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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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  • Caroline says:

    Sorry but I can’t see this login button on the bottom left after clicking the link?

    Has anyone else got this to work?

    Thanks

  • Jack says:

    I’m assuming this still doesn’t offer a reasonable transfer rate from Virgin Atlantic to Avios? As far as I can see Virgin Atlantic are not a partner of Le Club. I have so many miles just sitting in my Flying Club account that I need to convert!

    • Rob says:

      If you convert Virgin to IHG Rewards Club you should get 0.5p per mile of free hotel stay, Hilton should get you 0.45p and possibly more.

      Alternatively 12,500 Virgin is a £50 Virgin Group / Theatre Tokens voucher.

      Little Red domestic redemptions are a decent deal.

      Or book a one way somewhere that BA flies and come back on Avios.

  • Neil Clarke says:

    Worked for me with 300 points.
    Now i just need to find a use for 10k Srilanken, 5k Vietnamese airlines and 4k Thai airways, any suggestions welcome!

    • Caroline says:

      Hi Neil

      Where did you login? I just can’t see a login button at bottom i.e. nowhere asking for password.

    • Rob says:

      What does SriLankan need for a one way BA flight in Europe?

      • Neil Clarke says:

        its apparently 12000 for Europe to Europe no idea how to book that, its $50 to buy the additional 2k i would need so depends what fees are added on. I could use them for duty free but that means booking more sri lanken airways flights which im not going to do any time soon.
        I think this would make for an interesting post whereby obscure and trivial milleage balances can be considered for any value that can be extracted.

        • Rob says:

          Already done! Search small balances and it should come up.

          See what they call Europe, if that includes Turkey or Russia, say, it may be a deal. Finnair and airberlin flights could also be taken.

  • Czechoslovakia says:

    Right, well set it up to auto-convert via the airberlin link, and it shows as activated. What now? Wait? Was expecting some sort of confirmation?

    • TimS says:

      Yes just wait. As I recall, the first “confirmation” I got was the points leaving my Accor account.

    • Rob says:

      You should get the email as per the screenshot and your account should zero overnight.

  • KM says:

    how can you transfer miles from Iberia to BA? As far I know / have seen it only allows to transfer from BAEC, not to.

  • Globetrotter7 says:

    Didn’t work for me. I tried both Firefox and IE but kept landing on the Russian page which led me to nowhere….

  • AndyGWP says:

    Steps I took:

    Started in Chrome, followed instructtions but at step 1, the page just reloaded in Russian. Google translate kicked in and the page had just reloaded with a small message about a “process flow” (or similar at the bottom).

    Logged into my Accor account and disabled “auto transfers”

    Loaded Internet Explorer.
    Put in card number and email, and registered again. Page still loaded in Russian but you could tell it was something different. Went to “Dropdown” list at the bottom of the page and changed to English.

    Went to profile as instructed.

    Subsequent page says I need a minimum of 2000 points to do a transfer (I only have around 1400).

    Tried anyway, but failed

  • Kat says:

    A bit off topic, but I have 26k qantas ff points sitting in my account and expiring next month. Anyone from the UK has any idea of how to keep it from expiring? All methods that came up on google seem to be for the OZ market.

    • Christophe says:

      You can book an eligible hotel room on qantas.com/hotels or rent an Avis or Budget car

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