Le Club AccorHotels members are spoiled for choice when it comes to using their Le Club points for rewards, with two of the best options being discounts on future hotel stays and converting those points into airline frequent flyer points with the likes of Qantas and Virgin Australia.
But which reward choice delivers the best overall value?
For starters, a modest balance of just 4,000 Le Club points is worth either €80 off your next hotel stay (or the equivalent in the hotel’s local currency), or could instead become 4,000 Qantas or Velocity frequent flyer points.
What’s more, for guests booking stays at Australian hotels, that €80 of credit stretches significantly further than in years passed, thanks to the declining value of our own Aussie dollar.
On a typical A$315/night stay at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins hotel, those 4,000 Le Club points reduce the bill down to just A$190.60: giving them a cash value of A$124.40.
Compare that to converting your rewards into 4,000 Qantas Points, or 4,000 Velocity Points, and you’ll come out ahead.
That’s because you’d need to convert 8,000 Le Club points – worth $248.80 as above – into 8,000 Qantas Points to book a one-way economy flight from Sydney to Melbourne, and also pay $30.29 in taxes and fees to Qantas.
Including the hotel savings you’d miss out on by converting your points, that reward flight comes at an all-out ‘cost’ of $279.09: yet commercial tickets on the same route can often be bought for half that amount.
It’s a similar deal with Velocity where 6,900 Velocity Points plus $21.11 gets you a Sydney-Melbourne ticket, yet you’d also need to convert 8,000 Le Club points into 8,000 Velocity Points to get that far, as points can only be converted in increments of 4,000.
Again, you’d be missing out on $248.80 of hotel savings by flying instead, and would also have to pay the $21.11 on top to secure your seat – totalling $269.91 in cash that’s otherwise not in your wallet for a flight that usually costs much less.
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