Get ready to double-dip on Qantas, Accor ALL points

The new partnership between Qantas Frequent Flyer and Accor Live Limitless (ALL) will take off mid-2021.

By Chris Chamberlin, November 19 2020
Get ready to double-dip on Qantas, Accor ALL points

Qantas and Accor have struck up what many frequent flyers will consider to be a perfect match, even if it won't take wing until the middle of 2021.

A two-way tie-up between the airline and the hotel giant will let "eligible" members of their respective loyalty programs 'double dip' on points.

Passengers who qualify will be able to earn ALL Reward Points on domestic and international Qantas flights – ALL being the Accor Live Limitless program.

Likewise, eligible guests at any of Accor's 1,00+ properties across the Asia Pacific region can pocket a bonus serve of Qantas Points.

The programs haven't yet revealed which members would qualify, although similar pairings between other frequent flyer programs and hotel loyalty schemes generally restrict this to higher-tiered members.

The reciprocal earning rates in Qantas Frequent Flyer and Accor Live Limitless are expected to be revealed early next year.

Qantas says that its frequent flyers will also enjoy more opportunities to redeem points, while there'll be "a suite of exclusive benefits for top-tier members."

"This is an entirely new way to recognise the loyalty of our frequent flyers which we know will be very popular," says Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth.

"Although our members haven’t been flying much lately due to border closures, we know there is huge pent up demand, and we’ve been looking at how we provide even more value when their travel resumes whether that’s for business or leisure."

Other airline + hotel tie-ups prove rewarding

The forthcoming loyalty partnership between Qantas and Accor isn't the first of its kind, with many other major airlines and hotel chains having similar deals in place.

For instance, Emirates and Marriott have a close partnership under the banner of 'Your World Rewards'.

This program allows elite members of Marriott Bonvoy to earn Marriott points on Emirates airfares, and for tiered Skywards frequent flyers to earn extra miles on Marriott stays.

As well, Marriott Platinum Elite members and above get airport benefits with Emirates including priority check-in and boarding, even if they don't have any elite status in Emirates' Skywards program.

Read: Earn more points, get more perks with Emirates and Marriott

A similar collaboration exists between American Airlines and Hyatt, but with added benefits.

Elite members of American's AAdvantage program can unlock fast-tracked status in the World of Hyatt scheme, tailored to be roughly on-par with their frequent flyer tier level.

Closer to home, Singapore Airlines and Shangri-La share a partnership known as 'Infinite Journeys'.

Through the scheme, elite members of Shangri-La Golden Circle can earn Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Silver Elite status instantly, and with a boost to Gold Elite after just one or three Singapore Airlines flights, depending on tier.

Read: Get a fast-track to Star Alliance Gold with Singapore Airlines, Shangri-La

For those with Singapore Airlines status instead, a boost to Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade is given after staying just one night in a participating hotel.

Virgin Australia also offers its elite Velocity Gold and Platinum members a status boost in their choice of Hilton Honors or IHG Rewards Club, but as a one-off favour only, not with recurring benefits. 

Also read: Qantas eager to reopen its international lounges

Additional reporting by David Flynn

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller, and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins not just with a single step, but also a strong latte, a theatre ticket, and later in the day, a good gin and tonic.

Qantas

01 Jun 2016

Total posts 27

Finally Qantas has got some sense. All major Airlines in US have tie ups including Virgin when you become a platinum. Time will tell how good the partnership is. I wish Accor have life time benefits like the US hotel chains.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 159

you didnt mention Marriot Bonvoy  and United Airlines

Indeed, as the article isn't a comprehensive list of every 'airline + hotel' partnership in the market.

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Sep 2012

Total posts 327

This is great for QFF, and something to look forward to especially when business trips include airfare + hotel. Just need to check my company's travel program now if Accor is included, last I checked in January we stay at IHG brands & Hyatt. Qantas is one of our airlines so I'm good here.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 281

Always have doubts about anything to do with Accor, their hotels always seem to have some reason not to honour benefits and are very restrictive when they do, will be a wait and see on this one.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Jan 2014

Total posts 30

My experience is the complete opposite GBRGB. Always found my dealings with Accor to be above and beyond expectation. 

17 Jun 2020

Total posts 154

A shame it isn't with something other than Accor (IHG, Hilton, Hyatt would all be much better). 

Having said that, Accor is the hotel chain that has been the most stingy with status extension and service cuts due to Covid, so I guess there is an alignment of values between Qantas and Accor. 

15 Mar 2018

Total posts 39

Unlike GBRGB I've never found a problem with Accor hotels not honoring benefits or being restrictive.  In fact I find just the opposite.   And with respect to KW72, I travel a lost in Asia Pacific, and find Accor have better coverage, than IHG, Hilton, Hyatt.  I've also found these hotels to be very restrictive at times with some IHG properties not participating, but not making this clear at booking time and Hilton (Gold HHonors) and Hyatt (Diamond) both providing very lack-luster experiences.   I welcome the Accor - Qantas link-up and look forward to what it offers.

I must also say that the Accor COVID cleaning focus has been very good.  My stays since the outbreak of COVID have been very well managed, with very clean rooms and lots of flexibility and support.  I've stayed at Accor properties 20 nights since the COVID-19 outbreak and Marriott once and Hilton once and must say, Accor has stood out against the others.  Not sure what experience others have had with status extensions, but my experience has been super positive and m experience is we have not seen service cuts due to COVID, but services delivered differently.  The Accor hotels I am staying ot between now and Christmas have all made the booking process easy and the ones I've already stayed with have made the experience great.  

Good job Qantas and Accor. 

China Airlines - Dynasty Flyer

22 Sep 2012

Total posts 74

Well Accor already has this double dipping with KLM while i only ever use KLM on hops between AMS and european destinations I definitely wont ignore getting points which may help.

Maybe a few years of double dipping might give me enough point for a domestic flight in Australia and it will justify joining.


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