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Accor Hotels is a chain that’s less well known in the US than it is in Europe but with the assimilation of the Fairmont and Raffles properties into its portfolio it’s a hotelier that we should probably be getting to know better.
On Friday I wrote about a promotion that Accor is running in which members of its Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program can earn 4x the normal number of United MileagePlus miles for stays booked and consumed by 28 February 2018.
The promotion requires registration but is very simple and is predicated on the fact that, for a limited time, Le Club AccorHotels points will convert to United MileagePlus Miles at a ratio of 1:2 (the usual conversion rate is 2:1).
As I showed on Friday, this can be a very good deal if you’re a MileagePlus Miles collector but it now looks as if Accor has made the promotion significantly better.
Earn 3x Accor Rewards Points In North America
Over the weekend Le Club Accor Hotels launched another promotion in which it is offering triple Accor Rewards points for stays booked at participating properties in North America.
Here are the headline promotion rules:
- Log in to your Le Club AccorHotels account (or sign-up for an account if you don’t already have one)
- Click on “Register now” on this page
- Book a stay before 28 February 2019
- Stay at a participating North America property before 31 March 2019
Stacking The Promotions
The MileagePlus promotion and the triple points in North America promotion overlap substantially so it should be possible to pick up a significant number of MileagePlus miles by booking a few Accor stays.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Log in to your Le Club Accor Hotels Account or sign up for an account
- Follow the steps outlined above to register for the 3x points in North America promotion
- Add your United MileagePlus account number to your Le Club AccorHotels profile and select “Automatic Conversion” using the link provided
- Book and stay at participating North America properties by February 28, 2019
Your account will now be set up to auto convert any Le Club AccorHotels point to United MileagePlus Miles, you will be registered for the triple Accor points promotion and you’ll be registered for the bonus MilagePlus conversion rate too.
I can’t see anything in the terms and conditions of either promotion which suggest that these promotions can’t be stacked so the math looks pretty fantastic for MileagePlus members.
Le Club AccorHotels operates a spend-based rewards system and, as it is primarily a European loyalty program, the points awarded are based on the number of Euros spent.
Here’s a table showing how many Le Club AccorHotels Rewards points you’ll earn for every €10 (~$11) spent at the various Accor brands:
If you have no status with Le Cub Accor (Classic Level) and you stay at a Fairmont property before 28 February 2019 this is how the math plays out:
- You’ll earn 75 Rewards Points (3 x 25) per €10 (~$11) spent
- The LeClub AccorHotels rewards points will be converted to MileagePlus Miles are a rate of 1:2.
In the case of a stay costing €1,000 (~$1,100) a guest with no status will earn 7,500 Rewards Points which, in turn, 15,000 United MileagePlus miles.
That’s an effective earning rate of over 13 MileagePlus Miles per dollar (based on current exchange rates).
If you happen to have Le Club AccorHotels status the earning rates are even better.
Staying with the example of a €1,000/$1,100 Fairmont stay:
- Silver Status: Earns 9,300 Rewards Points/18,600 MileagePlus Miles = ~17 miles/dollar
- Gold Status: Earns 11,100 Rewards Points/22,200 MileagePlus Miles = ~20 miles/dollar
- Platinum Status: Earns 13,200 Rewards Points/26,400 MileagePlus Miles = ~24 miles/dollar
Is This A Good Deal?
Le Club AccorHotels offers a cost-based redemption system in which 2,000 Rewards Points is worth a €40 rebate off a future stay.
Using the example of the €1,000/$1,100 Fairmont stay discussed earlier the 7,500 Rewards Points earned are worth €150 (~$165) so, from here, there are two ways of looking at the value on offer:
If you don’t often stay at Accor properties but you fly with United quite a bit then, irrespective of the actual monetary value, the MileagePlus miles are worth more to you – you’re far more likely to get use out of them.
If you stay at Accor properties frequently enough where a cash rebate would be useful then your choice here comes down to what value you place on MileagePlus Miles.
Personally I value MileagePlus Miles at around 1.4 cents each so a haul of 15,000 miles (I have no Accor status) is effectively worth $210 to me – that’s significantly more than the value of the Rewards Points so it would make sense for me to take the miles.
If you’re a fan of Accor’s properties in North America (like its Fairmont or Sofitel brands) this could be a very easy way to boost your MileagePlus balance significantly….and quickly.
Even if you don’t expect to make any stays at Accor properties during the promotion window you should still follow the steps outlined above to sign up and register. Plans can change quickly so you never know when you may find yourself unexpectedly staying at a participating property – it would be a shame to leave so many miles on the table just because you didn’t take 2 minutes to register 🙂