New IHG Accelerate Offer Is Live — Valid For Stays May 1 Through July 31, 2018

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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 revenue, 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 April 30, 2018. Now IHG has announced the details of their next Accelerate offer, valid for stays between May 1 and July 31, 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 43,500 bonus points after completing up to eight 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)
  • Travel With The IHG app — 9,600 bonus points (book two stays with the IHG app)
  • A Bonus Weekend Stay — 6,000 points (stay a Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night)
  • Spend on your IHG Rewards Club Credit Card — 1,500 bonus points (pay for one stay with an IHG credit card, including the brand new IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card)
  • Your Achievement Bonus — 10,900 bonus points (for completing four of the five 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)
  • May Bonus Offer — 2,000 bonus points (stay once in May)
  • Exclusive Brand Bonus — 1,500 bonus points (stay once at an InterContinental, Hotel Indigo, or EVEN)

This promotion has the potential to be lucrative, though it’s not as lucrative as some of the past Accelerate promotions I’ve been offered. For example, if I make a total of two stays, including one stay that’s two weekend nights, and one in May, and one at one of three brands, and one that’s paid with an IHG Card, I’d earn 33,500 bonus points. That’s not something that’s worth mattress running for, but if you’re going to stay at hotels anyway, it may be worth shifting around some stays. That’s a great incremental return, in my opinion.

The above doesn’t account for the points you’d usually earn, and the other great thing is that IHG has many reasonably priced hotels.

What does your spring 2018 IHG Accelerate offer look like, and do you plan on taking advantage of your offer?

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Comments

  1. I got over 53k points this time. Have to check if it’s feasable since one of them is to stay 11 nights. Any news when the next point breaks are coming?

  2. You’ve listed the details of the May bonus as – Stay once in January. Might cause some confusion

  3. I have to complement the IHG analysts on their ability to construct an offer that is very effective at hooking me in. Both the last Accelerate and this one are easy enough (I can run the table with five nights total) and just lucrative enough to cause me to favor IHG for my relatively low number of hotel stays.

  4. @LarryInNYC Agreed, they make it really easy for you to shift your stays to their brand while pushing just the right amount to have you stay maybe a bit more than planned!

  5. Actually, looking again, I can see I can get the 4 of 5 tasks completed with two stays of one night each, plus one redemption — that is, three nights.

  6. 12,000 points Explore with Confidence is not listed in your tasks board.
    I received same 43,500 points with same tasks, except no need for weekend stay for 6,000 points. My achievement bonus is 16,900 points.

    My offer looks good for easy 30,000 points on two hotel nights at any brand, anywhere. And an extra 10,000 points if I stay 5 nights by July 31.

  7. Sweet! 32,000 points if I stay at two Crowne Plazas, one in May and pay for one of them with my IHG card.

    Another 10,000 points for 3 more nights.

  8. 93,200 for a whole string of tasks I’m never going to finish. It’s the highest I’ve ever had.

  9. Why even bother to earn points with IHG in the first place? Their IT security is horrible. Any points balance held with them is definitely not safe.

  10. Huh…12k points for staying at 2 Holiday Inn properties…still not sure it’s worth stays for about 25k points total.

  11. Mine does not have the same requirements as yours but still 43,500 points haul:

    2,000 Happy Birthday Bonus – Your Birthday is around the corner! Celebrate with us and stay once at any IHG® by July 31 and get 2,000 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.
    3,200 Travel with the IHG® App – Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 3,200 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.
    1,000 Purchase Points Now and Stay Later – Earn 1,000 bonus points when you purchase IHG® Rewards Club points and get a Reward Night faster.
    22,300 Your Achievement Bonus – Complete 4 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 22,300 bonus points.
    2,000 May Bonus Offer – Stay once in May and get 2,000 bonus points.
    1,500 Exclusive Brand Bonus – Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel and earn 1,500 bonus points.

    Not sure buying points through the current offer on Daily Getaways will qualify for the 1K “Purchase Points Now” offer!

  12. The current Accelerate lasts until the end of April. I am not going to finish (need 15 nights, going to be 5 short). The current promotion states now through the end of July… So which promotion will my 2 nights this month count towards?

  13. @Kingston: Terms & Conditions say: Each Offer must be completed between 1 May 2018 and 31 July 2018 (both dates inclusive)

    @julie: Points or points & cash bookings do not count for any of the tasks that mention “paid stays”. Only fully-paid stays count. I have one task to get 1,000 points for redeeming at points, if I did that, the stay would not count towards the other tasks.

  14. Mine is 83,400 my biggest to date.

    I can earn 72,800 of those if I convert 2 of my hotel nights in Europe this June from reward stays to cash. I think that would cost me about $500 and I would get back the 80,000 points I spent on the hotels to begin with. Do you think its worth it?…I’m leaning towards yes.

  15. I kind of like mine. The problem is I don’t have much travel in the next few months. Just a week in Mexico where I don’t need a hotel.
    Oh well.

    About 59K Points for staying 3 nights at 3 different brands including a Kimpton and one night in May.

  16. Worst Accelerate ever!!!

    2,000: May Bonus Offer – Stay once in May and get 2,000 bonus points.

    1,500: Exclusive Brand Bonus – Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel and earn 1,500 bonus points.

    2,000: Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points

    5,000: Stay 4 Nights Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 4.

    3,000: Stay 3 more nights Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 7.

    3,000: Stay 3 more nights Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 10.

    3,000: Stay 3 more nights Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 13.

    3,000: Stay 3 more nights Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 16.

    15,000: Stay 3 more nights Get an additional 15,000 bonus points after night 19.

  17. I’ve completed 6 previous Accelerate promotions, primarily with business travel. I retired last week and figured I wouldn’t participate again (no more business trips). But my offer is the easiest I’ve had: one paid night and one award night for a 26,000-point bonus. There’s an additional 16,000-point bonus for 8 nights, which I won’t attempt. Nice retirement gift from IHG.

  18. The promos are January 1 through April 30th and ANOTHER ONE beginning May 1 through July 31, 2018. Two different promos with different dates. Last promo I could earn 38K points with 10 nights. This promo I can earn 42,800 with 5 nights. Just when I was wanting to swear off IHG.

  19. Probably will be the first Accelerate I won’t max for a while – just changed jobs to one where I don’t travel internationally and an admin who enforces the rules about spending on your corporate card. But I might have a weeklong stay that I’ll target for Hilton or IHG based on the promos. IHG if I can manage it.

    Question on the digital redemption – I’m about to get suckered into a bad value redemption for Starbucks or Amazon. Talk me in / out of it?

    2,000 Happy Anniversary Bonus
    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.

    12,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 6 night(s) and earn 12,000 bonus points.

    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.

    6,600 Earn More, Faster
    Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.

    8,000 Explore with Confidence
    Have 2 stays in any country in Europe, Greater China (China Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and earn 8,000 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.

    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.

    11,600 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 11,600 bonus points.

    2,000 May Bonus Offer
    Stay once in May and get 2,000 bonus points.

    1,500 Exclusive Brand Bonus
    Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel and earn 1,500 bonus points.

  20. Hey Ben, here’s what’s interesting. I had a couple of stays during the current promotion period in Taiwan and then a few back in the States. My next accelerate includes this challenge which I am unlikely to attain:
    12,000 Explore with Confidence
    Have 2 stays in any country in Europe, Greater China (China Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and earn 12,000 bonus points.
    Others all look fairly doable and given that i have multiple stays booked in June already I should grab most of these. I thought the Corporate Account bonus looked a tad strange. What do you and other readers think?

    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.

    BOOK NOW
    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.

    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.

    2,500 Corporate Account Bonus
    Stay 3 time(s) using your corporate rate and earn 2,500 bonus points. Stays booked through your corporate portal count towards the promotion.

    12,000 Explore with Confidence
    Have 2 stays in any country in Europe, Greater China (China Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and earn 12,000 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.

    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.

    11,500 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 11,500 bonus points.

    2,000 May Bonus Offer
    Stay once in May and get 2,000 bonus points.

    1,500 Exclusive Brand Bonus
    Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel and earn 1,500 bonus points.

    Cheers
    Canuck

  21. Paul… very similar to what I got. But worse, I get it every round! No idea what’s up with their programming.

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