Accor Plus is a paid annual membership that promises "access to exclusive benefits across 20 countries, 1,000 hotels and 1,400 restaurants in Asia-Pacific," among other perks such as a hotel stay every year at no further cost, and Silver status in the Accor Live Limitless (ALL) scheme.
Previously known as 'Accor Advantage Plus', Accor Plus is targetted towards business travellers who hit the road regularly, as well as frequent leisure travellers, as the program's discounts on hotel rates and restaurant dining can significantly exceed the program's membership fee.
Still, at $399 for a standard one-year Accor Plus membership, it's easy for most people to get at least that much value back from the fee, given the membership comes with one complimentary hotel night every year, including at high-end and luxury hotels.
Accor Plus membership: hotel benefits
Stay Plus: one complimentary night
The jewel of the Accor Plus crown is the 'Stay Plus' complimentary night every year, which covers you for an overnight stay at some of Accor's best properties around Asia-Pacific, including top-tier brands such as Pullman, Sofitel, Fairmont and the boutique MGallery by Sofitel.
Stay Plus can easily outweigh the initial cost of the Accor Plus membership, so try to use it at hotels where the per-night price for base rooms exceeds A$399.
This complimentary stay is provided in an entry-level room, but rooms and suites in higher categories are also available for a reasonably small fee – in other words, trading in your 'free night' in a basic room to a heavily discounted overnight stay in something even nicer.
There are no specific blackout dates or restrictions in place, but naturally, availability will be limited during peak travel periods, including long weekend and during school holidays.
Every year that your Accor Plus membership is renewed, you'll get an additional complimentary night – but, these don't carry over from one membership year to the next, so use it or you'll lose it.
Rather than being tied to calendar years, Accor Plus membership years are linked to the date you joined the program. For instance, joining in October 2020 will see your 'membership year' carry through to October 2021.
Accor Red Hot Rooms: up to 50% off room rates
Every Friday, Accor Plus releases a selection of ‘Red Hot Rooms’ which are discounted up to 50%, usually for last-minute stays. You might occasionally find a gem that lines up with a trip you’ll be taking in the next few weeks.
You’ll also get 10% off best available public rates (including restricted rates) across the board on any room type across participating properties throughout Asia-Pacific.
All things considered, the discounted room rate benefits are not to be sneezed at as you’ll always have access to them throughout your membership.
To ensure you're always getting the best rate, you'll need to book these stays directly through the Accor website or mobile app – and, these discounted rates will only appear when logged into your Accor Plus membership account, so do that first.
Accor Plus membership: dining benefits
With your membership comes up to 50% off dining at more than 1,400 Accor hotel restaurants across 20 countries, plus 15% off drinks in Asia.
Even if you're not staying at the hotel in which you dine, you can still take advantage of these discounts: perfect for a quick working lunch when passing through a city, or even in your home town.
You can find a map of participating restaurants and bars here.
When dining alone, you’ll get 25% off the food bill, and when dining with one other person, that's boosted to 50%. Three people dining together receive a discount of 33%, and four dining together receive 25%.
In other words, when dining with at least one other person, the dining discounts offered to an Accor Plus member effectively make the member's meal a freebie.
At some restaurants and bars, multiple membership cards can be presented to maximise savings: such as presenting two Accor Plus membership cards when four people are dining, to receive 50% off the total bill – the same as would have been available if those two pairs dined separately.
The dining benefits are valid for breakfasts (excluding resort hotels in Australia), lunches and dinners at participating restaurants, although generally exclude things like room service and minibar purchases. There are a few exceptions where benefits don't apply – see the list here.
Accor Plus membership: ALL status benefits
Enrolling in Accor Plus will automatically boost your status in ALL – Accor Live Limitless, Accor's loyalty program – up from the base 'Classic' tier to Silver.
This unlocks a welcome drink, priority check-in and a late check-out upon request at most hotels, subject to availability. ALL Silver usually requires 10 eligible nights or €800 in eligible expenses to earn every year, but remains yours for as long as you hold an Accor Plus card.
Already have ALL Gold, Platinum, Diamond or even Black status? Great news – purchasing Accor Plus membership will automatically renew your current status for another year, which will save you from having to re-qualify the slow way. This is potentially a very valuable benefit.
Accor Plus membership: Standard vs Discovery membership
When signing up, you have the choice of the standard Accor Plus online membership for A$399, or the Accor Plus Discovery membership for A$495.
This latter option is relatively new and offers various 'exclusive discounts' on cruising and touring, plus Discovery Dollar credits when you book flights from the Discovery Portal. You also get $500 Discovery Dollar credit on signup to use towards a cruise, tour or international wine purchase.
However, Discovery Dollars can only be used for part-payment on a selected range of travel products, up to a 'Max Savings' limit.
Compared to the standard Accor Plus membership, there isn't much gained in terms of tangible benefits by choosing the higher-level Discovery account, so we'd recommend sticking with the Accor Plus Online Membership, which offers all the perks mentioned in this guide, including the free hotel night, discounts on paid stays and dining, and more.
Accor Plus membership: which hotels are participating?
Accor Plus benefits can be enjoyed at participating Accor properties in the following destinations:
Australia, Cambodia, China, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Some hotels and resorts have exceptions where the Stay Plus, dining or other benefits might not be able to be used, or might have other conditions and surcharges attached. A list of Stay Plus exceptions is found here.
How is Accor Plus membership affected by COVID-19?
In light of the coronavirus pandemic plaguing 2020, Accor Plus memberships are being extended for six months. This also includes Stay Plus benefits and other vouchers offered by the program, such as 'Member for a Day' and any existing complimentary breakfast certificates.
Similarly, Accor ALL status is now extended to the end of December 2021 for all existing members.