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AccorPlus is a paid membership scheme offering travellers a slew of special benefits and discounts on accommodation and dining at hotels in the Accor group – including the Sofitel, So Sofitel, Fairmont, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and Swissôtel brands.
It works in conjunction with the Le Club AccorHotels scheme, which is a more conventional hotel loyalty status program designed to reward travellers who stay in Accor properties regularly.
With discounted room rates, a free night, dining discounts and silver status all thrown into the mix, we take a look at the value of AccorPlus to see if it’s worth the $395 signup fee.
AccorPlus membership: Stay Plus benefit
Like the similar InterContinental Ambassador program, the main star of AccorPlus is the free night stay benefit which is much easier to use than the InterContinental’s version.
It’s valid for one complimentary night in a standard room at nearly all Accor hotels across the Asia-Pacific region, including at top-tier brands such as Pullman, Sofitel, Fairmont and the boutique MGallery by Sofitel. Upgraded room types are available for an extra fee.
There are no specific blackout dates or restrictions in place, but naturally, availability will be limited during peak travel periods. You have 12 months to use the voucher, although the stay must be booked while you are still within the same membership period.
If you were planning on staying at one of the higher-end hotels anyway, you can practically recoup the membership fee with one complimentary night and have the rest of the perks as a bonus.
AccorPlus membership + Le Club AccorHotels Status
While you hold an AccorPlus membership, your status level in the accompanying Le Club AccorHotels program will always be at least Silver, which is great news for anyone just starting out from the bottom.
Le Club Silver status normally takes 10 nights or €800 in qualifying expenses over a calendar year to earn, and grants you late check-out, a welcome drink and daily turndown service.
AccorPlus can be used to extend Le Club Gold or Platinum status for the rest of your second membership year, as long as you keep renewing your membership.
For example, if you join AccorPlus in January 2019 and make it to Le Club Gold in May 2019, then you’ll be able to keep gold status until the end of January 2021 if you renew your AccorPlus membership on time in January 2020.
Non-members can only earn their status with eligible stays within previous 12-month calendar year. AccorPlus members also have stays counted from the start of the current year to their membership renewal date, whichever is more favourable.
For those hoping to double dip with gaining Le Club Gold status that comes gratis with the Ibis Business Card and then use it in conjunction with AccorPlus offers, keep in mind that technically you can only have one of those two programs active with your Le Club AccorHotels account at any one time.
It's possible to have two Le Club Accorhotels accounts – one attached to AccorPlus to get discounted rooms and one attached to Ibis Business Card for the Gold status, but it's up to each property to decide whether you can switch from one membership to the other when checking in.
AccorPlus membership: dining benefits
With your membership comes up to 50% off dining at more than 1100 AccorHotel restaurants across 18 countries, plus an additional 15% off drinks in Asia.
The best part is you don’t actually have to be staying at that particular hotel to utilise the benefits, so it’s perfect for a quick working lunch when passing through town.
You’ll get 25% off the food bill when dining alone, or the maximum 50% off when dining with one other. With two extra guests it drops to 33%, and for three extra guests then it’s 25% off overall.
The dining benefits are valid for breakfasts (excluding resort hotels in Australia), lunches and dinners at participating restaurants. There are currently only thirteen excluded properties in Australia.
AccorPlus membership: discounted room rates
Every Friday, AccorPlus 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.
AccorPlus membership: is it worth it?
Given the Australian AccorPlus membership price of $395, the main consideration is whether you can get much of that value back with the free night stay. All the other dining and room benefits are good to have, but wouldn’t be your main deciding factors.
While Le Club Silver status is better than nothing, if you're likely to hit Gold or even Platinum status, having the extra time to earn your status with AccorPlus could make a big difference.
If you're committed in the long run, renewals cost $355 a year thereafter and are best processed over the phone so they can apply the discount automatically. You'll still get the same full benefits in the new membership year.
An additional cardholder costs $159 extra, but it doesn’t include the Stay Plus benefit for the free night you'll have to weigh it up on the room and dining discounts alone.