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 meaningful benefits.
Accor Plus is a little different; it’s a paid membership scheme which encompasses a Le Club AccorHotels account in which you earn points for staying at any of the Accor brand properties such as Fairmont, Sofitel, MGallery, Pullman, Swissôtel and Novotel etc.
The Accor Plus program will set you back $395 annually but comes with a few benefits which can potentially give you the advantage and help save $$. Essentially you pay to play and if you’re a savvy traveller; you aim to win.
- Accor Plus cost: $395 (Sign up via this link)
- Supplementary card holder: $159
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.
The free hotel night per membership year alone is worth the cost of Accor Plus program. This is especially true when you redeem it for a luxury hotel stay. The new Sofitel Darling Harbour Sydney, Sofitel Singapore City Centre and the newly refurbished Swissôtel in Singapore are a few of my personal favourites since these hotels usually cost between $300-$500 per night.
10% Discount On Best Available Rate
As an Accor Plus member, you receive 10% off the best available public rate (including restricted rates) on any room type in any participating hotel across Asia Pacific. If you're a regular at any of the Accor properties in the region this is a benefit that can save you a lot of $ when you book directly with Accor.
Don’t forget to run your booking through ShopBack for a few % cash back (by the way if you use this link to sign up to ShopBack, you will get $10 after your first transaction; and so will I! Thanks!!).
Accor Plus Red Hot Room Specials
Accor Plus has a section on its website where they publish special deals called “Red Hot Rooms” which are up to 50% off. From experience these can be hit and miss and not many luxury properties get included. However it's worth keeping an eye on as from time to time you can find a great deal. You can only access this via the Accor Plus website (accorplus.com/en/australia/offers).
50% Off Dining With Accor Plus
When dining at any of the participating 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:
Not that there are stay and dining exclusions at certain hotels, restaurants and dates. For all the terms & conditions visit: https://www.accorplus.com/en/australia/about/terms-and-conditions
Instant Silver Status with Accor Le Club
Silver status isn’t the most amazing feature but still worth something. Silver is usually achieved after staying 10 nights or after earning 2000 status points. As a Le Club Silver member you can request late checkouts (or early check-in), free wifi and welcome drinks on arrival. Of course if you're already Gold or Platinum, you get to keep your status and enjoy the benefits it has to offer in addition to your Accor Plus benefits.
Accor Plus Partner Benefits
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.
The benefit description reads:
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.
However, there's one partner benefit that could potentially save you thousands…
Accor Plus members now get up to 12% discount and earn double Qmiles when booking through this special page on the Qatar Airways website.
The discount works in a tiered basis with savings in business class of 10%
- 2% discount on base fare amount in Business Class will apply to booking classes: D, I (Saver and Value).
- 10% discount on base fare amount in Business Class will apply to booking classes: R (Promo).
- 12% discount on base fare amount in Economy Class will apply to booking classes: N, S, V, L, M, K (Saver and Value).
- 10% discount on base fare amount in Economy Class will apply to booking classes: W, O, T, Q (Promo).
- The following booking classes are excluded from this offer: Y, B, H, J, C (Flexi).
Of course when there's a discount involved we naturally want to check if it's a genuine discount. So we put it to the test!
For this example, we looked at a return flight from Perth to Amsterdam in business class. While the standard pricing for the same date and flights was $6231.23
the Accor Plus members price was $5652.23 which is a 10% discount on the base fare (the discount doesn't apply to taxes.
If you fly a few times a year, this little hack could potentially save you thousands of dollars. To access the special discount, you must book through this page: https://www.qatarairways.com/en-au/offers/cug/accorplus.html
Keep in mind there are a few rules to be able to get this discount, the main one is that departure cities are limited to Australia: Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra. As for the destinations, it's pretty much everywhere Qatar Airways fly.
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.
Sign up via Accor Plus Australia
Conclusion: Is Accor Plus worth the $395 fee?
In short; yes! If you travel a few times a year (within Asia Pacific) and plan to stay in any of the Accor properties the membership fee can be paid off pretty fast. The dining feature alone can offer a significant saving throughout your membership year. 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 1 free night 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.
With the money you save, you could charter a helicopter and take the scenic route to your favourite winery/restaurant!
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 (sometimes even $500!), add dinner for 2, and you’ve already won!
How to get Accor Plus?
To sign up to Accor Plus Australia, visit: https://www.accorplus.com/en/australia/
Full disclosure: This article has been sponsored by Accor Plus.