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News: British Airways adds flights to San Diego, Accor relaxes its points expiry rules

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News in brief:

British Airways resumes flights to San Diego

British Airways has announced a date for restarting flights to San Diego.

A thrice-weekly service (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) will begin on 13th October, increasing to daily from December. It is, apparently, the first European service to resume flying to the city.

From an Avios point of view, San Diego was always a fall-back for anyone planning a California holiday who was struggling to get seats to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Pre-covid, BA also ran flights to San Jose and – when Norwegian was also flying the route – Oakland.

Accor formalises its points expiry policy

Accor Live Limitless did not cover itself in glory during covid, expiring the points of many members who were unable to stay in its hotels.

The official line on points expiry was that you needed a stay every 12 months to keep your points alive. In reality, this was not correct. Any earning did the job, although as Accor has few partners your options were still not huge. That said, if people had known that it was possible to extend their points this way I’m sure more would have done it.

Accor has now formalised this policy in an email sent to members this week. Any sort of points earning activity is now enough to stop expiry.

With restaurants and bars now open, it is possible to pick up points at participating hotels near you without a stay. You could also make a purchase via the Accor shopping portal (although these could make months to post) or transfer in some miles from a participating airline.

One option would be to move 3,500 American Express Membership Rewards points to Finnair Plus and then convert them into 500 Accor Live Limitless points. You are losing some value but it does the job in terms of keeping your existing points balance alive.

Accor Live Limitless update – October 2021:

Earn bonus Accor points: You can earn 6,000 bonus Accor Live Limitless points with the current global promotion, which runs from 23rd September to 31st December 2021. You must book by 4th November 2021. Full details are in this article and you can register here.

New to Accor Live Limitless?  Read our overview of Accor Live Limitless here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our analysis of what Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from Accor and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (43)

  • Ben says:

    Would transferring ALL points from Eurostar also work to extend? Minimum transfer is 500 Club Eurostar points (worth £75) for 1,500 ALL points (worth €40) so it’s a terrible deal!

  • TC says:

    Sign up to ClubOpinions and complete a survey every once in a while. I haven’t stayed in an Accor hotel since 2018 and my points haven’t expired, just by doing the surveys

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