I wrote a long article on the new Accelerate promotion from IHG Rewards Club a fortnight ago. If you got lucky with the offer they targetted you for, it is likely to be the most generous hotel offer this Autumn. My own personal target would get me £440-worth of IHG Rewards Club points for staying just four nights if I select the right brands.
If you are not already an IHG Rewards Club member then you get an even better deal because new members will be given a target of ‘do two stays, get a free night, do four stays, get two free nights’. You could do four stays at a cheap Holiday Inn Express and turn that into two nights at a very expensive InterContinental in Paris, New York, Sydney, London etc.
For some people, though, Accelerate might not work out. Perhaps you will only have one or two IHG (Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaze, InterContinental etc) stays during the period, which is unlikely to be enough to trigger a big Accelerate bonus.
If so, IHG has an alternative promotion for you.
‘Double Up‘ will earn you double airline miles on every stay you make between now and the end of the year.
(At least, I think it does. The wording is vague. The small print says “Double miles will be awarded on all Qualifying Stays after completing 1st Qualifying Stay” which could imply that you only get double miles from your 2nd stay. The main website says “we’re offering you double miles when you stay at an IHG hotel, starting with your next stay”.)
In order to get this offer, you need to register at this page and change your IHG Rewards Club profile to earn ‘miles’ instead of ‘points’.
I should warn you that the Avios points you earn if you take miles instead of IHG Rewards Club points are not great:
- Earn 500 Avios per qualifying stay at participating InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, located outside of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean
- Earn 2 Avios per $1 spent at InterContinental Hotels and Resorts located in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Latin America, Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts and Hotel Indigo
- Earn 1 Avios per $1 spent at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites & Staybridge Suites
These numbers are doubled during this promotion.
Most people will be better off with the main Accelerate promotion. For the rest of you, double miles will be better than nothing on a one-off IHG stay.
(Want to earn more hotel points? To see our complete list of promotions from the major chains, click here to visit our ‘Hotel Promos’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)