Qatar Privilege Club and hotel loyalty scheme Accor Live Limitless have announced a deepening of their existing partnership.
As Qatar Airways is in the oneworld alliance, and uses Avios as its loyalty currency, this is massively relevant for HfP readers. Effective immediately:
- you earn Avios AND Accor Live Limitless points when you stay at Accor hotels
- you earn Accor Live Limitless points AND Avios when you fly with Qatar Airways and credit your flight to Qatar Privilege Club
- you can status match between Qatar Privilege Club and Accor Live Limitless – and Qatar Privilege Club status gives you virtually the same benefits as British Airways status on BA flights
This is a clear win for anyone who either collects Avios, flies on Qatar Airways or stays in Accor hotels. You are going to be better off in the future.
How does it work?
This is going to get a little complicated, so let’s start with a simple overview:
Yes, as it shows:
- When you stay at Accor hotels, you will earn 1 Avios in Qatar Privilege Club per €1 spent – on top of the Accor points you would usually earn
- When you fly with Qatar Airways and credit the flight to Qatar Privilege Club, you will earn 1 Accor hotel point per $2 spent – on top of the Avios you would usually earn
Let’s summarise what this means:
- Stay in Accor hotels? You can only be better off by registering for this offer. There is no downside. You get your usual Accor Live Limitless points, and a few days later some Avios will also appear in your Qatar Privilege Club account. You can transfer these to your British Airways Executive Club account.
- Fly with Qatar Airways? If you credit your flight to Qatar Privilege Club, you will gain some Accor Live Limitless points too. The Avios you earn from your flight can easily be moved from Qatar Privilege Club to British Airways Executive Club. However, there is one snag – you won’t earn British Airways Executive Club tier points if you credit Qatar Airways flights to Qatar Privilege Club.
- this is a no-brainer if you stay in Accor hotels – open a Qatar Privilege Club account via this link and connect it to your Accor Live Limitless account via this link. Accor will automatically send Avios to your Qatar Privilege Club account after every hotel stay.
- it is NOT a no-brainer if you fly with Qatar Airways – you need to decide whether it is worth sacrificing British Airways Executive Club tier points for some Accor Live Limitless hotel points. This will impact whether you credit Qatar Airways flights to Executive Club or Privilege Club.
You can transfer Avios into Accor points, and vice versa
Remember that you can transfer Avios points, held in Qatar Privilege Club, into Accor Live Limitless points, and vice versa.
- 2,000 Accor points = 1,000 Avios in Qatar Privilege Club or British Airways Executive Club (but 2,000 Avios in Iberia Plus, so send your Accor points to an Iberia Avios account)
- 4,000 Avios in Qatar Privilege Club = 1,000 Accor points
Don’t get too excited about this. Accor points have a fixed value of 2 Eurocents each. There is no ‘reward chart’ – the points cost for a night is simply the cash price in Euro multiplied by 50.
This means that you are swapping 4,000 Avios in Qatar Privilege Club for a €20 Accor hotel discount. This is just 0.5 Eurocents per Avios, which is VERY poor. You would be crazy to do this given that converting Avios to Nectar gets you 0.8p per Avios point.
Sign up even if you have ZERO interest in the other scheme!
- in the worse case scenario, an Accor guest can take the Avios earned in Qatar Privilege Club and convert them back into more Accor points ….
- …. and an Avios collector can take the Accor points earned and convert them back into more Avios!
Did someone say status match?
Oh yes ….
This is, frankly, an exceptional deal for anyone who does not currently have British Airways Executive Club status.
These are the offers at the top end:
Do you have status with Accor Live Limitless?
Accor Gold = Qatar Privilege Club Silver status
This is equivalent to British Airways Bronze. The key benefit is free seat selection on British Airways flights within seven days of departure.
Accor Platinum = Qatar Privilege Club Gold status
This is equivalent to British Airways Silver. The key benefit is free seat selection on British Airways flights at the time of booking and access to British Airways lounges. You get similar benefits with all other oneworld airlines.
Accor Diamond = Qatar Privilege Club Platinum status
This is equivalent to British Airways Gold.
There are two catches to all of the matching options:
- you must take an international flight with Qatar Airways, credited to Qatar Privilege Club, after linking your Accor Live Limitless and Qatar Privilege Club accounts before your account is upgraded
- this is a one year match, not a permanent one
Do you have status with Qatar Privilege Club?
Not many HfP readers will, but if you do you can match Qatar Platinum to Accor Gold and Qatar Gold to Accor Silver. This is a weak deal. It triggers with your first Accor hotel stay outside your country of residence after linking your accounts.
This is, I accept, quite complex.
Let’s assume that:
- you don’t have status with either Accor Live Limitless or Qatar Privilege Club and so you don’t care about the status match
- you don’t fly with Qatar Airways on cash tickets
If this is you, you can cut to the chase. This is what you should do:
- link it to your British Airways Executive Club account by following the instructions here
- link it to your Accor Live Limitless account by following the link here and clicking ‘Get Started’
There’s nothing else to do. Whenever you stay at an Accor hotel from now on, a handful of Avios (1 per €1 spent) will also drop into your Qatar Privilege Club account. You can move these across to your linked British Airways Executive Club account. It’s free Avios, basically.
If you DO have Accor Live Limitless or Qatar Privilege Club elite status, or fly Qatar Airways on cash tickets, you are going to need to invest a bit more time in understanding how this new partnership benefits you.
You can find out more about the new Accor / Avios partnership:
PS. If your Accor account is already linked to Flying Blue due to their similar offer, you can switch to Qatar Privilege Club as long as you linked them over 12 months ago. If you linked your Accor account to Flying Blue under a year ago, you need to wait.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.