The Accor Plus program (Updated for 2019)

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    With an annual complimentary hotel night, an ongoing 10% discount on accommodation. and up to 50% savings when dining out an Accor Plus membership can take the pressure off your travel budget.

    Accor Plus is a paid subscription program from Accor. Complementing the  Le Club AccorHotels scheme, it offers a range of money-saving discounts. The discounts on offer revolve around accommodation and dining discounts at Accor Hotels in Australia and other countries across Asia Pacific.

    A brief History

    Accor Plus started out life as the Accor Advantage Plus program in 1994. Initially, it supported hotels in Australia, however, it has evolved into a program spanning 11 countires in Asia Pacific.

    In 2008, following the launch of Le Club AccorHotels (or at the time A|Club), it began to link into the program. Members of Accor Advantage Plus were  enrolled into the new program.

    Deeper integration followed, with the AccorPlus now largely merged into the Le Club AccorHotels program. The two programs now operate with the same card and account number. This allows members to take advantage of both programs.

    Program Basics

    Accor Plus is a paid membership scheme providing a range of benefits across a range of AccorHotels. As AccorHotels expands across Asia Pacific, so does the range of hotels where you can take advantage of the benefits.

    With the expansion of AccorHotels, the program offers benefits at the following chains:

    • Fairmont,
    • Sofitel Legend,
    • SO Sofitel,
    • Sofitel,
    • MGallery by Sofitel,
    • Pullman,
    • Swissotel,
    • Grand Mercure,
    • Quay West,
    • The Sebel,
    • Novotel,
    • Mercure,
    • ibis, and
    • ibis Styles
    • Banyan Tree
    • Cassia
    • Angsana

    The benefits are mostly around dining and accommodation at participating locations. Some hotels do not participate in specific parts of the program. In particular, the complimentary room night is not available at some of the new brands.

    It operates alongside the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program, with the latter providing points and status benefits. For example, these include free Internet Access, welcome drinks, or Executive Lounge access for elite members.

    Membership to Accor Plus comes at a cost of $395 for the first year, with renewals being slightly discounts. There is also a supplementary card available that can be used by a partner, family member, friend or colleague.

    Countries covered by an Accor Plus membership

    The Accor Plus membership covers what is generally called Asia Pacific. This specifically covers Australia, Cambodia, China, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

    Accor Plus benefits

    Complimentary Room Night

    The big selling point of Accor Plus us that it comes with a free overnight stay each year their choice of selected Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, Ibis and Ibis Styles properties. Depending on the property, this can go a substantial way toward paying for the membership fee. Note that the holder of the supplementary card does not get this particular benefit.

    Accommodation Discounts

    The program offers a 10% discount off the Best Available Rate at any participating Accor hotel on paid stays. There is generally a reasonable availability of these nights. In addition, when sales are on, Accor Plus members often receive an additional discount on the sale rates.

    There are also weekly ‘Red Hot Rooms’ sales when booking through the AccorHotels.com website. The available rooms at these rates are much more restricted, and are typically only available at a small group of hotels, and generally only within a short booking period. The dedicated Accor Plus website lists the various Red Hot rooms that are available in a given week, and is generally updated every Friday.

    Dining Discounts

    The program also offers discounted dining at Accor Hotels. There is no need to be staying in-house at the hotel, however, the card does need to be shown at time of dining to get the discount. While the discount does cover the food portion, in Australia it does not extend to any beverages that are consumed while dining. In Asia, beverages are discounted 15%.

    The discount is based on a sliding scale.  A solo traveller gets a 25% discount, a couple gets 50% off, while a trio will get a 33% discount. Once the group gets to four or more diners, the discount offered is 25%.

    On the downside, the discount does have some blackout dates, and is not available on days such as Christmas Day or Mothers Day.

    Experiences

    Members are also eligible to attend members only events. These events cover a wide range of experiences and include such things as dining with winemakers, swimming with dolphins or cooking with celebrity chefs. These are typically packages that include accommodation and other inclusions, and are organised in various cities.