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Officially, yes, if you have no eligible stays in Accor properties over a 12-month period, your points will expire. However, based on the evidence we have seen, any points earning activity will extend the life of your points by 12 months from the date of that activity.
According to the Accor website, every time you stay and have points credit to your account, it resets the expiry clock to 1 year from the date the points hit your account. One thing to note with Accor is that most hotel programs require some earning activity, which can be achieved via a partner, however, the Accor policy is quite strict and only allows stays to keep points from expiring.
Status points and nights earned at the end of an eligible stay or after payment of an event (in the context of the Meeting Planner offer) are valid until the 31st December included, following the date of check-out.
Rewards points are valid for 12 months after your check-out date.
This validity period is extended by 365 days each time a stay/event resulting a credit of Status points is recorded on your account. Stays fully stelled by Rewards points also enable to extend the validity period of the Rewards points by 365 days after the check out date of the hotel.
Your Rewards points expire without notice and without the possibility of restoring or transferring them if no stay is recorded in the 365 days following your last stay.
Once you have agreed to receive electronic communications from the Le Club AccorHotels programme, you receive two reminder emails, 3 months and then 1 and a half months before the expiry of your Rewards points.
How Le Club AccorHotels Points Expiration Works in Practice
Although the Accor program says you have to complete a stay to reset the clock, in practice most users have found that any earning will reset the clock. While this may be the case in practice, it shouldn't be taken for granted if you're sitting on a stash of points as Accor may decide to be strict and start enforcing their already published rule at any time.
How To Earn Accor Points
Without staying at Accor properties here are 6 ways you can pick up Accor Points:
- Get a subscription to the Economist
- Credit a Europcar rental to Accor
- Credit a Hertz rental to Accor. This does not include rentals in the US
- Transfer Qatar Qmiles to Accor at the poor ratio of 4.5 Qmiles to 1 Accor point
- Transfer Finnair Plus miles to Accor points – ratio another poor 7:1
- Take a survey with e-Rewards Market research and transfer them to Accor – this is an invite-only program.
Although Accor is not very well represented in the US it is still a decent hotel group with some great options for redemptions, especially in Europe.
While their policy in practice appears to be different from their written policy, we still suggest that if you're hoarding points, you keep in line with their written policy to ensure you don't wake up one morning to find your points gone.
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