Sofitel and Novotel hotels at Darling Harbour, Sydney
Receive discounts at Accor hotels including Sofitel & Novotel with Accor Plus. Photo: Bob Ward.

If you stay regularly at Accor hotels like Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Pullman and Ibis in the Asia Pacific region, the Accor Plus subscription program could save you money and offer additional benefits.

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Costing $399 per year, or complimentary for American Express Platinum cardholders until at least 16 April 2021, Accor Plus Explorer membership comes with numerous advantages including a free annual hotel night, up to 50% off dining at Accor properties and Silver status with the Accor ALL program. These benefits are available in 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand.

Accor Plus benefits

Key benefits of Accor Plus Explorer membership include:


  • A complimentary night each year at one of over 1,000 Accor hotels in Asia Pacific (although room availability can be limited)
  • 10% off the best available room rate at participating Accor hotels
  • Access to “red hot room” deals & early access to global Accor promotions
  • Up to 50% off food when dining at Accor hotels in Asia Pacific
  • 15% off drinks bills in Asia
  • Automatic Silver elite status in the Accor ALL loyalty program

The benefits of Accor ALL Silver status aren’t exactly groundbreaking, but include some niceties like late check-out and a welcome drink when staying at any Accor-affiliated hotel (including some brands that don’t participate in Accor Plus). To earn Accor Silver status, you would normally need to stay at least 10 nights or spend €800 at Accor hotels within a calendar year.

A full list of benefits is available on the Accor Plus website.

Which hotels participate in Accor Plus?

Accor Plus benefits are available at many Accor hotel brands, but only in the Asia Pacific Region.

The following hotel brands participate in the program:

  • Banyan Tree
  • Sofitel, Sofitel Legend & SO/Sofitel
  • Fairmont
  • MGallery
  • Art Series
  • Mondrian
  • Pullman
  • Swissôtel
  • Angsana
  • Mercure & Grand Mercure
  • Quay West
  • Peppers
  • The Sebel
  • Mantra
  • Cassia
  • Novotel
  • BreakFree
  • Ibis, Ibis Styles & Ibis Budget

And the benefits are available when staying at any of the above hotel brands in the following countries in the Asia Pacific region:

  • Australia
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Is Accor Plus worth joining?

Many Australian Frequent Flyers believe Accor Plus is worthwhile, particularly for the annual free hotel night, room discounts and food & beverage discounts. Depending on where you redeem the free night, the value of that benefit alone could cover much of the $399 annual subscription.

But, as with any membesrship, you would need to be staying at least semi-regularly at Accor hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and/or the Pacific Islands to maximise the benefits and discounts. While Australia’s borders remain closed and some Accor hotels in Australia are being used exclusively as quarantine hotels, the ability for Accor Plus members in Australia to maximise the benefits are therefore somewhat limited in the current environment.

For Amex Platinum cardholders, nonetheless, complimentary Accor Plus membership has been a popular benefit since it was introduced in 2018 – not least for the free hotel night.

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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Sylvia

Note that it is “up to” 50% off dining at Accor properties. You have to be dining in a couple to get 50% off, if you are a solo traveller/diner you will only get 25% off.

Arthur

Have been an Accor Plus member for many years. However, currently am finding my ability to use my membership severely restricted because many of Accor’s ‘top’ properties in major cities have been contracted as quarantine hotels. Also some properties accepting guests are not operating their food and beverage services, so no dining benefits.

Con

Does this mean we lose Accor Plus after April 21? I have 2 free nights expiring 08/21 My membership is valid until 31/8/21 – would Accor Plus honour the membership expiration if Amex is no longer a sponsor?

Craig

There are so many pitfalls for the unwary here. * The availability of complimentary nights is severely limited. (unlike, say, Hilton) * The “red hot room” deals can be great, but there are so few the chances of one being useful is low. * “Up to 50% off food” is affected by hotels making up their own rules. (e.g. One Perth hotel claimed you have to have two main courses to get 50% off.) Even if you can get them to obey their own rules, is it worth the fight? Worst of all comes what happens if you don’t renew.… Read more »

Con

Yes I’ve noticed many properties do not have free nights available –

Martin

Absolutely agree, we didn’t renew ours this year. We have also noticed that certain rooms disappear from the inventory when checking availability using the complimentary night versus paying. We were also getting annoyed at the up-sell by checkin staff when asking for things like a late checkout (we had Accor plus gold). We kept having to tell staff that this was one of the benefits of our gold status.

Adrian Guest

It doesn’t make sense to join this program if you are an Australian resident (especially a Victorian). We are not renewing (my wife has been a member for 20+ years). How can you use hotels in the Asia/Pacific region? 2022 possibly. Melbourne was been in lockdown for 4 months, many Accor hotels and restaurants are still closed or used as quarantine hotels. How can you use 50% off dining? Not to mention the instability caused by state border closures.
This post is misleading, to say the least. If it had been written in 2019, fair enough.

DC Fisher

Couldn’t agree more. I have been a member for years and will not be renewing for many reasons: I’ve been unable to use any of the benefits for months and still only have very limited opportunities available; to extend membership by six months (especially for those of us living in Melbourne) was pathetic; their website is often subject to issues, so I frequently have to use the Accor website for bookings etc. Trying to get the value from last year’s membership has been nigh on impossible. My recommendation: avoid Accor Plus at all costs!