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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.

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Comments

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

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