• Le Club AccorHotels readies Fairmont, Raffles, Swissotel partnerships

    The Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel chains will all join AccorHotel’s Le Club loyalty program in July, allowing Le Club members to earn and redeem points on stays, and elite cardholders to enjoy perks such as room upgrades, hotel lounge access and more. Read: Accor buys Fairmont, Raf...

    POSTED 17 May, 2018 6 Comments

  • The Porter House Hotel, MGallery by Sofitel coming to Sydney

    Sydney’s skyline will soon be adorned with a new luxury hotel as AccorHotels plans to open The Porter House Hotel under its MGallery by Sofitel brand by the end of 2020. Located on the corner of Bathurst and Castlereagh Streets in the city’s CBD, a $380 million mixed-use building wil...

    POSTED 24 May, 2017 4 Comments

  • Novotel takes over Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise

    AccorHotels’ Novotel brand is taking over the Hotel Grand Chancellor Surfers Paradise property, being re-badged this month simply as the Novotel Surfers Paradise. Joining Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, The Sebel Coolangatta and Mercure Resort Gold Coast in Queensland’s south east, th...

    POSTED 4 Oct, 2016 2 Comments

  • New hotel credit card fees could hammer your hip pocket

    Hotel chains nationwide including Accor, IHG, Rydges and Starwood are amending their credit card fees in line with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms on credit card surcharging. As a result, many hotel guests will now pay a lower credit card fee when using Visa or MasterCard, but whip...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 27 Comments

  • Accor offers easy boost to Hertz Gold Plus elite status

    Gold and Platinum members of the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program can now enjoy a boost to elite status with Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, offering benefits like one-class upgrades and guaranteed vehicle availability when hiring cars with Hertz. Le Club Gold guests are elevated to the Hertz Gold P...

    POSTED 8 Jul, 2016 4 Comments

  • Frequent flyer update: Qantas, Virgin Australia, CX and more

    There's plenty happening in the world of frequent flyer programs and this past week is no exception for members of Qantas Frequent Flyer, Virgin Australia Velocity, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles and more. In case you've missed some of the top stories, here's an executive summary to get you up to spe...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • This week's wrap for frequent flyers

    We’re off to a busy start this April with free lounge access for Virgin Australia travellers both at the airport and at Australian Hilton hotels, a new way to use Flybuys points to book flights and a new way to earn frequent flyer points through Qantas Assure health insurance. Also on this...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2016 0 Comments

  • Le Club AccorHotels tweaks loyalty tiers, points earning

    Members of the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program will qualify for the elite Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers status through new ‘status points’ from 2017: comparable to Qantas and Virgin Australia ‘status credits’. Distinctly different from ‘rewards points’ w...

    POSTED 7 Apr, 2016 6 Comments

  • Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel debuts in 2017

    New Zealand’s Christchurch Airport will feature new on-site lodgings from late next year with the opening of the Novotel Christchurch Airport hotel. With construction kicking off in May 2016, the 200-room property will reside directly next to the international terminal and is being designe...

    POSTED 31 Mar, 2016 3 Comments

  • Your weekly wrap for Qantas, Virgin Australia frequent flyers

    This week is filled with news for frequent flyers with Qantas unlocking a new type of points upgrade to premium economy and business class, while Virgin Australia tinkers with its Velocity scheme and the number of points you’ll need in order to fly with VA and its international partners. A...

    POSTED 4 Mar, 2016 0 Comments

  • Le Club Platinum members gain Club Sofitel access in Australia

    Platinum members of the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program can now – and finally – enjoy access to the Club Sofitel lounges at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and Sofitel Brisbane hotels when staying in any room type. Offering complimentary breakfast, afte...

    POSTED 29 Feb, 2016 4 Comments

  • AccorHotels plans new So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur hotel, residences

    AccorHotels is gearing up for an ambitious expansion in Malaysia with 797 rooms to be built by 2020, split into a 207-room So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur hotel and a separate So Sofitel Residences with space for a further 590 occupants. Set among a larger mix-used development with an office tower and i...

    POSTED 16 Feb, 2016 1 Comment

  • Your mid-February frequent flyer wrap

    It’s been a busy fortnight in the world of frequent flyer programs with both Qantas and Virgin Australia gaining new points partners in Vodafone and Sendle, respectively, with Qantas also toying with the idea of frequent flyer upgrades on American Airlines flights. Added to that, this Febr...

    POSTED 12 Feb, 2016 0 Comments

  • Le Club AccorHotels points: best used for flights or hotel stays?

    Le Club AccorHotels members are spoiled for choice when it comes to using their Le Club points for rewards, with two of the best options being discounts on future hotel stays and converting those points into airline frequent flyer points with the likes of Qantas and Virgin Australia. But which r...

    POSTED 11 Feb, 2016 9 Comments

  • Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street: the largest Ibis in Australasia

    Brisbane is gearing up for the largest Ibis hotel in Australasia with the opening of the Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street property in Q1 2016. Construction of the 368-room hotel is now complete at 40 Elizabeth Street in the city’s CBD... ... with its location making the hotel one o...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2016 1 Comment

  • Novotel hotel comes to Darwin Airport in 2016

    AccorHotels will boost its portfolio in the Northern Territory next year, taking over the existing Rydges Darwin Airport hotel and badging it as the Novotel Darwin Airport hotel. Located within the airport precinct, the 136-room property sits within metres of the terminal doors and will undergo ...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2015 0 Comments

  • Here's a hotel status match with a difference...

    Hotel status matches are a treat for business travellers and frequent flyers – and now there's a way to turn your status with some of the world's leading hotel chains into VIP standing with a cruise line! A unique promotion from the popular Mediterranean line MSC Cruises offers a free upgr...

    POSTED 27 Nov, 2015 7 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer wrap for road warriors

    September marks a big month for Qantas frequent flyers with a 50% points boost from AccorHotels at properties like Sofitel, Pullman and Novotel, along with a free one-year Qantas epiQure membership for Accor’s own loyalty members. Also in this week’s wrap, the five best credit card s...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2015 1 Comment

  • Accor Le Club Platinum members get Brisbane Sofitel Club lounge access

    Top-tier Platinum cardholders in the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty scheme can now relax and unwind at the Sofitel Brisbane’s ‘Sofitel Club’ executive lounge even when booked in the most basic room type. Touted by the property as Australia’s largest hotel executive lounge, i...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2015 5 Comments

  • Mercure Newcastle Airport hotel opens

    The $15 million, 95-room Mercure Newcastle Airport hotel now welcomes business travellers through its doors as the first hotel to open within the city’s airport precinct. With sound-proofed guestrooms to keep out aircraft noise, blackout blinds and a 24-hour gymnasium, guests will be able ...

    POSTED 3 Aug, 2015 1 Comment

  • Turning hotel loyalty points into airline frequent flyer points

    While loyalty to a favourite hotel chain can bring perks such as free breakfast and room upgrades, frequent business travellers know that this isn’t always practical or even possible – some chains may not serve every city in your itinerary, or your employer may find a cheaper deal els...

    POSTED 31 Jul, 2015 1 Comment

  • This week's wrap for Qantas, Virgin Australia, Singapore Airlines travellers

    If your budget – or that of your employer – only stretches to economy, using your frequent flyer points for a business class upgrade is a great way to make a journey more comfortable: this week, we show you how that’s done and what to look out for with Qantas, Singapore Airlines...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2015 0 Comments

  • Virgin Australia inks points partnership with Le Club AccorHotels

    Virgin Australia Velocity frequent flyers will soon be able to earn Velocity Points at 2,800 new hotels via the Le Club AccorHotels program. The system will see travellers first earn Le Club points at Accor’s range of brands – including Sofitel, Novotel, M Gallery, Pullman, Adagio, M...

    POSTED 24 Jul, 2015 4 Comments

  • Accor opens Sofitel Xining, The Sebel Xining hotels in China

    Accor adds two new hotels to its Chinese stable this week with the opening of the Sofitel Xining and The Sebel Xining. Located in the west of Xining city – capital of China’s Qinghai province – the two properties are interconnected and nearby to major government and corporate o...

    POSTED 3 Jun, 2015 0 Comments

  • Our weekly wrap for frequent flyers and road warriors

    When you’re next jetting about, be sure you’re also earning frequent flyer points on the ground while you sleep – we’ll show you how it’s done with the major hotel chains, how to earn an easy 10,000 bonus points on top with Accor or 50% more with the other chains. A...

    POSTED 22 May, 2015 0 Comments

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