Fancy a free hotel stay (worth up to $400 or more), 50% off dining at restaurants across Asia Pacific and a fast track to Accor Silver status?
You can access all this and much more with a shiny Accor Plus membership card.
Accor Plus – how it works
Accor Plus is a paid membership program that unlocks exclusive accommodation and dining perks at over 800 Accor hotels resorts and hotels in the Asia Pacific.
The key benefits on offer are:
- Complimentary night at a participating Accor property each year – this can be worth up to $400 or even more – depending on where you choose to redeem it (read on to find out how!)
- Up to 50% off food at restaurants within participating Accor hotels
- Up to 50% off accommodation rates with weekly exclusive offers (through the “Red Hot Rooms” promotion)
- Fast track to automatic ALL – Accor Live Limitless status
- Partner benefits – access an exclusive Accor Plus discount with partners such as Europcar
To hold an Accor Plus membership, you’ll pay $395. And if you can make use of the benefits we’ve listed out above, you can easily offset the membership fee. Sign up here.
Where can I use my Accor Plus membership?
The Accor Plus membership is valid at over 800 hotels (and 1,100 restaurants) located in 18 countries within the Asia Pacific region.
This includes many properties within Australia, so you’re spoiled for choice with high-quality accommodation and choices options close to home.
Accor Plus boasts a range of participating chains, including high-end offerings such as Banyan Tree, Sofitel and Fairmont.
At home, use your Accor Plus 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!
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 Accor Plus free night? Check out our list of 5-Star properties which currently offer $400 or more in value for your ‘Stay Plus’.
The fact is, it’s easy to recoup the full cost of your Accor Plus membership fee simply by using your Stay Plus benefit.
Case study – Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
In a quick case study, I’ll demonstrate how to extract maximum value from your complimentary Stay Plus night at the exceptional Sofitel Darling Harbour in Sydney.
At the time of writing, 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 base level 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 to a higher category room using my Stay Plus benefit, with a luxury corner room 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 this complimentary night is not available at all Accor hotels in the Asia Pacific region, and it is subject to availability. Typically, a base level room level is offered, although many hotels may allow you to upgrade to a higher room level for a nominal fee.
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.
Save up to 50% off your food bill
After a long day of sightseeing or in the office, sometimes the last thing you want to do is leave the hotel for dinner.
Accor Plus members receive 50% off the food portion of their bill when dining as a party of two – essentially buy one, get one free. This discount 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, 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 property 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 50% off your total food bill. And, when dining in Asia, you receive 15% off your drinks bill on top! Another round of poolside mojitos, anyone?
I personally extract a lot of value from this benefit, specifically when staying at properties where I’m captive to the onsite restaurants. Selected 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 – simply show your Accor Plus card when you arrive to access your 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.
Note that there are a handful of hotel restaurants that are excluded from the offer, and blackout days may apply. Before dining, we’d encourage you to contact the property to confirm the discount is available.
Score up to 50% off accommodation with 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.
From high-end Sofitel resorts to inner-city Ibis properties, Red Hot Rooms routinely offers seriously sharp savings on high-quality properties within the Asia-Pacific region.
I’m personally able to extract significant value from this benefit. I book Red Hot Room rates frequently when planning travel into cities like Melbourne or Sydney at short notice.
Red Hot Rooms deals are typically released on Friday nights and are available for two weeks. Below is a recent example of up to 50% off hotel rooms in Australia:
With Red Hot Room rates exclusively available to Accor Plus members, there is less demand for these ‘red hot prices’. This means that you have a greater chance of scoring a deal before it runs out.
Save 10% on 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 mobile 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, this benefit can add up to significant savings across your membership year.
Get automatic Silver ALL – Accor Live Limitless Membership
Accor Plus is totally separate to the free ALL – Accor Live Limitless loyalty program that rewards members based on the frequency of hotel stays.
However, when you join Accor Plus, you’ll automatically be gifted Silver tier membership to the Accor Live Limitless loyalty program – unlocking benefits at Accor properties all around the world.
Silver status 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 an elite 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.
The fact is, 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.
Your Silver ALL – Accor Live Limitless membership status also allows you to earn Accor Rewards points which you can convert to frequent flyer points, put towards hotel stays or redeem for experiences.
Accor Plus Membership – 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, it’s clear to see how an Accor Plus membership can pay for itself quickly.
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 plus more – and it’s easy to see why an Accor Plus membership is worth signing up for.
This article was prepared with the support of Accor Plus. However, as an independently paid-up member of Accor Plus, my opinions remain my own.