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Collect Flying Blue miles or use Accor hotels? Here’s a new way to earn and spend

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Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Novotel, Ibis, Mercure, Sofitel etc, and Flying Blue, the loyalty scheme for Air France and KLM, have launched a new partnership.

It is a genuine improvement and EVERYONE benefits.

This is a clear win for anyone who either flies on Air France, KLM or HOP! or stays in Accor hotels.  You are going to be better off in the future.

You can find full details, and register, on the Accor website here.

How does it work?

This is going to get a little complicated, so let’s start with a simple overview:

Air France KLM new Accor hotels partnership

Yes, as it shows:

When you stay at Accor hotels, you will earn 1 Flying Blue airline mile per €1 – on top of the Accor points you would usually earn

When you fly with Air France, KLM or HOP!, you will earn 1 Accor hotel point per €2 – on top of the Flying Blue miles you would usually earn

You can only be better off by registering for this offer.  As far as I can tell, there is no downside.

There is a tiny bit of small print on the Accor offer.  Stays at their low end brands (Adagio, Adagio Access, ibis, ibis Styles and Mama Shelter) earn miles at lower rates.

Accor Flying Blue Air France KLM partnership

You can also now transfer Flying Blue miles into Accor points

You have always been able to transfer Accor points into Flying Blue at the rate of:

2,000 Accor points = 1,000 Flying Blue miles

However, you can now transfer the other way too:

4,000 Flying Blue miles = 1,000 Accor points

Don’t get too excited about this.  Accor points have a fixed value of 2 Eurocents each.  There is no ‘reward chart’ – the points cost for a night is simply the cash price in Euro multiplied by 50.

This means that you are swapping 4,000 Flying Blue miles for a €20 Accor hotel discount.  This is just 0.5 Eurocents per mile, which is VERY poor.

Sign up even if you have ZERO interest in the other scheme!

Why?  Because:

in the worse case scenario, an Accor guest can take the Flying Blue miles earned and convert them back into more Accor points

and a Flying Blue frequent flyer can take the Accor points earned and convert them back into more Flying Blue miles!

Accor Flying Blue partnership

There is a launch offer too

Once you have linked your two accounts:

You receive 1 Accor status night and 5 Flying Blue XP status points on your next Accor stay

and

You receive 1 Accor status night and 5 Flying Blue XP status points on your next Air France or KLM flight

Again, the ability to get these sign up bonuses means that any Accor or Flying Blue member who is chasing status should sign up for this, irrespective of their interest in the other partner.

Here is the page to register your accounts, which need to be linked – click here.

Flying Blue Accor partnership

How to earn Flying Blue miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card.  However, you can earn Flying Blue miles 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 1:1 into Flying Blue miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Club mile.

Comments (52)

  • Rick says:

    Ooops – something went wrong… That’s what I get when trying to link the accounts. Good old Accor IT 🙂

    • IanMac says:

      At my first attempt I got the same error message.

      Try again – it worked for me the second time – I even received a registration e-mail which is a first for Accor !

  • roger says:

    It won’t let me register.

    Registration is currently unavailable
    We’re sorry, but the Shop with Points registration is currently unavailable. Please try again later.

    • Shoestring says:

      that registration link won#t work with new cards but it will work to enrol long-standing Amex cards that you have used on Amazon for some time

  • roger says:

    OT- Iberia

    I will be shuttling between LHR and MAD and on most journeys will be targeting to book long haul air-crafts.
    Iberia seems to be using their A330 and sometimes A350 on certain flights.

    As an Hand Bag only Economy flyer (with no status yet), should I be looking for anything extra flying these long haul air-crafts?
    Any other points most welcome, including long term hotel / apartment stays / Taxis etc.

    • Shoestring says:

      I hope that’s a man bag, Roger 🙂

    • Jonathan says:

      No, just a bigger, nicer plane although can make boarding & disembarking slower. If you’re Gold/Silver or Iberia équivalent then on BA flights with a long haul plane & a full economy cabin they will let you sit in WTP seats. Iberia have the IFE available, BA don’t. Main advantage is in business although for a 2 hr flight it’s not worth substantially altering schedule to work around the long haul aircraft.

      • Stu N says:

        Another issue is which bits of terminals the different aircraft use. When I’ve used them, the Iberia long hauls generally leave from T5B/C at Heathrow whereas the BA and IB operated short haul ones are more likely to use T5A (main terminal). B and C (satellites) involve a shuttle unless you know how to use the walkways (guide is on BA Board on Flyertalk).

        At the Madrid end, I _think_ BA-operated flights and IB long haul aircraft usually use T4S; this is a long train transfer from the main T4. IB short haul seem to use main T4 which is much more convenient. But do look at some departures info to see if this is still the case.

    • marcw says:

      Honestly I’d choose IB 319/320/321 routes… immigration will be MUCH quicker, and you’ll most likely arrive/depart in T5A and T4, instead of T5B/C and T4S (all BA service arrive and depart from T4S).

      • Stu N says:

        Thanks marcw, I thought I was remembering correctly but good to have some confirmation.

  • Jonathan says:

    Seems to not work if you’ve had a replacement card (new number) on an account which has been used for Amazon before so excluding anyone with a shiny new metal Platinum!

    • Jonathan says:

      (It will let me register card and makes pay with points available but declines offer code)

  • BJ says:

    Followed your advice yesterday and for whatever reason it seems I’m ineligible. A bit disappoint given some have got it to work multiple times. Btw, 8% waitrose on my Halifax today, not great but better than nothing.

  • roger says:

    Amex Platinum – Insurance

    Looking at full policy details but could not find any answer.
    I have a business meeting booked via OTA but with Amex Platinum.
    The meeting has been postponed, would Amex Travel cover for the change fees?

    https://www.americanexpress.com/content/dam/amex/uk/pdf/insurance/platinum-insurance-documentation-april19.pdf

    In exclusions, it says cancellation due to Business Reasons.
    This wouldn’t be cancellation but change of dates.
    Any pointers or anyone with similar experience?

  • Scott says:

    I wouldn’t say that Mama Shelter is ‘low end’ but I’m not sure why earning rates a lower. There is one coming to London soon, could be an interesting option for any with Accor vouchers/points to spend.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I thought they were like Moxys somewhere cool and cheap to lay your head while on a city break.