Accor Plus: How to score up to $400 value (or more) with your free hotel night stay

As a leading hotel loyalty program, Accor Plus unlocks a myriad of perks. Think a 50% dining discount, exclusive member sale rates plus an instant fast track to elite ALL Silver status.

But when it comes to perks, the jewel in the crown is unquestionably the ‘Stay Plus’ benefit – a one-night complimentary stay at a participating hotel, each and every membership year.

But did you know that you can fully offset the cost of Accor Plus membership, simply by using your one ‘Stay Plus' complimentary hotel night each year? And that's even before all the other lucrative benefits come into play.

In fact, it's possible to leverage up to $400 (or more!) in value from your free night.

Allow me to explain.

I'll demonstrate how to use this one benefit to cover the membership fee and come out ahead.

In this post, we showcase five luxurious properties that offer an Accor ‘Stay Plus' benefit that's worth far more than the $399 you'll pay for one year of Accor Plus Explorer membership when you sign up with our Accor Plus partner link.

So, without further ado, let’s jump in.

Sofitel Darling Harbour (Sydney, Australia)

The Sofitel Darling Harbour is one of the most popular Accor hotels in Asia-Pacific and it’s not hard to see why. Boasting a fun, breezy vibe and one of Australia's nicest infinity pools, I’ve chosen to use my free night here on several occasions.

At the time of writing, a one-night stay in a base-level Superior room on Saturday, 4 September 2021 will set you back $404. Alternatively, choose to apply your complimentary Stay Plus and you'll stay without paying a cent:

Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
Accor Plus King Size Bed

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour (Auckland, NZ)

With the trans-Tasman bubble now in full swing, it's worth knowing that Accor Plus is accepted at a number of high-end hotels in New Zealand.

Enter the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour. Located at the vibrant Viaduct Basin Entertainment Area, rates at this property can often top $400 AUD or more per night.

This hotel features beautiful views of Viaduct Harbor Basin. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool and fitness center. All luxuriously appointed bedrooms and suites have private balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and over-sized bathrooms with separate rain showers and deep soaking bathtubs.

Here, we've searched for the night of Saturday 16 October 2021:

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

While a paid stay in a Superior room for this night will set you back $371 AUD, Accor Plus members sleep for free, simply by applying the ‘Stay Plus' hotel benefit:

Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour king bed

Mount Lofty House, MGallery (Adelaide Hills, Australia)

Spring is a beautiful time to visit the Adelaide Hills. And it's hard to think of a better location for an overnight stay than Mount Lofty House. As a leading boutique, five star hotel in the Adelaide Hills, this property boasts a three-hat fine dining restaurant, indulgent day spa experiences and breathtakingly beautiful grounds. What more could we ask for?

There's incredible value to be had using the Accor Plus complimentary night, too. An overnight stay on 21 November 2021 in a Classic King room would normally cost $450 AUD. Have a Stay Plus to use? Your overnight accommodation is complimentary for this night, so you won't fork out a cent:

Mount Lofty House MGallery
Mount Lofty House MGallery accorplus

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort (Noosa, Australia)

Located on Hastings Street in the heart of Noosa, this luxe property offers an on-site Beach House restaurant by Peter Kuruvita, a day spa and a heated outdoor pool. All studios have a private balcony with views of either Noosa Village, the resort’s pool, Noosa River or the beautiful Laguna Bay.

Right now, a Superior Village View Room with balcony costs $398.70 AUD for the night of 15 August 2021. However, this property is also available with the Stay Plus benefit, allowing you to book it without paying a cent:

sofitel noosa

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort (Margaret River, Australia)

Situated on the beachfront of Bunker Bay, this Pullman resort offers spacious villas with direct beach access. After a day of tasting wines, guests can wind enjoy leisure amenities including an outdoor pool and luxurious spa facilities.

At the time of writing, a spacious Studio King Villa for the night of 15 October 2021 costs an eye-watering $411 AUD to book. By using your Stay Plus on this night, however, you'll stay for free:

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort - studio villa king bed

Book further afield once international travel re-opens

Bear in mind that many luxurious properties accept Accor Plus in the greater APAC region. With international travel restrictions still in play, we've focused on a small selection of five-star properties in Australia and New Zealand. However, over 800 other properties offer Stay Plus across Asia Pacific, and you can enjoy these in the future.

Many of the most desirable properties in the Accor APAC stable will be available to book with the ‘Stay Plus' once travel opens back up. In the past, we've showcased ‘Stay Plus' opportunities for five-star hotels in Kyoto right in the middle of Cherry Blossom Season, luxurious Singapore City Centre stays, and Vietnam's iconic Sofitel.

Enjoy a fully refundable rate

The Stay Plus benefit can be redeemed online, up to 12 months in advance. Since it's a fully refundable rate, you can easily cancel it with no penalty up to one day before your stay if your plans change.

As with our examples 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.

Conclusion: Offset the cost of Accor Plus membership with just one stay

As we’ve highlighted above, it’s entirely possible to fully offset the cost of your membership fee – and more – simply by using the one ‘Stay Plus' free hotel night that comes with an Accor Plus membership.

Bear in mind that not all nights are available for all properties (popular dates sell out early, and blackout dates apply), and some properties may charge a small supplement. The earlier you look to book, the better chance you'll have of securing the property you want on your preferred dates.

So, even if you travel infrequently, an Accor Plus membership could be worth investing in, and it's not hard to see how Accor Plus could help you get ahead with your future travel plans.

Note: Availability for the Stay Plus complimentary nights set out in this post is current as at 1 May 2021 and is subject to change at any time. The earlier you book, the higher chance you will have of finding a complimentary night on the date of your choice.

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11 thoughts on “Accor Plus: How to score up to $400 value (or more) with your free hotel night stay”

  1. Been member for many yrs renewed few days after renewal date hadn’t used last yrs free room. Gentleman said had 3onths to use this however been in lock down past 9 week no sight of this changing. Will I loose this overnight stay. Regards. Helen

  2. Clearly the key here is to plan and book as early as possible. With that in mind, how far in advance can the free night be booked? Is there a limitation?

    1. Hi Robyn, yes, the Adelaide Sofitel is offering the free night on selected dates. We’ll include this in an example when we next update this post in a few days time.

  3. Thanks for this post. I admit I was a bit skeptical, but I have managed to score the Sofitel Darling Harbour for a Friday night in November for $0 (where the rate was $470). Easily paid for my membership just with the one night!

  4. Love my Accor Plus membership. I live in Sydney so during covid the free night and the 50% dining discount make it worth holding onto. Counting down the days till we can use it overseas again!

  5. Thanks for the awesome write up! Here’s another one for your list – Banyan Tree Bangkok. I’ve just booked a night for later this year which would have cost $380 but was free with my Stay Plus. Love my Accor Plus membership and will definitely renew next year.

  6. I went to check this, excited because I haven’t yet used my free night and I plan to travel to Singapore and Sydney this year. Status is silver. Neither the Sofitel Darling Harbour, or the Sofitel City Centre (Singapore) or the Kyoto Yura Hotel are included in the free night. I’m not looking on public holidays, just a simple week night. They display at full rate, even when I go to select the room. Adele, are you able to check on your system again? I’d hate for people to join up thinking that they can redeem their free night on one of the properties listed in this article..

    1. Hi Natalie, thanks for your comment. The Stay Plus is subject to availability and the earlier you book it, the greater the chance you will find a complimentary night at the property you wish to visit. All the properties covered in the article participate in Stay Plus, with the availability correct at the time of writing 3 weeks back. For most of the properties, I looked far in advance to next April and May. Without knowing your dates of travel, it’s hard to assess what is and isn’t available. However, I can tell you I’ve just booked another Stay Plus for myself for the night of 16 October at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour and there is still availability there for that night (a $50 supplement for a luxury corner room, which otherwise commands $600 cash rate). Best of luck booking your stay.

  7. I’ve just recently acquired Accor Plus membership.
    It seems the Stay Plus benefit cannot be used for sofitel or Pullman properties anymore?
    Can this be checked?
    If this is the case what other properties can you get most value from stayplus

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