Earn 4x United MileagePlus Miles On Accor Reservations (Fairmont, Sofitel, Novotel etc…)

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Accor Hotels is the hotelier that is best known for brands such as Sofitel and Grand Mercure at the more upscale end of the market, Novotel in the middle of the market and Ibis in the budget range… but its reach is far greater than that.

The group completed the acquisitions of the Fairmont and Raffles hotel groups in late 2015, it purchased OneFineStay in April 2016 and it’s slowly building up a pretty impressive footprint across the globe (although it’s still very “Europe heavy”).

Now Accor Hotels is offering MileagePlus members the opportunity to earn four times as many miles on their Accor stays as they would earn normally.

The promotion is simple:

  • Sign up for a Le Club Accor Hotels loyalty account
  • To earn MileagePlus miles add your United MileagePlus account number to your Le Club AccorHotels profile and select “Automatic Conversion” using the link provided
  • Book and stay by February 28, 2019 and each 2 Le Club AccorHotels Rewards points you earn for eligible stays will automatically convert to 4 MileagePlus miles.

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Note: outside of promotions 2 Le Club AccorHotels Rewards points convert to just 1 MileagePlus Mile

Just like most hotel loyalty programs Le Club Accor operates a spend-based system and, as it’s a European loyalty program, the points awarded are based on the number of Euro spent.

These are how many Le Club AccorHotels Rewards points you’ll earn per €10 at the various Accor brands:

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As an example:

If you have no status with Le Cub Accor (Classic) and you stay at a Fairmont or Sofitel property before 28 February 2019 you’ll earn 25 Rewards Points per €10 spent (~$11) and then those points will be converted to MileagePlus Miles are a rate of 1:2.

Essentially a €1,000 ($1,100) stay will earn you 2,500 Rewards Points which will convert to 5,000 United MileagePlus miles

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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 a €1,000 stay that I posted above the 2,500 Rewards Points earned are worth €50 (~$55) 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 5,000 miles is effectively worth $70 to me – that’s significantly more than the value of the Rewards Points so it would make sense for me to take the miles.

Bottom Line

If you have some hotel stay planned (especially in Europe where Accor has a huge footprint) this could be an easy way to top up your United MileagePlus account…just make sure you do the math, consider your options and decide whether MileagePlus Miles of Accor Rewards Point work best for you.

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