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How to convert ANY number of Accor points to Avios

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There is quite a bit of confusion surrounding how to convert Le Club Accorhotels (the Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel, Mercure etc programme) points into Avios.  With the help of HfP reader Tony, I have got to the bottom of it this week.

Tony and I have confirmed that you can convert ANY Accor balance into Avios.  You do NOT need the minimum of 3,000 points as stated on their website.  However, you need to follow a specific route.

Before we get into the conversion process, remember the key oddity of the Accor programme.  As per this page of the Accor website:

Sofitel Heathrow Accor

  • Conversions into British Airways Executive Club go 2:1
  • Conversions into Iberia Plus go 1:1

I can confirm that the Iberia ratio of 1:1 is accurate.   It is therefore essential that you open an Iberia Plus account via the Iberia website and send your Accor points there.  You can then move your Avios from Iberia Plus to BAEC via ‘Convert My Avios’.

How to convert your existing Accor points to Avios

If you have over 3,000 Accor points, this is easy.  Log in to your Accor account, click on ‘Manage My Account’, ‘My Loyalty Card’ and then ‘My Rewards’.

If you click through and select Iberia Plus, your current balance – assuming you have at least 3,000 points – will be transferred to Avios immediately.  It will round down to the nearest 3,000 points and leave the remaining points in your account.

If you do not have 3,000 Accor points, it won’t work.  You need to use Plan B.

If you have fewer than 3,000 Accor points ….

Don’t ask why what I am about to show you works.  Just trust me, it does work.

Step 1:  Go to this website which promotes an airberlin offer for Accor.

Step 2:  Scroll to the bottom left corner and log in

Step 3:  You will be taken to the usual Le Club Accorhotels log-in page.  Follow the same steps I outlined above – click on ‘Manage My Account’, ‘My Loyalty Card’ and then ‘My Rewards’ – and then click on the same box I showed above.  Add your Iberia Plus details.

The only difference between these two processes is that, for balances under 3,000 Accor points, you need to go to the Accor website via the airberlin page I link to in Step 1.

On the account of my wife, her Accor account dropped to zero points.  Within 24 hours, her 2,800 points had been deposited into her newly opened Iberia Plus account at a conversion rate of 1:1.

If you do not want points from future stays to be converted automatically, change your earnings preference back to points following the steps in Step 3 above and click on the other box this time.

Accor Live Limitless update – February 2024:

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.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from Accor and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (66)

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  • Jason says:

    I don’t think this works, just changes the minimum points before transfer to 2,000.

    • Rob says:

      It does work, Tony only had 800 points

    • TimS says:

      It certainly worked for me when I did it in December…and I only had 131 LeClub points in the account at the time!

  • squills says:

    Try different browsers.

  • Andy says:

    I did it last year with 500 points to Avois & it worked fine, have to try it again.

  • squills says:

    Looks like my 2 Ibis budget rooms last month at Tunnel sous la Manche didn’t earn me any points 😉

    • Rob says:

      Ibis hotels in France midweek were excluded from points earning but I thought this changed with the July scheme changes?

  • Brian says:

    As somebody above has pointed out, you get better value for your points using them for Accor bookings. And since Accor points just take money off your room price, with no issues of reward availability, I would say that for most people who actually stay in Accor hotels, it’s the way to go. It seems that you can use your points to pay for all rates, including the Happy Mondays rate discussed on this website and elsewhere.

    • Czechoslovakia says:

      Good point, but work pays for my Accor stays. I COULD use them on the next work stay, saving the company money. But not half as much fun. (The company is mine btw and work hotel stays are happily tax deductible). Thanks again Rob for yet another hot tip, got a project for lunchtime now.

  • anon says:

    “This was from the account of my wife”
    Listen very carefully, I will say this only wonce….

  • TimS says:

    I think that for some people there may be an initial step before attempting Raffles’ method.

    If you already have ‘auto-convert’ set up on your Le Club account you will need to disable this first and then try the Air Berlin method to turn it back on for any points balance.

    • CapnJack says:

      Agree: When I tried there was some little popup window appeared, saying something like ‘you must turn off points autochannelling before registering” – not exactly, can’t quite remember but something like it in poor english.

    • Rob says:

      Sounds sensible!

  • whiskerxx says:

    Right at the very bottom of the link there is a drop down box for selecting a language, which is unfortunately set to Russian/Greek (?). You can use this to change the language to English. Still haven’t been able to convert the points yet though!

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