Regular readers will remember that, back in November 2021, 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 the Fairmont Royal Pavilion in 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 the Air France / KLM Flying Blue scheme, it is worth creating an account to link to your Accor account just to pick up these 500 bonus points.
It is now 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 of this special offer, and register, on the Accor website here.
How does the Accor and Flying Blue partnership work?
Here’s a graphical 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 Live Limitless points into Flying Blue miles 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
How do you get your 500 bonus Accor Live Limitless points?
This is how the bonus works:
- You must link your Accor and Flying Blue accounts via the Accor website here by 30th September
- You must book and complete an Accor hotel stay by 1st January 2023 (existing bookings made before 6th September 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
There is a Flying Blue flight bonus too
Once you’ve registered for this offer, you can earn an additional bonus by taking an Air France or KLM flight by 1st January 2023 and crediting it to your Flying Blue account.
You will receive 1,000 bonus Flying Blue miles for your flight. Whilst these are not worth anything on their own, it puts you nearer the 4,000 Flying Blue miles you need in order to convert them to 1,000 Accor Live Limitless points.
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 Live Limitless points – might change your mind.
Accor Live Limitless update – November 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.