AccorHotels are running a double Airpoints Dollars promotion on stays in Wellington until the 31 January 2018, a convenient offer for those who may be visiting our capital over the holiday season
You can earn 40 APD per stay at the Sofitel Wellington, and 1 APD per $7.50 of eligible spend at the following hotels:
- Grand Mercure Wellington
- Novotel Wellington
- Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman
- Mercure Wellington Central City Hotel and Apartments
- Ibis Wellington
Note that you usually cannot earn Airpoints Dollars at ibis properties however I have confirmed directly with Air New Zealand that the ibis Wellington will be participating in the limited-time promotion.
To take advantage of this offer, you must book with AccorHotels online and enter your Airpoints number in the comments box.
You will also need to show your Airpoints card at check-in to ensure your Airpoints Dollars are credited.
My experience with AccorHotels in New Zealand is that you cannot have your Le Club membership number against your booking, and then opt to earn Airpoints Dollars at time of check-in. So make sure you’re not logged in when making your booking online.
However you should still be able to present your Accor Plus or Le Club AccorHotels membership card at check-in, to take advantage of any other elite benefits you may be entitled to. Just make sure you’re clear that you don’t want the Accor membership number added to your reservation.
Our take: is this a good deal?
Whether this is a good deal or not can depend on a few factors:
- How much you’ll be paying for your stay;
- Whether there are cheaper rates available to those who are logged-in to their AccorHotels account; and
- Whether you have elite status with Accor Plus or Le Club AccorHotels
We’ll run through two scenarios here, because the Sofitel has a fixed APD earn rate, whereas the other participating hotels have an APD rate that is tied to qualifying spend.
Scenario 1 – Sofitel Wellington
The cheapest publicly available rate that I could find between now and the 31 January for a one-night stay at the Sofitel Wellington is $215.
Earning 40 Airpoints Dollars on a stay at this price is decent value – especially for a brand-new five star hotel.
Kiwis with a Westpac Airpoints World Mastercard can also receive 3pm late check-out, and a complimentary upgrade to the next room type upon availability at check-in.
However cheaper rates can often be found for logged-in AccorHotels members, and you cannot access these under this promotion. So this could counteract some of the Airpoints Dollars earn rate. We would recommend checking these rates to see whether they’d effectively give you a $40 or more cash saving – money in the bank is always better than points in the bank when it comes to Airpoints Dollars.
You also need to think about the relative value of earning Le Club Rewards points with AccorHotels instead. For every 2,000 points that you earn, you’ll receive 40 Euro (~$67 NZD) credit that can be redeemed on future stays.
We’ve done the maths with this promotion – assuming you have no elite status with AccorHotels, any stay that will cost you $948 or more, taxes included, will see you receive more value by opting to earn Rewards points with AccorHotels.
The threshold is $765 for those with Silver status, $641 for Gold, and $589 for Platinum.
A stay at these prices would see you earn 1,220 Rewards points, which would be valued at $41 NZD when redeemed towards a future stay.
This maths does not take into account any member discount you could receive by logging in and booking under your Accor Plus or Le Club AccorHotels account, which may tip the scale even further in favour of just opting to earn Rewards points.
Note that you do require a minimum of 2,000 points to redeem, so opting to earn these instead will only be worthwhile if you already have a balance, or will be staying at other properties in future before planning to a make a redemption. You also must register to take advantage of the promotion.
In short – If you only have one-night stay, you should in almost all cases easily fall within the threshold where the choice to earn Airpoints Dollars will be better value. Otherwise, some number crunching may be required.
Scenario 2 – All other participating AccorHotels in Wellington
Grand Mercure Wellington
The standard earn rate at the other participating AccorHotels in Wellington is 1 APD per $15 of qualifying spend.
Under the current promotion, you’ll earn 1 APD per $7.50 of qualifying spend, which works out to be an effective 13.3% return on the cost of your stay, on the basis of 1 APD = $1 NZD on flights with Air New Zealand.
A member with Platinum status would only earn the equivalent of 0.63 cents NZD in Le Club Rewards points for the same amount of spend, so the Airpoints Dollars earn rate comes out ahead in this regard.
As such, this one is a no-brainer, if Airpoints Dollars are your points currency of choice. Note however that again, you won’t be able to login to your AccorHotels account and take advantage of any member discounts. Make sure you compare rates between being logged-in and logged-off, and if anything is on offer when logged-in that exceeds a 13% discount, you’d be better off opting for that instead.
Air New Zealand and AccorHotels need to come to a formal arrangement that allow you to log-in as an AccorHotels member, take advantage of member rates, and earn Airpoints Dollars.
Until then, we’re stuck doing the maths to determine whether these offers are good value or not compared to the alternatives.
For one-night stays at the Sofitel Wellington, you’re probably best to just opt for the 40 Airpoints Dollars. Longer stays however will ramp up the overall stay cost, meaning that more number crunching is required to determine whether this earn rate is still good value.
The earn rate for the other participating hotels is better, though only if there are no other promotions available to logged-in members that would see you save more than 13.3% on the rate.
Remember, there are some relatively easy ways to acquire Silver or Gold status with AccorHotels, which will see you earning an increased number of points on all stays, along with other elite benefits:
- Accor Plus Silver for new American Express Platinum Charge cardholders
- Le Club AccorHotels Gold for those who purchase the ibis Business Card for ~$152 NZD per annum
Amex Platinum cardholders may be offered Platinum status if they already have the paid ibis Business Card.