Full Details Of IHG’s Spring 2017 Accelerate Promotion

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For the past couple of years, most of IHG’s global hotel promotions have been customized. Everyone gets some type of offer, but different members get targeted for different versions of the offer. The logic is that hotel loyal programs want to generate incremental business, so they’d rather try to get you to increase the business you’d otherwise give them, rather than just reward you for stays you’d make anyway.

The past several such promotions have been called “Accelerate,” and IHG is now back with their latest version of the offer. IHG has just announced the details of their latest Accelerate offer, valid for stays between May 15 and August 31, 2017.

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You can now go to this page to see your IHG Accelerate offer, and register for it. Do note that some people are getting error messages when following the link, as it seems like they haven’t yet loaded the promotion for everyone. If that’s the case for you, try to access the page in an incognito browser, or otherwise change the “us” in the URL to “gb,” as that seems to do the trick. Otherwise log into your IHG account through the above link, and then you should eventually see the offer.

My version of the offer is for up to 48,600 bonus points after completing seven tasks.

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My tasks include the following:

  • Stay Once Get 2,500 — 2,500 bonus points (stay once during the promotion period)
  • Stay More, Earn More — 10,000 bonus points (stay five nights during the promotion period)
  • Authentic Experiences — 16,000 bonus points (stay at two InterContinentals during the promotion period)
  • Earn More, Faster — 3,600 bonus points (book a bonus package stay during the promotion period)
  • Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card — 1,500 bonus points (pay for one stay with your IHG credit card)
  • Your Achievement Bonus — 12,000 bonus points (for completing four of the five offers)
  • Early Stay Bonus — 3,000 bonus points (stay once by June 30)

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While in general I’m not a huge fan of targeted promotions, there are potentially some opportunities to get outsized value here with some creativity. For example, two one night stays at InterContinental properties (one paid for with theIHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, one on a bonus points package, and one before June 30), would earn me 38,600 bonus points. For a specific type of stay, that would represent almost 20,000 bonus points per night, which is fantastic.

I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, so that’s a return of close to ~$100 per night, not even factoring in the points you’d usually earn.

I haven’t participated in one of these IHG offers in a while. Early last year I took advantage of the Accelerate offer, where I could earn 55,000 bonus points after a single stay. I stayed one night at the Holiday Inn Helsinki Airport, which earned me more than enough points for a free night at any IHG property in the world. That was awesome!

What kind of IHG Accelerate offer were you targeted for? Do you plan on taking part in the promotion?

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  1. 3,000 Early Stay Bonus
    Stay once before June 30th and get 3,000 bonus points. Terms

    2,500 Stay Once Get 2,500

    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,500 bonus points.
    6,800 Stay 5 Nights

    Get an additional 6,800 bonus points after night 5.
    3,000 Stay 3 more nights

    Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 8.
    3,000 Stay 3 more nights

    Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 11.
    3,000 Stay 3 more nights

    Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 14.
    3,000 Stay 3 more nights

    Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 17.
    15,000 Stay 3 more nights

    Get an additional 15,000 bonus points after night 20.

    Probably gonna pass this time…

  2. 2,500 Stay Once Get 2,500
    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,500 bonus points.
    10,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points.
    2,400 Big City Bonus
    Stay in 1 of 6 major markets: New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Orlando or San Francisco and earn 2,400 bonus points.
    1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
    Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points.
    23,600 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 23,600 bonus points. Terms
    3,000 Early Stay Bonus
    Stay once before June 30th and get 3,000 bonus points

  3. Here’s the version I got:

    “Thank you for going the distance with our Accelerate promotion. The promotion came to an end as of 31 August 2017, but don’t lose your momentum, there are more opportunities to earn toward the rewards you deserve.”

  4. @Not Lucky and @Lucky –

    I’ve received the same ‘offer’ – is that a bug or ‘you’re not eligible’?

    Thank you for going the distance with our Accelerate promotion. The promotion came to an end as of August 31, 2017, but don’t lose your momentum, there are more opportunities to earn toward the rewards you deserve.

  5. Oh man, I have an easy peasy achievement ladder. Good stuff. Going for full 43k

    2,500 Stay Once Get 2,500
    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,500 bonus points. Terms

    10,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points. Terms

    5,600 Comfort Seeker
    Stay at 2 Holiday Inn® hotel(s) – including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations® – and earn 5,600 bonus points. Terms

    8,000 Explore with Confidence
    Stay in any country in Europe, Greater China (China Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa and earn 8,000 bonus points. Terms

    1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
    Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points. Terms

    12,400 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 12,400 bonus points. Terms

    3,000 Early Stay Bonus
    Stay once before 30 June and get 3,000 bonus points. Terms

  6. Wow, I got a great offer. 33000 extra points for booking a single points & cash stay and paying with credit card.

  7. Wow I actually got a good one. Stay once, 5 nights and pay with the IHG credit card for a total of 43,000 points…

  8. Got the same lame offer as Joe (slightly worse even).

    No IC bonus. No Explore offer. No bonus for using the IHG card (which I recently received and used at my last 2 stays). And only 5K for the first 5 nights instead of 10K, followed by nothing but half a dozen repeated 3K per 3 nights.

    IHG will be seeing none of my business for the next 3 months as I have to send a message that this isn’t nearly enough to entice me.

  9. Not happy with mine… 40k points available but got to stay 20 nights to achieve that. Have a stay booked for June so will pick up the 3k early stay bonus and that’s it

  10. I got the same “Thank you for going the distance with our Accelerate promotion. The promotion came to an end as of August 31, 2017, but don’t lose your momentum, there are more opportunities to earn toward the rewards you deserve.”

  11. @Tony – If you think you have it bad, I only stand to earn 30K from 20 nights. So that’s the same points total offered as last time when only 5 nights were needed. I thought Accelerate referred to points earned not nights required!

    Maybe they could have included a ‘Use your BOGO Ambassador voucher’ challenge just to rub it in. I joined Ambassador last year and still haven’t received the welcome pack, despite requesting it multiple times.

    My money will be much better well spent completing the MR Platinum status challenge over the same period.

  12. Actually got a good one.

    2,500 Stay Once Get 2,500

    10,000 stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points. Terms

    8,000 Stay at 2 Holiday Inn® hotel(s) – including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations® – and earn 8,000 bonus points.

    1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card

    18,000 Your Achievement Bonus Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 18,000 bonus points.

    3,000 Early Stay Bonus Stay once before 30 June and get 3,000 bonus points. Terms

  13. Mine is pretty easy too. I can stay 5 nights and purchase points (even just 1000 points) and get 42.500 points.

    Stay once and earn 1,000 bonus points.
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 5,000 bonus points.
    Earn 1,000 bonus points by purchasing IHG® Rewards Club points.
    Complete 3 of the 3 offers and earn (an additional) 33,000 bonus points.
    Stay once before June 30th and get 2,500 bonus points.

  14. I already have two IHG stays booked for this time period. Will they count, or should I cancel and rebook?

  15. The “promotion ended” message is probably a glitch. I got it too, but then I tried again a couple minutes after and I was succesfully able to sign up.

  16. Mine is for a total of 90,900 points; however, 50,000 of that is for an additional 25 nights stayed during the promotion, which is not doable. The other 40,900 points are absolutely doable based on work travel.

  17. I can snag at least 30,000 points for a one night stay in any of the six major cities, not bad.

    Stay Once Get 2,500
    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,500 bonus points.

    Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points

    Stay in 1 of 6 major markets: New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Orlando or San Francisco and earn 2,400 bonus points

    Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
    Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points.

    Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 23,600 bonus points

    Early Stay Bonus
    Stay once before 30 June and get 3,000 bonus points. Terms

  18. CT, from my experience, It typically doesn’t matter when you book for the “stay” type offers but when it says “book and pay” on the offer, you will need to book/pay and stay all within the dates of the offer.

  19. Mine was is pure crap. Tell me how I can reset and start over.
    500 download ihg app
    2,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 3 night(s) and earn 2,000 bonus points.
    2,000 Your Rate
    Stay 2 time(s) using our member exclusive discount, Your Rate, and earn 2,000 bonus points.
    2,000 Change Your View®
    Stay at 3 Holiday Inn® hotel(s) – including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations® – and earn 2,000 bonus points.
    2,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
    Stay with us for the weekend and earn 2,000 bonus points. A Friday and Saturday, or Saturday and Sunday night stay required.
    21,500 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 5 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 21,500 bonus points.

  20. Ah I think I’ll go for it again this time, not too unrealistic goals.

    1,000 Stay Once Get 1,000
    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 1,000 bonus points.

    7,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 7 night(s) and earn 7,000 bonus points.

    4,300 Travel with the IHG® App
    Book 3 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 4,300 bonus points.

    16,800 Globetrotter Bonus
    Earn 16,800 bonus points for staying at 2 IHG® hotel(s) outside of your country of residence. You’ll earn for one hotel stay per country.

    1,000 Earn When You Redeem
    You earned your points, now use them! Redeem your points for anything, from a digital download to a Reward Night, and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus points.

    12,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 12,000 bonus points.

    2,500 Early Stay Bonus
    Stay once before June 30th and get 2,500 bonus points. Terms

  21. I got a pretty good offer that is probably doable. Let me ask a question here though to be clear. All nights must be paid, no award nights right? Thanks!

  22. Anywhere that lists what countries are in “Asia Pacific”?

    I’m curious as to whether it is more inclusive (i.e., Asia + Pacific Islands) or some limited subset of Asia (i.e., not Korea or Japan). The fact that China is listed separately leads me to believe that it is the later.

  23. 99.9% sure you need to pay for stays to be eligible. No points OR points plus cash booking will be honored for accelerate promotions. Check the offer terms on your accelerate status page to verify.

  24. I need 1 night near AUS for an early flight anyway. Do the tasks stack? Got 3000 for early stay, 2500 for first stay, 1500 for using IHG credit card, and 23,600 for completing 3 tasks. That’s potentially 30,600 just off 1 night.

  25. Does any one know whether the reservation needs to be booked from the Accelerate page on the website? I registered a while ago, then booked a 3 night stay from the home page of the website. Will I still get my reward points? If yes, when will I be able to see them?

  26. I had a frustrating experience with these folks. Met every requirement, but was told that my last stay on Aug 29 was at a discounted rate and did not qualify. There was no way to know this when I booked as other discounted rates like AAA do apply. They sent me the terms and conditions which provided a list of non-qualifying rates, but mine wasn’t there. I called customer service twice and emailed once with no satisfaction. Was told that the only way to know if a discounted rate qualifies is to call them after booking, which seems incredibly cumbersome. In the end it cost me more than 15K points. And did I mention that I’m a platinum member? I’m a little horrified by their lack of customer concern and have canceled my future reservations.

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