Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Sofitel, Raffles, Fairmont, Pullman etc, has launched a promotion with Club Eurostar.
Accor launched its Club Eurostar partnership last year. It works in both directions:
you can earn Club Eurostar points instead of Le Club AccorHotels points for your Accor stays
you can convert Club Eurostar points into Le Club AccorHotels points
Neither of these options offer great value as this HFP article explains. You are better off using your Accor points for free hotel nights and your Eurostar points for free train travel.
During this new special offer period, however, you can earn triple Club Eurostar points on every Accor stay. This IS a decent deal, especially compared to taking Avios, although it isn’t much use if you’re not an existing Club Eurostar points collector.
(That said, you can top up your Club Eurostar account via American Express Membership Rewards at 15:1, so even if you have no Club Eurostar points you might to be able to get close to a free train ticket via this offer and top up with Amex points later.)
If you want to look at the numbers:
2000 Accor points = €40 of free Accor hotel room, so 1.7p per Accor point
2000 Accor points = 2000 Avios if you convert to Iberia Plus (but only 1000 Avios in BA Executive Club) which I’d value at 1p per Accor point
2000 Accor points = 175 Club Eurostar points which I’d value at £17.50 (ie 10p per Club Eurostar point) so 0.9p per Accor point, tripled under this offer to 2.7p
The offer runs until 28th March. You MUST have your Accor accounts set to automatically convert your points to Club Eurostar, which can be done via this page of the Accor website.
Warning – if you activate this, all of your existing Accor points will be transferred over to Club Eurostar. Do not do this until you are happy with that.
You can find out more about the offer on the Accor site here.
How to earn Club Eurostar points via UK credit cards
As a reminder, Club Eurostar does not have its own UK credit card. However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus
Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you earn the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.
American Express Platinum also comes with a great Eurostar benefit – lounge access! You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk. No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a FREE supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.