REGISTER NOW – IHG brings back its generous ‘Accelerate’ offer for Autumn

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

But that is not a bad thing.

To be honest, during the last 18 months IHG has been the only major hotel chain offering global promotions which offer genuine outsize 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 7) covers stays from 1st September to 31st December

All hotels are participating, including Kimpton Amsterdam (which was, despite what IHG told me, excluded from the Summer version of Accelerate)

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

This was my target for 48,100 points maximum, comprising:

  • 5,000 points for a stay in September
  • 2,000 points on my next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 4,000 points for booking a two-night weekend stay
  • 2,500 points for two stays booked via my corporate rate (the company I haven’t worked for in 6 years!)
  • 6,600 points for booking a Bonus Points Package
  • 2,000 points for getting the IHG credit card
  • 5,000 points for renewing my Ambassador membership
  • 11,000 points for completing six of the seven targets above, excluding the September bonus

Getting the lot could be a little tricky, to be honest, given my Autumn plans.  However, the Accelerate one is basically free points as I was going to do that anyway.  I could get 13,600 points for a one-night stay in September on a Bonus Points Package rate, so it would make sense to fit that into my schedule if possible.   Let’s see how it goes.

My wife got this one for 43,000 points:

  • 3,000 points for a stay in September
  • 2,000 points on her next stay
  • 10,000 points for staying five nights
  • 3,200 points for two stays booked via the IHG app
  • 2,400 points for making a ‘points and cash’ redemption stay
  • 1,500 points for paying for a stay with her IHG credit card
  • 600 points for spending $60 on food and beverage
  • 20,300 points for completing five of the six targets above excluding the September bonus

This is an interesting one.  One cash stay in September, booked on the app with $60 spent on food and drink and the bill paid on the IHG credit card, would earn 9,500 points and tick off three of the five boxes needed for the final bonus.  It would then need either a 2nd app booked cash night or a ‘points and cash’ redemption to trigger the final chunk.

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.

A note on rebooking

Most of the time, existing bookings – ie bookings made before 1st September – made online do count for this promotion.

Last time, however, some people got an app booking target which DID specifically state that stays must be booked after the starting date.  If you have a ‘book stays via the app’ target then check the small print and be prepared to rebook.


As long as your target is sensible, this is highly likely to be the most generous hotel promotion you are likely to see this Autumn.  And, with four months to hit your target, you have plenty of time to make the necessary stays.

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

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

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  1. czechoslovakia says:

    Number of bonus points listed above will be awarded after required number of “Bonus Points Package” rate Stays have been booked and consumed by the member between 1 September 2017 and 31 December 2017

    BOOKED and consumed meaning i can`t rebook something till 1/9? Right? Thanks once again…

    • Yes, I’d take it as both booked and consumed on/after 1st Sep for safety. IHG really need to work on the clarity of their promo terms!

      • czechoslovakia says:

        I suspect that might well be deliberate… All the other promo terms state just “consumed”. I`ll hold fire on the £45 mattress run then, potential 25000 points at risk. Alan, you`re a star.

        • Good plan – lots of folk have been caught out with the mobile app restrictions before and as you say the clear difference from other terms means probably best to err on the side of caution.

          Good luck with the collecting – at present looking tough for me to achieve all the targets, but will see what can be done! 🙂

  2. One of my targets is:

    1,000 Earn When You Redeem
    You earned your points, now use them! Redeem your points for anything, from a digital download to a Reward Night, and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus points

    Though I’m going to look at the cheapest download possible or a cheap gift card, I was wondering whether a Points Break redemption might count. If the ABZ CP is relisted in October it would be a convenient redemption for me.


  3. Richard says:

    My offer is ridiculously easy for 90,000 points. Feeling very happy with this.

    Earn 92,300 total bonus points.

    Complete all of your Accelerate offers and earn 92,300 total bonus points:

    – 2,000 Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.
    – 10,000 Stay More, Earn More Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points.
    – 28,800 Stay at 3 brands and get 28,800 bonus points. Terms
    – 8,400 Stay at Holiday Inn® Stay at 2 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)
    – 4,800 – Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 4,800 bonus points.
    – Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster. Terms
    – 700 Eat, Drink and Earn
    Spend $39 on food or beverages at IHG hotels and earn 700 bonus points. Terms
    – 26,000 Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 26,000 bonus points.
    – 5,000 Stay once in September and get 5,000 bonus points. Terms

  4. One of my targets is Book 2 stays with your Corporate Account number and get 2300 bonus points.
    I’ve got the number on my bookings page but do you know what rate I need to select? The options given are Best available, Gvmt Rate, Gvmt Canada (I’m not Canadian btw), Senior (not yet) or Club Continental but says the Best Available doesn’t include affiliate rates.
    I can get 49500 points if I can get this one but don’t know how too

  5. For once mine seems quite doable, so I’m tempted to book a couple of weekends away purely because of this. Can anyone recommend any particularly good value UK properties that are vaguely close to somewhere interesting?


  6. Concerning the hidden as per todays email, ive noticed that the Q2 promo also had similar targets, which did not become live ie stay once in July for 3K pts. So perhaps its triggered by a lack of stays during the period.

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