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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.


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.


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 update – August 2021:

Get bonus points: The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG Rewards points worth?’ is here.

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

There is a 75% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points by 13th August.

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 Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (192)

  • AA says:

    Do bookings made before this offer started count towards these goals?

  • Helen says:

    My offer is 5k for a night in September,5k for 1 night, 6.8k for 5 nights, and then 3k for each additional 3 nights up to 17 nights, with 30k for then hitting 20 nights.

    This promotion runs for 122 nights, so to qualify for the full bonus I’d need to stay 1 night in every 6 for the entire period. There is nothing with my history with IHG (or anyone else for that matter) to suggest that I do anything like that level of travel. 3k for 3 nights is nowhere near enough incentive to book additional nights. I’ve a reward stay coming up in September that I would have happily converted to a paid stay if it was worth it, but is isn’t. At least I’ll get 5k for a stay in December.

    Frankly, if I’d logged in and found a GIF of someone blowing a raspberry and making hand gestures at me it would have had much the same effect!

  • Johnnie says:

    Sorry for the daft question this seems too good to be true: Signed up and via the website & have just booked 2 separate nights in Glasgow in December for £34 each night (inc breakfast)

    Turn up, check in, go home, walk into town for a cheeky breakfast (probably worth £8 per person) and check out.


    …………….Then get an IHG hotel anywhere at any price?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, that is how it works!

      • Kathy says:

        But you don’t have to go back to check-out, do you, as long as you’ve checked in and then returned your keycard?

        I’m thinking about this again. With the Mastercard rate I’ve found 4 sunday nights for £51.20 each at my local HIX, so that would mean paying £204.80 for 2 nights in a nice hotel in New York. I’m wondering if I could book Virgin M class economy return flights for around £450, upgrade the return leg to Upper Class using miles, pay approx £200 towards the flight with a Virgin voucher, get the Hilton credit card for 1 free night, and transfer my Amex points to Hilton for a redemption night. I’m not sure how much extra tax you pay for an upgrade from economy to Upper Class, though.

        Hopefully it would work out costing me under £600 cash, depending on how much the extra tax would be.

        • Rob says:

          No, just leave the key in the room. If you want to be sure, ring the hotel and say you had to dash out quickly. With a HIX you would pre-pay at check-in anyway even on a flexible rate.

  • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    Can anyone top this?
    3,800 Eat, Drink and Earn
    Spend $260 on food or beverages at IHG® hotels and earn 3,800 bonus points.

  • Johnnie says:

    Thanks for the reply. Not quite a buy a Hoover free flights to NYC offer but seems a very generous offer none the less.

  • emad says:

    Signed my wife in and she has this offer: Stay Twice Get Free Night Offer
    Stay twice and get a Free Night.
    Stay twice more and get an additional Free Night

    There are no information as to which hotels we need to book? IS it possible to stay in Holiday Inn and redeem in Intercontinental?!! That would be awesome !

    • Rob says:

      Yes, that is how it works! Note that the stays must be separate and NOT back-to-back at the same hotel. Apart from that, you’re sorted.

  • Kevin says:

    May I know whether we will able to get room upgrade, early check in/late check out if the room is booked by my wife (new member), while my status is Spire Elite.

    We are trying to benefit the special offer of being new member.

  • Pid says:

    5000 stay once
    6800 stay 5 nights
    1500 room hooked and paid on IHG visa
    36700 complete 3 of the 4 offers (although there are only 3!)

    50000 total for 5 nights

    Not too bad compared to some above!

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