A LoyaltyLobby reader sent us a question last week regarding getting to Platinum status with Le Club AccorHotels purely on points (like many have done).
You can access Le Club AccorHotels web page for status levels here.
Here’s the email from the reader:
I have been following the Accor promos quite extensively and will have completed the 10,000 bonus by the middle of the week and will be on about 13,000 – 14,000 points. I am trying to determine the best way to get platinum as 60 nights will be impossible. Hoping you might have some suggestions.
As most of the readers should know by now, Le Club AccorHotels is changing what point activity counts towards status (read more here) effective January 1 2017. Until then, all points earned from all sources including bonuses and transfers from partners count. Starting on January 1, 2017, only base points earned from stays are counted.
The reader would need somewhere between 11,000 to 12,000 points to make it to the Platinum level by the end of the year; this is not an easy task.
The most plausible way would be to take advantage of the bonus points promotions that I have written about here and here. The reader should choose those that offer fixed number of points per night or stay. This would be the fastest way to get the elite qualifying points.
If the reader is a citizen or resident of Brazil, he could also buy GOL Smiles and then convert those to Le Club AccorHotels points. Smiles recently had a promotion for converting their miles to Le Club AccorHotels that I wrote about here.
Getting 11,000 to 12,000 Le Club AccorHotels points this late into the year affordably is a challenge. Had he started earlier and taken advantage of the promotions throughout 2016 this would not be an issue.
The reader should really evaluate whether having the status for 12 months is worth the extra expense on his part. Status is important with chain hotels but cash in the pocket is king.