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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 enrols in this partnership between 10th May and 10th June will earn 500 bonus Accor Live Limitless points (worth €10 or 500 Avios) on their next Accor hotel stay before 31st August.

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, via this special page of the Accor website. You must use this particular page to receive the extra 500 Accor points on your next booking.

How do you get your 500 bonus Accor points?

Qatar Airways and Accor have launched a new promotion for anyone who links their Accor and Qatar Privilege Club accounts for the first time.

If your Qatar Privilege Club and Accor Live Limitless accounts are newly linked, you will get 500 bonus 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 between 10th May and 10th June
  • you must book your hotel stay between 10th May and 10th June
  • your stay must be before 31st August

Full details of the offer are on the Accor 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.

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 under this offer you’ll get 500 bonus 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 ‘500 bonus Accor points’ offer, which requires a hotel booking made by 10th June, 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 (July 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

30,000 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 (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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 (10)

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  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    Some people had awful problems linking their QR and BA accounts because of middle names or having apostrophes or other special characters in their names.

    Is that going to be the same when linking QR and ALL accounts as well.?

    Let’s say in my QR and BA accounts my first name(s) are listed as “Robert Rhys” and in my ALL account as “Rob” is that going to cause problems? Will I need to change the name in my ALL account?

    And whilst the bonus is clearly only for new bookings will you get the avios for existing ones?

    I have a booking next week that I could cancel and rebook to qualify for the sign up bonus but another I could cancel but I won’t because the rate has gone up! I’d earn an extra 2k avios if I earned the avios on that booking.

    • Rob says:

      You will earn Avios in Qatar even on existing bookings – that’s not an issue. You just won’t get the 500 extra ones unless you rebook.

  • Minus500 says:

    Yesterday’s article said you’d be crazy not to have linked your ALL and Qatar accounts. I can’t be the only one who did just that and is now wondering why you didn’t mention this special sign up page yesterday….

    • Rob says:

      Doesn’t matter. You still get the offer. There was no requirement to link via that specific offer page for the extra 500 points.

      • Go197 says:

        “You must use this particular page to receive the extra 500 Accor points on your next booking”

        ?

        • Rob says:

          I was just covering myself. I don’t think it is actually enforced.

  • Neuromancer says:

    The T&C say you must link the accounts between 10 May and 10 June, so as mine are already linked I guess I won’t get the bonus. I can rebook a stay I need anyway and see what happens.
    Is there a way to unlink and then link again?

    • Rob says:

      You can unlink easily enough. Can you relink easily? Not sure. I don’t see why you’d be blocked.

  • Karl says:

    So to clarify, can an Accor ALL account be linked to a Flying Blue account and a Qatar Privilege Account at the same time – I’m guessing not?

    • Rob says:

      No, just one. And you can’t change your decision for 12 months.

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