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Get 500 bonus Accor points, worth €10, when you link your Flying Blue account and do one stay

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Regular readers will remember that, back in November, I did a series of three articles on different aspects of the Accor Live Limitless programme. They looked at what I learned after hitting Diamond status following a stay at Fairmont Barbados.

One article looked at the Accor Live Limitless partnership with Flying Blue. If you have never registered for this, Accor is now bribing you with 500 Accor points, worth €10.

Let’s be clear – even if you have zero interest in Air France’s Flying Blue scheme, it is worth creating an account to link to your Accor account just to pick up these 500 bonus points.

Accor Flying Blue partnership

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.

To be honest, if you stay in Accor hotels then you should have opened a Flying Blue account already, or linked your existing one. This partnership 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:

Accor Flying Blue partnership

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
Accor Flying Blue Air France KLM partnership

How do you get your 500 bonus Accor Live Limitless points?

This is how the bonus works:

  • You must book and complete an Accor hotel stay between 28th December and 31st March (existing bookings do not count)
  • Your booking must be paid for entirely in cash – redemption or ‘part cash, part points’ bookings are excluded
  • There is no minimum stay requirement
  • You can only earn the bonus once
  • Your 500 bonus points may take up to six weeks to arrive

Importantly, this offer cannot be combined with any other Accor bonus points promotion. This includes, presumably, the current offer for 500 bonus points for stays in selected European countries, so be careful with your timing.

Conclusion

If you collect Accor Live Limitless points – and are switched on enough to be a HfP reader! – then you should already have linked your Flying Blue account with your Accor account.

If you didn’t bother because you thought you’d never earn enough Flying Blue miles to make it worthwhile, this new promotion – getting you 500 extra Accor points – might change your mind.

Here is the page to link your accounts – click here.

Annoyingly, you won’t find this promotion mentioned online. Accor appears to have emailed it to everyone who has marketing preferences turned on, however, and I am sure it also applies to those who have opted out of email marketing.


Accor Live Limitless update – January 2022:

Earn bonus Accor points: Accor is not currently running a global promotion

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 (3)

  • Dubious says:

    Thanks! I’ve been waiting for some kind of bonus before linking accounts. However I dispute the statement that “Accor appears to have emailed it to everyone who has marketing preferences turned on”.
    For some reason they don’t email me some promotions and offers – even though marketing preferences are ‘on’; same with this one – no email recieved as yet.

  • Leigh says:

    Be careful if you have the Iberia auto-covert (with no minimum) switched on. The first sweep from FB>ALL deactivates it and I’m struggling to get it re-activated

    • ECR says:

      I likewise have the Iberia auto-convert set up, but it has been a few years since I stayed with Accor, so I don’t know if it still works. I have no intention of linking to Flying Blue as I was worried that it would mess up the Iberia link. I stay in Accor so infrequently that their points were useless to me and a few avios were better. I think I read on an Australian forum that some people (who wanted to link to Qantas) have had difficultly unlinking Flying Blue and were told something like they can’t change for a year once it is linked.

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