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

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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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

(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)

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  • 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 ?

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