Bits: Your new IHG Accelerate target, Miles & More / Economist deal, Accor / Priority Pass deal

News in brief:

IHG adds a new Accelerate target for everyone

IHG Rewards Club’s Accelerate is, for most people, the most generous hotel promotion running at the moment.

Here are the headline details of the promo:

IHG Accelerate (Version 6) covers stays from 15th May to 31st August

All hotels are participating

Your bonus is personalised – you need to log in here to discover yours

This was my target for 48,900 points maximum, comprising:

  • 5,000 points for a stay before 30th June
  • 2,500 points on my next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 5,600 points for staying two weekends (Fri / Sat or Sat / Sun)
  • 11,200 points for staying in IHG hotels in two different countries outside the UK
  • 3,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 11,000 points for completing four of the five targets above, excluding the June bonus

….. and, whilst I don’t have much IHG activity this quarter, some of it will be achievable.

IHG has added a new target over the last 48 hours.  You will very likely have an extra target called ‘1,500 points (some have 2,000 points) for a stay in August’.

This is a good extra boost if you can squeeze in a stay, and it may make it more worthwhile to do a mattress run to hit any missing Accelerate targets.

However, this extra bonus does NOT form part of the ‘x,000 points for completing four of the five targets above’ bonus so it doesn’t make that target any easier to achieve.


Good Miles & More / Economist offer

On Friday I mentioned some good offers for subscribing to The Economist.   It looks like the Iberia one should not still have been running, as it had been pulled from The Economist website by 9am!

What IS still running is this deal for 11,400 Miles & More miles with a £179 one year subscription.

Lufthansa miles are harder to pick up in the UK than Avios, and if redeemed for Lufthansa First Class (see my reviews this week) can be very valuable.  If you have a Miles & More balance you should have a think about this deal, especially if you’re self employed and can write off the cost.

Priority Pass

And an Accor / Priority Pass deal

Le Club AccorHotels has launched an offer with Priority Pass if you buy one of their lounge access passes.

Via this link, an Accor Platinum member receives a 15% discount and between 750 and 2,250 Accor points.  If you are Classic, Silver or Gold in the Accor programme, just change the URL after clicking through by replacing ‘Platinum’ – but the deal is worse.

This isn’t as cheap as the current Priority Pass 10% – 25% off deal (click) to celebrate its 25th anniversary but, when you factor in the value of the Accor points, it is marginally better.

(You can convert 2,000 Accor points into a €40 hotel discount voucher or transfer them into 2,000 Avios in Iberia Plus, which you can then move across to BA.)

It should – not guaranteed, but should – also count as activity on your Accor account and reset the expiry date of your account.

If you don’t already collect Accor points, however, I would just take the lower upfront cash price via the 25th anniversary discount here.   Thanks to Steven for this.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

My review of Lufthansa First Class from Frankfurt to New York (Part 2)
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  1. Ot – DO IBeria Express flights usually have an “IB” flight code – reason I ask, will they satisfacy the BAEC in terms of my 4 eligible flights, thinking of BHX-MAD?

    • It should qualify if it is booked with an IB flight code. Sometimes, there is no I2 code at all.

    • My Iberia Express booked via IB website with an IB code counted for me last year. Don’t know about I2 codes.

  2. I hit all my accelerate targets, and just got an email offering g me an extra 5000 points for 3 nights by the end of August. Don’t think I’ll manage it as I have no more IHG stays planned and not going to be anywhere cheap enough for a mattress run.

  3. May you please suggest how good/bad is it (considering I’ve no plan to travel and based in London) Is it worth exercising it ?

    500 Download the IHG® App
    2,000 – When you stay 3 night(s) and earn 2,000 bonus points.
    2,000 – Stay 2 time(s) using our member exclusive discount, Your Rate.
    2,000 – Stay at 3 brands and get 2,000 bonus points.
    23,500 – Complete 4 of the 4 offers

    • Genghis says:

      So essentially 5 nights for 30k bonus points = £120 or £24/night. Not exactly mattress run territory

    • Alex W says:

      Total 32000 points for 3 nights? Pretty good, I’d say.

      • JamesB says:

        Putting some very contrasting perspectives on this that confirns your point Alex…a night HIX Inverness costs 30000 points and typically sells well over £100/night, CP Copenhagen costs 25000 points/night and I guess typically sells over £200/night, and CP Zurich 30000 points/night and could cost over £300/night so certainly worthwhile doing 3x£40-50/night stays depending on potential use of points. Even better if they are worthwhile and not just mattress runs.

        • Genghis says:

          Or just buy / earn the points via cc etc

          Good luck finding 3 different branded stays for £40 / night

          • JamesB says:

            A weekend in Aberdeen would do it for under £135 :) But this is why I added the ‘worthwhile’ caveat. Personally, I’m not a great fan of the mattress run concept because it doesn’t take to much imagination to find something interesting to do everyplace. For example, whilst at the Hampton Newport last week we much enjoyed exploring the wetlands just south of the hotel and the roman remains around Caerleon. We never knew either existed before arriving at the hotel. The only true mattress runs I ever did were whilst staying in Bangkok when my partner and I both exploited the accor 10000 points for 3 x 1 night stays in the earky dats if thise promos. Agree there are easier and cheaper ways to get 30000 IHG points but if it can be done cheaply on three worthwhile hotel stays then why not,

  4. JamesB says:

    OT: Excellent nectar 31 month 0% purchase card deal from Sainsbury’s Bank via MSE link
    10000 nectar points for 10 x £35 spend in-store in first 2 months. Worth £50 but up to £100 on special offers.
    Link card to curve for £200 ATM withdrawal per month and save in 5% regular saver = £66 interest per year or £165 over 30 months before withdrawing savings to pay down card.
    If Sainsbury’s ATM used will it process like Sainsbury payment? If so a further 2+1 x 200 x 12 = 7200 nectar points per year =£36 or up to £72 with offers, or £90-180 over 30 months.

  5. Michael Jennings says:

    I logged in to the IHG website to make a booking on Sunday night, and noticed the extra points offer for a night in August. Sadly, the night I was booking for was July 30-31, so I wasn’t eligible, but that made me wonder what happens if you book for a night that spans the start or end of the month. If I had booked for July31-August 1, would I have got the points? Is it the night you check-in, the night you check out, or do you need both to be in August. Does anyone know?

    • Genghis says:

      A stay 31 July – 1 Aug wouldn’t count for Aug bonus but 31 Aug -1 Sep would

    • pommy ray says:

      oh dear that is unlucky.
      I have not seen this latest offer yet, not sure where it appears.
      I have 2 bookings in August so maybe they don’t give the latest boost as I have already booked the 2 stays?

      they were booked under MasterCard up to 30% off rate so I hope that still counts as

      2,000 – Stay 2 time(s) using our member exclusive discount, Your Rate. !!!

  6. Sandra says:

    Stayed at HI for 2 nights (Fri & Sat) in June, booked after 15th May but they won’t credit the stay to the Accelerate 2 night weekend bonus stay saying that as the 2 nights were booked under 2 separate reservations they don’t count as a W/E stay (originally only intended staying 1 night but plans changed and since I couldn’t amend the original I had to book another night separately). Reading the T&Cs they say ‘consecutive nights at the same hotel are regarded as a stay regardless of frequency of check-in/out’ but customer service say they have to be booked under the same reservation number which seems to contradict this. I have contacted IHG twice and quoted the T & Cs but they won’t budge. Anyone had any issues like this/have any suggestions? The W/E stay will get me the completion bonus for the latest Accelerate which is why I’m keen to get the stay credited!