Sofitel is running a 40% off flash sale for bookings made by October 21st stays between December 1st, 2012 and March 31st, 2013. The rates are pre-paid, non-refundable and take 40% off of the “Premium rate (or the Best Flexible Rate for hotels that do not have the Premium rate.”
The full list of participating hotels, blackout dates, and restrictions (such as 3-night minimum stay) is here (.pdf)
Sofitel is part of Le Club Accorhotels, and currently — as happens with some frequency — there is a signup link which yields instant top-tier Platinum status.
Note that the signup page is just a signup page, no indication on that page that accounts will start at the Platinum level, but indeed it’s currently working.
As I explained the last time there was a similar offer of instant platinum, this is marketed to a specific group, I’m not sure which one, but anyone should be able to use the link and keep the status.
At some point soon the link will stop awarding Platinum status and there won’t be any advance warning, but for now it’s working. These offers seem to pop up every couple of months or so. Sometimes more often than that.
Even if you don’t frequently stay at Sofitel, Novotel, Pullman, Mercure, and other related properties frequently, you never know when you might find yourself in one and having top tier status can’t hurt.
Platinum status usually requires 60 nights or 25,000 points earned. It offers double points and at Sofitel, Pullman and MGallery hotels a complimentary drink and welcome gift, and subject to availability and on request 4pm late checkout and an upgrade.
They’ll only let you sign up for one account per email address, so if opening a new account use a new email address. Some then combine their old and new accounts to preserve their points while elevating themselves to the new status.
The program isn’t among the more rewarding, but given that it’s top tier it can also be useful for status matching to other hotel programs. A status match offer like Best Western generally has can be obtained without demonstrated stay activity attached to the top tier elite account.