Up to Oneworld Emerald: Qatar Privilege Club Status Challenge for Accor Status Holders

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An interesting cooperation between the hotel chain Accor and the Oneworld airline Qatar Airways was announced a few days ago. In the future, Avios can be earned with every hotel stay, and Accor points on flights with Qatar.

But another aspect is much more interesting: If you have the Diamond status at Accor ALL, you can get the Platinum status in the Qatar Privilege Club with just one flight. It corresponds to the Oneworld Emerald status and comes with numerous advantages such as first-class lounge access, better seats, more baggage allowance, etc. Other levels will also be matched.

Warning

There is a certain limit on the maximum possible status matches for the promotion. According to the conditions, Qatar will match a maximum of 1,600 gold and 175 platinum statuses this year.

Whether / when this limit has already been reached is not communicated anywhere. But since the campaign was only announced roughly a week ago, it should still look pretty good at the moment.

You’ll Get This Status

The following tiers will be matched as part of the promotion:

  • For Accor status members:
    • ALL Diamond ⇾ Privilege Club Platinum (Oneworld Emerald)1
    • ALL Platinum ⇾ Privilege Club Gold (Oneworld Sapphire)1
    • ALL Gold ⇾ Privilege Club Silver (Oneworld Ruby)1
  • For Qatar status members:
    • Privilege Club Gold → ALL Silver2
    • Privilege Club Platinum → ALL Gold2

1 – Status is only granted once at least one flight has been completed with Qatar Airways
2 – The status is only granted if at least one overnight stay outside the home country has been completed with Accor

It is noticeable that Accor status customers have a clear advantage here. While Oneworld status carries significant benefits, the benefits of Accor Gold status are more average. However, the hurdle to fly once with Qatar is also significantly higher than a stay in a hotel.

Hint

Don’t have an Accor status yet? You can simply buy an ALL Gold status for €90/year or alternatively by purchasing a share (for around €25).

Conditions

As with any Qatar promotion, there are a number of restrictions. You can read the full conditions here. Here are some of them:

  • Only possible if the first and last name match
  • Each Accor account can only be linked to one frequent flyer program. A change is possible at most once every 12 months
  • In the first year (presumably the calendar year 2022 is meant), the number of successful matches is limited as follows:
    • Accor matches silver status a maximum of 3,300 times
    • Accor matches gold status a maximum of 1,600 times
    • Qatar matches a maximum of 3,300 Silver statuses
    • Qatar matches a maximum of 1,600 Gold statuses
    • Qatar matches a maximum of 175 Platinum statuses
  • In the next few years, the number will increase slowly but steadily
  • The Status Match Challenge is only possible once per account

Here’s How It Works

Below is a brief description of how to get the benefits:

To receive the benefits, you must link the Accor account to your Qatar Privilege Club user account once. This works either via the Qatar or Accor website. I tried it on Accor’s website as a test:

There you have to log in with your Qatar account. As soon as the accounts are successfully linked, a corresponding message appears:

2. Complete the Challenge

As mentioned at the beginning, an existing status is unfortunately not enough to get the benefits of a status upgrade. You either have to:

  • For the match, Accor → Qatar Airways:
    • take any flight with Qatar Airways
  • For the match, Qatar Airways ⇾ Accor:
    • stay in an Accor hotel outside your home country
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Unfortunately, the status upgrade that you are entitled to is not displayed anywhere in the account. So you have to trust that Qatar will stick to its own terms.

3. Use Status Benefits

If you have completed a flight/stay and the aforementioned limits have not yet been exhausted, you will be able to enjoy the corresponding status benefits for at least 12 months. The following applies:

  • Those who have received a status with Qatar Airways can enjoy the benefits for 12 months.
  • Accor status obtained in this way is valid until the end of the current calendar year + a further 12 months.

4. Earn Extra Points

The promotion not only gives status benefits but also additional points/miles according to the following scheme:

  • For stays at Accor:
    • 2 Avios per 10 Euro booking value with Adagio Access
    • 4 Avios per 10 Euro booking value at Adagio
    • 5 Avios per 10 Euro booking value at Ibis, Ibis Styles & Mama Shelter
    • 10 Avios per 10 Euro booking value at all other chains
  • For flights with Qatar Airways:
    • 1 Accor point per US$2 (~€2) booking value (possibly excl. taxes & fees)

Benefits Of Each Tier

Qatar Privilege Club Silber

  • Oneworld Ruby: Business class check-in, preferred seats and waitlist priority on all Oneworld flights
  • 25% miles bonus
  • Priority check-in and priority boarding
  • 10 kg additional baggage allowance
  • Lounge access
  • 2 free guest passes for one lounge visit at Hamad International Airport
  • Selection of a preferred seat

Qatar Privilege Club Gold

  • Oneworld Sapphire: All the benefits of Ruby status, plus lounge access and priority boarding on all Oneworld flights
  • 75% miles bonus
  • Priority check-in and priority boarding
  • Lounge access for member plus companion
  • 15 kg or 1 piece of additional baggage allowance
  • 4 free guest passes for one lounge visit at Hamad International Airport
  • Al Maha Service at Hamad International Airport for member and companion
  • Guaranteed seat in economy class
  • Selection of a preferred seat

Qatar Privilege Club Platinum

  • Oneworld Emerald
  • 100% miles bonus
  • Priority check-in and priority boarding
  • First class lounge access with two companions on Qatar flights (one person only on Oneworld partner flights)
  • 20 kg or 1 piece of additional baggage allowance
  • 5 free guest passes for one lounge visit at Hamad International Airport
  • Al Maha Service at Hamad International Airport for member and 2 companions
  • Guaranteed seat in economy class
  • Selection of a preferred seat

Accor Silver Status

  • Welcome drink
  • Late check-out (subject to availability)

Accor Gold Status

  • Early check-in or late check-out (subject to availability)
  • Update to the next room category (subject to availability)
  • Welcome drink
  • Guaranteed room availability up to 3 days before arrival

Cover Picture: Photo by Saif Zaman ( আয়ান ) on Unsplash

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  1. Milan says:

    Hello. I’ve got a question. If I get it right, I have to take at least one flight after I match my Accor status to obtain the status with Qatar? The flight I took with Qatar last year doesn’t count? Thanks.

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