Accor Hotels, which owns Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman / Raffles / Swissotel / Fairmont etc, has brought back its potentially generous promotion to earn 6,000 bonus Avios or €120 of hotel credit.
You will earn 6,000 Avios (or a variable pile of other airline miles or 6,000 Accor Live Limitless points) if you complete three x 2-night stays at Accor properties between 1st September and 15th December.
That is clearly a decent deal, although the two night restriction per stay could be tricky. If you can make it work around your work or leisure plans, however, you are looking at a good result.
You must book your stays between now and 9th October. You need to book via the Accor website or a corporate travel agent. Stays booked via hotel wholesalers such as Expedia, Hotels.com, booking.com etc will not count.
Existing bookings do NOT count. These need to be cancelled and rebooked. Only bookings made after you have registered (link here) are eligible.
How to register
More importantly, you MUST register for this promotion via the offer website. The register button is near the top, not the bottom.
What is the bonus?
The bonus is dropped into your account in the form of 6,000 Accor Live Limitless points:
Your first 2-night stay comes with 500 bonus points
Your second 2-night stay comes with 2,500 bonus points
Your third 2-night stay comes with 3,000 bonus points
Whilst the Accor website for this promotion focuses on taking points, you can convert your 6,000 bonus points (plus base points) into airline miles. For the main programmes I write about, the conversion rates are:
Flying Blue 2:1
British Airways Executive Club Avios: 2:1
Iberia Avios: 1:1 (so don’t convert to BA!)
Emirates Skywards: 2:1
Etihad Guest: 2:1
Miles & More: 2:1
The secret with converting to Avios is to send them to an Iberia Plus account to get the higher 1:1 conversion rate. You can then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them to British Airways Executive Club. You can’t transfer out of Iberia Plus accounts until they are 90 days old, so if you open one specifically for this offer then you might have a slight delay before you can move the Avios across.
However, whilst 6,000 Avios is certainly attractive, you need to remember that by converting to Avios in the Iberia programme, you are effectively ‘paying’ 2 Eurocents per Avios compared to taking €120 in Accor hotel vouchers. The hotel vouchers are therefore a better deal unless you have no plans to use them.
In all of the other airline schemes you are paying 4 Eurocents per mile which is very poor. If you are not primarily an Avios collector I would seriously suggest taking the €120 of vouchers instead.
You can find full details of the offer, and the link to register, on the Accor website here. Remember that bookings must be made by 9th October even though you do not need to stay until 15th December.
PS. This offer comes with an extra quirk. If you had any Accor Live Limitless points expire between 1st January and 15th May, when expiration was paused, this promotion will get them back for you. Your expired points will be returned following your first 2-night stay.