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Double Avios or other miles if IHG’s Accelerate promotion does not inspire you

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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.

You can check your own Accelerate target by signing up here.

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.

You can register for double miles and find out more here.

IHG One Rewards update – June 2024:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is not currently running a global promotion.

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 (5)

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  • Chris says:


    Just signed up last week for IHG ( am newbie for hotels ).
    I find that I haven’t received any of the more sexy offers ( free nights ) in my accelerate plan.
    Any Tips ¿? …….

    Points Value Offer Description Status
    500 Download the IHG® App
    Earn 500 bonus points when you download and sign in to the IHG® App. You’ll get mobile-exclusive rates, access your virtual membership card & find more ways to go further, faster.

    2,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 3 night(s) and earn 2,000 bonus points.

    2,000 Book with IHG
    Book 2 stays directly through IHG and earn 2,000 bonus points. From our website, your mobile device or through our Central Booking Office, book with us for the best rate.

    2,000 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 2 number of brands and get 2,000 bonus points

    10,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 4 offers above and earn (an additional) 10,000 bonus points.

    15,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 4 offers above and earn (an additional) 15,000 bonus points (excluding the January Bonus Offer).

    • Jon says:

      You need a total of 3 nights in 2 different brands booked directly through ihg. If you have small kids, a night at the HIX Litchfield, a day at Thomasland, and 2 nights at the HI M6 J7 or J10 will do the job with change from £150

    • Irons80 says:

      That’s pretty good – 3 separate stays across 2 different brands will earn you 27,000 bonus points!

    • Leo says:

      I don’t know what you are moaning about – try mine (again).

    • Jonathan says:

      Can you combine both achievement bonuses?

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