Le Club AccorHotels is “Evolving” (using this word usually means that you are taking to the cleaners) and changing how the status points are calculated effective January 1, 2017.
Currently all the points earned counts towards the status including elite bonus points, promotional bonus points, transfers in from other programs etc. This continues to be the case until December 31, 2016.
You can access Le Club AccorHotels web page for these changes here.
Rewards Points – Status Points
Le Club AccorHotels displays the number of award and status points you earn per 10 euros. All the other programs show the number of points earned per 1 USD.
Le Club AccorHotels lowers the number of points required for Silver, Gold and Platinum, although this is an effective increase considering what counts as a status point.
For the easier comparison, I have spelled out the status qualification requirement in USD.
Calendar Year Qualification
Le Club AccorHotels moves from rolling 12 months status to a calendar year. This means that the status earned sometime during the 2017 will be valid until the end of 2018.
Most of the other programs would extend the status until the end of February/March 2019.
Le Club AccorHotels downgrades you by one status level in case you don’t qualify. Le Club AccorHotels often doesn’t downgrade your status even when you have not officially qualified.
Le Club AccorHotels has made quite a few changes to its program over the past few years from ending the easy Platinum sign ups using codes and for Amex Platinum members to spicing up the status benefits and earning points.
I do, however, still feel that the benefits that come with Le Club AccorHotels Silver, Gold and Platinum levels are inferior to those offered by programs such as Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Marriott and Starwood.
Why would I spend more than $6K or 60 nights at Le Club AccorHotels affiliated hotels when I can get superior benefits at the ones listed in the previous paragraph? Le Club AccorHotels should make the benefits GUARANTEED from based on availability or the mood of the check in agent.
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