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Click here for our article on IHG’s current ‘2x’ double points promotion which runs until 15th December 2020. You can register for the offer by clicking here and adding promo code 44480.

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

It is fundamentally another version of the long-running Accelerate offer, although this time it is called “Reward Nights. Faster.”

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

It is valid for stays between 15th January and 30th April.  The closing date for registration is 15th March – this is the first time I can remember that IHG has closed registrations early.

IHG Reward Nights Faster Spring promotion 2019

Once I had registered, I got the following targets:

10,000 bonus points for staying five nights

19,200 bonus points for staying at three different IHG brands 

5,600 bonus points for 2 x 2-night weekend stays (Saturday plus another night)

8,000 bonus points for four stays booked on the corporate rate of the company I haven’t worked for since 2011, and which has special rates at very few properties anyway ….

3,000 bonus points for one stay in February

42,800 bonus points for completing four of the five targets above

This is fairly useless to me, frankly.  It is virtually impossible to hit the weekends target and I can’t see any scenario under which I could hit the ‘corporate rate’ target.

The 19,200 points bonus for staying at three different brands is an interesting one, however.  If I value an IHG point at 0.4p then I’m getting almost £80 of points back from those three stays – plus my standard points and the 3,000 points for a February stay – which is a good deal.

Realistically, I might be able to achieve 32,200 bonus points.  This would involve staying five nights over the next four months, taking in three different brands and ensuring one stay is in February.

My wife got the following targets:

10,000 bonus points for staying five nights

28,800 bonus points for staying at three different IHG brands

8,400 bonus points for two Holiday Inn stays

10,800 bonus points for 3 x 2-night weekend stays (Saturday plus another night)

6,600 bonus points for booking two ‘Bonus Point Packages’ (this is when the reservation system offers you additional points on your stay in return for paying a slightly higher rate)

This is VERY interesting:

she could earn 35,400 bonus points from just three nights, as long as each was at a different brand and two were ‘Bonus Point Packages’

she could earn 58,000 bonus points (worth £232 based on my 0.4p valuation) from just five nights, as long as they included two Holiday Inn nights, three different brands in total and two of the bookings were for ‘Bonus Point Packages’

IHG Rewards Club Reward Nights Faster bonus points promotion

Conclusion

The new IHG Rewards Club promotion is, at least in my house, surprisingly generous.

We don’t know what Marriott Rewards will do when MegaBonus ends on 31st January (MegaBonus details are here).  However, IHG’s ‘Rewards Nights. Faster.’ offer is looking a lot more generous for us (your position may be different) than Hilton’s new ‘2,000 bonus points per stay’ offer which I wrote about here.

I strongly recommend signing up now, especially as IHG is closing registrations early on 15th March, even though stays until 30th April count.  Remember that only stays from 15th January count – existing bookings are OK and do not need to be rebooked.

You can register for the new IHG promotion here.


IHG Rewards Club update – December 2020:

Get bonus points: IHG’s current promotion is ‘2x’, which runs until 15th December 2020. You can learn more in our article here. You can register here using promo code 44480.

New to IHG Rewards Club?  Read our two-part overview of IHG Rewards Club here and here and our article on expiry rules here.

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

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 Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (236)

  • Scott Steele says:

    Very confused about the dates for the new accelerate

    How does it work?

    Book and stay at any IHG® hotel around the world from now until 30 April

    then the T’ & C’s say
    Reward Nights Faster
    Starts: 15/01/2019

    • Rob says:

      Existing bookings account UNLESS you have a target which involves booking via the app, when history shows that IHG can track this and will insist on it being booked after 15th.

  • WMX says:

    Earn 107,700 total bonus points.

    Complete all of your Free Nights. Faster offers and earn total bonus points.
    My Offers
    Points Value Offer Description Status
    56,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 28 night(s) and earn 56,000 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    28,800 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 12 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 28,800 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    11,200 Stay at 4 IHG® Hotels
    Stay at 4 IHG® hotel(s) and earn 11,200 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    7,200 Earn More, Faster
    Earn 7,200 bonus points when you book 3 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
    Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    3,000 February Bonus Offer
    Stay once in February and get 3,000 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW

  • Mike says:

    Any historical evidence of 100% match to buy points during Jan-Feb? Am trying to plan a trip in February that could use a small boost. Any expertise would be appreciated, thanks!!

  • Louise Sargeant says:

    Hi, I have the 40,000 offer and have booked a 5 night at hotel indigo and 1 night IHG, I think this should count for the 4 night stay and I night via app booking, for the stay at two different brands do I need to book one or two more hotels?

  • Fra says:

    Anyone knows if stays at The Met Hotel Leeds and any other Principal hotels would qualify for this promotion?

  • J P JOULE says:

    Met at Leeds. Stayed there on 14 th Jan to 15th. Its appeared in a Rewards Category as a Brand but not in another as a Stay!
    Staying again soon.