Earlier this year, Accor Live Limitless (ALL) announced that you would be able to earn points at participating restaurants and bars, even when you weren’t staying.
Together with the switch from Le Club AccorHotels, Accor has started rolling out the new Accor Live Limitless restaurants program.
At launch, there was quite a limited set of restaurants to choose from. However, last week the offer expanded to a more significant number of properties. The good news is that, for the first time, there are restaurants in Australia participating.
Registering for Points
There’s a four-step process to earning points while you dine.
- Go into “My Account” in the Accor All app.
- Register a credit card (American Express, Visa).
- Click on “Link card to earn Reward points”.
- Check if your favourite restaurant or bar is participating in the offer.
Once your credit card is registered, just pay at the restaurant using that card.
How many points do I earn?
Accor Live Limitless has set the earning rate at 1 Reward Points per Euro charged to your registered card.
If you are staying at the hotel, you may be better off adding it to your room account. In doing so, you will earn at least 5 Rewards Points per dollar. In addition, room charges also receive Status Points, so all around you are better off.
Which Accor Live Limitless Restaurants are participating?
At the time of writing, restaurants at the following hotels in Australia were participating:
- Pullman Reef Hotel Casino
- Sofitel Brisbane Central
- Pullman Melbourne on the Park
- Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
- Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour
- Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour
This is a new program, that is still be rolled out. As such, the list of hotels is expanding fairly quickly. You can always check on the current list at this link.
In some cases, you are limited to which credit card you can use. For example, in many restaurants, you will need to use a registered Visa card. Hopefully, this is just a limitation during the rollout process.
Accor allows you to link up to 5 credit cards in the App. You can delink and register other cards as required.
In some cases, you may be able to pay, at least in part, your bill using Accor Live Limitless Points. In this case, the redemption rate has been set at 1,000 Points get you a 10 Euro (or equivalent) discount.
This is only half the value you would receive when redeeming for a room. This is calculated at a rate of 2,000 Points giving you a 40 Euro discount.
As such, using your points for meals is not an optimal strategy for using points.
It’s a good extension to the program, even if the earn and burn rates are not as good as staying in a hotel. This is quite different to say, Marriott, that gives both a discount and the usual earning rate.
The fact that it is automated based on your credit card is a nice touch. Having said that, it does require the storage of your credit cards by Accor. If you are a credit card churner, keeping things up to date may be a challenge.