Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

IHG brings back its generous ‘Accelerate’ offer for Autumn

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

UPDATE – AUGUST 2021:  This article is now out of date, but don’t worry.  We produce a monthly summary of the top hotel bonus point offers – please click HERE or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ menu above. 

The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of ihg.com.

There is a 75% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points by 13th August. You can buy here.

IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc loyalty scheme, has launched its new 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 – so it is already running – 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.

Conclusion

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.


IHG Rewards update – August 2021:

Get bonus points: The current IHG Rewards promotion is ‘Triple Your Points’ – our full article is here. It runs from 15th May to 16th August. You receive double base points on your second stay and triple base points on your third and subsequent stays. You can register on this page of ihg.com.

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.

There is a 75% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards points by 13th August.

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 (39)

  • Cat says:

    Hey all, I’m quite keen to hit my accelerate targets, but after recent visits to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, and living in Central London, I feel a bit citied out!
    Can anyone recommend any UK based IHG properties with lovely views, ideally somewhere well positioned for lots of lovely long hikes? Basically the IHG equivalent of the Doubletree in Sheffield that’s right near the Peak District.
    Easy to access continental Europe would do too (ie a good chance of getting a cheapish flight out on a Friday evening, and back on Sunday evening).
    Any recommendations gratefully received!

  • Jonty says:

    O/T: Do we like IHG Flights Anywhere?

    • Rob says:

      Highly unlikely to get near the 0.4p to 0.5p you should be targeting per point from a room redemption, given that gift card redemptions tend to be around 0.2p.

  • DownTheBack says:

    I only had 2 stays to make in Aug to complete 3 of the Accelerate targets for last promotion, did one on 23rd-24th Aug and last one 30th-31st Aug, both stays show on my normal IHG account but the 23rd Aug stay never showed in Accelerate home page and now last quarters is gone so can’t see if the 30th Aug ever showed as now can only see this quarters. Does anybody have any experience of will they appear in my account or do I need to chase them ? it’s 52k points so don’t want to drop it.

    Thanks
    DTB

    • DownTheBack says:

      Thanks Paul,

      Used this and they show 9 out of 10 completed so just waiting for them to post, will let everybody know when they show up, if anybody else gets them posted can you let us know here please.

      DTB

    • Alex Sm says:

      For me it has worked as follows:

      Stayed on 26 Aug – points appeared on 28 Aug – relevant Acc targets on 4 Sep
      Stayed on 25 Aug – points appeare don 31 Aug – expect Acc to appear on 7 Sep or soon after

      Am I right in my assumptions?

      • Alex Sm says:

        FOR THE RECORD: I was right in my assumptions, the last remaining points (and bonus!) have been credited

    • Marc says:

      Hi, I stayed at HI Whitechapel (which incidentally is a very nice hotel, area so so) on the 30/31st August and they showed up a couple of days ago.
      Booking via the app the two nights triggered my bonus of 23,300 plus mystery 2k bonus for an ‘Stay in August’ which just appeared on my target list and certainly was not there at the beginning.
      Happy this time around.

  • CV3V says:

    Will a weekend at an IC using Ambassador certificate count as one or 2 nights? Looking at the booking and how it bills the second night as cash, I am guessing will count as 2 nights?

  • Craig Strickland says:

    I have a ‘Get an IHG Rewards Club Credit Card’ as one of mine, a bit tricky to apply for something I already have!

  • Stu says:

    If I need to book 2 or more rooms for same hotel / same night for a group of us, is it better to do separately or all in one booking to earn points?

    • Rob says:

      Outside North America, you only earn points for one room in your name. The only way to cash in is to get everyone to have their own IHG account, but even then the Accelerate offer for new joiners isn’t very good.

      When we travel as a family we book 2 rooms (connecting if possible) but one on my account and one of my wifes.

      You might do better with another chain – https://headforpoints.com/2017/05/18/which-hotel-schemes-let-you-earn-points-and-credit-for-multiple-rooms/

    • ian says:

      separate accounts to take advantage of stay bonuses. two rooms in europe on the same night using the same account are supposed to post as overlapping stays, for which u’ll receive one qualifying stay and night and, for the second room, probably no points.

      ian. 🙂

    • Gavin says:

      Damn, I have 9 rooms booked at a Holiday Inn over the weekend for visiting family members. Guess no points windfall. Should have gone via hotels.com I suppose but needed a 1pm checkout so opted to book direct. Hopefully IHG gold will help getting this

  • DaveF says:

    I just got Stay once in 90 days to get 10k points on my monthly statement to go on top of Accelerate. Only snag, when I click to register it requires a promo code which is missing. Got to wait for customer services to come back to me.

    If it all comes in I’ll get 60k points for 2 nights (total spend £105) for hotels where I’m passing the door on my usual daily running around. Can’t argue with that, best Accelerate in a long while.

  • Martin says:

    Can I kill two birds with one stone in Accelerate? For example if I have:
    -2,000 points on my next stay
    -10,000 points for staying four nights

    If my next stay is for 5 nights, do I get 12,000 points? Thanks.

    • DaveF says:

      Yes, they stack.

      Mine contains Stay once, Stay at two HIX, Book two stays via the App, Stay once in Sept. They’ll all be triggered by 2 one night stays booked via the app.

    • Rob says:

      Yes

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.