IHG has just announced the details of their first promotion of 2016, entitled Accelerate 2016. The promotion is valid for stays between January 1 and April 30, 2016.
The promotion is targeted, so there are different offers for different members. This promotion is similar to the ones they’ve offered in the past — IHG is offering a similar promotion at the moment, valid through the end of 2015.
To see which version of the Accelerate 2016 offer you’re eligible for, you’ll want to log-in to your IHG Rewards Club account on this page.
Once logged in you’ll be prompted to register, and will then be shown the number of points you can earn, the number of offers you can complete, and the number of days left.
I only very rarely stay with IHG, so I seem to have gotten a really generous version the offer. Clearly they think they have to incentivize me to stay with them (and they’re correct). Through my offer, I can earn a total of 55,000 points, as follows:
- January Bonus Offer — 5,000 bonus points (stay once in January)
- Stay Once Get 5,000 — 5,000 bonus points (stay once during the promotion period)
- Stay More, Earn More — 10,000 bonus points (stay five nights during the promotion period)
- Earn More, Faster — 2,000 bonus points (book a bonus points package during the promotion period)
- Spend On Your IHG Rewards Club Credit Card — 1,500 bonus points (pay for a stay with your co-branded credit card)
- Your Achievement Bonus — 31,500 bonus points (complete three of the four offers — excluding the January Bonus Offer — and earn this bonus)
Okay, now here’s a deal which is actually worth mattress running for. If I’m reading this all correctly, if I book a paid stay in January using a bonus points package and pay with my IHG Rewards Club Credit Card, I should earn 45,000 IHG Rewards Club bonus points.
As an example, I could book a stay at the Candlewood Suites Clearwater with a 1,000 point bonus package for $81.99 for one night, and as far as I can tell that would complete three of the four tasks, and therefore unlock the achievement bonus as well.
This is a promotion I can’t turn down. Goodness, sometimes it sure does pay to not have a history of staying with a hotel program!
It’s interesting to look at some of the insane “goals” people are reporting on FlyerTalk. Some people need to stay 40 nights to earn their bonus, others have to book 17 nights with a corporate code, while others have to spend certain amounts on hotel dining.
Meanwhile I need to book a single stay with a points package. This is a promotion I’ll absolutely be taking advantage of.
What does your 2016 Accelerate offer look like, and do you plan on taking advantage of it?