European business travelers have a new hotel and airline partnership to take advantage of. Paris-based Accor hotels and the Air France-KLM megacarrier announced a loyalty partnership that rewards travelers for using either product. Air France-KLM Flying Blue members can now earn miles for simply booking and paying for an Accor room, while hotel loyalty members can earn points for flying.
Unique to this relationship is the sheer acreage that it covers. Unlike the recent American-Hyatt partnership, which only targets elites, the deal between Accor and Air France-KLM targets all loyalty members and effectively gives away points to anyone willing to sign up and link accounts.
For travelers in Europe it's an easy sell, as long as they're willing to drive business to only one main air carrier and its partner, a massive hotel chain. And for the cost of a few points, both Air France and and Accor get access to a whole new tranche of potential customers. Relationships like this are what make business travel great.