Details Of IHG’s Fall 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 like 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,” including the promotion that IHG is running at the moment. IHG’s current Accelerate offer runs through August 31, 2017. However, IHG has just announced the details of their next Accelerate offer, valid for stays between September 1 and December 31, 2017. To see the details of your Accelerate offer, log into this page and then register.

My version of the offer is for up to 46,000 bonus points after completing three tasks.

My tasks include the following:

  • Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points — 2,000 bonus points (stay once during the promotion period)
  • Stay More, Earn More — 10,000 bonus points (stay five nights 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 — 26,500 bonus points (for completing all three offers)

On top of that there are two further offers, unrelated to the achievement bonus:

  • Big Apple Bonus — 3,000 bonus points (stay two or more nights at an IHG hotel in New York)
  • September Bonus Offer — 3,000 bonus points (stay once in September)

Usually you don’t have to complete all offers to earn the achievement bonus, though in this case I do. This promotion is pretty straightforward — if I stay five nights during the promotion period I’ll earn 40,000 bonus points. If I stay at least once in September, I’ll earn 43,000 bonus points.

I value IHG points at ~0.6 cents each, so to me that’s like a return of ~$250, or $50 per night. That’s a solid return, given than it doesn’t include the points you usually earn, and also given that IHG has many reasonably priced hotels.

This is no doubt a good offer, but I’m not sure it’s enough to get me to complete the challenge.

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! Of course I don’t expect to get a promotion like that every time. 😉

What does your fall IHG Accelerate offer look like?

(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)

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  1. This time it’s not as good. Need to stay two weekends plus one additional stay (so in total 5 nights) to get 42k points… Still might hit it (although with the latest point breaks it becomes less interesting)

  2. Got 88,100 pts: Highlights… Stay at 3 brands and get 21,600 bonus points. Live the InterContinental® life when you stay at 2 InterContinental® hotel(s) and earn 24,000 bonus points. Complete 4 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 25,000 bonus points.

  3. i have an offer for 2400 points for making a cash and points stay. i see nothing to think that this stay won’t count as a “stay” re: the other offers, but in the past, cash and points stays haven’t counted toward accelerate offers, so…i’m confused.

  4. One stay any night in September plus a $40 spend on meal/beverage on site will net me 33,000 pts. Not bad!

  5. one of my challenges was to stay at 4 Intercontinental properties…lol. Guess they are on to how much I like ICs

  6. I got an offer for 91,400 bonus points this time. Been doing the challenges for a while now and usually they’re manageable without going too far out of my way with stays I would do anyway. The only offer I’ve found issues with is “Your Rate Bonus Points Package” which for some reason often don’t seem to register even though I frequently pick these packages when booking a stay.

  7. If I checked in on 31/08 and check out on 01/09, will the stay be eligible towards this accelerate program?


  8. @Jannis, I had a “Your Rate Bonus Points Package” this time and it took about 7 weeks to post, much longer than the other requirements. Wonder what’s up with that.

    Sidenote, when factoring the points, the Bonus points package for ambassador is often a good deal coming at around the same price as the lowest rate but with cancellation until the day before.

  9. Offers aren’t terrible. Seven nights will get me 42k in points. Did get one offer that I haven’t seen anyone else mention, “Stay 7 nights and get 10,500 bonus points, earning you Platinum Elite Status”. I’ve only got ten stays in so far this year, and I don’t carry the IHG credit card that would get me platinum in any case. Have some stays I need to book anyway, so I guess I’ll go for it? But really IHG platinum doesn’t look all that exciting so who knows…

  10. After staying 1 night in the last promotion (for basically a 1,000 point bonus), I finally got a decent one.

    Staying 2 nights in NYC and 1 night in Chi, SF, Orlando, DC, LA or Boston would complete all but 1 of my challenges.

    September Stay, 2 Holiday Inn brands, Cash + Points, Big Apple and Big City can all be combined into 3 total stays for an extra 23K bonus.

  11. Earn 121,000 total bonus points when you complete your offers.
    Points Earned
    0 of 121,000 points
    Completed Offers
    0 of 9
    Days Left
    Earn 121,000 total bonus points.

    Complete all of your Accelerate offers and earn 121,000 total bonus points.
    My Offers
    Points Value Offer Description Status
    2,000 Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points
    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points. Terms
    100,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 50 night(s) and earn 100,000 bonus points. Terms
    4,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
    Stay with us for the weekend and earn 4,000 bonus points. A Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night stay required. 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 bonus points. Terms
    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. Terms
    4,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 4,000 bonus points. Terms
    500 Registration Bonus
    Register for Accelerate and earn 500 bonus points. Terms
    3,000 Big Apple Bonus
    Stay 2 or more nights at participating IHG® hotels in New York City and earn 3,000 bonus points. Terms
    5,000 September Bonus Offer
    Stay once in September and get 5,000 bonus points. Terms
    Full Campaign Terms and Conditions
    Learn how rewarding travel can be

  12. If I book two rooms under my account for the same night (one for me, one for my folks), does it count as two separate nights for the purposes of this promotion? Thanks!

  13. Do these points stack? i.e. I got a 5000 for first stay, 3000 for 3 night stay and 2000 for september stay. I stayed 3 nights in september. Do I get 10000 points?

  14. Wow, I had no idea that everyone’s accelerate bonus is customized to them. I have to stay 32 nights to get my major part of the bonus which is 64,000 points

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