Instant Platinum (top tier) status in the Accor Hotels loyalty program comes around with some frequency, each time it does the signup link won’t stay active for long — sometimes a couple of days, sometimes just hours.
Note that the signup page is just a signup page, no indication on that page that accounts will start at the Platinum level, but indeed it’s currently working as of this writing.
You must open a new account, it cannot be applied to existing accounts. And when you do so you must use an email address that’s not currently on file with them.
Even if you don’t frequently stay at Sofitel, Novotel, Pullman, Mercure, and other related properties frequently, you never know when you might find yourself in one and having top tier status can’t hurt.
Platinum status usually requires 60 nights or 25,000 points earned. It offers double points and at Sofitel, Pullman and MGallery hotels a complimentary drink and welcome gift, and subject to availability and on request 4pm late checkout and an upgrade.
That said, all it meant on my recent stay at the Sofitel London Heathrow was an upgrade from a queen bed room to a king. Still, as my grandfather used to say, “that’s better than a hole in the head.”
It’s a good time to have Platinum status, since Accor is running its semi-regular 50% off sale (prepaid non-refundable) 50% off sale – you need to be logged into your account to see all details.
And of course these rates are stackable with TopCashBack’s rebates, currently at 10% of the room rate.
Whenever I post these offers I’m asked about status match possibilities, whether you can leverage this status into status in another hotel loyalty program. A status match offer like Best Western generally has can be obtained without demonstrated stay activity attached to the top tier elite account, so this works there. Same with Club Carson and Priority Club. Sometimes Hyatt asks for proof of stays when requesting a 90 day stay challenge in which case this wouldn’t be useful. Marriott doesn’t ask for proof of any kind, so this isn’t necessary in asking for one of their challenges.