My first 2,000 points with AccorHotels

I have finally earned 2,000 Rewards points with AccorHotels. Not a significant achievement by any means, particularly for those who stay at AccorHotels often, however I am not one of those people.

I’ve earned these points from two short stays:

  • 2-night trip to New Plymouth with my-now-wife, staying at the Novotel; and
  • 3-night booking at the Sebel Quay West in Auckland (I needed to put the groomsmen somewhere, and I stayed with them for the first night, allowing me to put myself down on the booking).

My Gold Status with AccorHotels (acquired through the purchase of an Ibis Business card) made it super easy to earn these points, with an earn rate of 37 Rewards points per 10 euro spent, instead of the usual 25 Rewards points.

Here is the email that I received:

accorhotels-email-points

As you can see, AccorHotels encourage you to redeem your 2,000 Rewards points on a 40 euro discount on your next bill – works out to be 50 points per euro. Physical vouchers are no longer issued, you redeem your points either when booking online or when paying your bill at the hotel.

I’m not sure what I will redeem my points on. I don’t have any trips coming up where I would likely stay at a participating hotel.

I’ve reviewed other redemption options, including on merchandise (always bad value), and special events (none in New Zealand).

My only other choices (before 17 April 2018) will be to redeem the points on either:

  • 2,000 Qantas Points (1:1 exchange rate)
  • 20 euro voucher with Europcar (100 points per euro)

If I don’t have any upcoming travel where staying at an AccorHotels participating property makes sense, I will likely opt for the 2,000 Qantas Points. I’ll be able to redeem these for at least $50-$60 worth of flights on Qantas or another Oneworld partner airline. While it won’t be an instant saving, it’s a long-term one that comprises better value.

What do you redeem your AccorHotels Reward points on?