This seems to be the question that is not going away, although instant sign ups haven’t been available for more than two years.
Here’s the question from the reader:
I wanted to email with a question about Accor hotels platinum private promotions through Loyalty Lobby that used to be available. I had not applied in 2013 when the private inviations were available, but now find that the status would be helpful. I am traveling in one week to Asia to visit a family member who is now hospitalized with a very serious illness, and given the extended hotel stay, am looking at Accor hotels as a more affordable option. I imagine having platinum status would be useful for a longer stay.
I realize that the private invitations were stopped because some who received the private codes broke your rules and posted the codes publicly. That is a real shame.
I was hoping to see whether private codes might still be available through LoyaltyLobby — and if so, I promise I would not share or post the information at all. If not, I understand, and thank you again for your wonderful work, articles and tips with LoyaltyLobby.
The Le Club AccorHotels instant Platinum status sign ups haven’t been available for two years. There are Amex products in some markets that come with this Le Club AccorHotels Platinum status, however.
It is still not difficult to get Platinum status with Accor because all the points earned count towards the requirement of 25,000 points.
If you time your stays around the 10,000 bonus points promotions that Accor has now had several times a year, you can get Platinum after participating two of them. Those that plan their stays carefully, can get enough bonus points to basically pay for these stays.
Last year, Le Club AccorHotels had promotion with Aeroplan, that allowed members to get Platinum status in just three stays.
You can also convert GOL Smiles to Le Club AccorHotels points that should count as qualifying points (haven’t done this by myself).
These options obviously won’t fit those that need the status just for one stay, but aren’t difficult tasks for those that stay at hotels even infrequently.