Qantas Frequent Flyers to get free Accor ALL Gold, Platinum status

Fancy a fast-track to guaranteed Accor room availability and double-dipping on points across two leading loyalty programs?

By Staff Writers, July 29 2022
Qantas Frequent Flyers to get free Accor ALL Gold, Platinum status

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.

Registration is open until 12 August, with the invitation also available to Qantas Points Club Plus cardholders and members of the exclusive Qantas Chairman's Lounge.

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.

Get your hands on Accor ALL Gold status through this new promotion.
Get your hands on Accor ALL Gold status through this new promotion.

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.

A Luxury Corner Room at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.
A Luxury Corner Room at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour.

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 bonus Qantas Points every time you check into an Accor property.
Earn bonus Qantas Points every time you check into an Accor property.

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.

Link your Qantas and Accor accounts to pocket those extra points.
Link your Qantas and Accor accounts to pocket those extra points.

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.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jan 2016

Total posts 11

I'm a QFP and just applied for the ALL Gold. How do I go for the 1 night status challenge to ALL Platinum?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

16 Jan 2018

Total posts 28

I just read the article. Reading literally (unless i misread), it seems that the offer to ALL Platinum only applies if you are a QFF Platinum One (you probably are though). Just not sure if it was just typo in the article or if it is indeed the case.

01 Mar 2012

Total posts 4

I have joined at least 3 previous Accor programs and never seem to have received any benefit at all. I booked a Cairns holiday through Qantas and staying at a Mantra Hotel - but apparently this means nothing as the booking wasn't direct to Accor/Mantra. The ALL Gold status match is also not immediate - I got Classic level when I linked by Qantas FF Gold account....

China Airlines - Dynasty Flyer

22 Sep 2012

Total posts 80

Of course like many hotel programs you have to be booked on Accor or Mantra websites and etc. I find it so basic people dont know this about hotel programs. I also have the hilton membership as well as IHG and they have the same terms so it is an industry wide thing with maybe some minor exceptions. 

Qantas at the end of the day is not Accor just they have this special and they allow points earning between programs or even transfers. That is it.

I already do this with the Accor -KLM relationship even though i hardly use KLM might as well earn the points.

What I was sort of hoping was some offering to Accor Diamond or Platinum members to be given gold or Platinum offere in return. It could tempt me to try Qantas out instead of my usual Airline.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Aug 2014

Total posts 143

Same. I have stayed over 50 nights in Accor hotels in the last few months but I have zero nights showing as none of the stays are booked with the hotel chain, or paid for by me. So it's a pretty useless program for me.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 337

How does this work with Accor Plus/Silver ALL  which is given to us by Amex with our Platinum charge cards?  On an aside, I've has good responses and upgrades free as ALL Silver via Accor Plus at Sofitel Melbourne, Swissotel Sydney, McGallery Mt Lofty house, Novotel Barossa etc All you need to do is ask nicely....

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Feb 2015

Total posts 121

I am an ALL Platinum member already and to be honest it is just the absolute worst hotel program i have ever used.

You never get what you are supposed to, and constantly have to remind the staff what the actual perks of the membership are… like every time they try and take a deposit on my credit card…. I say “why are you asking that?” Then you have to ask for your drink voucher then you dont get a bottle of water…. It’s not just one brand either i have stayed at so many and its so bad…it’s extremely hard to obtain the levels

At a time a few years ago i was a Hilton Diamond member…. Now they know how to look after their members, at many places you even get a text from the manager and can use it to ask for things!

Why stay at Accor then? Well my employer has a global agreement with them

Lift your game Accor, its a joke 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2015

Total posts 11

I'm a QF Platinum member.  I just applied, but it only says I'm Accor Gold.

TBH I've never really had much success with the Accor Program.  Its too complex to redeem or achieve anything.

We'll see what happens but it seems hotel programs in general are a little bit ordinary....

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 337

So I tried to sign up but my ALL Silver thru AccorPlus free from Amex  and QFF Silver are already linked.  Tried to apply for the offer but QFF website says my accounts are already linked. Will those already linked be auto-upgraded to ALL Gold after August 12?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 78

Here is a novel idea... instead of trying to recruit more members, why doesn't Accor do more to look after their existing members? I was a long time Accor Platinum member who prior to the pandemic was so feed up with the poor loyalty experience that I vowed to stop using the program (thus I have reduced my Accor stays from over 100 nights per year to less than 10 this year). I'm currently in Malaysia for thirty-three nights and I've booked Hiltons for the entire trip. If Accor had a better loyalty program I would probably be booking Accor hotels given they have a much bigger footprint in the Asia-Pacific. But based on the poor and inconsistent benefits I can't justify it. In contrast, Hilton has been fantastic! Incidentally, I'm QF Platinum and Accor Gold (but will not retain Gold this year) so this promo doesn't appear to offer anything for my scenario (not that it matters as I don't plan to use Accor anyway).

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Aug 2014

Total posts 143

Well it seems like the people have spoken. Accor ALL is probably not worth using.

China Airlines - Dynasty Flyer

22 Sep 2012

Total posts 80

It is obvious there are issues with Accor but it has improved. I finished 8 stays in July and I would say 3 were great, 3 were good/average and 2 stays were pretty bad.

I was offered lounge access in 4 of the hotels that had a lounge. 3 were good 1 was a bit  below expectations (Sanya Sofitel Haitang bay). 

I was booking for 4 rooms on some of the bookings so it was a bit confusing for them.

I think I am fair in my opinion. So far Hiltons has been overal a better experience and likely I will aim stay at gold level which seems to be the sweet spot. 

I think the same can be said of any loyalty program. Sometimes even on airlines you can get average treatment or given better treatment on other flights (excluding comp upgrades) .

PSM
PSM

13 Nov 2019

Total posts 1

We are long time Accor platinum members and Qantas platinum, which, like many others, we make a deliberate effort each year to earn fund. Qantas has lost the plot lately, busy trying to be society’s moral champion and running the airline into the ground. We have always had a great experience with and service from ALL though, surprised at the comments,  but I dont see how this is good news for us. It seems a generous offer, are we not helping fund on both sides. We will still have to earn 2022&2023 ? 

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Jul 2012

Total posts 14

Confusing, the invitation email said QF Platinum = ALL Gold but I just recieved a 'welcome' email saying it's ALL Silver.

SDG
SDG

02 Jul 2021

Total posts 1

@jad01 I'm in the same position. However, my welcome message said stay 1 night for fast track to ALL Silver. 

Two days later, I received an email from Qantas saying welcome to ALL Gold. It's bloody confusing. Many comments here clearly call for both Qantas and Accor to sort their systems integrations & messaging out. It might be an idea for whoever at ET wrote the article "Staff Writers" could reach out to Accor and voice these concerns. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 Mar 2015

Total posts 11

Perhaps ET could raise this thread with Accor / Qantas. There is obviously a problem with this promotion and possibly the entire Accor loyalty scheme. 

20 Oct 2015

Total posts 238

How is there 'obviously a problem with this promotion'? Qantas Silvers Golds and Platinums get ALL Gold, Qantas Platinum Ones get ALL Platinum. I'm Qantas Gold and thanks to this promo I am now ALL Gold, seems very straightforward?

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

20 Jul 2012

Total posts 14

I'm Platinum and I somehow got Silver.

Yaf
Yaf

02 Nov 2012

Total posts 36

How long does it take Accor to change the status to Gold?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Feb 2015

Total posts 2

Have any QFF Platinum One members received their invitation yet? Just asking as i have not received yet.

arh
arh

04 Aug 2022

Total posts 2

I am QF Platinum One and ALL Gold (already linked), no email invitation received for ALL Platinum from QF or Accor.

Mrs arh is QF Platinum and received QF email to upgrade to ALL Gold(not currently a member)

Would be nice to know how it works....seems the promo press release is somewhat confusing  🤷‍♂️

arh
arh

04 Aug 2022

Total posts 2

UPDATE

email from QF last night....

Hi arh,
 
As a highly valued Platinum One Qantas Frequent Flyer, we want to give you the exclusive opportunity to upgrade your ALL - Accor Live Limitless status from Gold to Platinum!*
 
Enjoy special perks including more Reward points, suite upgrades, access to Accor’s Executive Lounges, Premium Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast during your stays. It's all yours in a few easy steps, instead of needing to stay the usually required 60 nights with Accor. 
 
Simply register for this offer directly with Accor, then go on to book and complete a stay of at least one night at one of their properties by 31 December.

15 Mar 2018

Total posts 49

Interesting as a QP and an Accor Diamond, I recently tried to book a couple of stays with upgrades, only to be told upgrades were not available as they have been absorbed by the influx of new Accor Gold and Platinum holders.  So much for long time loyalty.  

Booked instead with IHG who did  a status match (Platinum for Diamond) and got upgrades on 3 out of 3 bookings as an IHG Platinum.  Now I'm not a rocket scientist, but I'm certainly questioning whether loyalty has any value.  So IHG just won three bookings where we spent heaps, and Accor missed out.  

I heard a rumor that Simon McGrath went from Accor to IHG, so maybe the status match is aimed at getting Accor's loyal big spending customers.  Who knows.  I have to say all three stays were amazing and the treatment was what one expects as a loyal customer.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 May 2015

Total posts 78

Don't forget that Accor refused to extend the points expiry of Classic and Silver ALL members, even though it was near impossible for many of these members (especially the ones in lockdown hit cities) to travel. Granted, most Classic and Silver members wouldn't have had many points, but it still demonstrates how poor Accor's COVID response was (especially compared to Hilton). So these Classic and Silver members who lost their points are now offered Gold or perhaps Platinum status? Give with one hand, take with the other.


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