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Accor Hotel’s (which manages Sofitel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, Ibis, Novotel and others) currently has a promo where they are giving new signup for their frequent customer club free platinum status. This status normally requires you staying 60 nights in a calendar year so this is quite a shortcut. Platinum status gets you free room upgrades, more points, and a free welcome gift at some properties.
You should sign up for this even if you have never stayed at one of their properties (I don’t think I have before). The benefits are 1) It’s free and just takes a minute to sign up and 2) you can sometimes use this status to “Status Match” with a hotel program that you do use often.
This is only for new accounts not existing accounts so if you have an account already with them that doesn’t have any points (like I did), just create a new account using a different email address and use that account going forward.
This is a limited time link and can be taken offline at any time so go ahead and sign up now while you can.
Hat tip to our friends at Loyalty Lobby for the heads up on this offer.