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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 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)

  • Funtime says:

    Just done my first mattress run at East Midlands airport to complete my tasks. 42000 points in the bag. Just finishing my pint of Stella before I leave, lol

  • Kiran says:

    Frustratingly just short due to some difficult tasks (stay in 2 foreign countries, spend $370 on food/drink). As I’m based in the US for the first half of the year, I’ve got one foreign country, but the $370 on food/drink isn’t going to happen. Perhaps if the promo is extended for a few months I can get in a roadtrip to Canada…
    All of my App bookings have tracked. One strategy I have (inadvertently) used for number of app bookings is to book one trip as several bookings – so far caused by separating a trip into work/leisure bookings and wanting to extend a stay.

  • Kim says:

    Slightly OT ….last year IHG ran two half price redemptions on the affiliated Las Vegas hotels…does anyone have any thoughts on the likelihood of them running this again soon?

  • Chris says:

    Has anyone else had a notification about a 72 hour flash summer sale – only available on the app?

    And if so, can anyone actually get it to work? The ‘book now’ button just leads to a dead url on my app.

    • Rob says:

      I think the sale opens to everyone in a couple of days so don’t worry about it.

  • Joe says:

    So its until July?
    Will complete mine by end of April for 129K
    Book 2 stays Via App..Done3.2K
    Stay W/E Done 6K
    Stay 4 nights Done 6K
    Stay 26 nights 22 Done, 4 booked before 19th April 52K
    Stay 3 Different Countries..2 Done Have Vietnam and Korea booked This week. 24K
    Stay Jan 5K
    Do all 32K

    Never though it was possible, but had some luck with work in Asia longer stays.
    Cant wait to see what target next time, Before I have had Stay 60 Nights, 5 brands and 4 countries. Only every 3rd promotion seems good for me, after making this they will screw me

  • North says:

    I have one target which is to stay 2 weekend nights. I have a stay at the O2 IC which is using the Ambassador voucher on a Saturday and Sunday night. Should that count as my 2 weekend nights? Think it should post as 2 qualifying nights?

  • Sean says:

    Just a quick one on the App bookings. I have to make two. I have done one using an iPhone. How long does it take to show up on the dashboard or do you have to complete the stay first?

    • TimS says:

      You need to complete the stay, or else you could simply wait for it to track & then cancel the booking and keep the Accelerate points!

      • Sean says:

        OK – an element of risk then. My booking was at the end of the month so I’ll have to wait and see!

    • AndyS says:

      stays usually track about a week afterwards. cash and point stay (for that particular task only as they don’t count as stays otherwise) take 8 weeks to track, I was badgering the helpline after 4 until they told me it was 8. I’ve only just seen stays from feb and march count for accelerate purposes.

  • AndyS says:

    Regarding Accelerate ending, this *IS* still the end of April – I’m seeing “23 days” remaining now when I “track my progress” (but I did see 99 this morning).

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