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Potentially very good IHG Accelerate promo – especially for new members

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IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc loyalty scheme, has launched its new Autumn promotion – IHG Accelerate.

Unlike the fairly lacklustre offerings from Hilton HHonors and Marriott Rewards which I wrote about here and here last week, the IHG one does offer genuine value.  At least, it does for me!  Your own personal target may differ.

In addition, it offers a VERY good deal for new members of IHG Rewards Club should you or your travelling partner not already be a member.

Accelerate

Here are the headline details:

IHG Accelerate covers stays from September 1st to December 31st

All hotels are participating

Your bonus is personalised – you need to log in here to discover yours – but will be worth at least 50,000 IHG Rewards Club points (which I value at £250)

This was my target for 87,800 points maximum, comprising:

  • 5,000 points on my next stay
  • 7,200 points for completing four nights
  • 19,200 points for staying at two different brands
  • 9,600 points for staying at two Holiday Inn hotels
  • 4,800 points for booking two stays with the IHG app
  • 15,000 points for spending two consecutive weekend nights at an InterContinental
  • 27,000 points for hitting five of the above targets

I consider this very, very do-able – probably with stays I need to do anyway.  That would be (87,800 points x my £5 per 1000 valuation) £440 of free future stays.

My wife got this for 50,000 points maximum, comprising:

  • 5,000 points on my next stay
  • 6,800 points for completing five nights
  • 2,000 points for booking a Bonus Points package
  • 500 points for spending $50 on food and drink whilst at a hotel
  • 4,800 points for booking two stays with the IHG app
  • 2,000 points for applying for the IHG Premium Visa
  • 33,700 points for hitting five of the above targets

I don’t like this.  She had the Visa but cancelled it this year, and even if she got it again it would represent a £99 investment due to the fee, admittedly offset by the sign-up bonus.  Having to run up food and drink spend in a hotel and book a Bonus Points package both require spending which may not otherwise be needed.

That said, if I can steer her into doing one IHG stay for work then it would be an easy 5,000 points for hitting the first of her targets.

Not already an IHG Rewards Club member?  You’re in luck.

If you are not already an IHG Rewards Club member, you will receive a special offer when you sign up via the link on this page.

One free night voucher for completing two paid stays (any brand, any length)

A second free night voucher for completing four paid stays (any brand, any length)

This could work out very nicely.  The free night vouchers are valid wherever a standard reward night is shown as available.

You could make a substantial saving by doing four stays at a very cheap Holiday Inn Express – perhaps booking and checking in (but not necessarily staying) for the dead days around Christmas – and then using your two free nights at a £250+ per night InterContinental in New York, Paris, Hong Kong, London etc next year.

Before you get any ideas, I should stress that IHG is very good at picking up duplicate accounts.  They appear to cross reference lots of data, including the credit card used to pay for stays.  However, if your travelling partner is not an IHG Rewards Club member then this would be a good chance to sign them up.

Conclusion

As long as your target is sensible, this is probably the most generous hotel promotion you are likely to see this Autumn.  (There is an Accor promotion coming down the line which may be better if your IHG target is unreasonable.)

Log in to the Accelerate website here and see what your target is!


IHG Rewards Club update – November 2020:

Get bonus points: IHG’s current promotion is ‘2x’, which runs until 15th December 2020. You can learn more in our article here. You can register here using promo code 44480.

New to IHG Rewards Club?  Read our two-part overview of IHG Rewards Club here and here and our article on expiry rules here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards Club points, you can buy them here.

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

Comments (192)

  • mark says:

    I wonder if the VISA 30% off rate that was posted a couple of days ago is a valid qualifying stay for this promotion

  • Stuart says:

    Is there any way to combine points from a partners account?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, you can pay. $5 per 1,000. Not a terrible deal if someone has a very small balance they will never use and you pay the fee for them.

  • flibbly says:

    One of mine is 500pts for downloading and signing in to the IHG app. I just downloaded it, but before I logged in I checked the T&Cs for the offer and it seems my first login has to be after 1st September. Be careful of this one folks…

  • General Mayhem says:

    Hi Rob

    Quite new to IHG. One of the offers I have is 5000points for a stay in September – I have an existing booking at an IHG hotel in September. My question is does this apply to existing bookings or only to new bookings?

    • Tom says:

      Existing bookings have always counted for previous promotions. You should be fine.

  • Brendan says:

    I’ve been a member for a couple of years although never actually credited any stays and my offer is terrible. 58k points for 18 nights needed including one in September.

    • Leo says:

      Count yourself lucky I need 21 nights. ALL stays nothing easy.

      • LM says:

        I’m the same situation. Got a free card, and spent a little on it and need 21 stays to get 58k points. Not going to go for that.

    • Simon says:

      My wife and I are both in the same position as you re membership and got exactly the same offer. Abysmal.

    • Dom says:

      I got the same. Probably just work to the 3 nights.

  • joe says:

    Try
    37 Nights for 42K….
    3 Countries for 17K
    Sign Up for card 2k
    Stay 1 night 5K
    Redeem for 1 K
    Do 4 out of 5 for 13K..
    I will stay one night, then complain its not for the most loyal members and stay at other hotels

  • JQ says:

    I haven’t paid for a stay at IHG since 2013, when I paid for 5 nights and netted so many points which I’m still working through. (I did buy 60000 points for £99 by getting the credit card.) Of course I don’t waste 50000 points on ICs which I’ll spend less than 10 hours in, and I can get breakfast at a local cafe.

  • Phil says:

    Corporate Account Bonus
    Stay 13 time(s) using your negotiated rate and earn 25,800 bonus points.

    Never had a corporate account or rate.

    • Rob says:

      A lot of comments on Flyertalk saying the same thing.

    • Nick Burch says:

      I have something very similar. I emailed IHG customer services last night, and got a slightly garbled message back saying I needed to ring up to book at my negotiated rate. Emailed back to say “but I don’t have one”, and got an almost identical reply… 🙁