REGISTER NOW: IHG launches a mini-Accelerate promotion for September to December

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IHG Rewards Club, the scheme covering InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc, has launched its new Autumn promotion.

It is fundamentally a slimmed-down version of the long-running Accelerate offer, although it is being described as a ‘double points’ promotion with extra targets.  Perhaps they thought the original Accelerate format was too complicated?

You can find out your targets, and register, on the IHG website here.

It is valid for stays between 16th September and 16th December.

IHG Double Points promotion

Everyone gets this target:

Earn double base points on every stay, starting from your 2nd stay, to a maximum of 15,000 bonus points

I got the following extra targets:

11,200 bonus points for staying at two different IHG brands

6,800 bonus points for making four bookings using the corporate code of the firm I haven’t worked for since 2010!

12,000 bonus points for making two stays of 4+ nights

15,000 bonus points for completing three of my four targets

This is fairly useless to me, frankly.  To hit 15,000 base points would require spending $1,500, before VAT, on IHG stays over the next three months (plus the spending on the first stay, which won’t be doubled) and that isn’t happening.

The 11,200 points bonus for staying at two different brands is an easy one, however.  If I value an IHG point at 0.4p then I’m getting £45 of points back from those two stays – plus double base points on the 2nd stay – which is a good deal.

My wife got the following extra targets:

11,200 bonus points for staying at two different IHG brands

3,200 bonus points for booking two stays on the IHG app

8,400 bonus points for staying two weekends (a Saturday night and another night)

Again, this is not hugely exciting.  However, 11,200 points for two brands is straightforward enough, as is the app bonus.

IHG Rewards Club double points promotion

Conclusion

The new IHG Rewards Club promotion is very similar to Hilton’s new offer.  (You can read about the Hilton offer here.)

Both companies are offering double base points and both are offering a ‘twist’.  With Hilton, the twist is triple base points at luxury and resort hotels as well as 2500 Lufthansa miles for stays until 31st October.  With IHG, it is personalised extra targets which may or may be achievable.

We don’t yet know what Marriott / SPG is planning for its first promotion since the merger, but I’m sure we will find out soon.

I strongly recommend signing up now, partly because you might forget otherwise, and partly because you won’t know – until you’ve seen your targets – whether it is worth moving stays to IHG brands.

You can register for the new IHG promotion here.

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Comments

  1. Terrible! After years of usually attaining my targets I get this;
    Double your stay 15,000
    Travel with the app 1,300
    and…that’s it. Pathetic! I keep on checking in case it’s my mistake but no, that’s all I’ve got to aim for this time.
    I was wondering if you can complain and get another go but I presume not…
    Totally uninspiring!

  2. After never attaining these targets, I just got….

    Double your stay 15k
    Two CP stays 16.8k
    Use the app to book twice 4.5k
    2 weekend stays 16.8k
    Achievement bonus (3 of 4) 19k

    So two distinct CP stays will get me over 55k points 🙂 Sounds like a good deal to me.

  3. OT: I have 16,000 Starwood points on my SPG account, and I am not going to be able to use them on a hotel stay anytime soon. Is there any way of spending them elsewhere?

  4. I have a couple of questions about IHG.
    1) can ihg points no longer be redeemed at intercontinental? Any hotel I check says no reward nights available.
    2) I have aabassador weekend voucher which doesn’t expire until Feb 2019 but membership expires Nov 18 because it took so long for them to send voucher out. I’ve managed to book an IC for Jan 19 but they said I’ll have to renew Ambassador before staying at the property otherwise voucher won’t be honoured.
    Have to admit, struggling to see benefit of Ambassador apart from the upgrade.

  5. Pressed wrong button….2nd question is, has anybody used AMB weekend voucher after their ambassador membership has expired?

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