Fancy a free hotel stay (worth up to $400 or more), 50% off dining across Asia-Pacific, a fast track to Accor Live Limitless Silver status and VIP perks when you check-in? You can access all this and much more with a shiny Accor Plus membership card.
Accor Plus: How the program works
As a paid program, membership to Accor Plus unlocks exclusive accommodation and dining benefits at over 800 Accor resorts and hotels across Asia Pacific.
There are loads of perks on offer, with the key benefits being:
- Complimentary night at a participating Accor property each year. This can be worth up to $400 AUD or even more, depending on where you choose to redeem it (read on to find out how!)
- Dining benefit offering up to 50% off food at restaurants within participating Accor hotels
- Up to 50% off accommodation rates with weekly exclusive offers (through Accor Plus Red Hot Rooms)
- Fast track to automatic ALL – Accor Live Limitless Silver membership status
- Partner benefits including access to discounts with partners such as Europcar, Priority Pass and more
To join Accor Plus in Australia, you’ll need to pay an annual membership fee of $399. And while that might sound steep, if you can make use of the benefits we've listed out above, you can easily offset the yearly cost. Read on to find out how.
COVID-19: Accor Plus benefit extension
In response to the evolving Coronavirus pandemic, Accor Plus recently has announced an extension to membership and Stay Plus benefits. This includes new membership sign-ups.
How long will membership be extended for?
Eligible members of Accor Plus will have their twelve-month memberships extended for a maximum of six months from their original expiry date. As an example, if your AccorPlus membership expires 31 June 2020, it will now be valid through until 30 December 2020. Any unused Stay Plus free nights will also be extended by an additional six months. We'll be providing further updates from Accor as the COVID-19 situation evolves.
Where can I use my Accor Plus membership?
Membership is valid at over 800 hotels (and 1,100 restaurants) located in 18 countries within the Asia Pacific region. This includes many properties and brands within Australia, so you’re spoiled for choice with high-quality accommodation and choices options close to home.
Accor Hotels boasts a range of participating chains, including high-end offerings such as Banyan Tree, Sofitel, Swissotel, Pullman and Fairmont. While Raffles is included under the Accor Hotels umbrella, unfortunately, it doesn't participate in Accor Plus.
At home, use your AccorPlus membership at an extensive range of hotels and resorts within Australia. Further afield, it’s valid at properties in Cambodia, China, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Boom!
Key benefits for Accor Plus members
Let’s delve into the key benefits:
A free night at an Accor hotel each year (worth up to $400 or more)
At the top of the list, Accor Plus members score a complimentary one night stay each membership year at a participating Accor hotel property in the Asia Pacific region (the ‘Stay Plus’ benefit).
Want to learn how you can extract maximum value from your AccorPlus free night?
The fact is, it's easy to recoup the full cost of your Accor Plus membership fee simply by using your Stay Plus benefit. Pair it with a cheap flight, and you've scored yourself a bargain trip away!
Stay Plus case study: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
In a quick case study, I’ll demonstrate how to extract maximum value from your complimentary Accor Stay Plus night at the exceptional Sofitel Darling Harbour in Sydney.
Generally speaking, if you book well in advance, it’s possible to lock in a complimentary stay for a Saturday night where the paid rate would otherwise cost around $400.
In the example below, I’ve logged in to my Accor Plus account and opted to use my Stay Plus benefit for the night of Saturday 16th May 2020.
As can be seen, a paid stay on this date for a standard room comes in at $396. However, the Stay Plus benefit is also available, allowing me to access the same room as my free night:
I can also upgrade from a standard room to a higher category using my Stay Plus benefit, with a luxury corner suite commanding a small supplement of just $50:
You can book your Stay Plus benefit online, up to 12 months in advance. Conveniently, your free night is fully refundable, which means you can easily cancel it with no penalty up to one day before your stay if your plans change.
Note that the complimentary night is not available at all Accor hotels in the Asia Pacific region, and it is subject to availability. Typically, a base level standard room is offered, although many hotels may allow you to upgrade to a higher room level for a nominal fee (even at check-in).
As with our example above, the earlier you look, the better chance you will have of locking in the Stay Plus benefit at your preferred property, on your preferred date.
Up to 50% off Accor Plus dining benefit at restaurants
After a long day of sightseeing or in the office, sometimes it can be tempting to stay in your hotel for dinner. And with the dining benefits offered with an Accor Plus membership, you won't want to leave the property.
AccorPlus members receive 50% off the food portion of their bill when dining as a party of two – essentially buy one, get one free. This Accor Plus dining benefit is available at participating Accor Hotels restaurants within the Asia Pacific, each and every time you present your card.
Let that sink in for a moment… if you dine out on two scotch fillets, you pay for one. As a solo diner flashing your membership card, you’ll receive 25% off your total food bill, while if you bring two guests, you receive 33% off, 3 guests receive 25% off… and so on.
Dining at a participating Accor Hotels restaurant in the Pacific? If you are dining out as a party of four in Australia, New Zealand or Fiji with two Accor Plus members at the table, you can receive a dining discount of 50% off. And, when dining in Asia, you receive 15% off your drinks bill on top! Another round of poolside mojitos, anyone?
It's possible to extract a lot of value from this benefit, particularly at properties where captive to the onsite restaurants. Some Accor resorts or hotels are located in remote areas where you typically won’t find outside eateries, so you can save significant money by dining onsite at up to 50% food on each day of your stay.
Bear in mind that you don’t need to be staying at an Accor Hotel at the time to enjoy savings when you dine out – simply show your Accor Plus card when you arrive at the restaurant to access your dining discount. So even if you live or work in an Australian capital city, you may at any one time have access to a number of high-quality Accor Hotels restaurants – at up to 50% off your food bill, every time.
Accor Plus Dining exclusions
As with everything, there are some dining discount exclusions to be aware of. Accor Plus benefits are not available at Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Orient Express and Ibis Budget. Selected independently-owned Accor restaurants may also be excluded from the offer.
You can browse the current list of Accor Plus restaurant dining exclusions on the Accor website here.
Blackout days do apply, and these vary by country. The list of blackout dates which apply to each country is located here. Before dining, we’d encourage you to contact the property to confirm the discount is available.
Up to 50% off stays with Accor Red Hot Rooms
Everyone loves a good hotel sale, and Accor Plus delivers members-only promotional rates, all year round.
This benefit is known as Red Hot Rooms, and it sees prices on various hotels slashed at up to 50% off exclusively via the Accor Plus website. While this benefit is popular with leisure travellers, it can lead to significant cost savings for businesses as well.
From high-end Sofitel resorts, Pullman hotels and Swissotel, to inner-city Mercure and Ibis properties, Accor Red Hot Rooms routinely serves up sharp savings on high-quality properties within the Asia Pacific region.
As a small business owner, I’m personally able to extract significant value from this benefit. I book Accor Plus Red Hot Room rates frequently when planning business travel into cities like Melbourne or Sydney at short notice.
Accor Plus normally releases Red Hot Rooms deals on Friday nights, with the sale rates available for two weeks. Below is a recent example of up to 50% off hotel rooms in Australia:
Red Hot Room rates are available to browse on the AccorPlus website. As these are offered as a private members sale, there is less demand for ‘red hot prices’. So whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, you'll have a greater chance of scoring a deal before it runs out.
Save 10% off the Best Available Rate
Accor Plus members score an additional 10% off the best available public rate (including restricted rates) when booking directly via the Accor website or the Accor app. This offer is available on any room type at all participating hotels.
The additional 10% discount can also be applied to private sale rates on accorhotels.com, which could see you access discounts of up to 50%.
If you stay regularly at Accor properties, the Best Available Rate discount can add up to significant savings across your membership year.
Plus, don't forget the Accor Hotels Price Guarantee
While it's unlikely that you'll find a cheaper rate elsewhere, don't forget the Accor Hotels Price Promise. If you find a lower rate elsewhere within 24 hours of booking via Accor, you can submit a claims form to request a refund of the difference. Simply take a screengrab that clearly displays the lower price and corresponding price conditions and send it to Accor within 24 hours of your booking. Your claim will be reviewed and processed, if eligible.
Get automatic Silver ALL – Accor Live Limitless Membership
Accor Plus is totally separate to the free ALL – Accor Live Limitless (ALL) loyalty program. ALL rewards members based on your frequency of hotel stays, providing Status Points, perks and privileges that are dependent on much you spend and stay.
An ALL membership starts at ‘Classic' level. However, when you join Accor Plus, you’ll automatically be gifted san op-up to Silver membership within the Accor Live Limitless loyalty program – unlocking benefits at Accor properties all around the world.
ALL Silver membership is usually awarded after 10 nights stay in Accor hotels or after 800 EUR of eligible expenses, so this is a nice opportunity for infrequent travellers to obtain a quick membership fast track.
And while you won’t see free breakfast or a room upgrade, there is still the potential to extract some solid savings here.
Silver ALL members enjoy a welcome drink voucher for up to two guests. This typically covers a restricted selection of drinks (think selected wines or limited cocktails) for two. There’s also a late checkout (subject to availability). These benefits are provided in addition to the free internet access worldwide that entry-level ALL Classic members receive.
These benefits could save you money you’d otherwise spend when you travel. This is particularly the case for hotels which don’t participate in Accor Plus, but which do recognise ALL – Accor Live Limitless benefits.
After all, welcome drinks for two could set you back $30 AUD or more, and the chance for a potential late checkout could enable you to enjoy a sleep in whilst avoiding a hefty late checkout fee.
As an example, Singapore’s newly re-opened Raffles Hotel doesn’t participate in Accor Plus. However, you can still score a welcome drink and other VIP membership perks with your Accor Live Limitless Silver status.
Your Silver Accor Live Limitless membership status also allows you to earn Status Points and Accor Rewards Points which you can convert to frequent flyer points, put towards hotel stays or redeem for experiences.
Access More Escapes, member events and partner offers
Members of AccorPlus can log in to the website to take advantage of a range of exclusive offers. These include More Escapes, bespoke member-only events and special partner offers.
More Escapes offers change regularly, but they typically feature discounted rates for stays of two nights or more.
Via the Accor Plus website, members can currently access isolation-friendly entertainment at home events, plus exclusive discounts with Europcar.
Which credit cards offer free Accor Plus?
In Australia, there are several credit cards which offer a complimentary Accor Plus membership, worth $399. These include the American Express Platinum Card and the American Express Platinum Business Card.
Find out more about American Express credit cards here.
Accor Plus membership: Pros and Cons
Joining Accor Plus: Is it worth it?
In short – yes! Accor is my hotel loyalty program of choice in the Asia Pacific, and my Accor Plus membership has helped me to save a significant amount of money when travelling and dining over the years.
Whether you’re a frequent or occasional traveller, an AccorPlus membership can pay for itself quickly. Even if you are already a member of Accor Live Limitless or another hotel loyalty program, there's considerable value to be extracted.
In fact, as we’ve highlighted above, you could potentially recoup the full cost of membership simply using your Stay Plus free night benefit for a high-end property.
Add in up to 50% off dining, Red Hot Room rates, Silver ALL – Accor Live Limitless status and other perks– and it’s easy to see why an Accor Plus membership is worth signing up for.
How much is Accor Plus membership?
Annual membership to Accor Plus can be purchased for $399. You can also obtain supplementary cardholders for $149.
How do I book my Accor Plus free night?
It's easy to claim your free night with Accor Plus. Simply login to the Accor Hotels website, and search for your preferred date and property within Asia Pacific. Switch on the Stay Plus Benefit button on at the top of the results on if you would like to use your free night benefit.
What is the difference between Accor Live Limitless and Accor Plus?
Accor Plus is separate to the free to join the Accor Hotels loyalty program. Accor Plus is a paid membership program that offers a free night and dining benefits. Conversely, Accor Live Limitless rewards members with Status Points, Rewards Points and elite membership tiers, as based on frequency of hotel stays or level of spend reached.
How much is the Accor Plus free night worth?
As we explain in this post, it's entirely possible to obtain $400 AUD value or more from your free night benefit, fully offsetting the $399 joining fee. This is particularly the case if you can plan ahead and use your Stay Plus at a five-star hotel.
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