Getting hotel status these days isn’t an easy feat; that is if you play by the rules and stay the required nights (usually 30+) to gain some status with benefits.
AccorPlus is a little different; it’s a paid membership scheme which compliments your Accor Le Club account in which you earn points for staying at any of the Accor brand properties such as Sofitel, Pullman, Ibis, Novotel, Mgallery etc.
The French hotel group’s Accor Plus program will set you back $385 annually but comes with a few benefits which can potentially give you the advantage and help save $$. The program is comparable to the IHG Ambassador scheme or Qantas Club paid membership. Essentially you pay to play and if you’re a savvy traveller; you aim to win.
- Accor Plus cost: $385
- Supplementary card holder: $149
Accor Plus Card Holder Benefits
Free Hotel Stay
The biggest win and potentially a benefit that pays for the annual fee is the free hotel night that comes with your membership. This can be redeemed with most Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis Styles and Ibis hotels around Australia and Asia.
10% Discount On Best Available Rate
The second benefit is a 10% saving on the best available rate; this is only if you book direct so it’s worth considering if the money saved is greater than booking through a third party site such as hotels.com. Either way, don’t forget to run your booking through cashrewards for a few % cash back.
Accor Plus Red Hot Room Specials
Accor has a website which publishes so-called “red hot rooms” and are up to 50% off, from experience these can be hit, and miss and not many luxury properties get included. You can only access this via the Accor Plus website
50% Off Dining With Accor Plus
When dining at any of the Accor hotel restaurants, you will receive a 50% discount as a couple or 25% when dining solo. Trios will get a 33% discount and groups of 4 will get 25% off the total food bill. Best of all, you don’t need to be staying at a hotel to use your Accor Plus discount benefit, just show your card when it comes time to settle the bill.
What’s more, participating restaurants in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji accept multiple cards per table, meaning you enjoy even greater savings on your food bill. For example, if four adults are dining and two member cards are presented, you’ll receive 50% off the total food portion of your bill (maximum discount per table is 50%). Don’t forget, when dining in Asia you also receive 15% off drinks.
- 25% off – 1 member
- 50% off – 1 member and 1 guest
- 33% off – 1 member and 2 guests
- 25% off – 1 member and 3 guests
There are some exclusions to keep in mind, these are:
Discounts do not apply to breakfast at a number of hotels and resorts in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia.
- Discounts do not apply to mini bars, room service or pool bars.
- Discounts may not apply on public holidays or during special events, e.g. Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and more. Please check with the individual hotel restaurant before dining.
- Items ordered from the children’s menu are not included.
Instant Silver Status with Accor Le Club
Silver status isn’t the most amazing feature but still worth something. Silver is usually achieved after a staying 10 nights or after earning 2000 status points. As Le Club Silver member you can request late checkouts (or early check-in), free wifi and welcome drinks on arrival.
Accor Plus Partner Benefits
This one is a but “meh” but still worth mentioning as it might help some people. Accor Plus members get a 20% discount when booking with Europcar which from my test worked out around the advertised discount rate, so it’s not bad if you plan to rent through Europcar.
Your Accor Plus membership gives you more benefits with Europcar than ever!
Your exclusive member rate includes an unrivalled discount of 20% on your car rental across the Europcar network in more than 140 countries plus earn up to 1,000* Le Club AccorHotels points.
*250 points for rentals between 1 to 4 days, 500 points for rentals 5 to 7 days and 1,000 points for rentals of 8 days or more.
There are also some additional discounts for Red Balloon and Premium Luggage, but those are more like an afterthought.
Where can I use my Accor Plus membership?
Australia, Cambodia, China, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam are the valid locations for participating hotels in the program.
Conclusion: Is Accor Plus worth the $385 fee?
In short; yes! If you travel a few times a year (Australia & Asia) and plan to stay in any of the Accor properties the membership fee can be paid off pretty fast. The dining feature along could make up for a reasonable saving. Of course, I don’t recommend you use your stay certificate on a budget hotel such as Ibis. Ideally, you want to get as much value for money as possible; this is very achievable during peak periods. To give you an example here’s how I made most of my certificate.
Pullman Bunker Bay is one of the few luxury hotels in the Margaret River region of WA, during the summer months it’s almost impossible to get a room at this hotel during the weekend. If rooms are available, they come at an inflated price. Normally the nightly rate is between $250-300, but for my example, the rate was $550 a night! Luckily my voucher was valid for use and instead of forking out $550 my price went down to zero (or $380 if you want to look at it that way). Assuming we will have dinner at the hotel (it’s in the middle of nowhere, and dining options are limited) we’ll save an additional 50% on the total food bill.
This is just one particular example, but the fact is there are plenty of luxury hotels around Australia and Asia for which you can use your stay voucher and dining benefits, the new Sydney Sofitel Darling Harbour would be a great example, and same goes for the new Sofitel City Central in Singapore. Both go for nightly rates close to $300, add dinner for 2, and you’ve already won!
BONUS: Instant Accor Gold Status
Silver Status, not enough? Here’s some good news, for only 90 Euro you can buy your way to a shiny gold card with Accor Le Club. As a gold member, you get similar benefits as Silver but with the additional perk of room upgrades. If you like staying at luxury Accor properties the status could pay for itself pretty quick.
Here’s how you get it:
Sign up for the Ibis Business card, not only will you get 10% off Ibis hotels, but you will also get Gold Status with Accor Le Club
Now that you got your Gold status… it’s time to play the status matching game 😉
Keep a close eye on Hilton Honors as they offer status matches all year round it seems!