Accor has a special incentive programme for luxury travel agents. These can give you valuable additional benefits when you book an upscale Accor property via an accredited agent.
Luckily for you, we partner with such an agent – Emyr Thomas of Bon Vivant – which means that you can access these deals.
Welcome to Accor STEP …..
What is Accor STEP?
Accor STEP is, like Four Seasons Preferred Partner, Hyatt Prive, Hilton Impresario, Mandarin Oriental Fan Club and IHG Luxury & Lifestyle, a special benefits programme which can only be accessed by selected luxury travel agents.
These schemes are driven by the US travel market. Whilst virtually unheard of in the UK, most wealthy Americans will use a personal travel advisor. These tend to be self employed individuals who contract with a bigger travel group to provide access to deals and back-end support.
In order to keep ‘front of mind’ with travel advisors, the big hotel groups offer access to special benefits. The travel advisors can offer their clients these exclusive privileges for booking with them, which guarantees the booking and their future loyalty. Everyone wins.
Well …. everyone wins except people who don’t have access to a luxury travel advisor. Don’t worry, however, as you can use our hotel booking partner, details below.
Which Accor brands take part in Accor STEP?
Accor STEP benefits can be booked at ALL hotels in the following brands:
- Sofitel Legend
It applies to some hotels in these brands:
- Banyan Tree
For the majority of participating hotels there is no minimum stay requirement. A few of the cheaper hotels on the second list require a two night stay.
The current list of participating hotels is here (Excel).
Participating UK hotels are:
- Fairmont St Andrews – details here
- Fairmont The Savoy – details here
- Fairmont Windsor Park – details here
- Mondrian Shoreditch – details here (two night stay required)
- The Municipal Hotel Liverpool MGallery – details here, review here (two night stay required)
- Raffles London at the OWO – details here
- Sofitel London St James – details here
Are Accor STEP rates the same as online rates?
Yes. You will pay the Best Flexible Rate shown online.
There are likely to be cheaper Advanced Purchase rates available. If you are happy to pay in advance and don’t need a refundable rate then you need to do the maths as to whether the STEP benefits are worth the extra cost.
What benefits does Accor STEP offer?
Accor STEP gets you the following benefits:
- Room upgrade at check-in, if available
- Complimentary daily breakfast for two
- $100 hotel credit to be spent during your stay
- Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
- Welcome amenities
Clearly, if you would otherwise book an Advanced Purchase rate, then you are paying a small premium to lock in these benefits. The free breakfast, upgrade and $100 hotel credit should easily put you into ‘profit’ though on the price difference. If you would usually book a flexible rate, these extra benefits are genuinely free.
(Let’s be clear. Getting a $100 hotel credit AND free breakfast on a 1-night stay is an exceptional return.)
For clarity, you will earn Accor Live Limitless points and elite night credits on top and you pay on departure. If you have Accor status, the benefits will stack as best they can. Our article on what Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here.
Exclusive STEP 3-4-2 deals are often available
Many hotels offer exclusive deals via STEP.
For the current quarter (Q1 2024), 100 of the 300+ participating hotels have a special deal available, usually ‘stay three, pay for two’.
If you are considering a 3+ night stay at a high-end Accor property then you absolutely should get a quote from a STEP agent.
Emyr has worked with us for many years now and readers have booked well over £1.7 million of rooms through him. I also use him for my personal travel when I can, and his level of customer service is second to none. There are no booking fees and you pay at check-out as usual.
Accor Live Limitless update – February 2024:
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.