Register now – IHG brings back its generous ‘Accelerate’ promotion for the Spring

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IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc loyalty scheme, has launched a website for its Spring 2017 promotion – IHG Accelerate Yes, it is repeating the Autumn 2015, Spring and Summer and Autumn 2016 offer!

But that is not a bad thing.

To be honest, during 2016 IHG has been the only major hotel chain offering global promotions 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 5) covers stays from 1st January to 15th April

All hotels are participating

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

The 1st January start date means that IHG has excluded the Christmas period from both the current and next Accelerate ofers.  This is a shame as hotels are traditionally very cheap between Christmas and New Year and it was possible to pick up some ‘mattress run’ nights to hit your target very cheaply.

This was my target for 56,600 points maximum, comprising:

  • 1,000 points for a stay in January
  • 5,000 points on my next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 5,300 points for booking four stays via the IHG app
  • 16,800 points for staying in IHG hotels in two different countries outside the UK
  • 2,500 points for booking on my corporate rate (of the company I haven’t worked for since 2011)
  • 1,000 points for making any redemption
  • 15,000 points for completing five of the six targets above, excluding the January bonus

This is not a terrible selection of offers.  The corporate rate is tricky because not that many IHG properties offer a special rate to my ex-employer.  However, I already have a four night stay at InterContinental Hong Kong booked in which will help me on my way.  Let’s see.

My wife got an easier one for 41,000 points:

  • 3,000 points on her next stay
  • 1,000 points for a stay in January
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 2,000 points for applying for an IHG Rewards Club credit card
  • 3,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 21,400 points for completing three of the four targets above excluding the January bonus

This is exceptionally easy.  All she has to do is make ONE stay, for one night, on a Bonus Points Package rate!  As long as she also applies for the free IHG credit card, that will be 30,000 points banked.

Note that if you have a target which involves meeting a certain ‘food and beverage’ spending target, this is EXCLUDING VAT for UK stays.  IHG also uses a weak exchange rate when converting your spend to US$.  If you were asked to acheive $39 of cumulative spend (£31), you actually need to spend £37 due to the 20% VAT and in reality probably need to do £40 due to the FX rate IHG uses.


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

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

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  1. 41,000 points target (similar to Rob’s wife):

    2,000 points on next stay
    1,000 points for a stay in January
    7,500 points for staying five nights
    1,500 points for applying for an IHG Rewards Club credit card
    3,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
    25,400 points for completing three of the four targets above excluding the January bonus

    One January night at HIX Croydon (£51.30 bonus points package at the weekend) should give me 33,500 points.

  2. question about the current promo. Is it based on the check in or check out date? So it says it ends the 15th … does that mean I need to complete the stay by then?

  3. Brighton Belle says:

    Is there any way to look at the booking transaction history and see if a reservation was made through the IHG App or through the website. I have lost track of my bookings through the App and might miss the required number of booking to hit an accelerate target?

    • I can’t see anything in the booking confirmation that tells you – IHG customer service might be able to, although they’re fairly hit and miss!

      • Brighton Belle says:

        Yes I hoped it was tagged in the booking confirmation but alas no.

        Customer Service told me they don’t have access to the Rewards database which isn’t much customer service. A bit odd to make the transaction type part of the Accelerate target and then make it invisible in history.

  4. Mine is straight forward for once. Stay once in Jan get 5000 points. Stay 18 nights get 38,000, stay once using points and cash and for all 3 I get 89500 points including the bonus. Easy this time, usually I never achieve as they want four consective nights or two weekends etc. My Target in the last one was 19 nights and i did 22…not sure why it is less this time, maybe set against the same period last year?

  5. Alistair Todd says:

    IHG related – I just found the IHG advent calendar thingy. Guaranteed 1000 IHG points if you get in today. As well as daily prize draws the Ts&Cs state that you get 500 points for each 5 consecutive days entered. Runs to 25th so if you didn’t already know about it (like me) you’ve missed 1500 points but do it today (16th) and you can still pick up 1000. Plus get another 1000 on your birthday by adding your birth date to your IHG profile (for once reddit told me something useful instead of being a time sink)

    • Alistair Todd says:

      Just found Rob’s original post about this that I somehow missed.

      Details about the free points are buried in the terms and conditions. I don’t understand why IHG, Accor etc are so bad at announcing their competitions and promos.

      I have all the marketing email options switched on but I still usually find out second-hand.
      And why dish out free points but only mention it 3 screens deep into the terms and conditions?!

      • wetboy1uk says:

        Feeln a bit annoyed here too. Not for the free points but not even being notified about the competition by IHG – very poor

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