Qantas and Accor announce crossover...
...will enable "double dipping" points earning in Asia Pacific
by Neil McPherson
21 November 2020
Updated 6 June 2021 following announcement of covid-19 vaccination incentive.
This article is based on Qantas Media Release: "Qantas
and Accor unveil strategic partnership
to give customers greater rewards", dated 19 November 2020.
To save sifting through all the T&C's, for key details on the Accor program and what they mean for you, please refer to our Accor Live Limitless guide.
The closer strategic relationship[ between Accor and Qantas appears to be progressing well. At the end of May, the companies announced an incentive "raffle" for Australians who get vaccinated for covid-19 in 2021. The prizes of 1 million Accor ALL points and unlimited economy flights on Qantas and Jetstar for a family of 4 are to provide an incentive to boost the vaccination rate and get Australian borders re-opened for travel. Scheduled to launch in July, it may provide an ideal springboard for the start of the dual-earning capability between the Accor ALL and Qantas Frequent Flyers programs.
Accor ALL and Qantas "double dip"
Qantas and Accor have announced a deeper partnership that will see mutual members of their loyalty programs being able to double-dip for rewards points.
The newly minted crossover feature is similar to other crossover programs (eg Marriott and both Emirates and United; Shangri-La and
Singapore Airlines; Hyatt and American Airlines). Scheduled to launch mid-2021, it will be the first partnership of its kind between
an airline and hospitality group in the Asia Pacific region.
This new partnership will give eligible members of both programs the opportunity to boost their rewards by simultaneously earning both Qantas Points and ALL – Accor Live Limitless Reward Points on either:
- Qantas’ domestic and international flights.
- hotel stays at any of Accor’s 1,240 hotels, apartments and resorts in the Asia Pacific region.
* Accor brands include: SO/, Sofitel, MGallery, Art Series, Pullman, Swissôtel, Grand Mercure, Peppers, The Sebel, Mantra, Novotel, Mercure, Tribe, BreakFree, ibis, ibis Styles, ibis Budget.
ALL members can already convert their ALL – Accor Live Limitless Reward points to Qantas Points at the rate of 1:1.
Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn points from Accor stays also at the 1:1 rate. But ALL points could not be earned from Qantas flights.
Double-dipping will give mutual Qantas/ALL members the ability to keep their ALL points and earn awards flights. So you can fly and stay, using rewards points at locations like the Fairmont at Lake Louise much sooner .
Accor Live Limitless (ALL) members in the APAC region already enjoy many attractive benefits not available to members in other regions, so
I expect this crossover program to spark strong interest among mutual members and also be likely to boost membership of both programs. More
details on the APAC benefits of ALL are discussed in our detailed guide
to Accor Live Limitless.
The catalyst for this strong interest in the crossover program, is the pent-up demand for travel in 2021. There hasn’t been much of either flying or hotel stays lately due to border closures and the Australian summer holiday period is just around the corner. As (domestic) travel restrictions ease, this could be a great opportunity for Australians seeking a staycation close to home
With Accor’s similar crossover program with Air France/KLM, while you must be a member of both programs, you do not need to hold any tier status with either Accor or Air France/KLM. If this will also be the case with the Qantas partnership, it will be a very attractive feature for Australian families who fly to APAC destinations where they stay at any of the leisure-oriented Accor brands including Peppers, The Sebel and Mantra. It will be a very easy way for everyone to boost rewards earning with both loyalty programs.
Members of each loyalty program will receive further information on the full details of the new partnership early next year.
I bet there will be many astute members who cannot wait.