May252012

Accor Rate Discounts for global travel

Accor Hotels seems to me to be more about regional discount rates and local loyalty bonuses rather than global promotions offered by most major hotel loyalty promotions.

Le Club Accorhotels requires work to dive into all those promotions and the limited availability of hotels in the USA for this loyalty program places it on the backburner for me.

Free elite membership was passed around for the launch of Le Club Accorhotels. I was looking at my LeClub Accorhotels Platinum card and wondering if I will even sleep in a member hotel bed before the card expires.

Now if I had global travel planned, then the hotel rate discount offers would motivate me to check Accor Hotels website offers more frequently.

This post is for travelers getting beyond the USA borders. Some of these hotel prices might make you think again about going downscale from the category 6 and 7 hotels in US-based hotel loyalty programs that dot European cities and international beach resorts.

Or you might find upscaling to an Accor budget hotel room is within your financial means when that hostel, B&B or couchsurfing scene gets too social.

Current Accor Hotels regional promotions:

Europe

40% off + breakfast in France, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Italy for 2 nights or more!

Looking to explore a new city in Europe? Make the most of our special rates, travel tips and a welcome gift at over 400 participating hotels across Europe!
Whether you’re visiting a big capital or small city in France, UK, Germany or other, save up to 40% on your stay of 2 nights or more – with breakfast for 2 included plus a “Let Good Things Happen” welcome gift*.

*Let Good Things Happen touch differs in each country:
For UK – city bag including snack bar and mineral water
For France – late check out until 4pm

Paris – not so great a discount for summer 2012

50% off second night at six Pullman hotels in Paris or any Pullman Hotel worldwide, a 25% overall rate discount. Pullman is listed as an upper upscale hotel chain in the 2012 STR Global Chain Scale. This is a 2012 year long brand promotion and rate includes late checkout and breakfast.

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Thailand Cheap Rates

Accor Hotels has a 2012 year-long Thailand hotels discount promotion. The trouble last year with floods and civil unrest must have had some impact on Thailand.

I checked rates for some Phuket hotels that are listed at under $40 per night for June 2012. The upper upscale resorts are around $100 per night.

Rates are typically higher than shown, about 50% to double the prices in their ad for June and July travel.

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Thailand, Vietnam and Japan “3 Nights for Price of 2” until June 30; must book by June 13, 2012.

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New Zealand and Fiji 20% off at 27 hotels until August 31, 2012; must book by June 30.

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There are several other promotions for Asia, Middle East, Africa and much of Europe for 30% to 40% off rates. These are generalized, vague discount offers with little or no published details listing dates for offer. Hard to say if these other offers are truly discount rate sales or not.

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Le Club Accorhotels is a program with loads of rules for earning and redeeming points. In general, the redemption value of hotel points is low relative to the rate of earning points. Points can be redeemed for hotel credit certificates in the form of 40EUR or US$60 for 2,000 points. Le Club Accorhotels loyalty program terms and conditions pdf.

Le Club Accorhotels Members earn Le Club Accorhotels points on the following
basis:

  • 1 eligible € spent = 2 Le Club Accorhotels points at Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, and Adagio (excluding Adagio Access) brand hotels.
  • 1 eligible € spent = 1 Le Club Accorhotels point at ibis (excluding ibis budget) and all seasons/ibis styles hotels. At ibis (excluding ibis budget) hotels in France, only weekend stays (those stays including at least Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night) are eligible for points.
  • 1 eligible € spent = 2 Le Club Accorhotels points at Thalassa sea & spa institutes if the Member stays at a Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Suite Novotel, or Mercure brand hotel.
  • 1 eligible € spent = 1 Le Club Accorhotels point at Thalassa sea & spa institutes if the Member stays at an ibis (excluding ibis budget) or all seasons/ibis styles brand hotel.
  • These rules do not take point acceleration factors into consideration based on the Member’s status level.

This works out to about 2,000 Accor points for US$1,250 in hotel spend.  Even less if ibis or all seasons brands. 2,000 points can be redeemed for a US$60 voucher.

Unless your Accor points earn rate is accelerated through promotion bonus points or elite status the rebate rate is a relatively low 6% for hotel spend.

Most major hotel loyalty programs like Marriott Rewards, SPG, Hilton HHonors, IHG Priority Club and Hyatt Gold Passport regularly offer periodic opportunities for 25% to 50% rebate on hotel spend with hotel loyalty promotions.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. Since I am going to be in Europe this summer, I clicked on the 40% T and C link. Only to be informed that T/C “vary by each country”, which they could not be bothered to detail. Not even the dates this qualifies for. So I am ignoring their “offer”. What did they expect? Sigh….

  2. @Robert Hanson – 3 nights for the price of 2 actually looked to be the only real offer, but even then it is hard to say if this is really a 3-for-2 or just overall low rates. I didn’t analyze the rates thoroughly.

  3. You’re right to find Accor’s loyalty programme overly complex and not especially attractive. They keep tell us they’re working on improvements that will make it more appealing…

    In the meantime, though, it’s worth noting that their best hotels really are very, very good indeed — to the extent that I’ve started choosing them above ICs and Conrads despite having PC Platinum/Ambassador and Hilton Diamond status.

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