Accor offering triple Rewards Points across Asia Pacific until 10 September 2017

Accor Hotels are offering triple Rewards Points for stays across Asia Pacific between 10 June and 10 September 2017.

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Accor Hotels are offering triple Rewards Points for stays across Asia Pacific between 10 June and 10 September 2017.

To be eligible for this promotion, simply activate the offer on the Accor website.

A total of 700 hotels are included within the promotion across the Asia Pacific region. I consider the Accor Hotels LeClub loyalty program to offer a fairly decent return for spend (see The best hotel chain for airline points) and so the triple points multiplier is definitely worthwhile.

In related Accor news, the new Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will be opening in October 2017. The hotel looks great and I can’t wait to check it out.

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Accor offering triple points at resorts within Australia

Accor is offering triple Rewards points for resorts within Australia booked before 31 May 2017 for stays until 30 June 2017.

Accor is offering triple Rewards points for resorts within Australia booked before 31 May 2017 for stays until 30 June 2017.

This offer will yield between 5 and 9 Rewards points per Australian dollar spent depending on what AccorHotels LeClub tier you hold, from Classic to Platinum. These Rewards points convert into both Qantas and Velocity Points at a rate of 1:1, making this a great offer.

Register for the promotion at the AccorHotels website.

Accor Rewards points are a valuable points currency that can be transferred to many airline partners, including Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity Frequent Flyer, Etihad Guest, Emirates Skywards and Asia Miles.

Checkout our detailed guide on how to earn airline points on hotel stays.

Earn bonus AccorHotels LeClub points using Places app

Guests staying at AccorHotel properties can collect badges and earn bonus points by registering their stays on the AccorHotels LeClub Places app or website.

Guests staying at AccorHotel properties can collect badges and earn bonus points by registering their stays on the AccorHotels LeClub Places app or website.

The app, available for iOS and Android, rewards guests with bonus points for checking into hotels and reaching certain milestones; such as number of different hotels, number of countries or number of times at the same hotel. There are lots of badges and points to collect, so download the app and start checking in or visit the website.

I’ve found the app to be somewhat buggy but have actually been able to earn bonus points from completing check-ins from previous stays, dating several months back. Be warned, the ‘validation’ of the check-ins can take some time, so be patient.

Update: The app appears to be unavailable in the iOS and Android stores. You can still access the online Facebook version. Not sure if this is just a temporary removal or permanent change. Hopefully they are addressing some of the bugs.

New Sofitel Darling Harbour opening in September 2017

Work is well underway on Accor’s latest Sydney flagship property located in Darling Harbour with a scheduled September 2017 opening.

Work is well underway on Accor’s latest Sydney flagship property located in Darling Harbour with a scheduled September 2017 opening. The new 35 story hotel will be located within the new Sydney International Convention Centre precinct with many of the 600 rooms offering views of the stunning Darling Harbour.

 Sofitel Darling Harbour rendering
Sofitel Darling Harbour rendering

The hotel will feature a pool with great views of the city along with an Executive Lounge for LeClub Platinum members. Stay tuned to AirlinePoints.com.au about more details around the hotel’s opening later this year.

 Sofitel Darling Harbour pool views
Sofitel Darling Harbour pool views

Special offer

Time to start saving those LeClub points for September 2017! Thankfully AccorHotels is running a bonus points promotion at the moment for LeClub members for Accor reservations made before 12 February 2017 for stays until 9 April 2017.

  • You’ll get 500 bonus Rewards points for your 1st stay
  • You’ll get 2,000 bonus Rewards points for your 2nd stay
  • You’ll get 3,000 bonus Rewards points for your 3rd stay

You simply need to activate the offer before booking by visiting the promotions page and signing in. Given the recent changes to the LeClub program, unfortunately these bonus points don’t count towards your status anymore.

The best hotel chain for airline points

A comparison of which hotel chain offers the best value for airline point transfers.

Hotel bookings can be one of the most lucrative sources of frequent flyer points, with the likes of Qantas Hotels offering 3 points per $1 AUD and Virgin Australia Holidays offering up to 6 points per $1 AUD for Velocity Platinum members. Combined with regular promotions from Qantas Hotels of up to 9 points per $1 AUD, these can quickly add up to very healthy frequent flyer balances.

Unfortunately the biggest downside to booking your stays through frequent flyer portals, and any online travel agent (Hotels.com, Expedia, etc) is the lack of loyalty benefits and recognition at the hotel itself. There are many benefits to be obtained from acquiring status with your preferred hotel chain; such as free upgrades to bigger rooms or rooms with preferred views, late checkout, and complementary breakfast.

The good news is that almost all of the major hotel chains allow you to collect points from your hotel stays that can be converted to airline points. Infact, most hotel chains have a very large pool of airline points and miles currencies that you can select.


Accor LeClub

LeClub points transfer 1:1 to Velocity Points, Qantas Points
LeClub points transfer 2:1 to Asia Miles, Emirates, Etihad

Spend ($ AUD) Classic Silver Gold Platinum
$1 at Accor* 1.75 2.17 2.59 3.08
$1 at ibis, ibis Styles 0.88 1.09 1.30 1.54

*except Adagio, Adagio Access, ibis, ibis Styles and Mama Shelter

Using 1 AUD = 0.71 EUR. LeClub points based on spend in Euros.


Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG)

SPG points transfer 1:1 to Velocity Points, Asia Miles, Emirates, Etihad

Spend ($ AUD) Preferred Gold Platinum
$1 1.48 2.22 2.22

Using 1 AUD = 0.74 USD. SPG points based on spend in USD.


Hilton HHonors

Table shows earn rates for Velocity and Qantas Points once transferred from HHonors Points.

Spend ($ AUD) Blue Silver Gold Diamond
$1 1.67 1.91 2.08 2.5

Using 1 AUD = 0.74 USD and earning style set to Points & Points. HHonors points based on spend in USD.


World of Hyatt

Table shows earn rates for Qantas Points, Asia Miles, Emirates and Etihad once transferred from World of Hyatt Points.

Spend ($ AUD) Member Discoverist Explorist Globalist
$1 1.48 1.63 1.78 1.92

Using 1 AUD = 0.74 USD. World of Hyatt Points based on spend in USD.


In summary, even if your goal is maximising your airline points, there is still the possibility of earning a solid amount of airline points by booking directly with your hotel chain instead of through a frequent flyer portal.

The decision comes down to whether you value the hotel status benefits above the extra points you may have obtained from booking via a frequent flyer portal.

Example — Qantas Hotels vs SPG Gold

For example, booking directly via SPG if you’re Gold will earn 2.2 frequent flyer points per $1 AUD spent. This is 0.8 points less per $1 AUD than if booked via Qantas Hotels. Aussming the hotel is priced the same on SPG and Qantas Hotels, if the value of the booking is $300 and you value your frequent flyer points at 1 c per point, you are missing out on only $2.40 worth of value, which is easily offset by the extra benefits obtained with the SPG Gold status; such as room upgrades and late checkout.