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Triple Avios when you credit your Accor stays to avios.com or BAEC

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UPDATE – JANUARY 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.  We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above. 

Accor is not currently running a global bonus points promotion.

Le Club Accorhotels, the loyalty scheme for Novotel, Sofitel, Mercure, Ibis, M Gallery, Pullman etc, has launched a new promotion in association with avios.com and British Airways Executive Club.

Accor has teamed up with avios.com to offer triple Avios points on stays until the end of October, for bookings made after 1st July.

To qualify for the ‘triple points’ offer, you must select Avios Travel Rewards Programme or British Airways Executive Club as your earnings partner in your Le Club Accorhotels account. You do NOT have to register for the promotion. There is also no minimum stay.

Beware of doing this if you have a large existing Accor points balance as – if you have over 4,000 points – it will convert your existing balance as well as those from future stays.  One way of getting around this, as was pointed out in the comments below, is to make a ‘fake’ future booking to take your existing balance down to nil.  You can cancel it in a few months when you have removed the auto-convert from your account.

Full details of the avios.com version can be found on the Accor website hereThe British Airways Executive Club version is here.

Whilst that page says that you must book directly from there, the terms and conditions make it clear that you can actually book via any Accor booking channel and still get the bonus.

The standard Avios earning rate with Accor is 1.25 Avios per €1 (0.625 Avios per €1 at Ibis and Ibis Styles) so this becomes 3.75 Avios per €1 (1.875 per €1 at Ibis)See here for details.

This is not a bad return, although remember that many hotel groups give a flat 500 Avios points per stay as their standard reward.  You would still need to spend at least €133 with Accor to earn 500 Avios – whilst Club Carlson, IHG Rewards Club and Hyatt Gold Passport give you – for most brands- 500 Avios per stay every day of the year, even for one-night stays, if you choose to take miles instead of points.

It IS a better deal than taking Le Club Accorhotels points, assuming you would convert them to Avios in the end.  You earn – as a base level member – 2.5 Accor points per €1.  These convert at 1:1 into Iberia Plus (2:1, oddly, into BA) but you need to convert at least 3,000 points at a time.

Far better to earn 3.75 Avios per €1 with an immediate conversion into avios.com rather than earning 2.5 Accor point per €1 and converting them to Iberia Plus when you have 3,000 of them.

You can see all of the small print on the Accor website.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (10)

  • Stuart says:

    Be wary of accor bookings not made directly and claiming bonus points. I had a real headache when taking advantage last year of a similar offer. If it says dufferrent bookings routes allowed on the T&Ca make sure you take a screen shot

  • Rob says:

    Ah, didn’t see that version! Thanks.

  • DS says:

    A few Days ago there was an Iberia triple Points offer, but its seems like they’ve pulled it???
    It did clearly say Iberia.
    http://loyaltylobby.com/2015/07/02/le-club-accorhotels-iberia-plus-triple-avios-july-1-october-31-2015/

    • Rob says:

      It said Iberia but if you read the terms and conditions John posted it is clearly avios.com.

  • Ross Parker says:

    If you have a balance of Accor points, perhaps it’s worth converting these to Iberia @ 1:1 before you nominate all your new points to go to BA/Avios.com. Otherwise there may be a risk of converting your existing balance at 2:1.

    • Kai says:

      Just make a cancellable booking to “deposit” your points first before setting up auto-convert.

      • neuromancer says:

        How does this work? If you cancel a booking, the points balance will not change?

        • Kai says:

          If you cancel a booking, the points will be returned to your account instantaneously.

  • Peter says:

    So an existing balance with auto convert? I can’t just keep those in place ?