Accor Plus – free night and discounts at Accor Hotels!
Accor Hotels … Accor PLUS!
Quick overview, scroll down if you’re after the details…
We love the Accor Hotels brand, from luxury to economy, you’ll find the properties spread across 92 countries, over 3,400 hotels and what we love most, is that the brand is consistent. It doesn’t matter whether you book a hotel in London, Budapest, Morocco or Australia, you’ll find the brand true to its name.
Being loyal to a brand, that’s where this guide is quite helpful. We are platinum members with the Accor group and absolutely love feeling welcomed to the properties where we more often than not (as part of the Accor program) receive room upgrades, complimentary welcome drinks at the bar, hand written notes from the property manager and often a complimentary bottle of wine and treats in your room. Now you might think this is because we are travel influencers. Clearly we love travelling, but no, we do not receive all our stays for free. Sure we receive some perks here and there and do love collaborating with hotels, tours and experiences … but we still pay for the vast majority of our stays.
The Le Club AccorHotels guide …
Actually, the Accor Le Club program will be in a separate post … coming soon.
I wanted to highlight the Le Club AccorHotels program (which is free) in this post, as the Accor Plus program is linked to it and you receive the same status levels across the two programs. For example, if you are a silver, gold, or platinum member you’ll be this status on both. So even if you stay in Europe you’ll still receive the same perks as any other Le Club AccorHotels member would receive (room upgrades, welcome drinks and so forth).
The Accor Plus guide
Status isn’t easily earned.
The Accor Plus membership immediately provides you with silver Le Club AccorHotels membership. This is usually only available after 10 nights, or 2,000 status points. Silver provide you with some perks, most importantly, free internet, welcome drinks at the bar and late check-out upon request.
The Accor Plus program provides you with additional benefits in the Asia Pacific properties, it includes a free night, discounts of up to 50% on rooms and food/drinks for your say, and benefits with other partners.
Is the Accor Plus membership fee worth it?
The Accor Plus membership cost is currently AUD $385 per annum. Now many of you may think this seems high, but you really should continue reading…
To summarise, the benefits include…
- the “Stay Plus” benefit of a complimentary night at participating hotels
- the “Red Hot Rooms” promotions, being up to 50% discount on bookings
- the restaurant discounts of up to 50% off your bill and 15% off drinks at participating restaurants
- the Silver status with the Le Club AccorHotels worldwide program
- the partner benefits (car rental etc.) and other special events depending on the location
The Accor Plus “Stay Plus” benefit
The “Stay Plus” benefit of a complimentary night is for a standard room in a participating property and can be redeemed at luxury or economy brands, most commonly the Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Pullman or Sofitel hotels.
To get us started, and to remind everyone, below are the current AccorHotel brands:
Obviously the “Stay Plus” benefit is the best at the luxury properties and plenty of these can cover the cost of the Accor Plus membership cost. Accor Plus may not appreciate me saying this, but you really … really shouldn’t be using the “Stay Plus” at an economy brand such as the Ibis unless you simply haven’t used it and that is your only option in an area you need to visit.
The complimentary night is readily available but you can’t rely on being able to redeem these on popular dates such as Christmas and New Years. Also, as with any other loyalty program, I would definitely recommend booking these in advance if you know the dates.
Now, if the property isn’t available but you know you want to go away on specific dates but the room (or suite) you’re looking at is a bit too expensive, rumour has it, and my disclaimer is that we haven’t use this as of yet, that when the Stay Plus benefit isn’t available that you may be able to use it towards a room upgrade.
the Accor Plus – “Red Hot Room” promotions
The Red Hot Room sales provides you with deals where you can book rooms with up to a 50% discount on the usual price. This is absolutely true. While writing this post I logged onto my account and while there were a significant number of offers, these were the first three on the page:
Worst case scenario, the Red Hot Rooms will give you 10% off the Best Available Rate, better than nothing, but clearly the 50% discount is amazing!
the Accor Plus – “More Sensations” restaurant discounts of up to 50% and up to 15% off drinks
The heading says it all, you get up to 50% off your food bill, breakfast, lunch or dinner, and best of all … you do not even need to be staying at the property to receive the benefit.
The program does have a tiered structure, clearly you cannot take your team at work to lunch and assume for a group of 10 that you would receive a 50% discount. You can however use multiple cards per table if you have other Accor Plus members in the group.
Below is the current discount structure:
- 25% off – 1 member
- 50% off – 1 member and 1 guest
- 33% off – 1 member and 2 guests
- 25% off – 1 member and 3 guests
the Accor Plus – silver status with Le Club AccorHotels
Having mentioned this above, it’s still a great benefit.
The Accor Plus membership entitles you to a Silver status with the Le Club AccorHotels program. This is usually only available after 10 nights, or 2,000 status points. Silver provides you with some perks, most importantly, free internet, welcome drinks at the bar and late check-out upon request.
You should read my separate Le Club AccorHotels program post for a points earning and redemption guide.
the Accor Plus – partner benefits
There are quite a few…
From discounts on car rental, booking special events (depending on the location, such as Melbourne for the Australian Open) to transferring points to participating airlines.
This is absolutely a benefit, but it isn’t something you can rely on such as the complimentary night or dining discounts. These benefits are much more specific depending on the location and/or type of holiday you’re having. It’s worth a mention but wouldn’t necessarily sway me towards justifying the cost of the membership program.
Is the Accor Plus membership fee worth it?
Wait, is this the same heading as before?
Well, yes it is, but this is where you’re find my answer:
Yes, the Accor Plus membership is worth it based on my current opinion and experience. The current membership cost of AUD 385 is easily covered by the benefits, as long as you use it!
The “Stay Plus” benefit which provides you with a complimentary night can potentially cover the cost of the membership immediately and whilst many of us might argue we love eating where the locals eat, there are simply too many locations around where you will eat at the hotel (and love it), especially when you’re in a slightly more remote location or if you’re unlucky enough to have bad luck with the weather. I’ve used it, and no doubt you would use it.
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca