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Accor, the company behind Novotel, Mercure, Ibis, Raffles, Pullman, Fairmont and many other hotel brands, shook up its two subscription cards last year.

Until 15th March, the company is currently offering bonus Accor Live Limitless points if you sign up for either of the cards – but are they worth it?

Get bonus Accor points with the Accor hotel subscription cards

You can find full details of the two Accor ALL PLUS subscription cards here. There are special links for the promotional offer which I have put below.

Let’s look at each of the cards in turn.

Get bonus Accor points with the Accor hotel subscription cards

The ALL PLUS ibis card

This card sells for €99.

Until 15th March, you will receive 1,000 Accor Live Limitless points with your purchase. These can be redeemed for €20 off an Accor booking or 1,000 Avios in Iberia Plus, amongst other things.

You need to use this link to get the bonus.

The card benefits are:

  • 15% discount on stays at ibis hotels (discount valid on all public rates, not just Best Flexible Rate)
  • discount valid against up to two rooms per stay
  • guaranteed room availability up to two days before arrival
  • 10 free status nights in Accor Live Limitless

There are two points I want to flag here:

  • whilst you get a 15% discount with this card, you would – without it – get an Accor Live Limitless member discount of up to 10% regardless. This means that the actual additional saving will average 5%-8%.
  • your 10 free status nights gets you instant Silver status in Accor Live Limitless (key benefits are a welcome drink and the possibility of late check out) and means that you will hit Gold status if you do another 20 nights (usually requires 30 nights)

When I discussed the card with Accor, they described it as ‘transactional’. This is a fair assessment. If you think you will do enough ibis stays to justify the €99 fee then you will buy it and if not, you won’t.

Get bonus Accor points with the Accor hotel subscription cards

The ALL PLUS Voyageur card

This card sells for €199.

Until 15th March, you will receive 2,000 Accor Live Limitless points with your purchase. These can be redeemed for €40 off an Accor booking or 2,000 Avios in Iberia Plus.

You need to use this link to get the bonus.

The card benefits are:

  • 20% discount across 11 luxury and premium brands and 15% off at ten midscale and economy brands (discount valid on all public rates, not just Best Flexible Rate)
  • discount valid against up to two rooms per stay
  • guaranteed room availability up to two days before arrival
  • 20 free status nights in Accor Live Limitless

Here are the participating brands:

  • Luxury: Sofitel, SO/, Sofitel LEGEND
  • Premium: Grand Mercure, MGallery, 21C Museum Hotels, Mondrian, Mövenpick, Pullman, The Sebel, Adagio Premium
  • Midscale: Handwritten Collection, Adagio Original, Mercure, Novotel, Tribe
  • Economy: ibis budget, ibis, ibis Styles, greet, Adagio Access

There are four points I want to flag here:

  • not all Accor brands participate – Fairmont and Raffles, probably the two most expensive Accor brands, are missing for a start
  • Adagio Premium and Handwritten Collection have been added since the cards launched
  • whilst you get a 15%-20% discount with this card, you would – without it – get an Accor Live Limitless member discount of up to 10% regardless. This means that the actual additional saving will be lower.
  • your 20 free status nights gets you instant Silver status in Accor Live Limitless (key benefits are a welcome drink and the possibility of late check out) and means that you will hit Gold status if you do another 10 nights (usually requires 30 nights)
Get bonus Accor points with the Accor hotel subscription cards

Buy both and the status nights stack

The status nights benefit from these cards stacks. If you buy both (and this makes little sense otherwise, because the €199 Voyageur card has all of the benefits, and more, of the €99 ibis card) you would get a combined total of 30 free status nights.

30 nights is enough for Gold status in Accor Live Limitless which would get you a one level upgrade, subject to availability, and a welcome amenity.

It would also mean that Platinum would only require you to do another 30 nights under your own steam.

Is this worth €298, less the value of the 3,000 Accor points you’d receive? It’s up to you. If it is, I suspect it is better doing it now, early in the calendar year, so that you’d get 23 months of status – the rest of the current year and all of the following year.

You can see the full list of Accor status benefits on their website here.

There is a snag with this though

There are two ways of earning Accor Live Limitless status – by nights, or by spending.

I assume that few people achieve it via nights because the spend thresholds are so low.

It doesn’t make a lot of difference if you get 10, 20 or 30 free status nights via the two ALL PLUS cards because, unless all of your nights are in ibis hotels or in low cost countries, you are still likely to qualify on spend before you hit the nights target.

Gold, for example, requires 30 nights or €2,800 of spend. Even with 10 free status nights from the ALL PLUS ibis card, you would still qualify on spend rather than nights if your average nightly room rate ex tax was (€2,800 / 20) over €140.

Platinum requires 60 nights or €5,600 of spend. Even with 20 free status nights from the ALL PLUS Voyageur card, you would still qualify on spend rather than nights if your average nightly room rate ex tax was (€5,600 / 40) over €140.

Get bonus Accor points with the Accor hotel subscription cards

Of course, if you buy both cards, you get instant Gold status via your 30 free status nights and are just 30 nights short of Platinum.

If you travel with friends or family, you also need to factor in that whilst spend from booking two rooms per night counts for status, two rooms only get you one elite night credit. This makes it even more likely that you will earn status based on spend and not nights.

Conclusion

The two new Accor ALL PLUS subscription cards are easy to understand and can clearly save some people money.

You’ll know if you are the sort of person who does enough annual Accor stays at participating brands to get value from this.

If so, you might want to jump in by 15th March whilst the bonus points are available.

My only criticism is that there is nothing here for someone who might be on the margins of switching to Accor. Silver status isn’t worth much. You are being asked to put up quite a bit of cash with no return unless you do 15-20 nights in the following 12 months. I would prefer to see Accor shouldering a bit more of the downside in the first year by way of a bigger bonus or a first year discount.

You can find out more about the ALL PLUS subscription cards here. To get the special deal you need to use the links above.

You can learn more about the status benefits and requirements of Accor Live Limitless on this page of their site. Our two-part HfP guide to Accor Live Limitless starts here.


Accor Live Limitless update – June 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.

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Comments (22)

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  • Barrel Scraper says:

    How much is an Accor point worth?

  • Kowalski says:

    Do the points you receive from these cards count as status points by any chance?

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    No mention of Signature?

    That solves entirely the nights vs Spend challenge you describe in the article?

    • Kowalski says:

      Just looking at Signature, it looks a great deal. But only available on the Brazil website? Will it definitely be ok if signing up not being a resident of Brazil?

      • Froggee says:

        They seem to have changed the monthly status points from 1,000 to 200 though which sucks as 1,000 was obscenely generous.

        • Chrisasaurus says:

          No, there are three tiers.

          200 is the lowest and 1000 the highest (Absolute)

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        Yes, the requirement was removed last year.

        • Rob says:

          Yes, it’s changed – although the application website is only in Spanish.

          • Chrisasaurus says:

            Portuguese

          • Rob says:

            Whatever 🙂

            I was interested in this during the promo deal last December, but I then had two stays which got me back to Diamond and therefore Plat for 2025. I might revisit it again when another promo comes along later this year.

            In thery it’s a no brainer because you’re paying under €1500 for €1500 of credit, plus the status credit.

          • Froggee says:

            I think I might be totally interested in a bit of Signature actually. I’m going to be within spitting distance of platinum in 2024 (food & beverage might push me over) so Signature would guarantee it. It’s then a case of whether it is worth paying up for one of the bigger packages to get more suite night awards. I’d end up with a lot of points though as it appears you need to pay with cash using suite nights! Decisions, decisions…

          • Roy says:

            Well, the terms and conditions (only available in Portuguese – so I’m relying on Google Translate) contain the term that the subscription is only valid in Brazil.

            Of course, this makes no sense, as Accor Live, as it stands, has no mechanism for granting country-specific points or country-specific status.

            Your risk, of course, is that If you end up having a disagreement with Accor about how they treat non-Brazilians buying the subscription, you’re only recourse is to a Brazilian court.

  • omicron says:

    You can get Accor Gold by buying 1 Accor share, which even if it lost 100% of its value would be cheaper than these cards. Worth factoring in I think!

      • Ray S says:

        And looks like a non-renewable status with out staying the requisite nights / spend requirements?

      • omicron says:

        50 bearer shares or 1 registered share.

        Using the ALL / Qatar status match this is presumably the easiest way to get OW Ruby from scratch?

        • Roy says:

          Not sure it’s possible to buy registered shares without using a French broker, though, so in reality it’s 50 shares for most of us. If the status were ongoing for as long as you held the shares I’d be interested, but as it is it seems you only get a one-off status boost, so it’s not worth the trouble IMO.

          BTW “bearer shares” is a mistranslation from the French – it should say non-registered shares or some such. Obviously bearer shares haven’t existed for many decades.

  • Red Flyer says:

    Good call as 41 EUR per share – any other hotel schemes offering tier benefits accessed similarly?

  • James says:

    I am now in my second year of All Signature, got the first year at the promo rate and stayed at a Movenpick in the Philippines to get the rest of the status points required to get me to platinum, January 24 my status upgraded to platinum, got my two suite nights deposited into my account, second year renewed last month at the normal rate, i now have some hotel bookings in China & South Korea for next month, used about £600 in points that i earned last year towards £700 of accommodation and will also get free lounge access at the hotels with platinum status, so all in all was a very simple process for the benefits.

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