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LAST CALL to get free Accor Gold status for two years via ibis Business

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Accor offers a paid loyalty programme for regular ibis guests – ibis Business.

You are probably thinking that “I don’t stay much in ibis hotels” and “I don’t stay much on ‘Business'”.  However, ibis Business comes with a key benefit – members get Gold status in Accor Live Limitless.

You are running out of time to get this benefit, however. It will be withdrawn for new applicants from 21st March.

On 22nd March, ibis Business will be replaced by ALL PLUS ibis. This has poorer benefits and Gold status is withdrawn as you can see here.

Full details of ibis Business as it currently stands are on this page of the Accor website.

ibis Business is not free.  There is a fee of £65 for one year, or £119 for two years.

Is it worth £65 to get Accor Live Limitless Gold status?

Our full review of Accor Live Limitless is here.

For some people, joining ibis Business to get Accor Live Limitless Gold status may be worth £65 even if you rarely stay at ibis Hotels.

Gold is mid-tier status with Accor and usually requires 30 nights or €2,800 of spending per year.  The benefits include:

  • free internet (although all UK Accor hotels offer this to everyone)
  • an upgrade on arrival if available
  • a free welcome drink
  • early check-in or late check-out on request
  • 50% base points bonus (3.7 per €1 instead of 2.5 at most brands)

It is worth noting that, because Accor does not give away status as a credit card perk (unlike Hilton, Marriott and IHG), hotels tend to treat it more seriously than with other chains. They know you have earned it – except, of course, if you get it via ibis Business you won’t have!

Note that having Accor Gold status does not make it any easier to earn Platinum or Diamond status.  You would still have 0 qualifying nights and €0 of qualifying spend for the year.

Full details of Accor Live Limitless Gold benefits are on the Accor website here. Our full guide to Accor Live Limitless starts here.

ibis business sign up bonus

ibis Business paid for itself in one trip when I went to Barbados

When I joined in 2021 my Accor Live Limitless status, originally ‘Classic’, was upgraded immediately to Gold as soon as I applied, although I have seen reports elsewhere saying that it can take a week.

In in late 2021 I went to Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados.

You get a 50% points bonus for being Gold. I earned 18,872 base points in Accor Live Limitless from my stay. 18,872 base points meant that I earned a Gold status bonus of 9,435 points. Accor points are worth 2 Eurocents each, so those 9,435 points were worth €189 of credit towards future Accor stays.

Given I paid £65 (€73) for my ibis Business card, I made a 2.5x return on my money.

What are the other benefits of ibis Business?

It doesn’t matter (!) because they are disappearing on 22nd March.

After that, ibis Business will be renamed as ALL PLUS ibis.

What are the benefits of ALL PLUS ibis?

You can see the benefits of ALL PLUS ibis here. There are weaker than you currently get as an ibis Business member:

  • instead of Accor Gold status, you get 10 nights per year towards elite status. This will only get you instant Silver status and leave you 20 nights per year short of being Gold.
  • your discount changes from 5%-10% off the Member Rate to 15% off the Best Available Rate – this is likely to be a worse deal and you may find you are paying more than some other discounted rates
  • the 10% discount on food and drink at ibis hotels is scrapped

This is a pretty poor list of benefits although we don’t know what the membership fee will be from 22nd March.


If you liked the idea of getting Accor Live Limitless Gold status via the modest ibis Business annual fee, you need to act before 21st March.

I would suggest you pay £119 for two years of membership since Accor has told existing members that their Gold status will be respected for the duration of their current subscription.

The sign-up page for the ibis Business Card is here.

Full details of the changes can be found here. The page is a bit thin on detail so I suggest reading the T&C document linked.

Click here for a complete guide to getting hotel elite status from UK credit cards.

Accor Live Limitless update – May 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.

Comments (45)

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  • ChasP says:

    “You get a 50% points bonus for being Gold. I earned 18,872 base points in Accor Live Limitless from my stay. 18,872 base points meant that I earned a Gold status bonus of 9,435 points”

    Surely your bonus at 50% would be about 6285 ? Those numbers suggest 100% bonus

    • Martin says:

      I always thought 50% of 18,872
      Was 9,436…
      Chas ?? Am I missing something ??

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Yes because halving it means you got a 100% bonus

        You need to divide by 1.5 that means base was about 12,580 and 6290 bonus

        • TGLoyalty says:

          But I’ve misread too. 18,872 were the base points and ChasP was probably lacking the same sleep/coffee I am this morning.

  • ChasP says:

    Ah so the bonus points are additional ? oh for an edit button

  • Will says:

    My ibis business subscription ends on 31 July 2023.

    The FAQ states: “Subscribers can renew their ibis BUSINESS subscription from 30 days before their current subscription expires (D-30 before expiry).”

    Has anyone worked out a way to force the renewal before then? Could I just subscribe again as a new member? Or is there a better way to go about it?

    • planeconcorde says:

      I have the same issue with my ibis business renewal in July 2023. Yesterday I attempted to renew early and it give an error message can only renew 30 days early. Apart from applying as a new member with a different email address, I have yet to come up with a better renewal strategy.

  • Pj92 says:

    The t&cs on the linked page mention an All Plus Voyager that gives 20 status nights and a 20% discount? Maybe there will be 2 subscription levels.

    • planeconcorde says:

      Yes, two different subscription cards. The current “The Business Plus card” will become “ALL PLUS Voyageur” with changes to its benefits.

    • Lady London says:

      The Business card was always a very expensive card though, you’d need to stay more at more expensive Accor to make the numbers work.

      And as with a few hotel groups these days, if you’ve a China or Apac address there are quite frequently more advantageous offers than both these cards

  • John says:


    – A minimum of Gold status with all its benefits is guaranteed for the duration of your current subscription.

    That’s what I see under your link. So you get Gold + 10 nights towards platinum.

    It’s the new card Voyager (which replaces a business card) which lose Gold and only gain 20 qualifying nights.

  • Tiberius says:

    Would it be possible to status match Accor Gold to the Hilton equivalent?

    • MarkZ says:

      Should still be possible (Rob and others may care to confirm) – certainly I have done so in the past.

  • vol says:

    If someone signed up for the two year subscription at this stage, what would their gold status end date be?

    • MarkZ says:

      If you sign up now, then the end date should be 28th February 2025.

    • MarkZ says:

      However, based on my own experience, the Gold expiry date is advanced at the turn of the year, which can be a bit confusing. Last year, my Gold expiry date was 31st December 2022. Shortly after 1st January 2023, it became 31st December 2023, but my ibis Business expiry date is 29th February 2024, so I expect my Gold expiry date to advance again shortly after 1st January 2024.

    • Lee says:

      I signed up 1 year yesterday now showing gold expires at the end of 2024

      • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

        Yes, as @Rob ‘s article implies, buying the 2 year membership now should give Gold status until the end of 2025 as, even though the Ibis card will expire in February of that year, the Gold status should continue to the end of that calendar year.

        Normally the best value was therefore to only subscribe for the one year’s membership in January every other year, as you’d then be paying only £65 for 2 years of Gold but of course that no longer works from next month, so it’s pay £65 now for Gold til the end of 2024 or £119 til end of 2025.

        Unfortunately, for those of us running the standard January renewal cycle, current members may not be able to do this but them’s the breaks !

    • planeconcorde says:

      I bought the ibis Business Card for the first time July 2022, on a one year subscription. Within a day or so was upgraded to Accor GOLD with expiry of end December 2023. Whereas the ibis Business Card expiry is July 2023.

      • Lady London says:

        The first year I bought it in something like November, nothing in the conditions about this but early the following year my status disappeared. Accor stood firm and said the status was only till the end of the year purchased.

        I kicked up a stink but they didn’t budge for my subscription. However some months after that the conditions did include something about that and it was rest of current year then more.

        B*st*rd Accor. I would never trust them.

        • Roy says:

          They did fix that. 2 year cards really do give you Gold for two years these days (plus in practice an extension to the end of the calendar year after it expires, although I don’t think the T&Cs promise that)

  • planeconcorde says:

    The current “ibis Business Card” will become “ALL PLUS ibis”.
    The current “The Business Plus card” will become “ALL PLUS Voyageur”.

    But what’s the new subscription fee for both new cards? So far we don’t know. In some cases “ALL PLUS Voyageur” may be better long term option after the current Ibis business subscription ends.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Current it’s £65 and £170 a year. Unless you stay a lot at the premium brands for the 5% discount to matter I think it’s not worth the extra expense

      • planeconcorde says:

        On current rates, the difference is £105 which is cheaper than 10 nights of mattress runs to get the extra 10 night award credit. It comes down to how many paid nights you expect to do in a year and is it worth paying the extra to get a minimum of 30 nights required to reach gold.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          This is true if you really needed the nights.

          For me gold would be it. I’m not going to do lots of nights.

      • Lady London says:

        Yeah Accor keeps talking about 10%. but IM experience it’s only ever 5% except for very rarw exceptions.

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