I wrote a long article on the second, Spring 2016, version of the Accelerate promotion from IHG Rewards Club just before Christmas. If you got lucky with the offer they targetted you for, it is likely to be the most generous hotel offer you should pursue this Spring. My own personal target would get me almost £200-worth of IHG Rewards Club points for staying just two nights.
For some people, though, Accelerate might not work out. Perhaps you will only have one or two IHG (Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc) stays during the period, which may not be enough to trigger your 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 30th April.
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 necessarily great:
- Earn 500 Avios per qualifying stay at participating InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, located outside of the USA, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean (bad deal)
- 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 (could be attractive)
- Earn 1 Avios per $1 spent at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites & Staybridge Suites (bad deal)
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? 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.)