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IHG has quarterly promotions and they just opened registration for the latest “Accelerate Promotion.” The promotion allows member to…well, accelerate their point earnings during the specific calendar quarter (in this case Q4 2019). The promotion runs for four months making it easier to complete your “offers.” However, whether those tasks are worth it (or not) will depend on your targeted offer.
When you login to your Accelerate Promotion you will see a list of “offers.” Everyone will be targeted for different tasks. For example, my list is below:
I will earn an additional:
- Offer #1: 5600 points: If I stay at 2 Holiday Inn Express hotels
- Offer #2: 8000 points: If I stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night
- Offer #3: 1500 points: If I stay at any IHG hotel and use my IHG Rewards Club Credit Card
- 10,000 points: If I complete 3 of the 3 offers, I will earn an additional 10,000 points.
That is a total of 25,100 points if I can complete all my offers.
There are a few terms that you want to be aware of:
- Registration required by October 18, 2019 however;
- Each Offer must be completed between September 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 (both dates inclusive).
A few years ago, IHG’s Accelerate promotions were something I really looked forward to. The promotions were so rewarding that they would regularly affect my booking habits. However, over the last year (or so), my targeted offers have been less rewarding.
One positive aspect of the promotion is that, with a bit of planning, you can complete a few of the offers at the same time. For example, last year I had to attend a conference. Over the course of a weekend I stayed at a specific IHG property for one night, move (literally) next door to another IHG property for the second night, and returned to the original hotel for the third night.
This may seem inconvenient to most people but I completed 5 accelerate offers with this strategy. Additionally, it net 70,000 points which I then used to stay at another IHG property FOR FREE in the heart of Rome, Italy for 3 nights.
Again, everyone is targeted for different offers so your strategy could be much different than mine. And while my offers are potentially achievable, they likely won’t affect my booking behavior through the end of the year.
NOTE: Be sure to register for the promotion straight away even if you don’t have any plans to stay at an IHG property. Over time we tend to forget about these offers, and ironically, will make a reservation in the coming months where we could’ve earned additional points for a stay that we were going to complete anyway.
Did you have any good Accelerate offers? Do you plan to take advantage of them?