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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.

IHG Rewards Club

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.

Priority Pass

An Accor / Priority Pass deal

Le Club AccorHotels has launched an offer with Priority Pass if you buy one of their lounge access passes.

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.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from Accor and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (128)

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  • Alex W says:

    OT just had 3rd statement for wife’s IHG Black card. No additional 20k sign up bonus. Should I query this with Creation or IHG?

    • Neil says:


    • Alan says:

      Did you have a spend on each statement? For the White bonus I made sure there was spend on my third one just in case.

    • Alex W says:

      No spend on first statement. We were away when the card arrived later than expected. Then 1st statement generated about 2 seconds later. By the time we got back from holiday we’d already been hit with a late payment charge! Got it refunded though, thankfully. Should I wait for another statement then?

      • Alan says:

        Have you had spend on subsequent statements? I don’t think we’ve worked it out for certain yet but Genghis and I both made sure a small charge went through prior to 3rd statement and both received our sign-up bonus on the White card OK. All just theory though! Probably worth contacting them to query if there was an initial issue though…

        • Genghis says:

          My theory was that if a statement isn’t generated, points cannot be posted. But who knows.

  • william merrett says:

    With IHG, if I book 2 rooms for the same single night with my login, are they likely to count as 2 nights towards an accelerate bonus?

  • JamesB says:

    OT: My first curve card just arrived which I successfully acrivated. I then signed out the app. On relaunching the app my email was again required to get a magic link to allow me to sign in again. Is this the way it works or am I doing something wrong? It just seems odd to me that the app does not launch with a page to sign in directly.

    • Nick M says:

      Once you’ve signed in on a device it should keep you logged in until you deliberately sign out – the only times I’ve needed to use the password/magic link was when I’ve reinstalled the app… (assuming you have a password on your phone I don’t see why you’d need to properly log out?)

      • JamesB says:

        Thanks Nick, I guess your’re right, I just have a habit of signing out apps and stuff.

        • AVM says:

          Had this problem some time ago (I did not sign out!) and was advised by the curve cs to re-install the app.

          • JamesB says:

            Ok thanks, will give that a try because at the moment it just looks like it wants me to keep going through the whole registration process.

  • Mfox999 says:

    O/T – IHG Spire status – I need approx. 25,000 pts to gain Spire status. I have 13,000 virgin points that will expire soon, thinking of topping up from AMEX MR and transferring to gain Spire and the bonus that comes with it. However, before I do, can anybody confirm that transfers from Virgin still count as qualifying points? also, can anybody point to where I can action the Virgin to IHG transfer, I can’t find it on the Flying club site.

    • Mfox999 says:

      Update, found hot to transfer, just looking for confirmation that the points are qualifying. Also, does anybody have experience of being Spire Elite and the benefits it brings in the US?

      • JamesB says:

        Liz would be your best bet as she travels widely in States staying IHG as spire in recent years. IME the best thing about spire is status matching to hilton diamond, otherwise it is next to useless so I imagine useless in the States. If you have any plans for USA donestic flights best to transfer your MR points to BA for AA redemptions.

        • Liz says:

          Hey James I didn’t see your note before I started my reply to Mfox999! It’s not useless in the states – we don’t stay in IC. The HI in St Louis didn’t upgrade our room as it was full but we got 2 days free breakfast, free drinks and snacks and $30 of free parking. CP in Redondo Beach upgraded to suite next door to Presidential Suite (with doorbell), club room access for 3 days incl breakfast and evening drinks and nibbles, free drinks, got several upgraded suite rooms, one Staybridge suite provided evening hot dogs and burgers for all guests so saved on a meal so we saved a lot with all these extras making it worthwhile for our road trips.

          • JamesB says:

            That’s a pretty good result Liz as folks always seem to complain about lack of Hilton status recognition in the States. Just figured it would be the same for IHG.To be fair to IHG they upgraded all my rooms as platinum on our European tour in May. The problem is I just don’t rate upgrades that much as we are usually out all day, and I dislike them offering a couple a single drink. I have now become too accustomed to breakfast and lounge at Hilton.

      • william merrett says:

        You need to phone the flying club to initiate the transfer, I did a transfer in feb this year, it was qualifying.

      • Liz says:

        VIrgin transfers are still qualifying for IHG. You need to phone Virgin to do the transfer. I use lots of HIX, HI, Staybridge Suites and occasional Crown Plaza in the USA because we do road trips. We have always had upgraded rooms, drinks and snacks, sometimes free parking when fees charged, sometimes free breakfast when not included, club room access too sometimes. We were very lucky in Apr/May when we were in the USA for 28 days – got something from all but one of our stays. I buy IHG pts when I can as we can always redeem for better value plus the added perks. If you ask nicely and they are not full you should get something. This is why I maintain Spire Elite.

        • Mfox999 says:

          Thanks all, very useful info. Going to initiate transfers to get Spire Elite now.

  • AMmar says:

    Ot – DO IBeria Express flights usually have an “IB” flight code – reason I ask, will they satisfacy the BAEC in terms of my 4 eligible flights, thinking of BHX-MAD?

    • John says:

      It should qualify if it is booked with an IB flight code. Sometimes, there is no I2 code at all.

    • Leo says:

      My Iberia Express booked via IB website with an IB code counted for me last year. Don’t know about I2 codes.

  • Kathy says:

    I hit all my accelerate targets, and just got an email offering g me an extra 5000 points for 3 nights by the end of August. Don’t think I’ll manage it as I have no more IHG stays planned and not going to be anywhere cheap enough for a mattress run.

  • Alan says:

    So time to get a few MBNA churns in before hoping for a new Virgin Money sign-up bonus? 😀

  • VJ says:

    May you please suggest how good/bad is it (considering I’ve no plan to travel and based in London) Is it worth exercising it ?

    500 Download the IHG® App
    2,000 – When you stay 3 night(s) and earn 2,000 bonus points.
    2,000 – Stay 2 time(s) using our member exclusive discount, Your Rate.
    2,000 – Stay at 3 brands and get 2,000 bonus points.
    23,500 – Complete 4 of the 4 offers

    • Genghis says:

      So essentially 5 nights for 30k bonus points = £120 or £24/night. Not exactly mattress run territory

    • Alex W says:

      Total 32000 points for 3 nights? Pretty good, I’d say.

      • JamesB says:

        Putting some very contrasting perspectives on this that confirns your point Alex…a night HIX Inverness costs 30000 points and typically sells well over £100/night, CP Copenhagen costs 25000 points/night and I guess typically sells over £200/night, and CP Zurich 30000 points/night and could cost over £300/night so certainly worthwhile doing 3x£40-50/night stays depending on potential use of points. Even better if they are worthwhile and not just mattress runs.

        • Genghis says:

          Or just buy / earn the points via cc etc

          Good luck finding 3 different branded stays for £40 / night

          • JamesB says:

            A weekend in Aberdeen would do it for under £135 🙂 But this is why I added the ‘worthwhile’ caveat. Personally, I’m not a great fan of the mattress run concept because it doesn’t take to much imagination to find something interesting to do everyplace. For example, whilst at the Hampton Newport last week we much enjoyed exploring the wetlands just south of the hotel and the roman remains around Caerleon. We never knew either existed before arriving at the hotel. The only true mattress runs I ever did were whilst staying in Bangkok when my partner and I both exploited the accor 10000 points for 3 x 1 night stays in the earky dats if thise promos. Agree there are easier and cheaper ways to get 30000 IHG points but if it can be done cheaply on three worthwhile hotel stays then why not,

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