UPDATE – JULY 2021: This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.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.
The link above includes information on Accor’s current double points promotion for stays in Europe, which runs until 5th September. You can register here.
Le Club Accorhotels, the loyalty scheme for Novotel, Sofitel, Ibis, Mercure, M Gallery, Pullman etc, has launched a very generous promotion which could allow you to earn a significant number of miles.
You will earn £140 of Accor hotel vouchers or 10,000 Avios points (or 5,000 miles in another airline scheme) if you complete three two-night stays at Accor properties before December 31st.
You will receive an additional 1,500 points if all your stays are booked by this Friday 11th September.
If you can’t book by Friday for the extra bonus, you must book your stays by September 20th. Even super-cheap £25 weekend rooms booked under the ‘Happy Mondays’ offer will count.
Stays must not be consecutive stays at the same hotel. Booking two back-to-back stays of two nights at the same property would not count as two stays, only one.
You MUST register for this promotion via the offer website.
Existing bookings made before yesterday do NOT count.
Ibis Budget, Formule 1 and Etap hotels do not participate in Le Club Accorhotels although standard Ibis and Ibis Styles hotels are OK.
The bonus is dropped into your account in the form of 10,000 Le Club Accorhotels points. Your first stay comes with 1,000 bonus points, your second comes with 4,000 points and your third 5,000 points. This means that two things happen which are not explained on the promotional website:
When you reach 10,000 points you will be given Gold status in the Le Club Accorhotels programme as your bonus points count for status. This page on the Accor website shows you the points you need for each tier and the benefits received.
Instead of taking the £140 of vouchers – which in reality will be €200 although they are advertising it as £140 – you can convert your 10,000 bonus points (plus base points) into airline miles. For the main programmes I write about, the conversion rates are:
Flying Blue 2:1
Avios.com or BA: 2:1
Iberia Avios: 1:1 (so don’t convert to BA!)
Miles & More: 2:1
By converting to Avios in the Iberia programme, you are effectively ‘paying’ 2 Eurocents per Avios compared to taking the Accor hotel vouchers. You should therefore consider whether to take the Avios or the vouchers – if you can use the hotel vouchers it may be a better deal.
You can find full details of the offer, and the link to register, on the Accor website here. Don’t forget to register. Remember that, whilst you must book your 2+ night stays before 20th September, you can stay at any point until the end of the year.
PS. If you have an American Express Platinum card, remember that you can apply for a free Accor Platinum card. This guarantees you executive lounge access (if the hotel has one) plus a large base points bonus on every stay, among other benefits.
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.
New to Accor Live Limitless? Read our two-part overview of Accor Live Limitless here and here and our article on expiry rules here. Our analysis of what Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here.
Planning an Accor stay? You will receive double base points on Accor stays in the UK and Europe until 5th September, but you must register before booking. You can register here.