Details Of IHG’s 2018 Accelerate Promotion

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For the past few 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 December 31, 2017. However, IHG has just announced the details of their next Accelerate offer, valid for stays between January 1 and April 30, 2018. To see the details of your Accelerate offer, log into this page and then register.

My version of the offer is for up to 74,700 bonus points after completing up to nine 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)
  • Discover Our Brands — 19,200 points (stay at three IHG brands during the promotion period)
  • A Bonus Weekend Stay — 4,000 points (stay a Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night)
  • Explore With Confidence — 12,000 points (stay in any country in Europe, Greater China, Asia Pacific, Middle East, or Africa)
  • 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 — 19,000 bonus points (for completing five of the six offers)

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

  • Refer A Friend And Earn — 5,000 bonus points (refer a friend who enrolls in IHG Rewards Club and makes a stay by April 30, 2018)
  • January Bonus Offer — 2,000 bonus points (stay once in January)

This promotion has the potential to be sort of lucrative. For example, if I stayed a total of five nights, and those stays were at three different brands, one was over a weekend, one was in January, and one was in one of the above regions, I’d earn a total of 69,700 points.

I value IHG points at ~0.6 cents each, so to me that’s like a return of ~$420, or $84 per night. That’s a really great return, given than it doesn’t include the points you usually earn, and also given that IHG has many reasonably priced hotels. However, that doesn’t account for the fact that I’d have to be pretty conscious with planning my travels to hit all of the above requirements with those five nights. I’m certainly tempted…

What does your first IHG Accelerate offer of 2018 look like?

Comments

  1. Your offer is much more generous than mine – I got Earn 47,700 total bonus points:

    2,000 bonus points (stay once during the promotion period)
    10,000 bonus points (stay five nights during the promotion period)
    5,600 bonus points Stay at 2 Holiday Inn Express hotels
    6,600 bonus points when you book Package stay.
    1,500 bonus points (pay for one stay with your IHG credit card)
    5,000 bonus points Renew Your InterContinental® Ambassador Membership
    Your Achievement Bonus — 10,000 bonus points (for completing five of the six offers)
    ———-
    5,000 bonus points – refer a friend who enrolls in IHG Rewards Club and makes a stay by April 30, 2018)
    2,000 bonus points – stay once in January.

  2. obviously if you need a hotel anyway it’s worth looking at to see if you can fit into any of the categories. And one nice thing about IHG is that they have a variety of brands at a number of price points and a large number of properties in general. I ended up staying at a couple of HIX’s and an Even in NYC but not their other brands. Managed to rack up a fair amount of these bonus points. I should probably start spending these points since they aren’t getting any more valuable.

  3. After the last couple of offers being OK this one looks bad. I may do a one night stay (2,000) in January (2,000) with the credit card (1,500) to get the 5,500 total and complete two tasks.

    The other three tasks include stay 14 days (28,000), spend 4 consecutive nights (6,000), and spend $39 (500).

    Since I need four of five it’s not happening (for a whopping 5K achievement bonus).

    I guess I have to stay away a while to get another decent offer.

  4. I’m feeling hard done by
    A mere 2,000 points for staying at 3 brands
    2k for staying once, 2.5kfor staying 3 nights using the Ihg rate & 500for downloading the app which I already have
    The 4 aren’t that hard to achieve and the 23k as an achievement bonus is not bad, but having been able to earn 50k plus points in the past mine sucks

  5. 2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points
    10,000 Stay More, Earn More
    9,000 Earn More, Faster
    Earn 9,000 bonus points when you book 9,000 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster
    1,500 Spend on Your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
    17,500 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 17,500 bonus points.
    Refer a friend to enroll into IHG Rewards Club, and receive 5,000 bonus points
    2,000 January Bonus Offer

    I am having a hard time to find a hotel that offer 9000 bonus points for 1 night stay

  6. In the t and c’s it uses the term consumed “are consumed between 1 January 2018 and 30 April 2018” does that mean booked and stay between the allotted time or just stay in the allotted time? Any ideas?

  7. In the terms and conditions it says “are consumed between 1 January 2018 and 30 April 2018” does consumed mean book and stay during this time or just stay during this time?

  8. Registration 500
    January Stay 4,000
    Refer a Friend 5,000
    5 of 6 below 11,000
    Stay 1 2,000
    Stay 25 50,000
    Weekend 4,000
    4-night stay 6,000
    Non US 8,000
    IHG Card 1,500

  9. Amazes me just how varied IHG manage to make this per member…mine are

    1,500
    Stay Once Get 1,500 Bonus Points
    16,500
    Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 11 night(s) and earn 16,500 bonus points.
    3,200
    Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 3,200 bonus points.
    2,500
    Corporate Account Bonus
    Stay 2 time(s) using your corporate rate and earn 2,500 bonus points.
    6,000
    Earn 6,000 bonus points when you book a single stay of 4 or more consecutive nights.
    1,000
    You earned your points, now use them! Redeem your points for anything
    2,000
    Get an IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
    8,000
    Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 8,000 bonus points.
    1,500
    Stay once in January and get 1,500 bonus points.

  10. Be aware of fine print in this program. I used to really enjoy this promo. But lately, they seem to work harder at “getting to no” by adding weird requirements which make your achievement invalid. And there’s no chance of completing the requirements and the points posting. The follow-up just isn’t worth it to me any more.

    Another blog (PWAC, I think) posted just today about his bonus denial based on a date requirement that wasn’t obvious unless squinting at T&Cs. That’s just bad business and bad for customer retention.

  11. Accelerate is difficult to find on IHG’s website. And I can only find Accelerate for Q4 2017.
    Where is Q1 2018?

  12. Earn up to 83,500 points:

    2,000 (Stay once)
    58,000 (Stay 29 nights)
    4,000 (Stay the weekend: Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun)
    2,500 (Corporate bonus – stay 2x)
    1,000 (Earnn when you redeem: anything from digital download to Reward
    Night)
    5,000 (Achievement Bonus – complete 4 of 5 offers)
    5,000 (Refer a friend to enroll into IHG Rewards Club and they complete first stay
    by 4/30)
    2,000 (Apply for IHG Rewards Club Select CC)
    4,000 (January Bonus – stay once in Jan)

  13. Well, mine actually seams feasible:
    Stay once for 1k
    8 nights for 8k
    3 different (I assume) holiday inn express for 7.2k
    weekend for 4k
    bonus package of 6.6k for extra 6.6k
    achievement for 13.2k
    January bonus for 1k
    I might actually manage it with only 3 stays (must be 8 nights in total though)

    No refer a friend or CC bonus (which is expected as I’m in Europe). And I’m glad it doesn’t ask me to fly around the world which I couldn’t do anyway

  14. I got the same offer as @Dennis. Truly lame. I have a planned stay at an IC for a conference in March, but a 1K bonus per night is not going to incent me to stay more. And I’m not going to stay 18 nights to unlock the extra 15K. I’ve had some good offers in the past. Not this time.

  15. 110,100 total:

    2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points
    60,000 Stay More, Earn More Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 30 night(s)
    7,200 Stay at 3 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)
    4,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
    2,400 Stay for Less and Earn
    2,500 Corporate Account Bonus
    1,000 Earn When You Redeem
    10,000 Your Achievement Bonus (complete 5 of the 6 offers)
    5,000 Refer a Friend and Earn
    2,000 Apply for the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
    4,000 January Bonus Offer

    I use IHG a lot 😉
    Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get a 30day stay in this quarter.

  16. If I meet 5 of 6 requirements I’ll get a 17,000 achievement bonus. It’s possible to meet the 5 with a total of 3 nights in IHG properties.

  17. I guess I’m the anchor man in this boat race:

    144,200 total:

    2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points
    88,000 Stay More, Earn More Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 44 night(s)
    12,800 Stay at 8 Holiday Inn Express® hotel(s)
    4,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
    2,400 Stay for Less and Earn
    2,500 Corporate Account Bonus
    6,000 Stay a Little Longer when you book a single stay of 4 or more consecutive nights
    15,000 Your Achievement Bonus (complete 6 of the 7 offers)
    5,000 Refer a Friend and Earn
    2,000 Apply for the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
    4,000 January Bonus Offer

    I stay at IHGs a lot, and I mean a lot.

  18. My dad’s is :

    Earn a total of 167,300

    2000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points – stay once
    30,000 Stay More, Earn More – stay 15 nights
    30000 Stay More, Earn More – after night 30
    6400 – Stay at Holiday Inn® – stay at 4 holiday inns
    4000 – a bonus weekend stay- stay with us for the weekend
    2400- stay for less and earn- book 1 stay using points & cash
    2500 – corporate account bonus- stay 2 times
    1500 – spend on your ihg rewards card- book and pay for one stay
    79000 – complete 7 of the 8 offers
    500 – registration bonus
    5000 – refer a friend
    4000 – stay once in january

    mine is: total of 47000
    2000- stay once
    10000 – stay 5 nights
    8400 – stay 2 times at holiday inn hotels
    3600 – big city bonus- stay in 1 of 6 major markets- nyc, chicago, DC, LA, Orlando or San Fran
    1500 – book and pay for one stay with your ihg card
    14,500- complete 4 of 5 offers
    5000 – refer a friend
    2000- stay once in january

  19. The same stay can be used for multiple qualifications, right? I have:
    2000- stay once
    10000 – stay 5 nights
    4000 – bonus weekend (Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night stay required.)
    1500 – book and pay for one stay with your ihg card
    22,500- complete 3 of 4 offers

    So if I did one 2 day weekend stay, and paid with my IHG card, would I get 2000+4000+1500+22500? So 30,000 points for 2 weekend nights?

  20. I do live at an IHG property. I have lived at a Candlewood Suites in Central Virginia for 4.5 years. Here is my offer:

    Earn 136,500 total bonus points.
    Complete all of your Accelerate offers and earn 136,500 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
    BOOK NOW
    60,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 30 night(s) and earn 60,000 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    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
    BOOK NOW
    64,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 3 offers and earn (an additional) 64,000 bonus points. Terms
    5,000 Refer a Friend and Earn
    Refer a friend to enroll into IHG Rewards Club, and receive 5,000 bonus points. The referred member must complete their first stay by April 30th. Terms
    MAKE A REFERRAL
    4,000 January Bonus Offer
    Stay once in January and get 4,000 bonus points. Terms

  21. Here’s mine – one dimensional – stay nights !
    Total 79,500
    Accelerate and earn 500 bonus points.
    5,000 Refer a Friend and Earn
    2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points
    36,000 Stay 28 Nights
    4,000 Stay 4 more nights Get an additional 4,000 bonus points after night 32.
    4,000 Stay 4 more nights Get an additional 4,000 bonus points after night 36.
    4,000 Stay 4 more nights Get an additional 4,000 bonus points after night 40.
    20,000 Stay 4 more nights Get an additional 20,000 bonus points after night 44

  22. mine is 61.000… i would like a better one, i´m gonna stay all days in January, February and Marts in intercontinental hotels in south America (that’s 90 days)…

    2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points, Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.
    18,000 Stay More, Earn More, stay 9 night(s) and earn 18,000 bonus points.
    4,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
    2,500 Corporate Account Bonus, Stay 2 time(s)
    4,000 Stay a Little Longer, stay of 4 or more consecutive nights.
    12,000 Explore with Confidence, Stay in any country in Europe, Greater China
    1,000 Earn When You Redeem

    13,000 Your Achievement Bonus, Complete 6 of the 7 offers

    500 Registration Bonus
    4,000 January Bonus Offer, Stay once in January and get 4,000 bonus points.

  23. Here’s mine: Total of 47000
    2000 – stay once
    10,000 – stay 5 nights
    5,600 – 2 stays at (2 different) Holiday Inn hotels
    1,500 – book and pay for one stay with your IHG card
    20,900 – complete 3 of 4 above offers
    +
    5000 – refer a friend
    2000 – stay once in January

    So I could get 32,000 points by booking 1 night in 2 different Holiday Inns, with at least one of those stays in January. Not too shabby.

  24. I got a 47,000 points offer for my usual HIX stay requirements. I’ll complete the challenge by 1/15/18. Seeing that January stays in the northeast are greatly reduced price-wise, I’m pushing to
    finish quickly.
    Fortunately, there’s quite a few of these properties within 15 miles of home, the lowest of which comes in at $91 per night w/ taxes.
    Getting over 50K points
    (for the add-ons as well as the promo) will come in handy over the summer.

  25. What happens if you have your IHG linked up to an airline loyalty mileage program, instead of IHG points? Do you get the base airline loyalty miles, and in addition get the accelerate bonus as IHG points? Sorry if this has been answered but couldn’t find it anywhere.

  26. @Mike
    You have to be collecting points, not miles, for this to work I believe. Just go to your account and change it. You can always change it back later.

  27. My offer was for up to 103,500, but the requirements for me were pretty easy. I don’t travel for work, so I don’t stay at IHG much. That’s probably why they made it easy for me to get a lot of points.

    2,000 – Stay Once
    10,000 – Stay More (5 nights)
    28,800 – Discover Our Brands (3 brands)
    12,600 – Stay At Crowne Plaza (stay at 2 different CP properties)
    9,000 – Earn More, Faster (book 1 Bonus Points Package stay)
    3,600 – Big City Bonus (stay in 1 major market out of NYC, DC, Chicago, LA, SFO, or Orlando)
    1,500 – Spend on your IHG credit card (book and pay for 1 stay with IHG credit card)
    29,000 – Achievement Bonus (complete 6 of 7 offers)
    5,000 – Refer a friend (they must book and stay before 4/30)
    2,000 – January Bonus offer (stay once in January)

    I already had a planned 4 night stay in NYC at a CP in January when I got the Accelerate promotion email. That stay alone got me 4 of the offers above (for 9,100 points). With just 1 more night at a different CP property booked on a Bonus Points package I’ll get 3 more (for 60,600 points), totaling 69,700 or 67% of possible points. If it wasn’t for the fact that I live in the Phoenix area and winter is our high season, I’d look for some cheap 1 night stays in 2 of the low end brands to get the extra “Discover our Brands” 28,800 points. As it stands, it would cost me $350-400 to get those 2 extra nights before the end of the promotion, which wouldn’t make sense (I’d be spending about 1 cent per earned point after the stay points are also included).

    My situation is now complicated in that I just got an email for a “Book a stay through our app” promotion that also runs through 4/30 (requires registration, just like Accelerate; bonus awarded for up to 1 stay). I get 3,000 bonus points if I book a stay through the app and an additional 2,000 points if I book a Bonus Point package rate. Given the scenario above where I need 1 night at a CP property booked in a Bonus Point package rate to get the extra 3 offers in the Accelerate promotion, if I can double dip from both promotions, that would get me an easy extra 5,000 points. Does IHG allow such double-dipping? I’ve never tried registering for 2 IHG promotions at the same time so I don’t know if it’s even possible. I don’t want to risk registering for the “Book through our App” promotion for 5,000 points if it means risking being kicked off the Accelerate promotion where I stand to gain 60,600 points.

    Does anyone know if I can double dip that way?

  28. Mine was pretty good this time. Although they have cheated me in the past. I got everything except refer and friend and big city. I did actually stay in New York City but was later told that it wasn’t a participating hotel. Still earned 217,300 points. Not too bad even though I believe they still owe me around 50,000 points for q4 2017.

    Complete all of your Accelerate offers and earn 225,900 total bonus points.

    2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points

    26,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Stay 13 nights and earn 26,000 bonus points.

    26,000 Stay More, Earn Even More
    Get an additional 26,000 bonus points after night 26.

    38,400 Stay at Holiday Inn Express®
    Stay at 13 Holiday Inn Express® hotel(s) and earn 38,400 bonus points.

    6,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
    Stay with us for the weekend and earn 6,000 bonus points. A Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night stay required.

    2,400 Stay for Less and Earn
    Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 2,400 bonus points. Points & Cash allows you to book Reward Nights with fewer points.

    2,400 Stay for Less and Earn
    Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 2,400 bonus points. Points & Cash allows you to book Reward Nights with fewer points.

    4,000 Stay a Little Longer
    Earn 4,000 bonus points when you book a single stay of 4 or more consecutive nights.

    3,600 Big City Bonus
    Stay in 1 of 6 major markets: New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Orlando or San Francisco and earn 3,600 bonus points.

    108,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 7 of the 8 offers and earn (an additional) 108,000 bonus points.

    500 Registration Bonus
    Register for Accelerate and earn 500 bonus points.

    5,000 Refer a Friend and Earn
    Refer a friend to enroll into IHG Rewards Club, and receive 5,000 bonus points. The referred member must complete their first stay by April 30th.

    4,000 January Bonus Offer
    Stay once in January and get 4,000 bonus points.

  29. Mine was pretty easy. Got my bonus of 40,000(how did you manage to get a bonus of 6xxxx!)
    Stay once (1500 points)
    Stay 7 nights (10,500 points)
    Book twice using the app (2200 points)
    Stay twice over the weekend (5,600)
    Stay once in any APAC hotels (not greater china) (8,000)
    Achieved 4/5 bonus (12,200)

    Went to South Korea for the Winter Olympics, stayed in HIE euljiro for 7 days, (went on a trip in between during the weekdays in order to make it for the weekend mission).
    Avaging usd$75 per night.not bad!

  30. 2018 Q1 – Earn 180,000 total bonus points when you complete your offers.
    (I earned 171,900 so far and have asked about receiving points for the “hidden” categories.)
    I have stayed at IHG properties 5 days per week, every week, for the past 24+ months.
    During the quarter I booked a weekend stay but used points+cash, so received the points+cash bonus, but not the weekend stay bonus because it wasn’t at a qualifying rate.

    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.

    38,000 – Stay More, Earn More – Stay 19 nights and earn 38,000 bonus points

    38,000 – Stay More, Earn Even More – Get an additional 38,000 bonus points after night 38

    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.

    2,400 – Stay for Less and Earn – Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 2,400 bonus points. Points & Cash allows you to book Reward Nights with fewer 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 bonus points

    86,000 – Your Achievement Bonus – Complete 5 of the 6 offers and earn (an additional) 86,000 bonus points

    5,000 – Refer a Friend and Earn – Refer a friend to enroll into IHG Rewards Club, and receive 5,000 bonus points. The referred member must complete their first stay by April 30th

    4,000 – January Bonus Offer – Stay once in January and get 4,000 bonus points

    (Hidden – Only seen when printing the page – I have an email in to IHG Rewards asking about the additional points since I should have qualified.)

    2,000 – Final Week Bonus – Stay during the final week of Accelerate, April 22 – April 30, and get 2,000 bonus points

    4,000 – February Bonus Offer – Stay once in February and get 4,000 bonus points.

    4,000 – March Bonus Offer – Stay once in March and get 4,000 bonus points before it’s gone.

    4,000 – April Bonus Offer – Stay once in April and get 4,000 bonus points.

  31. I can only earn 4000 points this quarter although I’m staying at 2 Holiday Inns for a total of 13 nights during 2q/18. My “customized” Accelerate offer is puny and insulting. There is an inverse correlation to the degree of loyalty and the amount of reward with IHG.

  32. Update from my post on March 6th: as PV said, I was able to double dip between the Accelerate and the “Book with the app” promos. I booked the extra night I needed at a CP using a bonus points package using the app, and got an extra 5,000 points for that. So I ended up with 74,700 promo points for this quarter. If it wasn’t for the devaluation of the free night that comes with the IHG Chase CC, I’d be a very happy camper. As it stands, I’m a mildly happy camper!
    #firstworldproblems

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