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It’s no secret among my colleagues here at ‘InsideFlyerUK Towers’ that I’m a bit of an Accor fanboy (fanman???) – I even wrote a 5-part series of posts about why you should be too.
I do like (and have elite status with) most of the other major hotel programmes too though, so I think I’m being reasonably fair and impartial when I say that Accor’s new promotion is the best of the Summer hotel offers so far.
It’s pretty simple, so I’ll let Accor do the explaining this time:
As a Le Club AccorHotels member, you could earn up to 6,000 points for stays made by 31 August.
The more you stay, the greater your rewards:
– 1 stay of 2 nights or more = 500 points,
– 2 stays of 2 nights or more = 3,000 points,
– 3 stays of 2 nights or more = 6,000 points.
To take advantage of this offer:
1. Click on “Connect” in the “Benefit from this offer” zone in the upper right-hand corner of the page
2. Sign in as a member and register for the offer
Not yet a member? Join the program
3. Book your stay(s) before May 31, 2016
4. Stay at one of our hotels before August 31, 2016
5. Earn your points!
Why is this the best promotion of the Summer (so far)?
Accor Points can be used in blocks of 2,000 to get you 40 Euros off your next stay – so 6,000 Points is worth approximately £95.00 (120.00 Euros). You can also transfer Accor Points to Avios at 1:1 rate via Iberia Plus (transferring to British Airways only gets you half the Avios).
Accor has lots of perfectly decent, relatively cheap hotels – in particular their Ibis and Ibis Style brands (note that Ibis Budget hotels do not qualify for Points!). They also have regular offers like their brilliant weekly Happy Mondays sale, which allows you to book hotel rooms from just £25.00 per night.
You could therefore complete this promotion for as little as £150.00 (£25 x 6 nights), while enjoying three separate 2-night weekends away. £95.00 worth of bonus points from £150.00 spend is obviously a fantastic rebate.
The other major hotel chains are only running Double Points and similarly uninspiring promotions this Summer, so for my money Accor blows them out the water. If you had lots of expensive stays planned though, those double points promotions could end up being more valuable.
Yep. One of the reasons I love Accor is their consistently generous cashback rates, and this week is no exception. For the next five days you can get up to 15% cashback from Quidco (please use my sign-up link if you do not already have an account – I get a small referral fee, thanks!). If you’d rather use TopCashback, remember that they will match the higher rate Quidco are currently offering, if you ask them.
Accor also has a constant stream of smaller, more specific Points bonuses like this one for quadruple Points at new hotels that should stack with the Summer Promotion. Standard Points earning rates with Accor effectively provide a 5% rebate for standard members (half that at Ibis), so quadruple Points would be a 20% rebate – well worth having!
Finally – if you’ve ever had Elite Status with Accor, check your account because it might have been extended to the end of 2017, even if you thought it had already expired.
Bonus Tip: I discovered something new about ‘Happy Mondays’ this week. It’s, understandably, more difficult to find availability for Saturdays than Fridays or Sundays, but if you search for a 2-night stay (Friday+Saturday, or Saturday+Sunday) the Accor site sometimes finds Happy Mondays availability for the Saturday that doesn’t come up if you just search for the Saturday.
Bearing in mind how expensive Saturdays can be for city centre hotels, booking 2 nights at an Ibis (£25.00 x 2) or a Novotel/Mercure (£40.00 x 2) will often still be considerably cheaper than booking just the Saturday on a standard rate, so it;s worth checking even if you only really need the Saturday!