You can pick up some free points in Accor Live Limitless, the loyalty programme for Sofitel, Novotel, Ibis, Mercure, Fairmont, Raffles, M Gallery and other brands, by signing up to their ‘opinion panel’ scheme called ClubOpinions.
The first bit of good news is that this is totally separate to other online research panels, such as eRewards, and so everyone qualifies to join. You will need an Accor Live Limitless account first, of course.
The second bit of good news is that there is a decent sign-up bonus.
You can find out more, and join, on the Accor website here.
IMPORTANT: To join, you must use the link from the Accor website below. Do NOT try to join directly via the ClubOpinions site or you will be told it is not accepting applicants.
“an online community which lets you collect Reward Points in exchange for your point of view. Our panel is exclusive to members of the ALL – Accor Live Limitless programme, and you can collect Reward Points simply by sharing your views in our opinion surveys.”
What this means is that you will be offered regular online surveys which will earn you 25 – 50 Accor Live Limitless points for completing them. The points will be deposited into your Accor account within 5 days of completing a survey – you don’t need to build up to a minimum threshold.
This isn’t an incredibly generous earning rate given that Accor points are worth 2 Eurocents each. However, the surveys are mobile responsive and so you could do them on the train in the morning if you choose!
You get a decent Accor sign-up bonus from ClubOpinions
If you have Accor Silver, Gold or Platinum status, you will receive 500 Accor Live Limitless points for signing up and completing your first survey.
500 Accor points are worth €10 off a future Accor stay. If your account is set up to transfer points directly into Avios in Iberia Plus, you would – when you hit the 3,000 points threshold – receive 500 Avios instead.
If you do not have Accor elite status, you will receive 250 Accor points for signing up and completing your first survey.
You might think that you will get 300 points, because that is what the Accor website is currently saying. The ClubOpinions website says you only get 250, however, and when I created a dummy account for the purposes of this article I only received 275 points.
For clarity, you can’t join Accor from scratch, join ClubOpinions and earn 250 free Avios. There is a minimum conversion of 3,000 Accor points to Iberia.
Important – earn Avios in Iberia Plus and not British Airways Executive Club
Do NOT transfer your Accor points to British Airways because the rate is worse.
For historical reasons, you only get 0.5 Avios in Executive Club for every 1 Accor point you transfer.
Transfer into Iberia Plus instead and you receive 1 Avios for every 1 Accor point. You can then move the Avios into British Airways Executive Club via ‘Combine My Avios’.
If you have an Accor account, it is worth signing up and doing one survey to get the bonus. You can then decide if the surveys are worth doing on a regular basis.
PS. Whilst – according to scheme rules – you need to complete one Accor stay every 12 months to keep your points balance alive, historically any Accor earning has worked. It is possible that earning points via ClubOpinions will keep your Accor account intact which is an extra reason to join.
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