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Accor is launching a new ‘triple or quadruple points’ promotion today for stays in Europe (excluding France), the Middle East and Africa. This could prove to be very generous indeed, with up to 24% of what you spend finding its way back into your pocket.
Accor is also running a ‘triple Avios’ promotion at the moment, so we need to compare the two as you cannot have both.
Let’s look at the new ‘triple or quadruple points’ offer.
This latest promotion is for triple or quadruple Accor points and NOT triple Avios. Full details are here – YOU MUST REGISTER via the link.
It is ONLY valid for hotel stays in Europe (excluding France), the Middle East and Africa.
Platinum members of Le Club AccorHotels receive quadruple points whilst everyone else receives triple points.
You need to book between today and 23rd July (existing bookings do not count) for stays before 3rd September. There is no minimum nights requirement.
If you have the choice, I would take triple or quadruple points rather than triple Avios.
Why? Well, I think the logic is straightforward:
you can convert your points into Avios at any time, as long as you have at least 3,000. This means that you are no worse off than taking Avios in the first place.
you have the additional option of using your points for Accor hotels vouchers at the rate of 2,000 points = €40
this offer is good for stays until 3rd September whilst ‘triple Avios’ ends on 30th June
Converting your points into Accor vouchers is more valuable than using them for Avios. At the current woeful € exchange rate, you are effectively paying 1.72p per Avios point if you take 1 Avios point instead of 2 Eurocents of hotel credit. This is terrible value.
Let’s look at how generous this offer could be if you are Platinum:
- 2.5 Accor base points per €1
- 7.5 additional Accor points per €1 as your promo bonus
- 1.9 additional Accor points per €1 as your Platinum status bonus
That is a total of 11.9 Accor points, worth 23.8 Eurocents, per €1 spent. On a pricey business trip this could be very lucrative.
How does this compare with the other Accor promotion?
Details are here. You need to book and stay before 30th June. Existing bookings made before 27th March do not count and should be rebooked.
The ‘triple Avios’ 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. Some brands have lower earning rates.
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.
Are there any circumstances in which the current ‘triple Avios’ offer is better?
For most people, this new offer beats ‘triple Avios’. If you are a Platinum member, it is a no-brainer because you get 4x points instead of 3x. Everyone, irrespective of status, benefits from the flexibility of having your points sitting in Accor without them forcibly being converted into Avios.
If you have already registered for ‘triple Avios’, you can still take part in ‘triple or quadruple points’ instead. Simply switch your earning preference in your profile from airline miles back to points. Don’t forget to register for the new offer when you’ve done that.
Do not switch if your stay is already booked as the new promo is only valid for new bookings made from today.
The only reasons to take ‘triple Avios’ instead of ‘triple points’ would be if:
you are staying outside Europe (excluding France), the Middle East or Africa, so ‘triple or quadruple points’ is not an option
you will never get to 3,000 Accor points to allow you to convert to Avios and don’t want to have any ‘orphaned’ points in the Accor scheme
you can’t see yourself ever paying for an Accor stay out of your own pocket and have no use for the €40 vouchers you can get from points
You can find official details on the ‘triple or quadruple points’ offer here. Registration IS required – I would do it now in case you forget.
PS. If you are staying in the UK, this offer should also stack with the current bonus of 500 points for one UK stay and 1,000 points for your 2nd UK stay. Details of that offer are here.
Accor Live Limitless update – September 2021:
Earn bonus Accor points: Accor Live Limitless is not currently running a global promotion
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.
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