Accor Hotels, which owns Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman / Raffles / Swissotel / Fairmont etc, has brought back its generous promotion to earn 6,000 bonus Accor points.
You will earn 6,000 Accor Live Limitless points (worth 6,000 Avios or a variable pile of other airline miles, or €120 of hotel stay) if you complete three x 2 night stays at Accor properties between 23rd September and 31st 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 4th November. 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.
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.
Should you take Avios or Accor Live Limitless points?
Our main article on what we think Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here.
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.
There is also a third factor.
Accor has recently stepped up its series of UK events, including a VIP evening at the Chelsea Flower Show which was redeemable for points. These packages tend to offer great value and you may want to hold onto your points to see what comes along in 2022.
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 4th November even though you do not need to stay until 31st December.