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Get a 30% bonus when you transfer Avios to Accor Live Limitless hotel points

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Accor Live Limitless, the loyalty programme for Novotel, Pullman, Mercure, Raffles, Sofitel, ibis etc, has launched a transfer bonus with Avios, via Qatar Privilege Club.

When you convert Avios into Accor Live Limitless points by 31st May, you will receive a 30% bonus.

In order to do this, your Accor Live Limitless account needs to be connected to your Qatar Privilege Club Avios account. You would be crazy if you hadn’t already done this because anyone who does so receives Avios on all of their Accor hotel stays – ON TOP of their usual Accor Live Limitless points.

30% bonus on Avios transfers to Accor points

It is a complex scheme and I don’t want to run over it again here. If you want to learn more about it, read this HfP article on the Qatar Privilege Club Avios / Accor Live Limitless partnership. You can transfer Avios from British Airways to Qatar Privilege Club using the instructions here – it’s instant, free and reversible.

What’s the bonus?

Until 31st May, you will receive 1,300 Accor Live Limitless points (usually 1,000) for every 4,500 Avios you convert from your Qatar Privilege Club account.

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 €26 (£22.60) Accor hotel discount.  This is just 0.50p per Avios, which is poor. You would be crazy to do this given that converting Avios to Nectar gets you 0.66p per Avios point.

There are only two reasons why I think you might want to do this:

  • Accor Live Limitless points expire after 12 months with no account activity. Making an Avios transfer into Accor will reset your expiry date and you might as well do it whilst there is a bonus on.
  • You may have been interested in some of the recent ‘Limitless Experiences’ VIP Accor redemptions – such as BST Hyde Park VIP tickets – and want to get some Accor points to take part in this or future events.

You can find out more about the Accor / Avios transfer bonus on this page of the Accor Live Limitless website.

Our two-part HfP guide to Accor Live Limitless starts here.

PS. There is also a transfer bonus for moving miles out of Aegean Airlines, ITA Airways or Finnair into Accor. If you have a few orphaned miles in any of these programmes then this might be an opportunity.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)

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 £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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 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 (4)

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  • Geoggy says:

    I am quite interested in burning some Avios for a sold out BST convert – however, it seems there is no way to turn of the auto conversion of my Accor points to Iberia, so they will just get instantly transferred out at 1:1.

    If anyone knows how to do this I would be very grateful.

    • Rob says:

      I had this issue two years ago, glad to see it’s not fixed. I emailed them and three months later (!) they did it.

      Just open a new Accor account for this, linked to your Qatar account.

      My wife’s Accor account remains on auto transfer to IB – when she stays she gets an Avios dump in Qatar and Iberia!

      • Geoggy says:

        The landing page linked to says 4500 Avios = 1300 All Accor points?

        • Rob says:

          Ho hum. So it does. Something has changed – just looked back at our old coverage and it says 4,000. Will fix.

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