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Accor Hotels has launched a ‘super sale’ in which it’s offering free breakfast and 30% off the best flexible unrestricted rate for bookings made on or before 24 May 2019. The sale applies to the majority of hotels in Accor’s worldwide portfolio which includes high-end brands such as Sofitel and Fairmont as well as mid-tier brands such as Novotel and Pullman.
Headline Terms & Conditions
- Book on/by 24th May 2019.
- Stay at hotels in the Asia/Pacific region from 12th July 2019 to 11th July 2020.
- Stay at hotels in all other regions from 12th July 2019 to 1st September 2019.
- The 30% discount is based on the flexible unrestricted rate.
- Free breakfast is granted to Le Club AccorHotels members and Business Plus members only.
- If you are not a member yet, you can join online for free.
- If you are a member, you have to log in to enjoy the free breakfast. Otherwise, you cannot take advantage of this discount.
- Members must present their card upon check-in at the hotel (or their member number if they have not yet received their card).
- Maximum two rooms at the Members’ Rate can be booked per member, per staying date
- Payment must be made online using a credit card at the time of booking.
- At booking, if the “Super Sale” rate is not available for the dates requested, another public rate will automatically be proposed on the rate screen.
- This offer cannot be modified, cancelled, exchanged or reimbursed after booking.
- The offer cannot be combined with other discounts or special offers.
- Rates are per night, in a single or double room.
- This discount applies to the public rate in participating hotels (see list) excluding taxes and additional expenditure.
The first thing to note is that the 30% discount rate is more than a little deceptive because it’s not a discount based on the cheapest rate a property offers – it’s based on the cheapest flexible rate.
Also, not only is the discounted rate not based on the cheapest rate the hotels offer but, despite the fact it’s based on a flexible rate, the ‘super sale’ rate is not in any way flexible.
Here’s a screenshot of a property I’ve been considering booking and, as you can see, the sale rate clearly shows that it cannot be canceled or refunded.
When you drill down into the details of the rate you can also see that full payment is required upfront so, if for any reason a guest had to cancel, the cost of the entire stay would be forfeited – that’s far from ideal.
The discount being offered in the sale is genuinely a 30% discount on the best flexible rate but it’s a little disingenuous to suggest that guests are getting a 30% discount when, compared to the cheapest rates the properties were offering before the sale, the discount isn’t anywhere near 30%.
The second thing to note is that although a lot of Accor’s hotels are participating there are a few notable absentees.
Accor has rather helpfully published a full list of participating properties and a quick look reveals that a few properties that a lot of readers will be interested in are not participating:
- A lot of Raffles properties are missing from the list
- The Sofitel London St. James’ is excluded
- The Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica is not on the list
- A significant number of upscale hotels (like the Savoy in London) are excluded.
Still, it’s not all bad news because there are still quite a few interesting properties where the sale does apply. These include:
- The Fairmont Monte Carlo
- The Plaza New York
- The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
- The Sofitel London Heathrow
- The Hamilton Princess Beach Club Bermuda
- Both Sofitels in Sydney
- Mercure Maldives
- Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi
Are there any good deals to be had here? Yes, I’ve seen a number of rates that look attractive and which are definitely worth a closer look….but be aware of what you’re booking before you part with your cash.
Just like the IHG sale that launched earlier this week the discounts on offer here aren’t as good as the headline rates may appear to suggest and, as the rates now being offered are non-refundable, no one whose plans aren’t firmly fixed should be making any reservations.
Feature image: The Plaza NYC courtesy of Accor Hotels