Accor offers a paid loyalty programme for regular ibis guests – ibis Business.
You are probably thinking that “I don’t stay much in ibis hotels” and “I don’t stay much on ‘Business'”. However, some people will get value from applying as I will explain. Apply now and you get an extra bonus.
Full details are on this page of the Accor website.
ibis Business is not free. There is a fee of £65 for one year, or £119 for two years. However, there is one key benefit – you receive Accor Live Limitless Gold status.
For a limited period, there is an extra valuable benefit too. You will receive 1,000 Accor Live Limitless points – worth €20 or 1,000 Avios.
To receive the bonus, you need to join by 31st December and complete one ibis stay, booked at the ibis Business rate, before 28th February.
Is it worth £65 to get Accor Live Limitless Gold status?
For some people, Accor Live Limitless Gold may be worth £65 even if you rarely stay at ibis Hotels.
Gold is mid-tier status with Accor and usually requires 30 nights per year. The benefits include:
free internet (although all UK Accor hotels offer this to everyone)
an upgrade on arrival if available
a free welcome drink
early check-in or late check-out on request
50% base points bonus (3.7 per €1 instead of 2.5 at most brands)
Full details of Accor Live Limitless Gold benefits are on the Accor website here.
What are the other benefits of ibis Business?
Here are the other benefits which you get as part of your ibis Business package. Remember that these benefits are ONLY valid at ibis and ibis Styles:
10% discount on your room on flexible rates, and 5% on all other rates
10% discount on a room for a colleague
10% discount on restaurant and bar bills
early check-in or late check-out
guaranteed room availability up to 48 hours in advance
Even if you only stay at the smarter Accor brands like Novotel, you might find £65 to be a fair price to pay for Accor Live Limitless Gold status and its benefits.
And 1,000 Accor Live Limitless points …..
However, if you join now and manage a qualifying ibis stay by 28th February, you will also receive 1,000 bonus Accor Live Limitless points.
These are worth €20 off a future Accor stay or 1,000 Avios. To receive Avios you need to set your account to transfer your points to Iberia Plus (where the conversion rate is 1:1) and not British Airways Executive Club (where the conversion rate is 2:1!).
You can use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move your points from Iberia Plus over to British Airways Executive Club.
The sign-up page for the ibis Business Card is here. I wouldn’t apply with this link though.
Just in case you are required to click through from the Accor site to get the extra points, I recommend you start off on the offer page on the Accor site here.
The application page shows a €90 fee, but when you select ‘United Kingdom’ as your country of residence on the application form, it changes to £65.