It did seem a bit too good to be true. 1 night at any Accor hotel, including the cheapest Ibis options, would earn you 5,000 Aeroplan miles.
However, when you follow the promotion link, you are redirected to the following screen.
A representative from Le Club Accor has posted this on Flyertalk (emphasis mine).
I have been following this thread throughout the day and contacted HQ following your concerns. I have just received the following information about the Air Canada offer:
– The offer expired at midnight (Paris time) yesterday the 27th October. Due to an unexpected amount of participants the number of rooms available for this offer were quickly filled up.
– However, not to panic! All reservations made before midnight on the 27th will be taken into account and you will receive the 10 000 bonus points!
– There are no plans to reactivate or continue this specific offer at the moment.
Accor would like to thank its members for their, albeit unexpected, enthusiasm and regret that the original expiration date could not be maintained.
It looks like somebody screwed up at Accor! A similar offer currently running for Lufthansa Miles & More requires 1 night at Sofitel / Pullman hotels, 2 nights at Mercure / Novotel, and 4 nights at Ibis, etc. to qualify. I would not be surprised if similar was intended for this Aeroplan promo. Either that, or Ibis franchises worldwide started complaining about all of the extra points they unexpectedly were handing out, often to mattress runners as you could easily find Ibis hotels for 30+ euros or 40+ US dollars depending on your location…
Hopefully reservations made before 27 October will indeed be honoured. The demise of this promotion is doubly disappointing, as Loyalty Lobby was reporting that the 10,000 bonus points were qualifying for status purposes, so members could earn Le Club Accor Platinum status for 2015 with 3 stays!
Luckily, the mattress run I had booked yesterday to test out the promotion was refundable. Hopefully my readers had better luck while the fun lasted…