Grab a shiny Le Club Accorhotels Gold card for just $130

By Chris Chamberlin, August 5 2014

Business travellers can boost their status to Gold in the Le Club Accorhotels loyalty program for only $130, which comes with benefits such as free room upgrades and in-room Internet access across the Accor range of brands.

That includes hotels such as Sofitel, Novotel, Pullman and Mercure, where you’ll also enjoy an early arrival with priority check-in or even a late check-out at no extra charge.

It’s done by signing up for the Ibis Business card, which sets you back 90€ each year, or roughly A$130.

Along with an easy bump to Le Club Accorhotels Gold status, the card also gives a 10% discount on rooms and breakfast when staying at Ibis, Ibis Styles and Ibis Budget hotels.

Further to that, you’ll also pocket a 5% discount on promotional room rates and 10% off all restaurant and bar charges at Ibis properties – even when you’re not staying in-house.

While it’s valid across most of Ibis’ 1,700 hotels, including the new Ibis Adelaide, you won’t find it welcome in China or in selected French hotels.

It's also not available in conjunction with the Accor Advantage Plus program, as members can only link one or the other to their main Le Club Accorhotels profile.

The Ibis Business card also doesn’t bring any extra benefits at Accor’s other hotel brands – but even if you never stay with Ibis, the $130 outlay could easily be clawed back through the freebies afforded to Le Club Accorhotels Gold members.

Looking at what you’d otherwise pay for in-room Internet access, a premium room and a late check-out, you’d still come out ahead after just one or two stays with Accor each year.

And, as it normally takes 30 nights or earning 10,000 Le Club points to achieve a Gold card the ‘normal’ way, the deal becomes even more valuable.

To get started, sign up for the Ibis Business card online. When prompted for your email address, enter the one you already have on file with Accor – followed by your Le Club password on the next screen – to make the link-up go smoothly.

If you’re new to Accor, the Le Club Accorhotels program comes with many features and privileges to please business travellers – so you’ll first want to join Le Club and then attach the Ibis Business card to your account for that easy upgrade to Gold.

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Is this the Accor version of Qantas Club/Admirals Club?

Chris,

If you do not clock enough time in an Accor hotel and cannot maintain your Le Club Gold, do you get bumped down?

Or does renewing your Ibis Business Card for another year extend your Le Club Gold?

Are there any caps or conditions for renewal (i.e. to retain Le Club Gold through the Ibis Business Card channel)?

P.S: To the smarty pants out there, please don't tell me to read the T&C. I know I can do that.  I just want to assimilate the information quickly without wading through the details, which incidently is what I see AUSBT to be - Information without the BS :)

Not to worry TRB, I've read through the T&Cs for you. ;)

There's no restriction on the benefit as one-off bump – instead, the rule is that if you have an Ibis Business card, you'll also have Le Club Gold.

If you were to cancel your Ibis Business card, the benefit doesn't continue – and that's where you'd start to drop down if you haven't qualified.

For Subscribers who also carry the Le Club Accorhotels preferred customer card, being a Member to the ibis BUSINESS card grants you direct access to the Gold status of the Le Club Accorhotels program, as specified in the General Conditions of Use of the Le Club Accorhotels program.

Thank you Chris!!!

Looks like a very decent offer if it is on-going and sustainable.

16 Mar 2014

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Tried to sign up but when I added my email, there was a message that indicated that as this address was linked to another card, I could not continue with the purchase. Presumably this means my Advantage Plus card?

Hi dscorpcom10,

As we couldn't find anything in the T&Cs to preclude travellers from holding both an Advantage Plus card and an Ibis Business card, we've emailed Accor's PR team to see if there's another way to link things up.

I'll reply once we've heard back.

16 Mar 2014

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Thx Chris

12 Jun 2013

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Is ausbt getting a kickback on this? I mean, it just reads like a sales pitch rather than a sober summing up of the pros and cons. Sure, this could be a good deal and has some definite use cases, but...

"Looking at what you’d otherwise pay for in-room Internet access, a premium room and a late check-out, you’d still come out ahead after just one or two stays with Accor each year."

Uh, sure, assuming you actually *were* going to pay for hotel internet access, a "premium" room and late check-out anyway. I don't think I've ever wound up spending $130 on those things over the course of one or two trips though; mostly because only fools or the price-insensitive are going to pay money for hotel internet access or late check-outs, and... well, my experience with status-based room upgrades in hotels is that you rarely get anything special (at least not at the "gold" level) -- nothing that you couldn't have got with a sweet smile at the checkin clerk anyway.

No kickback Hugo – you'll notice that both the Ibis Business and Accor Le Club links aren't adorned by campaign codes or affiliate details, we merely link to the same page you'd find on Google to make things easier for readers.

Obviously, if the benefits don't suit your travel patterns then you wouldn't make use of the deal – but to many business travellers, paying just $130 for a year of Gold-level perks presents great value.

Let's assume a "premium room" – be that in the next room category, not necessarily a Premier/Club room – comes in at around $35 extra per night.

Over two double-night stays, that's $140, and already more than you'd have paid for Gold membership, which would get you that for free.

Add in other niceties like the free welcome drinks (let's roll with a $7 value per stay for a glass of house wine) and free Internet (say, $25/day as you'd pay in some hotels where it's not already free), those two free drinks ($14) and free Internet ($50) add to make a total saving of $204 over just four nights.

As you've suggested, the cons: it's $140 and Golds aren't guaranteed free breakfast like they are with Hilton HHonors, but for $140/year, there's still value to be had IMO. :)

BM
BM

06 Aug 2014

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Any idea when the promotion finishes? And is the membership for 12 months from day of signing up?

22 Aug 2013

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Thanks for the tip - signed up with no problem and instantly had gold. Have been silver for a while but never travel enought to get to gold. Booking accom for China trip so this could have not come at a better time.

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15 Aug 2014

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Ok. So I did this and got Gold but wish I had read the comments on this post

https://www.executivetraveller.com/the-le-club-accorhotels-program-for-aussie-business-travellers

Stayed at the Sebel Sydney , was not upgraded, wasnt offered a drink in fact nothing was any different from other times staying in Accor Hotels

I mentioned my Gold Status, check in  just said thanks yes we see that.

 

I walked away but then decided to have another go and  I asked about the benefits of the card and it seemed to put them out having to look for availability of another better  room. Finally they agreed to upgrade me , and they found a bottle of water to give to me...  how kind

So if it means asking for the benefits of the card everytime its a bit dissappointing

I also wish these hotels wouldnt stick you for car parking sometimes. A $300 plus room , gold status , car park was empty that night at the hotel say 10 cars used out of  50 spots....  Wouldnt you think these hotels can reward you with free parking not some $20 for something thats costing them nothing sometimes. (plus no mention of the cost when checking in)

Not sure it was what i expected. but I guess it sort of worked...Feel sorry for platinum people who truly earn their status and still receive this sort of treatment

 

27 Sep 2015

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Any news regarding getting the ibis business card when you already have the Accor advantage/Accor plus card? Seems a bit ridiculous that the system won't let you sign up with the same email address and link all your accounts together in one place!

11 Dec 2016

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Have read elsewhere that you can't combine Advantage Plus along with ibis Business Card - you must choose one or the other.

As someone who would never be likely to earn Gold or above by traditional means, the ability to upgrade to a room with Lounge Access even if I have to "hassle" the reception staff for an upgrade means $130 would pay for itself quickly over a 4-5 night stay. 


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