The Le Club AccorHotels scheme allows members to earn and redeem points at a number of business and luxury hotels in the Accor family including Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel and Mercure.
And with perks like free Internet access, room upgrades and executive lounge privileges for frequent guests, you’ll want to make a shiny Le Club AccorHotels card part of your regular travel kit.
Guests earn Le Club AccorHotels points, which can later be swapped for discounts on hotel stays or frequent flyer points with Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and more.
Across the globe, 2,800 hotels in 92 countries are part of Le Club, providing not only blanket coverage, but also choice in most of the world’s major business destinations.
There are many reasons for Australian road warriors to befriend the Le Club AccorHotels program, so we've put together a beginner’s guide to get you started.
Le Club AccorHotels 101
Across the Accor range of brands, members can earn and redeem points with Sofitel, Pullman, M Gallery, Mercure, Grand Mercure, The Sebel, Novotel, Suite Novotel, Ibis, Ibis Styles, Adagio and Adagio Access.
Membership comes at no charge so head to across the Accor website and enrol. You’ll receive your membership number immediately, and can start earning points straight away.
Provided you spend a night at a Le Club participating hotel every 12 months, those points will never expire.
Le Club AccorHotels tiers
Beginning at the base-level Classic tier, you’ll progress through Silver, Gold and Platinum as you begin to frequent hotels within the Accor portfolio.
The number of points earned depends on both a member’s Le Club status and the hotel brand they’re staying with.
With headquarters in Paris, the number of points earned is based on your spend in euros.
Here’s what you’ll earn in Le Club for every 10€ spent (or the equivalent in a hotel’s local currency):
|Hotel / Status||Classic||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|Sofitel||25 points||31 points||37 points||44 points|
|Pullman||25 points||31 points||37 points||44 points|
|Grand Mercure||25 points||31 points||37 points||44 points|
|M Gallery||25 points||31 points||37 points||44 points|
|The Sebel||25 points||31 points||37 points||44 points|
|Novotel||25 points||31 points||37 points||44 points|
|Suite Novotel||25 points||31 points||37 points||44 points|
|Mercure||25 points||31 points||37 points||44 points|
|Ibis||12.5 points||15.5 points||18.5 points||22 points|
|Ibis Styles||12.5 points||15.5 points||18.5 points||22 points|
|Adagio||10 points||12.5 points||15 points||17.5 points|
|Adagio Access||5 points||6.25 points||7.5 points||8.75 points|
Straight off the bat, Classic members can use hotel priority check-in desks, get free Internet in most hotels and have access to private sale rates available through the Accor website from time to time.
Moving up through the program, higher status levels can be reached by either the number of nights spent in Accor hotels each year, or the number of Le Club points earned throughout the same period.
For travellers who often spend just one night in a given hotel, it’s a great way to recognise what still amounts to very frequent travel, although unfortunately isn’t part of Le Club AccorHotels.
That aside, there’s no requirement to hit both the number of nights and the number of points earned in a year – regardless of how you’ve qualified, you’ll automatically move up the ladder.
Le Club AccorHotels Silver
After spending 10 nights in Accor’s hotels within a twelve month period or earning 2,500 points throughout the year, you’ll progress from Classic to Silver status.
Silver members go from earning 25 points per 10€ to 31 points on the same spend at most brands, with the earn rates at budget hotels also seeing an increase.
Where not already offered, in-room Internet access is free – although in many cases it’s the same low-speed connection available to all guests, with faster downloads a chargeable extra.
These guests also enjoy a welcome drink at Novotel and Suite Novotel and can take advantage of a free late check-out at all brands, where hotel capacity permits.
Le Club AccorHotels Gold
Thirty nights over 12 months will bump you up to Gold, as will earning 10,000 points over the same period.
Topping the Silver benefits, Gold-level guests receive a welcome drink at all Accor properties along with a room upgrade to a higher category if available for the full duration of the stay.
While late check-out remains an option, members can instead check-in early at no extra charge, but it’s not guaranteed and depends on the rooms available at the hotel.
Even in fully-booked hotels, Gold members can often grab a room when booking at least three days before the planned arrival date, although the perk isn’t honoured during the busiest times of the year, which makes it less useful.
At the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney, you won’t have any luck on New Year’s Eve or around the NRL final, for example.
Similar rules apply at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, which bars elite members from procuring VIP rooms during the Melbourne Cup, the AFL grand final and the Australian Open.
Members are also entitled to non-descript ‘VIP treatment’, which can encompass little niceties such as welcome gifts or handwritten cards from a hotel’s manager.
Here's an example from the luxe Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, which included fruit, chocolate, bottled water and a signed card:
At the top of the pecking order is Platinum, yours each year after either 60 nights or a haul exceeding 25,000 points.
Improving on the benefits given to Gold members, Platinum guests can take advantage of guaranteed room availability when booking at least two days before arrival, although the same blackout periods still apply.
Platinum members can also make use of any available Executive Lounge, with the unfortunate exception of the Sofitel properties in Sydney and Melbourne.
While it depends on the specific hotel, Executive Lounges typically offer breakfast, snacks throughout the day and evening drinks and canapés.
Unlike Gold, Platinum members can settle in their rooms before the published check-in time and can also take a late check-out – so you won't have to decide between one or the other if both are available during your stay.
Other benefits are also available and differ between the various brands.
At Pullman hotels, Platinum members enjoy complimentary pressing of one garment, while at M Gallery, you can drink all of the mini bar’s non-alcoholic beverages without being charged a penny.
The Sebel hotels upgrade their elite Platinum guests to the best available room in the hotel – including suites – and most properties provide a 10% discount on in-house spa treatments where offered.
Earning Le Club AccorHotels points
Within Australia, Accor has properties spanning most of the country's capital cities and an extensive list of regional areas.
At 25 points per 10€, an overnight stay with a A$200 room rate and $25 spent on room service would earn around 382 points at most brands including Sofitel, Novotel and Pullman, based on the exchange rate on July 10 2015.
On that same spend, Silver members pocket 474 points, Gold members pick-up 565 points, and Platinum-grade travellers amass an impressive 672 points.
Redeeming Le Club AccorHotels points
Points in the Le Club AccorHotels program are best traded for either discounts on hotel stays or for airline points or miles.
For the former, proceed to book your stay as normal, but keep your eyes peeled for this option on the payment page:
Two thousand points can be exchanged for a 40€ discount, which at the time of booking converted to A$58.15:
Alternately, after piling up 4,000 Le Club points, you can swap your hard-earned bounty for Qantas Frequent Flyer points on a 1:1 basis.
With as many Le Club points currently returning A$119.17 on hotel bookings, only you can decide if 4,000 Qantas Points are really worth 2.98 cents each in lost discounts.
Also partner to Le Club AccorHotels are the likes of Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Etihad, but Le Club points funnel across on a 2:1 basis to these airlines, which presents less value.
The bottom line: if you normally swap Qantas Points for business or first class travel, you’re better off shipping Le Club points straight across to Qantas.
On the other hand, redeeming Qantas Points for economy flights already represents relatively poor value, in which case you’re best to use Le Club points for discounts with Accor.
Also read: Your guide to the Accor Plus program
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