One of my favourite membership programmes to go along with my hotel loyalty programmes is dining programmes. Almost all hotel chains in India offer membership to dining programmes as well, including Accor. Accor operates over 50 hotels in India under their various brands, ranging from Raffles and Fairmont at the top end, Novotel for business travel and Ibis at the Economy-end. As one of the largest hotel chains in the world, the group manages thousands of hotels worldwide, from ultra-luxurious to budget-friendly options.
The Accor Plus Membership Programme
The Accor Plus programme ties in very well with the Accor Live Limitless (ALL) programme, which is the loyalty programme for all Accor hotels across the globe. ALL Silver status is yours when you sign up for the Accor Plus programme, which gets you priority over other guests. Here is a rundown of all the Accor Plus benefits offered.
Stay Plus Complimentary Night at over 1000 participating properties.
Depending on the membership tier you sign up for, you get one-night complimentary hotel stays in participating Accor hotels across the Asia-Pacific (not just in India, but Singapore, Thailand, Australia, etc.). This benefit alone has the potential to recoup the cost of membership. So you can redeem the complimentary stay at one of the higher-end hotels, such as the Sofitel Mumbai BKC, where rooms usually run INR 10,000 plus a night.
Sofitel Mumbai was where we used our membership nights, apart from Fairmont Jaipur one year. Asia – Pacific is counted as 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 and Vietnam.
Up to 50% Savings on Dining
This is the most significant day-to-day use case of the Accor Plus membership. The dining discount offers a discount at over 1,400 restaurants in over 20 countries, and you can get a meal at half the price if you are dining in a pair. The concept is essential for one diner to dine free. Not just that, various vouchers come along, which can be used on a limited basis. These include:
- 40% Off Group Dining Certificate (up to 10 members)
- INR 500 Discount on Food & Beverages
- Complimentary Buffet Lunch for two people
- Free Dessert Certificate
- Complimentary Birthday Cake
Some of the places I’ve used this benefit often have been the buffet at the Pondicherry Cafe at Sofitel Mumbai, where I’ve redeemed the buffet for two people back in the day, and then the dining certificates as well. Here is the ongoing dining discount.
- 25% off dining: dining alone
- 50% off dining: 1 member and one guest
- 33% off dining: 1 member and two guests
- 25% off dining: 1 member and three guests
- 15% off drinks in Asia
In fact, a reader signed up for the promotional rate and got a 25% discount on the spot as he signed up. He was at the Sofitel Mumbai when he saw the article, and we had last made an exclusive tie-up with Accor Plus.
The 50% off would come in handy for all the festive dinners coming through in the coming week, which has a long weekend included as well.
Discounts of up to 50% on Room Bookings
Red Hot Rooms provides a platform for Accor Plus members to enjoy up to 50% discounts on the Best Available Rates. The discount offers are refreshed every two weeks on a Friday, and the roster of hotels changes. Whether you are looking at some potential last-minute hotel stays or planning for trips several months in advance, the validity period of the Red Hot Rooms seems to be quite long. For instance, you can right now get the newly opened Novotel Mumbai Airport, and 56 other hotels are being offered at the moment as well.
10% off the best available public room rate
If the hotel you are eyeing isn’t in the week’s Red Hot Rooms, you can still obtain some form of a discount on hotel room bookings with 10% off the best available rate when booked on the Accor Hotels website. It is worth noting that this discount is available all year round, so that adds up quite a lot, especially if you foresee yourself making multiple bookings / staying several nights in a year.
Sometimes, there are even member-exclusive sales, and I’ve frequently found very good rates at the Sofitel Mumbai BKC that take me back there over and over again. In October 2022, I stayed at the Novotel Kolkata, which also came through with excellent rates, much lower than usual and included breakfast.
Automatic Silver Tier in Accor Live Limitless (ALL)
If you are already a member of Accor’s loyalty programme, Accor Live Limitless (ALL), the Accor Plus membership allows you to enjoy greater benefits by giving you instant Silver status. Silver members earn 20% more points with every EUR 10 spent at Accor hotels (31 pts versus 25 pts for Classic members) and receive extra perks such as a welcome drink and late check-out. There is also a fast-track promotion, which allows you to get to the upper echelons of the programme quickly. I expect it to return in 2023 as well.
For instance, I made it to Gold recently after I got a 15 nights credit, and that gets me various upgrades when I stay at full-service Accor hotels.
Accor Plus is now being offered at a special discounted price (flat 25%) for LiveFromALounge readers through February 5, 2023, allowing you to get the benefits for an even lesser price.
The Accor Plus Explorer Membership is being extended for a special discounted price of INR 12,150 Plus GST (INR 2187) per annum, and it comes with a free night included. Not just that, if you have a GSTIN registration, you can also receive the ITC for 18% GST if you intend to use this for your business purposes, so that is a saving of another INR 2,187.
The Traveller Membership, which does not offer a free night, but has all the rest of the benefits, is being offered at INR 7,500 only as the discounted price (plus GST of INR 1350).
Even if you look at the benefits coming from the complimentary night and 50% off in dining, it is quite apparent that you can easily recoup the cost of Accor Plus membership. Indirectly, this card is also a way for foodies to enjoy that much-desired fine-dining meal at a fraction of the price. Take, for instance, the Pondicherry Cafe at Sofitel Mumbai. The Sunday Brunch is about INR 2800++ per head, so two times a year and one free night, and you have recovered the cost.
That’s without considering the other perks yet, or even the multiple usages of the dining benefit. Furthermore, with the gradual resumption of international travel, opportunities to use the benefits overseas also start to open. So yes, Accor Plus is worth getting, especially now that they’ve added several compelling restaurants to their portfolio.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOR PLUS MEMBERSHIP WITH A 25% DISCOUNT.
ONLY THROUGH FEBRUARY 5, 2023