Qantas Frequent Flyer Silver and Gold members will receive free Gold status in the Accor Live Limitless (ALL) loyalty program, while their Platinum One counterparts will be gifted Accor's ALL Platinum status, through a special promotion launched today by the two travel giants.
Once upgraded, newly-minted Gold or Platinum One members will enjoy their lofty status until 31 December 2023 – that's nearly 18 months of benefits.
Accor ALL Gold for Qantas Silver, Gold members
Normally, Gold membership of Accor Live Limitless (ALL) requires a tally of 30 nights spent in Accor hotels around the world, or the accrual of 7,000 status points which equates to €2,800 (around AUD$4,080) spent on hotel stays.
Benefits of Gold status in Accor Live Limitless include the ability to earn one ALL Point for every $10 spent on eligible Qantas flights, which comes in addition to the Qantas Points you would ordinarily earn on your flight booking.
This earning ability is normally available only to high-flying Qantas Platinum and Platinum One members, but it's now available to Silver and Gold members as a way to turbocharge their Qantas Points balance with every flight.
Accor ALL Platinum for Qantas Platinum One members
Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum One members will also receive a special invitation to enjoy Platinum status in Accor Live Limitless as part of the same promotion.
Platinum ALL perks include free suite upgrades (if availability permits) when staying in a participating Accor hotel, access to Executive Lounges if available, free breakfast daily and access to a premium, faster WiFi connection during their stay.
However, there is a tiny and easily achievable challenge associated with this upgrade. New ALL Platinum members who take advantage of this offer must stay one night in a participating Accor hotel before 31 December 2022 in order to retain their status for the following year.
“Working together with Qantas, this is the first time we have provided complimentary ALL Gold status without travellers needing to stay at an Accor property and the one-night fast track into Platinum is the most generous fast track we have ever offered," said Accor Pacific Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Derry.
Registrations received before the 12 August cut-off date will see their Accor ALL status firmed up to the eligible status within four weeks of the offer end date.
Under the exiting Qantas-Accor partnership, Accor ALL members earn three Qantas Points for every $1 spent in participating Accor properties across the Asia-Pacific region, provided they are booked directly through the Accor website or with travel agents directly connected to the Accor booking office.
Spend $1,000 for a few nights' stay at an Accor hotel and that's an extra 3,000 Qantas Points headed your way.
That same three Qantas Points per dollar bonus also applies to every dollar spent during your stay – a meal at the restaurant, a drink at the bar, room service or a pampering spa treatment.
And these Qantas Points are in addition to whatever Accor ALL Reward points you'd earn on your Accor stay and spend, so you're effectively 'double dipping'.
Additional perks include guaranteed room availability or a room provided within three days if your preferred hotel is sold out; free room upgrades (subject to availability) along with early check-in or late check-out (also subject to availability).
Earn more points in the air
Meanwhile, up in the air, Accor ALL members can now pocket 2 ALL Reward points per $10 spent on booking a Qantas domestic or international flight.
However, this perk isn't open to everyone: it's restricted to
- Qantas Platinum and Platinum One members holding any level of Accor ALL membership, or
- Accor ALL Gold, Platinum and Diamond status members holding any level of QFF membership
Qantas notes that these 2 ALL Rewards points per $10 spent on Qantas flights is calculated against "eligible spend", which is defined as "the price paid for the seat including fare and carrier charges, but excluding government imposed taxes or optional fees such as seats, bags, upgrades."
Linking your Qantas, Accor accounts
A necessary step in this double dipping is to link your Qantas Frequent Flyer and Accor ALL Rewards accounts, which can be done in under a minute at at qantas.com/accor.
Which Accor hotels are eligible?
The Accor group has an extensive roster of hotels from luxurious bliss to low-cost budget, with plenty in between.
Accor brands include: SO/, Sofitel, Raffles, MGallery, Art Series, Pullman, Fairmont, Swissôtel, Grand Mercure, Peppers, Swissotel, The Sebel, Mantra, Novotel, Mercure, Tribe, BreakFree, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis Budget.
Only Accor properties in the Asia-Pacific region fall under the umbrella of this Qantas/Accor loyalty partnership.
In addition, to earn those extra Qantas Points against an Accor stay, "stays must be booked directly with Accor (via Accor websites, the Accor booking office and hotels) or travel agencies connected automatically to the Accor booking office."
"Stays booked through a reseller, tour operator or third-party online travel agency are not considered."
Up next: Accor ALL and Qantas Business Rewards
Qantas Loyalty boss Wirth tells Executive Traveller that extending these benefits to the Qantas Business Rewards program is next on the list.
"Discussions are already underway to extend this to to small business operators" via Qantas Business Rewards, Wirth confirmed, adding it would "fit particularly well with with that section of the market."
Accor ALL to Qantas Points transfer
This new alliance comes on top of the ability to convert Accor ALL Reward points to Qantas Points at a 1:1 rate, based on transferring 'blocks' of 2,000 ALL Reward points to 2,000 Qantas Points.
The ability to earn Accor ALL Reward points while on Qantas flights could make this option even more appealing to high flyers.