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

It is another version of the long-running Accelerate offer, although this time it is called “Make Every Stay Count”.

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

It is valid for stays between 1st May and 31st August.

IHG Accelerate Summer 2019 Make Every Stay Count

At present, there is a bug which seems to be stopping some people – including me – from registering.  You get a message saying that you are ineligible, but that seems unlikely given that ‘Accelerate’ offers are open to all.

I had no issues on my wife’s account.  Once I had registered my wife, she got the following targets:

10,000 bonus points for staying five nights

14,400 bonus points for staying at three different IHG brands 

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

4,500 bonus points for booking one ‘points and cash’ stay

2,800 points for staying at two different IHG hotels

Unusually, there is no additional bonus for completing all or most of the separate targets.

This isn’t a bad deal for my wife.  The first, second and fifth ones cut across each other, so a total of five nights, which takes in three different brands and two different hotels, will trigger (10,000 + 14,400 + 2,800) 27,200 bonus points.

Based on my 0.4p valuation of an IHG Rewards Club point, that is worth £109 or (divided by 5 nights) £22 back per night.  This assumes she does exactly five nights across three brands.  It isn’t worth doing a mattress run to hit this, but if we can point a few nights in IHG’s direction over the next four months it will be worthwhile.

As usual with IHG promotions, existing stays will count and do not need to be rebooked.  The only exception in the past has been for any target you have which insists on booking via the IHG app.

IHG Rewards Club Accelerate Make Every Stay Count bonus points promotion


The new IHG Rewards Club promotion is OK.  My wife has a less generous target than she did in the Spring, and of course I can’t even see my target yet.

Hilton Honors is offering ‘double base points’ as we wrote about here (you can register here).  If you do a lot of short, low cost stays then the new IHG offer may work out better, whilst Hilton might be better for short, expensive trips.  It is all down to your personal IHG Accelerate targets though.  We don’t yet know what Marriott Bonvoy will be offering for the Summer.

I strongly recommend signing up now given that the new IHG promotion is valid for stays from Wednesday night.  Even if you have no stays planned I would still register as 31st August is a long way away.

You can register for the new IHG Accelerate promotion here.

IHG One Rewards update – June 2023:

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Comments (167)

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  • TGLoyalty says:

    Well it finally works but a bit poor tbh

    8,400 – Stay at 2 brands and get 8,400 bonus points.
    5,600 – Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night
    4,500- Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 4,500 bonus points.
    5,600 – Stay at 2 IHG® Hotels
    12,100 – bonus for all 4 above

    18,500 for 2 x 1 night stays at two hotels of different brands – no problem

    Or whole 36,200 for 2x 2 night weekend stays at two different brands might happen over the summer

  • Irons80 says:

    Oddly all I get is:
    Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 40,000 bonus points.

  • Rob D says:

    I think IHG should call their promotion ‘Hit or Miss’. Considering it’s been running in different versions for years now, my targets make little sense. This time I have NO achievement target, which is bizarre and therefore doesn’t do anything to encourage me to stay beyond 4 nights.

  • Lady London says:

    – 2 minimum 4 night stays
    – plus 1 more stay because they want stays at 3 brands,
    – plus 2 of these stays with bonus points packages – hard to find in Europe, and always overpriced for the points these days
    1 points and cash stay – this is NEVER worth it because IHG gives you a very low rate of cash off for the points.

    37,000 points total (no bonus for completion).

    That’s about 1 and a quarter to 1 and a half nights worth of points to be earned for an absolute minimum of 9 nights. so let’s say, 15% return at absolute maximum.
    However the bonus points costing slightly more than they are worth, and the points I would have to give IHG back and get a poor cash reduction in exchange for if booking points and cash, mean actually to consider this even 1 free night would be kind for the minimum 9 nights required.

    So 10-12% value returned overall for the stays they want for 37,000..

    I could possibly do 3 stays for 20,000 if each was at a different brand. So around 6,500 per stay . Most IHG hotels I’d do the odd night in would cost 25,000 now if not in London. In London the ones I’d use have all moved up in points cost recently and to 40,000 and up). Cash prices for those, on a good day, might be £55 perhaps slightly more. so rough rough calculation for each of 3 nights, £13 or so off. I’ll have to compare with what i can get elsewhere.

    Gut feeling is I shouldn’t touch this one . . this will be the 3rd or 4th one I’ve not stayed in. I think I did 1 stay of one night, on the one before last as the IHG was, by far, the best hotel in the locality. Surely they must be getting the hint now? My targets don’t seem to improve much. I have removed the IHG app from my phone in case they are able to track how many other people’s hotels I’ve been staying in in how many different countries and think I can give them loads of nights.

    • pommy ray says:

      yes waste time with what you have got there and the effort of analysis. you expect achievement stay or even points just for doing 1 or 2 nights etc. it all seems too random so people can’t build up confidence with these so called promotions.

  • Rich Thomas says:

    As a complete hotel-points newbie with the free IHG Mastercard, how do I earn points from stays? Do stays have to be booked direct through, or can I book on a third-party website (, say) and have the points credited? (Does this also apply to the Accelerate promos?)

    • Rob says:

      Must be direct, either with the hotel or via You also don’t get any status benefits if you don’t book direct.

      IHG is paying 22% commission to Expedia etc and does not want you booking there.

    • David says:

      Indeed this is an important difference between hotel loyalty schemes and airline loyalty schemes.

      With hotels, you must book on the chain’s own website to earn points and to recieve benefits.
      With airlines, you can usually book anywhere (subject to some caveats for budget airlines, etc.).

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Certain travel agents will also work and things like Amex FHR where you pay at checkout

        • Lyn says:

          Or booking through Emyr at Bon Vivant (see HfP link or article) if booking some Intercontinentals, e.g. Paris or Madrid.

  • Nick says:

    Any sign of when this promotion will be fixed ? I still can’t sign up it just says I’m not eligible…..

    • Rob says:

      They are saying on social media they are working on it ….

    • Nick says:

      Mines now changed from “you are not eligible” to “we appreciate your loyalty” ….

      But still can’t register basically

  • VJ says:

    Only 1 Nice and Simple here –

    Double Your Stay
    Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 40,000 bonus points.

  • What's the Point says:

    Its now fixed on my account

    Double Your Stay
    Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 40,000 bonus points.

    • BJ says:

      Not mine, so I guess they are working through them in batches.

      • Lyn says:

        Mine has just come through, after being ineligible up to now, so perhaps you are right about the batches.

      • Rob says:

        Got mine too ….pretty weak.

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