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Time to make final plans to hit your IHG ‘Accelerate’ targets

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You can earn up to triple IHG Rewards base points with IHG’s new Autumn promotion. It runs from 1st October to 31st December 2021. You can register here and our full article on the offer is here.

If you are working towards your IHG Accelerate target – and this is probably the most generous hotel promotion you will see this quarteryou have only three weeks left to complete all of your tasks.

As the cheaper Advance Purchase rates tend to disappear about a week before the stay date, you should be planning any final stays now, especially if you are going to end up doing a ‘mattress run’ and booking a room where you don’t stay, only check in.

You can check your progress towards your targets here.

How did we do?

My wife has successfully completed 4 of her 5 tasks and earned 43,200 points.

She could still earn an extra 10,000 points by doing another three nights before the end of April but that is highly unlikely.

The two stays were both ‘necessary’ and so the points were genuinely free.

I am in a trickier position.

I have currently earned 12,600 of a possible 58,200 points.

However, I should have earned another 35,600.  IHG is not accepting that a particular stay was booked via the IHG app, which is a condition I need to trigger to receive the remaining points.  I cannot prove it either way – the confirmation email I got from IHG does not show how I booked.

The issue now is whether I should do a mattress run – as I don’t need a hotel room before the end of the month – to guarantee unlocking the 35,600 points.  As they are worth around £150 it makes economic sense to spend £50 on a room, except for the fact that I believe IHG owes me the points anyway.

Here are some tips to help you hit specific targets:.

IHG has launched a targetted bonus for buying IHG Rewards Club points

Until 15th April, IHG Rewards Club is offering a bonus of up to 75% if you buy points.

Both my wife and I have an Accelerate target which is ‘buy some IHG points’.  If you got that too, now is your best chance to do it as you will receive a 30% bonus on a 1,000 point purchase.

To see if you are targetted for a bonus, visit the IHG ‘buy points’ page here.  You will initially see the normal pricing but the special offer will appear once you are logged in, if you qualify.

‘Earn When You Redeem’ – option 1

Many people have a challenge which involves making a points redemption.

This triggers on making the booking and NOT on completing the stay, it seems.  If you have this challenge, make a hotel booking for a few months down the line – beyond the 30th April promo closing date for safety.  You can always cancel later.

‘Earn When You Redeem’ – option 2

Alternatively, there are some digital downloads available in the IHG rewards catalogue.  The  Language Translator Software is FREE.

A reader downloaded this and it triggered the ‘earn when you redeem’ bonus, albeit it took a month to show up on his Accelerate home page.  Easy!

Warnings when doing a booking for someone else via the app

If you need to make a booking via the IHG app to hit your target, but someone else will be checking in who is not the named person on the account, BE CAREFUL.

You cannot add a ‘second guest’ name via an app booking.  You need to book via the app and then amend the booking via ihg.com to add the 2nd name.

However, this is what happened when I did this on my wifes account:

My name replaced my wifes name as the first guest (this disqualifies her from getting points)

Bizarrely, my wifes name became the ‘company name’ attached to the booking

Her IHG Rewards Club number was wiped from the booking

Luckily, I spotted this at check-out at the hotel.  The property was happy to put her name back as lead guest and add back her IHG number.  The stay tracked OK as an app booking even though it had been modified online.

This is not an issue for desktop bookings because you can add the 2nd guests name (ie the name of the person checking in) during the booking process.  It is only an issue with app bookings.

I’d recommend taking a couple of minutes to visit this page, see how far down the line you are to hitting your targets and then deciding if it makes sense to pursue them or not.


IHG Rewards update – October 2021:

Get bonus points: You can earn up to triple IHG Rewards base points with IHG’s new Autumn promotion. It runs from 1st October to 31st December. You can register here and our full article on the offer is here.

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.

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 (90)

  • Kim says:

    Does anyone know what the Accelarate reward is for new members this month? Is it still stay 2 nights and get 2 free which is what my husband had before Xmas.

    • Kim says:

      That should have read stay 4 nights get 2 free! Slightly optimistic of me 🙂

  • Chris says:

    I’ve completed all of my offers except one. Stay thirteen nights and earn 26k.

    Following checkout today I’m at ten nights and have another three booked before the end of the month, however one of them is the Hotel Indigo Glasgow 5th birthday offer for £55 a night. Historically bargain rates such as this at this hotel have always given me full nights and stay credit including rates as low as £20.12!

    Tempted to do a quick MR just to be on the safe side as it would be just my luck that this is the one time it doesn’t post as qualifying. I can get a local HIX a week on Sunday for £43 so will probably do that.

    • Kim says:

      When you booked the Glasgow stay did it show the points you would earn? I’m under the impression that if the rate you book awards points then it will count for Accelerate. I’ve been given my full 50000 and I booked all my stays via the 30% off MasterCard rate.

      • Chris says:

        Had to be booked on the phone (which has happened before with these offers).

        It is in my forthcoming reservations in my IHG account but it says it can’t be viewed online.

        Historically they have counted and this one probably will as well. I’ve never needed it to unlock 26k in points before though.

  • Henk says:

    My Easter stays have also tracked, and I achieved the bonus today for a total of 58k points – in total 4 stays and 6 nights, including 4 stays in 4 different countries.

    My wife’s stays haven’t tracked yet, but to be fair they were after mine. Hopefully they track over the next couple of days.

  • John says:

    At the top of the accelerate page it claims I have 99 days left!

  • Danksy says:

    My wife and I are both spire elite, but following my miscalculated bookings we were both 1 stay away from our stay 5 nights challenge, plus I had the additional challenge to stay at 3 brands.

    I thought we had achieved the challenge, but looking back I realised I had made a mistake on two earlier bookings meaning that we had an overlapping night (one person booking two rooms for the same period of time) which rendered my carefully laid plans meaningless.

    So a lesson to be learned for all

    For the measly price of £35.00 each we bagged a room at the Holiday Inn Express at Cardiff Airport; it was realistically the most viable prospect for us achieving the targets since our other stays in April were already committed and unchangeable!

    Luckily Cardiff for me isn’t too far so I arrived and checked myself into one room and the wife into her room (they were confused why she wasn’t with me!). I then went to the bar and grabbed my and my wife’s free drinks and snack using the IHG vouchers. After taking two large glasses of merlot and two packets of dry roasted nuts back to the room I set about ruffling the bed, running the shower and making a coffee to make the rooms look lived in. Within 10 minutes I had decanted the wine into leakproof containers and was setting off for home, safe in the knowledge I’d achieved our accelerate bonus targets.

    So for £35.00 I received 10,000 for the 5 night challenge, 5,000 for the 3 brand challenge, plus 22,700 bonus points!
    For her £35.00 the wife got wife got 5,000 for the 5 night challenge and a huge 32,000 bonus.

    For value for money I think that takes some beating!

    Just a word of caution on the APP – I have had problems with the app tracking as being used for some of my bookings (I have a 30% success rate!)

    Slightly O/T – I picked up 10,000 rewards points as a goodwill gesture since I’ve stayed at Intercontinentals 3 times since I applied for ambassador on 2nd Jan and still haven’t had my pack – which has meant I haven’t been able to use my AMB free night voucher!

    • Leo says:

      The Ambassador team arranged for the hotel to not require the certificate and posted the 5000 points I would have got through my letter code. When exactly are you expecting your pack? I’ve given up on mine.

      • Danksy says:

        They said that the printed materials had to be updated for Spire Elite members who were also Ambassadors (Spire Amabassador) and therefore it had been delayed. I’ve been promised it within 7 weeks.

        • Leo says:

          What a rubbish excuse! I’ve been Spire since it started. Can’t see what you get apart from an elevated few points earned on stays. Best thing I got out of Spire was Hilton Diamond! They actually told me I’d been sent my pack. I have emailed again but no response. They are shockingly bad.

      • Pid says:

        Same here that they arranged for the hotel not to require the certificate. However apparently they will post it direc to them. Not recieved the 5k voucher though. But did get 20k for complaining so overall not too bad.

  • Robert says:

    ‘Earn When You Redeem’ – option 2 – I spent 350 points on an MP3 to earn 1000 point bonus. Seemed like a good deal, but not as good as the free app!

    • Danksy says:

      Beware – I tried a few of the free redemptions and nothing tracked until I redeemed for an MP3.

  • Craig Vassie says:

    Can I suggest that:
    1. If stays booked via the App haven’t credited to Accelerate then complain.
    2. If like me you’re missing the 2015 Ambassador pack then again complain. i’ve asked for free membership next year because of the “no free weekend voucher” farce.
    If enough of us complain then they might actually wake up?
    Cheers to all

    • Danksy says:

      I asked for a free year and got 10k points… I’ll see what happens if my pack hasn’t turned up in 7 weeks!

    • Leo says:

      I think the AMB team have abandoned ship…

  • BlueHorizonUK says:

    Slightly OT but If I want to transfer points from my Virgin account to my wife IHG Account, would this be ok?

    • Rob says:

      Technically no, but if they only do surname match then it would go through ….

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