REGISTER NOW: IHG launches new 4x bonus points hotel promo ON TOP OF ‘Accelerate’

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IHG Rewards Club has launched a brand new promotion offering you the chance to earn lots of bonus points.  

It is called ‘4x’ and you can register here.

EDIT: IHG has now extended the registration and booking deadline to 15th January 2020

I know what you’re thinking – IHG is already running an Autumn promotion!  The latest version of Accelerate gave everyone a set of personalised targets and until 31st December to achieve them.  You can read our full article on Accelerate here and register by clicking here.

It also doubles up with the current InterContinental bonus we wrote about here (and register here).  This gives you 3,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points on up to five InterContinental cash stays before 30th November.

Get all three of these offers going at the same time and you’re in for some very generous earning indeed!

IHG 4x promotion

What is IHG’s new promotion about?

A lot of people were unexcited by their Accelerate targets this Autumn.  It is possible that IHG Rewards Club has already seen this flowing through to lower booking numbers, hence this new offer.

The new offer encourages you to compete four or more stays by 31st January:

Your first stay earns 1,000 bonus points

Your second stay earns DOUBLE base points

Your third stay earns TRIPLE base points

Your fourth stay and subsequent stays earn QUADRUPLE base points

IHG Rewards Club 4x bonus

Is there a catch?

A little one.  You need to register by 15th December and, more importantly, book by 15th December.

The link to register is here.

A bit of cunning thinking may be required …..

Because of the way the bonuses increase, it may be worth pushing more stays towards IHG if you know you will have an expensive stay coming up.

Let’s imagine that you have a stay coming up which you know will cost £1,000 excluding VAT.  At 10 base points per $1, you would be earning around 13,000 points (+ status bonuses) from that stay.

However, if you could slip in three other stays before that one, your £1,000 stay would earn quadruple base points – 52,000 points in total!

Register now

EVERYONE should register for ‘4x’ now – the link is here.

Because registration finishes six weeks before the end of the offer, you could be caught out in January if you haven’t already registered.  Do it now and get it out of the way.

Whether it is worth moving four stays to IHG will partly depend on your Accelerate targets too.  However, this is certainly a generous offer – especially if you can make those third and fourth stays into expensive ones.  For most people, it will beat Hilton’s double base points offer.

(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. Aston100 says:

    Just saw this myself.
    Fortunately I’ve got a few stays already booked in the next few weeks.
    Pity that my longest and most expensive stay is next week, for which I will only be getting an extra 1000 points.

    Still, something extra for doing nothing more than clicking a button to register is very welcome.

    • I can’t work out which is better – Hilton X3 or IHG X4!!

      • Hilton X3. Likely to come out with similar total points, but less downside risk if you fall short of making 4 stays.

    • Do you reckon existing bookings (made before registering)will count?

      • Yes, doesn’t say otherwise.

        • Yes, but this IHG….

        • memesweeper says:

          My regular accelerate points aren’t even posting. I’ve therefore got little confidence these new bonuses will. I’ve complained about accelerate to IHG twice. They’ve ‘fixed’ it by posting points manually. I won’t complain a third time. I will assume I won’t get the points and make my booking decisions accordingly. Hilton Honors, in my experience, ‘just work’.

        • But the link states

          “Register and book your stay by 15th December …”

          So I read that as new bookings only

          • I accept you could read it that way. However, you can also read it a different way!

            I think the wording would be more specific, eg ‘book between 24 October and 15 December’, if it was restricted.

            Importantly, we also know from previous promos that whilst IHG can track the date of app bookings, it doesn’t seem able to track the date of standard bookings.

          • I read it the same way as Rob does, Hopefully the 1,000 points for the first stay will post with the stay itself, like some of the accelerate targets, and we’ll know very soon.

          • Lady London says:

            Historically with IHG existing bookings have counted. Everything was based on stay date. With Hilton it seems to be usually checkout date. With Accor booking date always seems to have to be new booking only.

            Often Accor also has a latest date for that new booking that is far, too far ahead of stay date. Thismeans I often don’t bother with Accor as it seems they don’t understand that business stays often can only be booked near to stay date.

            The above seems to be how these 3 work – but always check ts and c’s of any new promotion just in case.

      • I personally called IHG, and they told me that they need to be NEW reservations after you have registered into this promotions. I had to cancel all my previous reservations and do them all over again.

        • Never believe the call centre …. if it isn’t in the promo rules then it shouldn’t apply.

          Here is Flyertalk quote from a social media reply from IHG: “I’m glad to inform you as well that reservations made prior to registering on the said offer will still be counted as long as the stay dates is beyond the promotions time-frame.”

          and

          “I received the promo email on Wednesday evening whilst at a Holiday Inn on a 1-night stay booked a week earlier. Registered as soon as I received email and the 1000 points posted yesterday with the stay points as part of the hotels posting. I checkout from a Crowne Plaza today which will be my second stay after registration (stay booked last month) and will update but it looks to me like once you register all stays count regardless of when booked.”

          and

          ” I’ve now had two stays from a recent holiday in Japan post under the offer – and I only registered the day I checked out from the last hotel.”

          • Anthony says:

            I can also vouch that existing bookings are fine. This promo was launched as I was on my way to a Holiday Inn. I registered about 1 hour before checking in. Points have posted with the stay 🙂

            Shame this isnt the case for other hotel chain/flight promos

        • Stefan Bard says:

          I got the bonus points on a stay a made months ago but stayed after I registered. So far everything is posting to account no issues.

    • I have not read the terms but I would be very surprised if existing bookings count.

  2. It’s probably a softening of the market, unrelated to Accelerate.

    • Lady London says:

      You are probably right Marcw as we are beginning to see more offers this season from other hotel chains too. However it does no harm for us to let IHG know that their offers are not competitive.

      In fact many Spires and Platinums reported they received p***-poor Accelerate offers last 2 seasons from IHG. Those are your best customers, IHG. Many of those were so annoyed that they removed stays from IHG to other brands. So what was IHG thinking? Now the market has softened so IHG lost that opportunity.

      I expect the other chains to produce better offers soon too.

  3. Czechoslovakia says:

    Only this morning, cancelled a Hilton reward booking in New York to take advantage of the Kimpton sale. Kimpton also running double elite bonus points offer. So I wonder, being as my third stay under this new promo, will I get three times my double elite points….? Plus this stay will trigger my 16800 point discover our brands bonus. Assuming IHG IT can keep up, that is.

    • It would be really unusual these days to get double, or triple / quadruple, elite points. My guess is the bonus points won’t be elite,

  4. Well, given that IHG’s IT systems are so rubbish they won’t let me register for the latest Accelerate, I’m not holding my breath.

  5. pommy ray says:

    fourth stay and beyond get the 4x:

    On your fourth Stay and all future stays during the campaign period, you will be awarded quadruple points up to 200,000 points.

    but booking must be over 30 dollars!

  6. Thanks Rob, agree, my Accelerate offer was poor, then it changed to an even worse set of targets, really weird marketing strategy from IHG.

  7. I’m confused now! Need to book a HI which costs £113 per night.
    Only accelerate offer which will work with this stay is use points and cash and get 4,500 points. (20,000 points plus £55. Will that work with this offer or it will it not count as a reward night? Not sure if I’ll have any other bookings by end Jan. Would I be best to book with points/cash or cash only?

    • Sorry it’s 10,000 plus £55 or 20,000 points only. Think I’ll go with the points/cash option.

      • Lady London says:

        Points and cash bookings are generally excluded from qualifying on IHG promotions. Unless you have a specific target for s points and cash booking.

      • Lady London says:

        They are valuing 10,000 points at £58. So defo go points and cash unless you can foresee having a higher value use for 10k points.

        • Lady London says:

          Oops plus you will get 4500 back on Accelerate. So £58 for 10000 it’s is actually £58 for 6500 net points in your case.

          • Lady London says:

            *or even £58 for 5,500 points value that you are receiving net. Corrected that calculation!

  8. Is anyone else not seeing any accelerate bonus points being added yet? I only have the up to 40k bonus points offer but am still at 0 of 40k points despite having 8 stays or so since the promo start. IHG said points will only be credited from the second stay which I already knew.

    • memesweeper says:

      See my comment above – I had to complain. *none* of my points for numerous stays have posted.

  9. Dimitri says:

    I wonder if that’s related to the very poor quarterly results that IHG released a few days ago.

  10. Will this 2x, 3x, 4x the accelerate bonuses including the completion bonus?

  11. I’ve got loads of stays booked already for this period.. Do I really need to go back to cancel and rebook them all? The terms do not state that the reservation has to be made after the registration just the stay.. Also the headline suggests that you need to register and book before 15th December 2019 but it doesn’t say it has to be after registration.. Anybody got any thoughts on this please?

    • You’re fine, if they don’t say you need to rebook.

    • The T&C are usually explicit when existing bookings don’t count so I’m reading it as ok for existing bookings. 3rd party websites bookings don’t count though.

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