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.
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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