nights or 25,000 points’ requirement. However, as Platinum is given away as an Amex Platinum perk and – occasionally – by Accor itself as a targeted perk – it is not difficult to pick it up.

All in all, this is a big improvement. Compared to, say, IHG Rewards Club, a Platinum member has the added check-in and check-out privileges, a drink and guaranteed lounge access. Lounge access would also mean free breakfast, of course.

Accor Live Limitless update – September 2023:

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

New to Accor Live Limitless?  Read our review of Accor Live Limitless here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our analysis of what Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here.

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Comments (24)

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  • Egglard says:

    I’ve just signed up for the free Platinum card. Does anybody know how I can link my already booked reservations to this account or would I have to ask them to change the account number at check in? If that’s the case would I still get the benefits?

  • del says:

    May take a while to filter through to individual properties – I stayed at a Mercure in Caen on Tuesday and asked about the enhanced benefits for Platinums – all I got was a Gallic shrug and a response of no knowledge of the changes. Got none of the “new benefits” particularly the Mercure benefit of 10% off the restaurant bill which would have been very worthwhile. It will be interesting to see how Le Club respond!

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