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IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc loyalty scheme, has announced its Summer 2016 promotion – IHG Accelerate.  Yes, it is repeating the Autumn and Spring offer!

To be honest, IHG is the only major hotel chain offering a global promotion this Summer which offer genuine value.  Everyone has their own personal target but, for most of us, the challenge is pretty straightforward.

Here are the headline details:

IHG Accelerate (Version 3) covers stays from 1st June to 31st August

All hotels are participating

Your bonus is personalised – you need to log in here to discover yours 

This was my target for 55,000 points maximum, comprising:

  • 6,000 points on my next stay
  • 5,000 points for a stay in June
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 3,500 points for booking three stays via the IHG app
  • 6,400 points for booking 2 x 2-night weekend stays
  • 2,000 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 1,000 points for purchasing IHG Rewards Club points
  • 21,100 points for completing five of the six targets above, excluding the June bonus

This isn’t bad.  Let’s ignore the ‘two weekend stays of two nights’ one as I doubt I will do that.

I will receive 48,600 bonus points – plus the base points – for completing five nights, as long as those nights involve at least three stays (booked on the app) and one is for a Bonus Points Package.  This is worth – assuming 0.4p per point of value – £200 of free future stays.

I could earn 13,000 bonus points from just one stay, as long as it is in June and is a Bonus Points Package.  I will do my best to hit that if nothing else.

My wife got an even easier one for 55,000 points:

  • 5,000 points on her next stay
  • 5,000 points for a stay in June
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 4,800 points for booking two stays via the IHG app
  • 3,000 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 27,200 points for completing three of the four targets above excluding the June bonus

All she needs to do is book two one-night stays via the app as she can skip the ‘five nights’ one.  Job done, 45,000 points banked!  That is £180 of bonus points, plus base points, which should be possible fairly cheaply.

Note: if you have a target saying that you must spend $x on food and drink, be aware that this is EXCLUDING VAT.  Ensure you spend ‘x + 20%’ and then add on a bit more because IHG will probably use a duff exchange rate!


As long as your target is sensible, this is highly likely to be the most generous hotel promotion you are likely to see this Summer.

Log in to the Accelerate website here and see what your target is.

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 (142)

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  • blackberryaddict says:

    I got:
    3,000 Stay Once Get 3,000
    13,500 Stay More, Earn More 9 nights
    8,800 Saturday Stays Bonus (that’s THREE weekends though)
    22,400 Globetrotter Bonus – 4 countries ex UK
    2,000 Earn More, Faster book 1 Bonus Points Package
    18,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    5,000 June Bonus Offer

    Total of 72,700

    Looks pretty unachievable this time. I did make the four countries last time (in fact did 5 in the end because of an unexpected business trip), but not this time

    My wife just got an escalating stay x nights and earn y points – basically 30k points for 15 nights in total, plus the Stay in June offer. So unless we end up having a trhee night stay in June, we’ll skip this one too.

  • RTS says:

    Here is a question, if I booked 2 rooms to stay for 2 nights, does that count as a 4 night stay?1

  • Raz says:

    Hi Guys,

    I am assuming this is not the greatest offer as the 30k is up to right?

    Earn 36,000 total bonus points when you complete your offers.

    5,000 June Bonus Offer
    Stay once in June and get 5,000 bonus points

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

    30,000 Double Points
    Earn double points starting with your second stay

  • mtb says:

    Got the same offer as Rob’s wife. Potential 45,000 points for 2 nights. Any tips on a cost effective hotel book for a night on a bonus points package. Got 1 night sorted via app for £40.

  • Elena Nikolva says:

    My promotion for this summer requires me to stay 5out of 5 and 6 nights to earn 50K

    My husbands needs 3 stays only for 72K …

    I guess I will be going with his this time around.

  • Ant says:

    Stay once 5,000
    5 nights 10,000
    3 brands 20,800
    book 2 via app 3,200
    2 overseas stays 12,800
    Achievement bonus 5 out of 6 22,000
    stay in June 5,000

    Total 80,800
    should be achievable

    Can I book the mastercard rate via the app?
    And do the Venetian/Palazzo in Vegas count as valid stays?

  • Adrian says:

    Compared to some of the above mine looks super easy!

    5,000 for staying once.
    10,000 for staying 5 nights.
    3,000 for booking a points package.
    1,000 for points purchase
    31,000 for completing 3 of 4 above.
    5,000 for staying once in June.

    I’ve cancelled a reward night in June and replaced it with a points package night, buy 1000 points for $13.50, thank you IHG!

  • Boris says:

    Have to admit that I lose track of IHG.

    Does that come with Amex Plat?

    • 3CT says:

      Another shocker for the 2nd time in a row.

      The 30k double points one.

      Will stay once in.June for the 6k points but that will be it.

      Do have at least 8 nights booked in Accor Hotels for June in France and possibly more dependent whether Wales progress further.

      Should take me pretty near Platinum Accor status.

    • Rob says:

      Nope. You would get Platinum status with the IHG £99 credit card, except that the card is still ‘missing in action’.

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