I am running three articles this week to outline three hacks that I used to maximise the Accor Live Limitless points I earned on a stay in Barbados. This is the final one
I earned Diamond status in Accor Live Limitless in just one stay, as well as picking up 30,000 points.
Part 1 of this series explains how I managed to hit Diamond because of Accor’s unique benefit of letting points from multiple rooms count towards status (click to read).
In Part 2, I showed how I turned a £65 investment in an ibis Business card into €189.
In Part 3, below, I will show you how I picked up an extra 2,000 Accor Live Limitless points due to their partnership with Flying Blue.
It is now almost three years since Accor Live Limitless, the loyalty scheme for Novotel, Ibis, Mercure, Sofitel etc, and Flying Blue, the loyalty scheme for Air France and KLM, launched their partnership.
It is a genuine improvement and EVERYONE benefits. Despite this, it has a very low profile and I think many HfP readers are not even aware it exists.
This is a clear win for anyone who either flies on Air France KLM or stays in Accor hotels. You are going to be better off.
You can find full details, and register, on the Accor website here.
How does the Accor and Flying Blue partnership work?
This is going to get a little complicated, so let’s start with a simple overview:
As you can see:
- When you stay at Accor hotels, you will earn 1 Flying Blue airline mile per €1 – on top of the Accor points you would usually earn
- When you fly with Air France or KLM, you will earn 1 Accor hotel point per €2 – on top of the Flying Blue miles you would usually earn
You can only be better off by registering for this offer. There is no downside.
There is a tiny bit of small print on the Accor offer. Stays at their low end brands (Adagio, Adagio Access, ibis, ibis Styles and Mama Shelter) earn miles at lower rates.
You can also transfer Flying Blue miles into Accor points
You have always been able to transfer Accor points into Flying Blue at the rate of:
- 2,000 Accor points = 1,000 Flying Blue miles
However, you can now transfer the other way too:
- 4,000 Flying Blue miles = 1,000 Accor points
What happened after my Barbados stay?
My base spend, converted in to Euros, was just over €7,500 excluding taxes. (Yes, I know, but Barbados luxury hotels at October half-term are never going to be cheap, and when you have two rooms ….)
This got me just over 7,500 miles in Flying Blue – or it will then they post. No sign yet ….
I have no interest, at all, in 7,500 Flying Blue miles. Even ignoring their tough expiry policy, I have over 1 million Virgin Points which I can use to book Air France or KLM flights.
What I intend to do, when the miles post, is to transfer 500 American Express Membership Rewards points to Flying Blue.
This will take me to 8,000 Flying Blue miles, which I can transfer to 2,000 Accor Live Limitless points. It will take my points from my stay from 28,000 to 30,000.
If no good Accor Live Limitless redemptions turn up, the 2,000 Accor points I got from my 8,000 Flying Blue miles can be turned into 2,000 Avios via Iberia Plus.
There is a sign-up offer too
There is even a sign-up offer if you link your Accor and Flying Blue accounts:
You receive 1 Accor status night and 5 Flying Blue XP status points on your next Accor stay
You receive 1 Accor status night and 5 Flying Blue XP status points on your next Air France or KLM flight
This has very little value in terms of getting Accor status, but is certainly useful if you collect Flying Blue points and earn status in that programme.
Again, the ability to get these sign up bonuses means that any Accor or Flying Blue member who is chasing status should sign up for this, irrespective of their interest in the other partner.
Here is the page to register your accounts, which need to be linked – click here.
I have not focused too heavily on Accor Live Limitless in the past, but as I was spending a lot of money in one it made sense to see how I could make the most of it. I hope these three articles proved useful.
Remember that Fairmont Great Windsor Park (website here) is gearing up to open in the New Year – I am hoping to get a sneak peak of the spa this week. Gleaneagles (reviewed here) is also about to join the Accor Live Limitless fold. If you are looking for somewhere plush for a UK weekend break, you too may be spending more time looking at Accor Live Limitless.
Accor Live Limitless update – January 2023:
Earn bonus Accor points: Accor is not currently running a global promotion
New to Accor Live Limitless? Read our review 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.