How to obtain instant elite hotel status

Accor Hotels has a strong presence in New Zealand and the greater Oceania region, with an extensive network of hotels.

However, obtaining elite gold status with Accor Le Club usually requires a significant spend on hotel stays. In fact, you’d normally need to stay at least 30 nights to qualify for the second to top membership tier.

Luckily, there is an easy way to obtain instant Accor Gold status. How? Simply purchase the Ibis Business Card.

Ibis card

The Ibis Business Card offers you an easy way to achieve Gold Status. The key aim of the Ibis Business Card is to provide business travellers who stay frequently at Accor’s budget Ibis chain with a 10% discount on rooms.

Accor Le Club gold status is offered as a very handy, if not poorly advertised, a side benefit. The Ibis Business Card can be purchased via the Accor Hotels UK website for 90 Euros (around $150 NZD). Is it worth your while purchasing? Consider whether you’re likely to get significant value from it, simply by booking in a couple of stays in an Accor property over the 12 months you hold it.

The benefits of Accor Le Club gold status

Accor undertook a significant overhaul of their loyalty program some years back, so Gold status now offers a range of lucrative benefits. The key perks you’ll access as a carded up Le Club Gold member are:

  • Early or late check-out. This could entail check in as early as 9 am and check out as late as 5 pm. If you’re travelling at odd times of the day and could take advantage of this benefit, it might even save you a one night room charge
  • Single category upgrade. Pitched as ‘subject to availability’, room upgrades are nonetheless consistently applied by most Accor properties

Accor Gold status also offers a range of additional minor perks that might save you money you’d otherwise spend. These include a welcome drink, fast speed internet access, Accor Private Sales early access.

Signing up for the Ibis Business Card

You’ll need to be a carded up member of the Accor Le Club loyalty program before signing up for the Ibis Business card. You can sign up for free here. Once your membership has been confirmed, complete the Ibis Business Card joining form and complete the steps to link your accounts.

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