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IHG UK flash sale underway – rooms from £39, guaranteed to count for Accelerate promotion

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IHG (Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc) launched its 72-hour Winter flash sale yesterday.

You can book via the special flash sale page here.

You need to book by 9am (note, am) on Sunday 8th November.

You can book for stays between 1st December and 29th February 2016.

The deals

At first glance, the prices are certainly not as generous as we have seen in recent Winter sales.  Anyone expecting rooms in Central London for £20.12 again will be disappointed.  Even Crowne Plaza The City, which I got for £49 last time, is at £89.

There is nothing in Central London at £39.  At £49, the new Indigo in Newcastle caught my eye.  Crowne Plaza Ealing and the Holiday Inn Express at Excel are the ‘best’ London options I think, although I’ve never visited the Holiday Inn Brent Cross.

At £69 your pickings improve – you’ll get the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum here, which is ugly but well located.  The Indigo in Glasgow is also £69.  To be honest, the best value is at the £89 level where you will get genuinely good hotels such as Crowne Plaza Kensington (reviewed here) and Crowne Plaza The City.

For an extra £10 you can add breakfast. This is worthwhile in most cases.

All nights are qualifying nights

Here is the good news – rooms booked in this sale are guaranteed to receive IHG Rewards Club points.  This means that they will also qualify for the Accelerate promotion currently running.

Annoyingly, the guarantee that the rooms will qualify for points does not appear  on the special booking page or in the terms and conditions.  It was flagged clearly in the promotional email sent out yesterday, however.  It is also logical given that you must be an IHG Rewards Club member to book these deals.

A great arbitrage here via Accelerate

There is an opportunity here to get yourself a great deal on a hotel stay in 2016.

If you have been a long-time member of IHG Rewards Club, you will have been given a personalised target for the Accelerate promotion this Autumn.  Only you will know whether it is worth booking a mattress run (booking a hotel, turning up to check in, ruffling the sheets and then immediately leaving) to hit your qualifying target.

This is my original article outlining Accelerate if you want to know more.

A great opportunity for new members

If you sign up for IHG Rewards Club from scratch and then register for Accelerate via this page, you will get a specific offer – complete four stays and receive two free nights at ANY IHG hotel during 2016. 

The only ‘catch’ is that the hotel must be showing standard reward availability for the nights you want but this is rarely an issue – IHG forces its hotels to make 5% of rooms available every night for redemption. 

With sale nights running at £39 in this sale, you would be paying £156 for four nights if there is a suitable hotel near you.  If you used your two free nights at a top InterContinental hotel in New York, London, Paris etc, you would be getting around £500 of free rooms.  That is an impressive deal.

For clarity, your four stays cannot be back-to-back stays at the same hotel – the hotel or IHG will merge them together when they post to your account and they will only count as one stay.

Personally, I am two nights short of my Accelerate target so I will be looking to book two cheap nights under this promotion.  I just need to weigh up the arbitrage between paying a higher price for a hotel near my house or travelling out of London to get a far cheaper rate …..

IHG One Rewards update – August 2022:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is offering bonus base points on all cash stays between 18th May and 31st August.  You earn double points on your 2nd to 5th nights, triple points on your 6th to 14th nights and quadruple base points from your 15th night. Our full article is here. Click here to register.

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

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards 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 Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (83)

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  • trickster says:

    Does anyone else have a target to “Book and pay for your next getaway at an IHG hotel using your IHG® Rewards Club Visa® card”, and can’t get it to trigger? I’ve done two stays now and one is over 3 weeks ago.

    • Danksy says:

      Yes – I had this, I have just fired off an email to them with screenshots of my B/C bill showing the amount and the reference number of the booking made! I tried tweeting them but to no avail!

      • skins says:

        I have just got the points for that target but it does take ages. I think the reason is that it can take up to a month for the credit card points to post in your IHG account, and then a further two to three weeks for IHG to register the accelerate target.

        • Trickster says:

          I assumed it would need to be after the credit card points post, but they’ve been in fur a couple of weeks now. I’ve emailed them.

    • Neil says:

      Mine took 2-3 weeks to appear

  • Liz says:

    Has anyone received their Spire card in the post – I ordered mine on 23/9 – would be nice to get – may never get it again!

    • jason says:

      my wife’s arrived yesterday been spire since launch

    • JQ says:

      Same here, the only way I’d ever get Spire again is if there was a promo where you get it after 5 nights or something…

      I’ve exclusively stayed in IHG since December 2013 – yet I haven’t paid for a stay since then either. I paid for 5 nights in Xmas 2013 which earned me so many points that I got a further 10 nights. Nearly ran out earlier this year but getting this IHG card and Supercard (for maxing out cash withdrawals) got me Spire plus another 8 free nights. When the points finally run out, I’ll still stay with IHG to maximise the Spire benefits until that expires.

      I don’t know if this was intentional by their marketing folks, but in the big scheme of things I’m nothing, only spent £300 + £99 card fee…

  • Lolmil116 says:

    Have had a look through here and other sites and seen conflicting answers. Will as a new member 4 cheap stays allow 2 nights free at any hotel in the world? Some think it’s uk only and from what I can see on the site it doesn’t say either way. Also is free night availability as simple as checking they have reward nights available? Thank you.

  • Brian says:

    Hi I have a query. I have the below Accelerate offer.

    I phoned the IHG Rewards call centre (in Philippines) and they advised I only needed to stay four separate nights and that covered all the targets below.

    Does that sound correct?


    Stay Once Get 1,000
    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 1,000 bonus points

    Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 4 night(s) and earn 8,000 bonus points.

    Change Your View®
    Stay at 2 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)—including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations®—and earn 8,000 bonus points

    Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of 4 offers and earn (an additional) 31,000 bonus points.

    • Brian says:

      Sounds correct – except where is the 4th offer??

      • Brian says:

        Hi thanks for the offer. Ah sorry I left off the 4th offer from the post as I wouldn’t be able to do it.

        The 4th offer was apply for the IHG credit card but I already have the Hilton card the new Barclaycard rules about only having one card means this one wouldn’t be achievable.

  • Boi says:

    how long does the accelerate promo take to update? we stayed on 31st oct, points posted but free nights didn’t. it still says “0 of 2 stays completed”. stayed 2 nights 2 different hotels.

  • Kipto says:

    I think it is shocking that IHG has not said what benefits if any Spire Elite status brings. What incentive is there to aspire to this level other than being thanked for your loyalty at reception upon checking in. and maybe getting an upgrade to a slightly better room.

  • Globetrotter7 says:

    I booked the CP Heathrow for £49, which is room only. But I’ve been told, during a phone conversation with the hotel, that as a Spire member I will get complimentary breakfast. Should I take this for gospel? Has any Spire member had such luck here before?

    • mark2 says:

      I got an upgrade but no breakfast, but that was in Canada. Probably depends on property

    • Kipto says:

      I stayed there in August on a room only basis. I am platinum elite and was offered free breakfast. Couldn’t accept as I had to leave the hotel early the next morning. The hotel is very nice.

      • Globetrotter7 says:

        Glad to hear that. The lady sounded adamant and sure of what she was saying. Must be customery for them to offer breakfast to their elite members then. Cheers

  • Andy says:

    I have inadvertently double booked for the night of 24th February 2016 during the Winter sale. If anyone is able to use this, HI Slough for £49 then please let me know.



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