Qantas has partnered with Accor Hotels in a groundbreaking deal that will allow frequent flyers to earn significantly more points with both brands.
Under the partnership announced at the Sofitel Darling Harbour in Sydney on Wednesday, members who link their Qantas Frequent Flyer and Accor Live Limitless accounts can earn points on both programs when they book hotels and flights.
Frequent flyers will earn three points per dollar in addition to the usual Accor Live Limitless Reward points on eligible Accor Hotel stays in Australia and the Asia Pacific.
They can also earn three Qantas points per dollar on transactions while staying at Accor Hotels, including dining and room service.
Members with Qantas Platinum, Platinum One, Gold, and Diamond status will earn two Accor Live Limitless Reward Points for every $10 spent on Qantas flights. That’s in addition to the Qantas points you will already earn from flying with Qantas.
And if you currently hold Gold Qantas status and Classic Accor status, this deal will allow you to boost your Accor status to Silver automatically.
To claim the additional reward points, Qantas frequent flyers will need to link their account to their Accor Loyalty account.
The biggest benefits will be for Platinum and Gold members, but if you hold bronze or classic status you can still double dip.
Under the deal bronze and classic members who book a two-night stay in the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour would earn 1,168 Accor Live Limitless points and 2,190 Qantas Points.
For the same hotel stay, Platinum Qantas frequent flyers would earn 2,044 Accor Live Limitless Points and 2,190 Qantas Point.
A business class flight from Qantas to Singapore return with seven nights at Raffles Singapore in a Stateroom Suite would earn 26,418 Accor points for a Platinum Qantas frequent flyer and 55,834 Qantas Points.
The double-dipping deal applies to more than 1200 Accor hotels and apartments including SO/, Sofitel, MGallery, Art Series, Pullman, Swissotel, Grand Mecure, Peppers, The Sebel, Mantra, Novotel, Mercure, Movenpick, Tribe, Breakfree, ibis, ibis Styles and ibis Budget.
Accor Pacific CEO Simon McGrath said the deal was a major milestone for the travel industry.
“This is a first for a hospitality group and airline in Australia,” McGrath said.
“We are joining forces to reward our customers, delivering exceptional travel benefits and unrivalled service for people who enjoy our two much-loved brands.”
“Customers are at the heart of this partnership which is set to bring significant extended benefits for travellers.”
A big win for Qantas frequent flyers
Qantas CEO of Loyalty Olivia Wirth said the timing of the partnership could not be better for Australians.
“Our members are saying they want to get out there, they want to travel,” Wirth said. “They deserve a holiday because everyone has had a pretty tough time.”
“We are joining forces to reward customers, delivering exceptional travel benefits and unrivalled service for people who enjoy our two much-loved brands.”
“Eligible members of the Qantas and Accor loyalty programs will earn twice when they fly and stay in a hotel or resort.
“We know this will be very popular for our frequent flyers whether they are travelling for business or for holidays.
Qantas has seen a record number of flight bookings with billions of points used in the past few weeks.