Do Accor Friends and Family Rates always save you money on your hotel booking?
What are Accor Friends and Family Rates?
Various hotel chains offers employees' friends and family members discounted rates for non-business leisure travel at properties around the world. While AccorHotels doesn't have a standard Friends and Family Rate as such, it does offer employees discounts for their immediate families after six months of service and occasionally also offers friends and relatives special rates.
With the Accor employee discount scheme, Bienvenue, employees and family members (including spouse, civil partner or children) get 30% of the Best Available Rate worldwide, subject to availability, when the employee accompanies the family members. However, Bienvenue cardholders can also book stays on behalf of their immediate family members (which also includes parents and siblings) to get 30% off the BAR, too, but only for stays at Accor hotels in the UK and Ireland.
It can pay to check the particular region where you are based or where you want to stay, though - for example, the Accor Pacific Region does have a Friends and Family rate, as pictured above, which gets you the same discount of 30% off the Best Available Rate, but includes friends as well as relatives. It seems to be a long-term offer, as we wrote about it over a year ago.
A current example of a Friends and Family rate elsewhere can be found here, though you may need to use Google Translate as it's in French. You can get one night's stay at an Accor hotel in the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands or Switzerland from 39 euros including breakfast for one or two people, when you book and stay by March 31st, 2017:
How much can I save with Accor Friends and Family Rates?
While only employees with Carte Bienvenue can book discounted rates for themselves and their family, anyone can check the Accor Pacific Region rate, though it's stipulated that you MUST enter the name and place of employment of the Accor staff member who sent you the deal in the comments box on your reservation.
We checked the special booking link for Auckland for one night on March 10th, 2017, and the rate showed as from US$173 for the Mercure. The 'Family & Friends rate' came out at $173.02, which is $74.15 cheaper than the Flexible Rate of $247.17 - that's 30% cheaper, as stated it would be.
What else do I need to know about Accor Friends and Family Rates?
Using a Friends and Family rate may not always save you money, as various AccorHotels promotions could help save you more than 30% off, so before you book it's always worth comparing any rates that you are entitled to use with public offers.
Plus if you are a member of Le Club AccorHotels, you may not benefit from its advantages by using these rates, so you should always weigh up the monetary saving with any potential loss before booking, too.