The Accor Plus program for Aussie business travellers

By Chris Chamberlin, February 11 2015

Ideal for infrequent travellers and globetrotters alike, Accor Plus (formerly Accor Advantage Plus) complements the chain’s Le Club Accorhotels scheme with money-saving discounts rather than a laundry list of perks.

Whether it’s cheaper – or even free – room rates, half-price meals or discounts on car hire with Europcar, here’s what you need to know about Accor Plus.

Accor Plus 101

To begin with, Accor Plus is a paid membership scheme that works alongside the Le Club loyalty program at Accor brands such as Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel and Mercure – so you don’t need to choose between one and the other.

Travellers use Le Club to notch up points and perks such as room upgrades, welcome drinks and Executive Lounge privileges for elite members, and Accor Plus to lessen the pain when it comes time to pay the bill.

It’s similar to the way Qantas Club works alongside Qantas Frequent Flyer – one program gives you yearly benefits in exchange for a membership fee, while the other allows you to earn perks based on how frequently you travel.

Membership to Accor Plus sets you back A$335 per year, and you can give a supplementary Accor Plus card to a partner, family member, friend or colleague for just $149 p.a.

Accor Plus benefits

Right off the bat, Accor Plus members (although not supplementary cardholders) enjoy a free overnight stay each year their choice of selected Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles properties – largely negating the cost of the membership fee.

These guests also save 10% on the Best Available Rate at any participating Accor hotel on paid stays and receive exclusive discounts of up to 50% on selected ‘Red Hot Rooms’ when booking via the Accor Plus website.

When dining at hotel restaurants for either breakfast, lunch or dinner, a flash of the AP card gives solo travellers a 25% discount, duos and couples 50% off, trios 33% off and groups of four or more 25% off the total food bill.

Hotels in Asia also grant a 15% discount on alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, although food and beverage discounts aren’t available on public holidays and other significant days such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Chinese New Year.

More perks for Accor Plus members

Through complimentary Le Club Silver status, Accor Plus members earn an extra six rewards points per €10 spent (or the equivalent in a hotel’s local currency) at most Accor hotels.

Using the exchange rate on July 10 2015, €10 is roughly A$14.90 which likens the bonus to an extra frequent flyer point per $2.48 spent, or a boost of 80 points on a $200 overnight stay.

Silver status also guarantees members free in-room Internet access where it’s not already provided by the property, a late check-out where hotel capacity allows and a welcome drink at the Novotel and Suite Novotel brands.

Finally, Europcar also gives Accor Plus cardholders a 15% discount on the ‘best rate of the day’ plus 250 Le Club points every time they rent a vehicle.

For more information or to join Accor Plus today, head to the Accor website to get started.

Also read: Your guide to the Le Club Accorhotels loyalty program

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

12 Jun 2013

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So how many nights a year would one have to stay in an Accor to make this worthwhile?

What are the restrictions on the "free night"? If you can use it at any Sofitel anywhere any time then the $319 is almost paying for itself. If it's as hard to use as QFF points then it's not worth much.

C'mon, you can do better than *just* paraphrasing the website, surely?

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30 May 2013

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IHG's competitive program is also worth a look. It's called iHG Dining Rewards but it has accommodation benefits too - in fact they are better than Accor Plus's (IMO) as the Free Night can be used in any IHG hotel globally which basically pays back the $319 membership.

I understand the Accor free night is APAC only and many hotels opt out. 

Just a thought...


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