News in brief:
IHG adds a new Accelerate target for everyone
IHG Rewards Club’s Accelerate is, for most people, the most generous hotel promotion running at the moment.
Here are the headline details of the promo:
IHG Accelerate (Version 6) covers stays from 15th May 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 48,900 points maximum, comprising:
- 5,000 points for a stay before 30th June
- 2,500 points on my next stay
- 10,000 points for staying five nights
- 5,600 points for staying two weekends (Fri / Sat or Sat / Sun)
- 11,200 points for staying in IHG hotels in two different countries outside the UK
- 3,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
- 11,000 points for completing four of the five targets above, excluding the June bonus
….. and, whilst I don’t have much IHG activity this quarter, some of it will be achievable.
IHG has added a new target over the last 48 hours. You will very likely have an extra target called ‘1,500 points (some have 2,000 points) for a stay in August’.
This is a good extra boost if you can squeeze in a stay, and it may make it more worthwhile to do a mattress run to hit any missing Accelerate targets.
However, this extra bonus does NOT form part of the ‘x,000 points for completing four of the five targets above’ bonus so it doesn’t make that target any easier to achieve.
Good Miles & More / Economist offer
On Friday I mentioned some good offers for subscribing to The Economist. It looks like the Iberia one should not still have been running, as it had been pulled from The Economist website by 9am.
What IS still running is this deal for 11,400 Miles & More miles with a £179 one year subscription.
Lufthansa miles are harder to pick up in the UK than Avios, and if redeemed for Lufthansa First Class (see my reviews this week) can be very valuable. If you have a Miles & More balance you should have a think about this deal, especially if you’re self employed and can write off the cost.
An Accor / Priority Pass deal
Via this link, an Accor Platinum member receives a 15% discount and between 750 and 2,250 Accor points. If you are Classic, Silver or Gold in the Accor programme, just change the URL after clicking through by replacing ‘Platinum’ – but the deal is worse.
This isn’t as cheap as the current Priority Pass 10% – 25% off deal (click) to celebrate its 25th anniversary but, when you factor in the value of the Accor points, it is marginally better.
(You can convert 2,000 Accor points into a €40 hotel discount voucher or transfer them into 2,000 Avios in Iberia Plus, which you can then move across to BA.)
It should – not guaranteed, but should – also count as activity on your Accor account and reset the expiry date of your account.
If you don’t already collect Accor points, however, I would just take the lower upfront cash price via the 25th anniversary discount here. Thanks to Steven for this.
Accor Live Limitless update – January 2023:
Earn bonus Accor points: Accor is not currently running a global promotion
New to Accor Live Limitless? Read our review of Accor Live Limitless here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our analysis of what Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here.
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