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VERY generous Avios promo from Accor (at least 9 Avios per £1) – and why you should credit to Iberia

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You can earn 6,000 bonus Accor Live Limitless points with the current Accor global promotion, which runs from 23rd September to 31st December 2021. You must book by 4th November 2021. Full details are in this article and you can register here.

Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Sofitel, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery and Pullman, has launched an interesting ‘triple Avios’ promotion with Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club.

The offer runs until 12th October although you need to book by 12th September.

Existing bookings made before 11th July do NOT count.  You should cancel and rebook any flexible bookings you hold, although check the price first.

Sofitel St James 350

Registration does not seem to be required.

Full details of the Iberia Plus version can be found here.  The British Airways version – which I do not recommend, see below – is here.

A quick digression …..

Before I go on, I want to remind you why you should credit your stays to Iberia Plus and not to British Airways Executive Club.

For historical reasons which predate Avios, Accor has a very generous deal with Iberia Plus.  Accor points convert at 1:1 into Iberia Plus Avios.  They only convert at 2:1 into British Airways Avios.

You should set your Accor account so that the Avios from this offer go into your Iberia Plus account.  You can then transfer them across to BA if you wish.

How to take part in this promotion

This is what you have to do:

Take a look at the promotion rules here

Change the settings on your Le Club AccorHotels account from earning points to earning miles

WARNING:  If you already have a pot of 3,000+ Accor points, they will be converted into Iberia miles immediately.  If you want to save your existing points for a hotel discount voucher then do NOT take part in this promotion.

Select Iberia Plus as your preferred airline – NOT British Airways.  (You will obviously have to open an Iberia Plus account at iberia.com if you don’t have one.  New members of Iberia Plus must wait 90 days before they can transfer Avios across to British Airways or avios.com)

Book before 12th September and stay before 12th October.  Existing bookings made before 11th July do not count and should be rebooked.

The ‘triple points’ is based on what you would earn as a ‘Classic’ base level member, ie 2.5 points per Euro.  This means that you would earn 7.5 Avios per €1 spent which is a very attractive rate.  Status members would earn even more.

(Note that the earning rate is lower at Ibis, Ibis Styles and Adagio.  You only earn 1 per €1.  At Adagio Access you earn 0.5 per €1.  This means that a ‘Classic’ member would be earning 3 Avios per €1.)

This deal could work out very nicely.  Let’s imagine that you are spending £500 at a Novotel for a week.  That would be €600 which would earn you 4,500 Avios.  A status member would do even better.

Full details can be found on the Accor website here.


Accor Live Limitless update – October 2021:

Earn bonus Accor points: You can earn 6,000 bonus Accor Live Limitless points with the current global promotion, which runs from 23rd September to 31st December 2021. You must book by 4th November 2021. Full details are in this article and you can register here.

New to Accor Live Limitless?  Read our overview 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 (33)

  • Nick says:

    Any current ideas on how to move my wife’s 1100 Accor points after last years quiz?!

    • Ed says:

      Theory is to set up an auto concert to Iberia. The risk is they lose your account. This happened to me. I had a happy Monday’s stay inbetween them cancelling and me finding this out, maybe due to this they reinstated my account following some correspondence.

    • harry says:

      Set up the auto convert – confirmed as still working just a couple of weeks ago – can be fiddly to organise

  • Stuart says:

    Do they credit to the account as triple accor points first then transferred as previously, ie does this help with earning status?

  • Concerto says:

    I think there has to be a minimum of 2,000 points before you can do anything. I would be glad to be corrected.

    I also have 1,000 from the quiz. Doesn’t take long for them to expire, just a year after the quiz, irrespective of stay activity. Not much of a programme, IMO. I was looking to bump my balance up to 2,000 through Europcar rentals, but I got much better rental deals elsewhere (through rentalcars.com). As Raffles says, you have to do the maths and not just spend more money for the sake of collecting a few more points or miles.

    • John says:

      Previously some of us set up autoconversion on our Accor accounts to Iberia with those quizzes etc. A year later, I got some more points for something and they still autoconverted. But I’ve never stayed in an Accor hotel and Ed above says his account was closed

    • ian says:

      Good news: the validity period of points is extended by 365 days each time a stay/event is recorded on your account.

      http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/support/loyalty-membership/le-club-accorhotels/gain-points/faq/what-is-the-validity-period-of-my-points.shtml

      ian. 🙂

    • Fenny says:

      Happy Mondays makes Accor a great programme. I’ve only ever stayed with them 3 or 4 times, all through HM bookings. Every time, my points autoconvert directly to IB Avios (after following the steps in the HfP post that explains how to do it). My Plat status (via Amex Plat) is usually recognised by an upgrade and/or drinks voucher.

      My only whinge about this current promotion is that I know I want to stay at my local Accor hotel on 8 Oct, but was waiting until nearer the date to book a HM rate, so would miss out on the triple points as mentioned above.

  • Smid says:

    So the 11th of July means the promotion has been running a week and a half already?

    Just wondering, because I booked a Happy Monday this week for next week before I was aware of this…

    • Raffles says:

      If you switch to Iberia now then it should credit as triple.

  • Genghis says:

    OT – avios from the Groupon purchase have appeared in my Iberia account

    • howarsan says:

      Can also confirm, just got my 10,000 avios from Groupon España. Ta very much for all the advice!

      • Gavin says:

        Mine too.

        Couldn’t find the combine my avios on Iberia, think it’s the browser I’m using. Pulled them across via BA which worked for once

        • Andrew H says:

          I got my 2000 and 4000 purchases today. I don’t try the direct transfer route to BA – I always use Avios.com.

  • Simmo says:

    How annoying!

    I have a £1000 stay coming up but was booked in June!

    Worth trying my luck? or stick to Accor credit?

  • Chris says:

    OT
    Groupon avios posted to my Iberia account today 🙂

  • Rob says:

    I am on my own in Paris this weekend, I have the menu on the hotel desk in front of me, you may well see it on Sunday!

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