Accor and Avios have launched a new ‘bonus Avios’ promotion. This allows you to earn up to 4 x Avios on every stay at a Novotel, Sofitel, Mercure, M Gallery, Ibis, Pullman, Raffles, Swissotel, Fairmont etc hotel.
You have THREE MONTHS to stay – the promotion runs to 15th July.
Full details are on the Accor website here. Registration is not needed.
There is no minimum stay requirement and you can earn the bonus as many times as you want. However, existing bookings made before 15th April do not count. You should rebook as long as your rate is flexible and the price has not gone up.
This promotion is running with both Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club. You should credit to Iberia Plus.
Why? 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 will earn twice as many Avios by selecting Iberia rather than BA as your partner for this offer.
(If, for some reason, you don’t want to credit to Iberia Plus, the same offer is also running for British Airways Executive Club. Simply switch your Accor account to credit to BAEC and not Iberia Plus. No registration is needed.)
This is what you have to do:
Take a look at the promotion rules here
WARNING: If you already have a pot of 3,000+ Accor points, they will be converted into Iberia Avios 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 by 15th June and stay by 15th July. Existing bookings made before 15th April do not count and should be rebooked if possible.
How many Avios could I earn?
The bonus depends on how long you stay.
Stays of 1 or 2 nights earn double Avios
Stays of 3 nights earn triple Avios
Stays of 4+ nights earn quadruple Avios
The ‘quadruple Avios’ is based on what you would earn as a ‘Classic’ base level member, ie 2.5 points per Euro. This means that, on a four night stay, you would earn 10 Avios in Iberia Plus 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 point per €1. This means that a ‘Classic’ level member would be earning 4 Avios per €1 for a four night stay. At Adagio Access you earn 0.5 per €1.)
This deal could work out VERY nicely. Let’s imagine that you are spending £500 ex-tax at a Novotel over four nights. That would be €578 which would earn you 5,780 Avios in Iberia Plus. A status member of Le Club AccorHotels would do even better.
Everyone who earns bonus miles during this promotion will also be entered into a prize draw to win a two night stay at the Novotel Barcelona City.
Is this promotion better than taking Accor points?
Yes, especially for longer stays.
You should be clear about what you are giving up when you take part in this promotion.
Accor points are worth 2 Eurocents each. You can convert them into €40 Accor vouchers whenever you reach 2,000.
Under this Avios offer, you will be receiving 2-4 Avios instead of earning 1 Accor point. This is a good deal even on a 1-2 night stay and becomes a very good deal on 3-4+ night stays.
It is also worth remembering that €40 of Accor hotel vouchers is not worth as much as €40 in cash. You also need a minimum of 2,000 Accor points before you can turn them into vouchers, whereas this Avios offer kicks in however few points you earn. Unless you are Avios-rich and would prefer to take the Accor vouchers, I would go with Avios in Iberia Plus.
Full details of the ‘We Run The World’ offer can be found here. Registration is not required.
(Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)