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We don’t cover LeClub Accor too often at InsideFlyer UK. Ultimately I believe that this neglect is due to the limited opportunities for attaining outsized value from any hotel stay. You can earn 2.5 points for each euro spent at full service hotels – higher for elite members and lower for the cheaper Ibis brand – but then your main redemption option is to convert 2,000 points into a 40 euro discount voucher. Some quick maths show that this is nothing more than a 5% rebate. More or less fine – especially once you consider that Accor usually pays out reasonable cashback – but completely lacking in the upside potential of a luxury hotel stay in exchange for a set number of points.
A new partnership between Air France / KLM and Accor Hotels might improve this situation somewhat. Members in both programmes can link their accounts and earn:
- Flying Blue miles on Accor hotel stays
- Accor points on Air France / KLM flights
There is a lot of fine print involved, but you can earn 1 Flying Blue mile for each euro spent at a full-service Accor hotel. You can also earn 1 Accor points – worth 2 euro cents – for each 2 euros spent on an Air France / KLM flight –> i.e. a 1% rebate.
As a special welcome gift, you will receive 2 Accor status nights and 10 Flying Blue Experience Points (XP). One night and 5 XPs will be received with your first hotel night, and the other night and 5 XPs will be earned with your first AF/KL flight.
You must register your accounts. You can do that by clicking here.
With Marriott tied up with United and Hyatt now joining forces with American Airlines, it is becoming clear that the major airlines and hotel chains are finding value in combining efforts. Will British Airways and IHG manage to get together before the game of musical chairs stops? Or is there a different combination that you’d like to see? Let us know in the comments section…