Maximise the New Flying Blue-Accor Partnership and Get 10XP and 2 Status Nights for Free

Jul 14, 2019

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On 20 June, Flying Blue and Accor announced a new crossover partnership that allows you to accrue Accor points on Air France/KLM flights, and Flying Blue miles on Accor hotel stays, including Sofitel, Novotel and Ibis. In this article, we’ll take a look at how to maximise this partnership, including the introductory offer awarding you with additional XP that can get you Flying Blue elite status faster and Status Nights, potentially elevating your Accor status level.

Partnership Details

In contrast to most crossover partnerships, like Marriott-United and Hyatt-American, this partnership does not require an elite status level and can be used by everybody. You just need to link your accounts and you will be set to earn your free additional rewards.

The crossover earnings are as follows:

  • On Air France/KLM flights: Up 0.5 Accor points per € spent (in addition to the normal Flying Blue miles). This number is lower for budget chains like Ibis, Adagio and Mama Shelter properties.
  • On Accor stays: 1 Flying Blue mile per € spent (in addition to normal Accor points accrual) on all Air France, KLM or Hop! marketed and operated flights.

Based on the most recent TPG UK valuations, that will get you an extra 1.0p in return on every € spent on Accor stays, and an extra 0.8p on every € spent with Flying Blue. Not bad.

Cross-Converting Points and Miles

Points and miles can now be converted back and forth between the programmes. Converting Flying Blue miles to Accor is available at a conversion ratio of 4,000:1,000. Taking into account the most recent valuations, you will lose more than half the value of your miles. This conversion only makes sense if you have a certain redemption in mind and there are absolutely no other conversion methods, like American Express Membership Rewards.

Converting Accor points to miles, which was already possible, is similarly unfavourable at a conversion ratio of 2,000:1,000. You will end up with around one-third of the original points value. Again, if you are just shy of a certain redemption amount, it might be a useful tool.

Conversions happen instantaneously per the programme’s T&Cs.

Courtesy of Hotel Papadopli Venezia
Hotel Papadopli Venezia – An Accor MGallery hotel. (Photo courtesy of Accor)

Free XP and Status Nights

After linking your accounts, Flying Blue and Accor have a little surprise for you. After your first flight with Air-France/KLM, you will get an additional 5XP in your Flying Blue account for free, as well as a free Status Night in your Accor account. If you book a stay with Accor, the same will happen. There is currently no closing date for this introduction offer, but it can be withdrawn at any time, so use it sooner rather than later.

Remember, if you have no Flying Blue elite status yet, 100XP will get you to Silver status, meaning you will not have to pay the new hefty bag fees, among other benefits. If you fly economy class a lot, this could potentially be a valuable perk and therefore worth pursuing. With the free 10XP in your account, you can easily get to the next level with one mileage run, like Spain to Oslo (90XP for £450). If you combine this with a night at an Accor hotel during your mileage run, you can obtain Flying Blue Silver status for around £500, which you will make back in bag fees within three intercontinental flights with KLM or Air France. Not to mention, this is a wonderful excuse for a short summer trip, of course.

Your bags could soon fly for free on KLM’s 787. (Photo by Katherine Fan/The Points Guy)

When booking a flight with the intent of using this promotion, take into account that it needs to be both marketed and operated by Air France, KLM or Hop! to qualify.

On the Accor side, you only need eight more nights to reach Silver, awarding you with late checkout and more points per € spent. That might not be worth actively pursuing, but it is a nice addition to your Accor Le Club account for sure.

Bottom Line

Earning extra points and miles without extra effort is always a good thing. Accor and Flying Blue have lots of destinations across Europe, so this partnership makes it just a little more appealing to reward these companies with your loyalty. If you are planning to accrue XP or Accor Status Nights, the opening offer is also a wonderful opportunity to increase your balance without anything extra. If your loyalty is not with either of the programmes, it does not make sense to bend over backwards to use this promotion. It never hurts to sign up by linking your accounts, though.

Featured image by Accor Hotels.

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