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Not many Avios collectors know that you can now double-up when you stay at any Accor hotel.

As well as earning Accor Live Limitless points as usual from your Novotel, Mercure, Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, Ibis etc stays, you now earn a slug of Avios on top. You get Accor points AND Avios.

There is no catch, except that the Avios will drop into a Qatar Privilege Club account and not your British Airways Executive Club account. As long as your BA and Qatar accounts are linked, however, it is a 30 seconds job to move them across.

Everyone who is enrolled in this partnership can now earn double Accor Live Limitless points on their next hotel stay.

How to earn Avios on your Accor hotel stays

The partnership also works in reverse.

If you book a cash ticket on Qatar Airways and credit the flight to a Qatar Privilege Club account, you will earn Accor Live Limitless points from the flight. This is on top of the Avios you earn in Qatar Privilege Club.

To summarise:

  • 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

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 the double Accor points promotion work?

Qatar Airways and Accor have launched a new promotion for anyone who links, or has linked, their Accor and Qatar Privilege Club accounts.

If your Qatar Privilege Club and Accor Live Limitless accounts are linked (you are also included if you linked your accounts before now) you will get double Accor Live Limitless points on your next stay.

Here’s the small print:

  • your Qatar Privilege Club and Accor Live Limitless accounts must be linked before you book
  • you must book your hotel stay between 1st March and 31st March
  • your stay must be before 31st May

Full details are on the Qatar Airways website here.

How does the Qatar Privilege Club Avios / Accor partnership work?

I will now run over the basics of the Avios / Accor partnership in case you are not familiar with it. If your accounts are already linked you can stop reading now!

This is going to get a little complicated, so let’s start with a simple overview:

How to earn Avios on your Accor hotel stays

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.
How to earn Avios on your Accor hotel stays

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)
  • 4,500 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 4,500 Avios in Qatar Privilege Club for a €20 Accor hotel discount.  This is just 0.44 Eurocents per Avios, which is VERY poor. You would be crazy to do this given that converting Avios to Nectar gets you 0.66p 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!

And, of course, if you book an Accor stay by 31st March you’ll get double Accor Live Limitless points for your trouble.

Conclusion

This is, I accept, a bit complex.

Let’s assume that 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 drop into your Qatar Privilege Club account. You still get your Accor points as usual. You can move the Avios across to your linked British Airways Executive Club account. It’s free Avios, basically.

You can find out more about the Accor / Avios partnership:

The ‘double Accor points’ offer, which requires a hotel booking made by 31st March, is outlined here.

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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (13)

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  • Stuart says:

    Any chance this double airline points will also happen with Air France-KLM, Accor’s other account linked airline partner? Not being a QR/BA/Avios person.

  • Hooch says:

    There’s an equivalent arrangement with KLM/Flying Blue … I’m already signed up to that myself so I need to wait a few months before I can switch … 😪

  • Craig says:

    I’ve tried this, but my account is set up to auto-convert points to Iberia (I took advantage of a previous promotion). I’ve looked on the Accor website and there’s no obvious way of removing this auto-conversion.

    Does anyone know how to fix this? As I’d like to take advantage of the Qatar Airways partnership.

    Thanks.

    • Rob says:

      You can remove auto-convert via your profile but (in my experience) it doesn’t work. 18 months ago (before my pricey Barbados trip) I tried to do this and – because Accor’s IT so SO bad – it didn’t work.

      I therefore emailed Accor to do it. I was emailed back instructions on how to do it online which a) related to their old website, not the current one and b) didn’t work in the first place which is why I emailed ….

      I ended up opening a new Accor account.

      Literally 3 months later Accor emailed me again saying they had removed auto-convert from my original account.

      • Craig says:

        Thanks Rob. I’ll get in touch with them and maybe it will be fixed before Christmas! 🙂

  • James says:

    I also got offered a status match by email, once I complete a Qatar flight

  • BJ says:

    ‘Not many Avios collectors know that you can now double-up when you stay at any Accor hotel.’

    I don’r think this is quite correct because not all Accor hotels participate in ALL.

    • QFFlyer says:

      The vast majority do, even some Ibis Budgets do now (and historically none of them did).

  • QFFlyer says:

    Prob of minimal use to those on here, but just in case, you can also do the same link ALL/Qantas Frequent Flyer, the points accrued also count towards points club plus (=status credits on reward flights, amongst other things).

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