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NEW: Earn Avios on your Accor hotel stays – and get BA status benefits by matching from Accor!

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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
get BA Gold and Silver benefits by matching Accor elite hotel status!

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.

You can find full details, and register, on the Accor website here and on the Qatar Airways website here.

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.

Bottom line:

  • 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!

Why?  Because:

  • 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!
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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.

Conclusion

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:

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.


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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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (67)

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  • Phil W says:

    Apologies, these are likely to be slightly dumb questions:

    (1) Any thoughts on a very cheap Qatar Airways route that could be booked?

    (2) Do you think the flight would need to be flown (my assumption is yes).

    (3) How would Qatar Priviledge Silver impact / improve any reservations booked via my BAEC Blue account, if the Priviledge and BAEC are linked? I’m assuming the status in both accounts remains seperate and I would only benefit when booking via Qatar Airways.

    • Techonista says:

      1) From the UK no as it has to be QR metal. From Doha there are probably a few short intra Middle Eastern routes
      2) Yes because your flight wouldn’t be sent for crediting in most loyalty systems if you no show and it’s likely based on the loyalty system data based on the T&Cs
      3) Correct, the account linking is for Avios exchange purposes only.

      I believe you can have a separate FFP number for earning vs recognition on your PNR if you ask an agent at check in but not 100% sure how that works in practise!

    • Kwab says:

      DOH-IST is often quite cheap and definitely not a hardship in economy. You could always combine that with a couple of avios legs.

  • Max says:

    How does this impact the Air France tie up? I currently get Air France miles when staying in an Accor hotel.

    • Rob says:

      It continues, you need to decide if you want to stick with FB or switch.

      Personally I will stick with FB until I hit 4000 points, at which point I will convert them to Accor (no use for 4000 FB points) and then switch my Accor earning to Avios.

  • krys_k says:

    A question for someone who has some
    Knowledge of how Accor Live Limitless works…I have 60 nights booked on a corporate negotiated rate and I am told these rooms don’t qualify for either points or nights. How so, I’m thinking.

    Also, I have an office space booked for 60 nights. Would this qualify ?

    • Rob says:

      It is very possible that your company told Accor that it would accept a lower rate by refusing reward points. I know companies get a better deal on their Amex corporate cards by refusing Membership Reward points.

      Day rates – yes, I suspect they do count, albeit again it may depend on the deal negotiated.

    • Phil W says:

      Having previously been Category Manager for Corporate Travel (or as someone called it, Category Manager for No Fun and Tight Fistedness) for a UK Bank, one of my many cost savings (which incurred near universal wrath) was the negotiation of non-eligible hotel rates. This meant that the hotel chain booking system surpressed the award of points.

      All the while I just ignored the TMC and booked directly. Invariably spot buying will be cheaper than a corporate rate, unless that rate has last room availability applied to it (becoming rarer) or you have significant demand in a very specific location or route and you are willing to commit to significant volumes.

      • krys_k says:

        Thanks both. Will investigate

      • Bagoly says:

        Are you saying that you breached the Corporate Policy for using the arrangement you had set up? 🙁
        Although by doing so, you in fact saved your employer money?! 🙂

  • David says:

    On Qatar privilege club, does anyone have a contact email for them? I used combine my avios a while back to move points there and now can’t get them back…! Haven’t had any joy over the phone.

  • Alan says:

    The link to KLM is also handy for resetting Flying Blue points expiry with hotel stays.

  • ianmac57 says:

    I unlinked KLM-AF Flying Blue and linked Qatar the BAEC accounts very easily.
    Then, out of curiosity, I thought I’d read through the fine print Ts & Cs on the Accor site.
    One particular clause now causes me some concern :
    5. POINTS EARNING SCALES AND PROCEDURES
    (f) To remain eligible to the accrual of Avios on Eligible stays, the members will have to perform an international activity at least every 12 months.

    My take on that is if I don’t have an international Accor hotel stay or an international Qatar flight I would then become ineligible to earn Avios for Accor hotel stays.
    (So after 12 months back to the KLM-AF FB link ??)

    • Rob says:

      One way to fix this, if it applies in reality, is change the address on your accounts to non UK.

      • ianmac57 says:

        I’ll know very soon if this clause applies as I have an Accor hotel stay this week !

  • ianmac57 says:

    Its not even clear whether clauses 5(d) and 5(e) are linked :
    (d) For members who do not have a Privilege Club membership account prior to the accounts linkage can earn Avios for Eligible Spend in Hotels only after performing an international activity, whether the first stay outside of the country of residence of the member declared in ALL loyalty programme or after the first flight with Qatar Airways, post accounts linkage.
    (e) All domestic stays within 12 months before the first international activity and after the account linkage will be retroactively rewarded with Avios. Avios earned retroactively on stays in year N will be credited no later than December 31 of year N.

    I already had a Qatar Privilege Club account so bypass clause 5(d).
    But if clause 5(e) is stand-alone then you might have 60+ nights Accor UK hotel stays but never earn any Avios if you haven’t completed an “international activity” ??

  • Dwadda says:

    The Accor link up with Qantas is a much better deal. You get 3 Qantas miles per AUD spent with Accor. You are getting roughly 4X the miles.

    Accor in Asia is excellent. I’m averaging 25-30k Qantas miles a month from Accor spend. Enough for a couple business class trips a year..

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