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REGISTER NOW: IHG launches its new Accelerate promotion for September to December

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

It is another version of the long-running Accelerate offer, and for the second time in a row 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 September and 31st December.

IHG Accelerate Autumn 2019

The list of targets is shorter than we have seen in the past.  I got just four:

25,200 bonus points for staying at four different brands

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

2,800 bonus points for staying at three different hotels

8,000 bonus points for four stays using the corporate rate of the company I haven’t worked at for nine years and which very few hotels accept!

Since I would have to trigger the 2,800 ‘three hotels’ bonus in order to trigger the ‘four brands’ bonus, I will be getting 28,000 bonus points for four stays.  I value IHG Rewards Club points at 0.4p so that is a bonus worth £112.  If those four stays are just one night each, that is an extra reward of £28 per night.  Not bad.

IHG Accelerate Autumn 2019 Make Every Stay Count

I also looked at my wife’s account.  Once I had registered my wife, she got the following targets which are even easier:

21,600 bonus points for staying at three different brands

2,800 bonus points for staying at two different hotels

4,000 bonus points for booking a stay of 4+ nights

Again, the first two would trigger together.  She would earn 24,400 bonus points, valued at £97.60, for just three one night stays.  This is £32.53 of bonus points per night plus the value of the base points from her stays.

(It looks like any family stays this Autumn will be booked as two rooms, one per account, rather than taking a suite!)

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.

Note that some people are getting a very weird offer of ‘1000 bonus points for one stay’ – and nothing more!  This seems to be an IHG IT issue and not actually your final selection.  If you have this, I would continue to check online over the next few days and see if it changes.

IHG Rewards Club Accelerate Make Every Stay Count bonus points promotion

Conclusion

The new IHG Rewards Club promotion is good, at least for us.  Given that it covers a four month period, I would go so far as to say it is generous.  Given the proliferation of IHG brands these days, hitting three different ones is fairly straightforward.  Hitting four is a bit trickier, but let’s see.

We don’t yet know what Hilton Honors or Marriott Bonvoy will be offering for the Autumn, of course, although we will find out in the next couple of weeks.

I strongly recommend signing up now given that the new IHG promotion is valid for stays from 1st Sepember.  Even if you have no stays planned I would still register now as 31st December is a long way away and a lot can change.

Note that there is a deadline for registration of 18th October which is not something I like to see – why should someone who unexpectedly finds themself in an IHG property in November or December lose out?

You can register for the new IHG Accelerate promotion here.

(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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Comments

  1. Excellent…1 offer: stay once, earn 1000 points. That’s it!

    • Me too!

    • Same here. Worst one I’ve had

    • Me too!

    • Michael says:

      1,000 Bonus Points for one stay. That’s it. Really?
      Ambassador Spire Elite here. Achieved it already for next year, so very little incentive to push my business to IHG in Q4 except for normal double points on stays. Elite benefits are minimal and not guaranteed, so I’m a free agent for the rest of the year.

  2. Wow – I’ve got ONE offer!

    “Complete all of your Accelerate offers and earn 1,000 total bonus points.
    1,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 1 night(s) and earn 1,000 bonus points”

  3. I got a single offer as well – double points starting from my second stay up to a maximum of 40,000 points. Yay me 🙂

    • Robert J says:

      Got the same – I wonder if there is a relation between people only getting 1 target and the people whose targets weren’t tracking last time.

      • I didn’t bother with the last two challenges and still received just the one “offer”.

  4. Mine is:

    1,000 points – Download the App and make a booking
    2,000 points – Stay 4 nights
    3,000 points – Stay at 2 IHG hotels
    4,000 points – Stay 3 weekends, inc. a Sat night and one other night
    10,000 points – Complete 3 of the above
    20,000 points – Complete 4 of the above

    Am I right in thinking that reward nights don’t count as a qualifying rate? I have a 4 night weekend stay in September booked on points.

  5. Nick Burch says:

    I’ve only got one offer too! It’s a bit better than 1k bonus points people above have, but hardly amazing

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

  6. And me! Pathetic!

  7. 4 nights, 3 brands, two weekends for 48,000 or 12,000 bonus points per night. I thought it was great earlier but seeing the comments now it is obviously fantastic. The one stay for 1000 points must surely be a glitch, I cannot see them being so stupid as to alienate customers with that.

  8. Interesting set of offers for me:

    28,800 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 5 brands and get 28,800 bonus points.
    10,800 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 3 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 10,800 bonus points.
    4,500 Stay for Less and Earn
    Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 4,500 bonus points. Points & Cash allows you to book Reward Nights with fewer points.
    12,000 Stay a Little Longer
    Earn 12,000 bonus points when you book 2 stay(s) of 4 or more consecutive nights.
    5,000 Renew Your InterContinental® Ambassador Membership
    Earn 5,000 bonus points when you return to the luxurious side of travel by renewing your InterContinental® Ambassador Membership.
    61,100 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 5 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 61,100 bonus points.

  9. Mine are:
    14 400 3 brands
    8 400 2 x Crowne Plazas
    4 000 1 x 4 night stay
    13 400 achievement bonus

    These are identical to the present promotion apart from the ‘points and cash’ target has been dropped and an ‘achievement bonus’ has been added. However, they don’t normally repeat targets I’ve achieved (top two).

  10. I may have hit the jackpot this time around, if i’m reading mine right!

    Stay at 2 brands and get 12,000 bonus points.
    Stay at 2 IHG® hotel(s) and earn 2,800 bonus points
    Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 2 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster
    Complete 3 of the 3 offers and earn (an additional) 10,700 bonus points

    Correct me if i’m wrong – but it looks like I could book 2 one-night bonus point package stays at different brands to hit all these?

    I actually have a trip to Hong Kong coming up in Nov (assuming it hasn’t imploded by then), so I could very easily split that between 2 IHG hotels. But it’s mattress run territory if all I need is two 1 night stays.

    • Correct 🙂

      Hotel prices in HK are crashing. One night in HIX Soho (convenient for airport bus stop that misses most of the traffic jams so could work well for rush hour arrivals/departures) will probably be very cheap and the other in better hotel of your choice.

      • 🙂 I was thinking of maybe spending a night in Macau anyway, so one night at the Holiday Inn there could work out nicely.

        • Despite some comments on here in the past I think Macau is a very pleasant place to visit for a day or two, and if required you can go to/from there directly to/from the airport.

    • Don’t forget the ‘bonus on your bonus’ promotion, to double your bonus points too! Book by 4 Sep, stay by 4 Oct. No good for your HK trip but perhaps if you do a MR.

      https://www.headforpoints.com/2019/08/10/ihg-offering-a-bonus-on-bonus-points/

      • Thanks Rich, forgot about that, I don’t need them this time but I’ll go register and use them anyway. It’ll be a cherry on the top 🙂

  11. sididdly says:

    I got the “points and cash” booking to receive 4500 points. I can confirm from the last promo that booking and cancelling triggers the bonus so this can be used as a ‘virtual mattress run’ to generate points. An example, make a booking at a 35000 point hotel for 30000 points plus £25. Then cancel the booking and receive 35000 back in your account plus the 4500 bonus. Outcome is ‘buying’ 9500 points for £25 (that is the cheapest differential I have found but there maybe cheaper out there…..certainly plenty dearer).

    • No it doesn’t necessarily trigger the bonus

      My OH had a genuine cancellation a few days after booking. and did not get the bonus. My booking, which was not cancelled, triggered the bonus immediately.

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