You can finally earn and burn Le Club AccorHotels points at Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel

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Back in 2016, French group Accor bought (from the same owner) the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel hotel brands.  In one swoop it added a number of impressive high end properties, including The Savoy in London and The Plaza in New York.

As always with hotel acquisitions, it has taken a while for Accor to get its IT act together.  It has now announced that the three brands will fully participate in Le Club AccorHotels from 2nd July 2018, sitting alongside Novotel, Ibis, Mercure, Sofitel, Pullman etc.

You can read the announcement here.

This means that:

you will earn Le Club AccorHotels points at these three brands

you will be able to redeem your Le Club AccorHotels points for vouchers to spend at these brands (the rate is fixed at 1 point = 2 Eurocents)

nights spent at these three chains will count for Le Club AccorHotels status

your Le Club status benefits will be recognised at these brands

Accor has confirmed that stays between 1st January and 1st July which are credited to either Fairmont Presidents Club or Swissotel Circle will be merged into your Le Club account room nights total for 2018.

The existing Fairmont and Swissotel schemes will be closed on 2nd July.

It is a shame that all of us who had free top-tier Le Club AccorHotels Platinum status via American Express Platinum are going to lose it for good on 31st December.  Accor also tightened up the rules this year on what sort of points counted towards status, making it tougher to requalify.  And now there are a large swathe of high quality hotels where you could use it …..

Full details of the changes can be found on the Accor website here.

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Comments

  1. I saw somewhere that if you do the Fairmont stay challenge for status (5 stays I think?) you can then match to play Accor, does anyone else know if that still works?

    Ps does FRH bookings count towards Fairmont status?

  2. Yes, I agree a real pity they pulled out of the Amex deal. Since they did I have stayed just once in an Accor property and I don’t even consider them now.

    There must be a cost to Accor for having members like me ( irregular stayer) but I would have thought that the costs were minimal as the benefits provided were not significant. Hilton provides free breakfast and that is s very tangible benefit.

    My stays were all nice but not great enough to now pitch up without some sort of status. I will stick to Hilton and IHG.

    • Brighton Belle says:

      +1. Dropped Accor when the Amex status went. I used the Happy Mondays in London a lot and got through just about every Novotel and Ibis

    • Also. Haven’t stayed in an Accor property since losing Platinum. It’s a shame as I like their MGallery and Sofitel hotels but I can’t justify them over Hilton, IHG and Marriott now that I have no status.

      The benefits aren’t good enough to justify Platinum being so hard to get.

  3. AmEx actually dropped (or were dropped from) Le Club Accor platinum status for Centurion card holders about a year ago. On slipping to silver however, we still received the free drink voucher and a room upgrade.
    I have only ever stayed at LHR T5
    Sofitel but it is SO good, that on two occasions, we have come down two days before travelling simply to spend two nights there!! Our annual stays here alone now confer gold status and we will be adding two further nights at St James Sofitel in town for the marathon in 2018.
    I must say that the hospitality shown is first class (along with Jumeirah) and internal restaurant and spa bookings are all properly in their systems……..unlike the Ritz and the Connaught, Wednesday this werk and yesterday respectively!!

    • Lady London says:

      @Nigel what’s The Connaught like to stay in these days? Is breakfast still really decent?

  4. According to my Le Club Account Status I appear to have achieved enough points to retain my Platinum Status but it still shows a 31/12/17 expiry. Does anyone know if this will update automatically on 1/1/2018 or will I need to contact Accor’s shockingly bad telephone customer services?

    As I tend to use Sofitel’s and Pullman’s a bit I get some decent benefits from Le Club Platinum and value it. Planning a trip back to Raffles Singapore when it re-opens, hopefully I’ll have maintained the status for rust visit.

    • I think the date will resets to 2018 after the 31/12/17. Mine has shown the same for a few months now.
      Always been looked after well with my Platinum Status.

  5. Sort of related, been thinking of treating Mrs TripRep to a stay in St Andrews.

    Does anyone know if Fairmont match deals advertised by a 3rd party.?
    https://tinyurl.com/FM-St-Andrews

  6. I lose it on 31st and it is a big shame.
    Instead of incentivising me to stay more to get Platinum status back it is a disincentive to me using Club Accor properties now as I will not get as much value for money.

    I will stick with IHG for now and use Accor at most on very rare occasions, probably not at all.

    I don’t know how much the perks given to me as a Plat in the past would have actually cost Accor in real £s but it is sure to be a lot less than the profit they would have made from my stays going forward if I continued to get the Plat benefits.
    I would have requalified for next year if they hadn’t changed which points count towards status.

    Hey ho !
    It was nice while it lasted.
    Seems like a lose-lose situation for both me & Accor.

  7. Travelling Inspector says:

    I will drop to Gold in the New Year (having managed to stay only 50 paid-for nights of the 60 required this year) but the only discernible difference in the perks is that Gold doesn’t give access to Executive Lounges, which tend to exist only in the Asian sector. Still get early check in, late check out, room upgrade, free drink on arrival – so Accor remain my brand of choice if their offering is of reasonable quality and conveniently located.

  8. Having been introduced to the Accor brand some years ago through my Amex Plat I’m a big fan of Accor. These days you have to qualify for Accor Plat through spend (by calendar year) or number of stays (60). We have managed to remain Plat since the system changed and will qualify again for 2018.

    Accor is our go to hotel group outside Europe and we have used Accor (Sofitel where possible) throughout our travels in Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bali and also Hong Kong, Bangkok and Mumbai. As has been mentioned elsewhere Accor is particularly strong in Asia Pacific. We have always had decent upgrades but the biggest benefits have been breakfast and access to the Club Lounges for evening cocktails – which for 2 ppl can easily be worth £80-100/day. A little known benefit (well, it was for us!) is something called MyResorts (at some leisure type properties), where Platinum benefits can be extended to others travelling with you – even if they are not Accor members. If you do those initial room bookings (paid up front) for say 2 couples on holiday together – it helps getting to that annual spend target!

  9. Eli Gold says:

    Off topic
    is the offer still on at IHG to get 500 avios just for becoming a member? supposedly the offer was on till 31 December but it doesn’t seem to appear on their website

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