My most popular article by far on this website in the almost 2 years it has been running was the one I wrote explaining how to get instant Gold status in Accor’s Le Club loyalty scheme that would otherwise require 10,000 points or 30 nights.
No wonder, given that it is a fantastic deal that people seem to really value. Yet as my annual subscription comes to an end today, I am not planning on renewing it. And here’s why:
There is no benefit in speculatively signing up for it!
I have no upcoming stays in any Accor properties to benefit from Gold status and I get nothing else for my £65 than a shiny new card. The process is also really quick so if I did have a stay lined up I could pay up and take advantage.
This is not the same advice as I would give for the IHG Ambassador renewal, given that you get the free night voucher which is worth the renewal fee alone, as well as a points bonus and a points rebate.
So, before you renew any status level that you can pay for, always run the sums to make sure that you are going to benefit from it; you can always do it later (as long as they don’t pull the offer!)