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IHG Accelerate Fall / End of year promotion 2015

Stay dates 1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015, inclusive.

Offer page: http://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/off...ffer/dashboard

FAQ:

Q: Is there any way to change to different offers?
A: No.

Q: Can the same stay count towards multiple offers?
A: Yes, as long as it meets the terms of the individual offers, it will count for all of them. The same stay can count towards staying once, staying more, staying at a brand, staying on a weekend, booking with the app, paying with the credit card, and so on.

Q: Really? Seems too easy.
A: Yes, really.

Q: Do Cash and Points rates count as qualifying stays/nights?
A: No. Neither do award nights.

Q: How long does it take for completed items to show on the dashboard?
A: Various posters say their activities took 1 to 14 days to show.

Q: For "Change Your View" offer, can I stay at the same Holiday Inn more than once?
A: No, the stays must each be at different hotels to count separately.

Q: For "Change Your View" offer, does Holiday Inn Express count as a Holiday Inn?
A: No, Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn are different brands.

Q: For "Discover Our Brands" offer, can I count both Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn separately?
A: Yes, Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn are different brands.

Q: For "Eat, Drink and Earn" offer, must the food and beverage spend amount be a single transaction?
A: No, you can spread the spend amount across multiple transactions and multiple stays, to achieve the required total.


Q: If check in is in August, but check out is on September 1, will that count at all?
A: It appears that checkouts on September do not qualify.

Q: If check in is in August, but check out is after September 1, will that count at all?
A: No, check in must be Sept 1 or later. For stays starting in August and ending September 2 or later, it appears the September 1st and onward nights do count (e.g. Aug xx to Sep 3 = 2 nights).

Q: Do I need to make my reservations after September 1?
A: No, you can book now, or use bookings from before the promo was announced, as long as the stays are consumed starting Sept 1.


Terms and Conditions (as of 8/24/15):
You must be an IHG Rewards Club member and must register your member number in advance to participate in Accelerate ("Promotion"). Upon Registration, members will be presented with the opportunity to earn at least 50,000 bonus points upon completion of all offers presented. Members will be awarded bonus points listed for each individual Promotional offer ("Offer") after completing the requirements of each individual Offer. Each Offer must be completed between 1 September 2015 and 31 December 2015 (both dates inclusive) ("Registration"). The bonus points earned through individual Offers can be used for redemption opportunities toward Reward Nights, merchandise and other redemption opportunities. See individual Offers for the specific terms and conditions per Offer type. A Stay is defined per IHG Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out (Stay). A Stay constitutes a Qualifying Stay when member pays qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates at InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, EVENor HUALUXETM hotels worldwide. Bonus points are not issued for Non-Qualifying Room Rates or Non-Qualifying Stays. Non-Qualifying Room Rates or Non-Qualifying Stay include the following: any stay at a Kimpton Hotel, net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG Rewards Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, rates booked through third party web sites, complimentary hotel Stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate at IHGs sole discretion. Only one room per member per Qualifying Stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points. Each Promotion Offer of bonus points is available only once to each member. No retroactive bonus points will be awarded for Stays prior to Registration. Except as otherwise stated in the terms and conditions, please allow up to 2 to 3 weeks for Promotion Offer bonus points to be credited after checkout .This Promotion is subject to standard IHG Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions and earning structure, which can be obtained by visiting www.ihgrewardsclub.com. This exclusive Promotion is valid and applies to the original recipient only. IHG reserves the right to remove a member's bonus points or cancel a members account if fraudulent use of the Promotion is detected. IHG Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer. Members must make any promotional inquiries by 60 days from the end of the campaign promotional period.
NEW Member offer
Stay twice and get a Free Night.

Must be an IHG Rewards Club member and must register your member number in advance to participate in this Offer. Free Nights earned are applicable only to the room nights and privileges specifically provided by this Promotion and supporting Offers, at IHGs discretion, and are not comparable with IHG Rewards Club Reward Night (redeemed by points) or any other room nights. To be eligible for this Offer you must complete a Stay (as defined below), on two separate occasions, throughout the period of 1 September 2015 to 31 December 2015 (inclusive). Free Nights earned from any such Stay, must be redeemed by 31 December 2016. A Stay is defined per IHG Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out (Stay). A Stay constitutes a Qualifying Stay when paying qualifying rates, which include most business and leisure rates. Free Nights are not issued for Stays at the following reduced room rates (Non-Qualifying Room Rates or Non-Qualifying Stay): net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG Rewards Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, rates booked through third party web sites, complimentary hotel Stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate at IHGs sole discretion. Only one room per member per Stay will be awarded the applicable Free Nights. Free Nights can only be used in IHG hotels and may not be transferred. A Free Night is valid only for one standard room night rate and applicable taxes (not including breakfast). Redemption of Free Night is subject to availability. The hotel room type provided by the hotels relating to this promotion shall be determined at IHGs discretion. Free Nights shall be redeemed on first-come and first-served basis. Redemptions must be made 24 hours in advance by logging in to the member account on www.ihgrewardsclub.com. Cancellation or changes must be made 48 hours prior to 6 P.M. of arrival date. Any changes or cancellation after that will be deemed to be a no show, and the Free Night credit will be removed from member's IHG Rewards Club account. Individual hotels cancellation policy applies to the use of the Free Night. Cancellation fees apply if cancellation is made outside of the hotels cancelation time period. Free Nights cannot be exchanged for cash and are not transferrable in the system to other members and guests. IHG reserves the right to remove a member's Free Night reward or cancel a members account if fraudulent use of the Offer is detected. IHG Rewards Club reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Promotion/Offer at any time with or without notice. IHG reserves the right of final interpretation of this Offer.
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IHG Accelerate End of year promotion (2015)

Old Aug 26, 2015, 1:35 pm
  #181  
 
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Originally Posted by zainman
So can we just make a new account with a different address but same name and then get the 2 free nights offer?

Or should I get my friend to make an account and pay for his mattress run so I can use the 2 free nights he earns? Are you able to book the free nights for other people or does the member have to stay themselves?
Well that is fraudulent as you are only allowed 1x account. IHG will no doubt be aware of the temptation and computer systems these days auto cross check
Addresses/names/email-addresses/cc-number

If caught you lose both this new account AND the main account you already have forfeiting banked points, future award nights etc

As such only do this fiddle if
A)you have low points balance and no awRd nights booked
B) you have no status that you wil lose
C) you have no BPG nights in the pipeline

Note
If you tell a friend they will likely stay to get the 2free nights themselves but you coulld have your other half, parents enrol . However someone has to stay booked nights although you could be additional named guest
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 1:55 pm
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Originally Posted by arecknor
Thanks for the reply scubaccr. Just to clarify - If I stay one night in each of September, October, November, and December then that equals 4 stays right? You don't have to stay 2+ consecutive nights to count as a stay, do you?
No as 1 night is regarded as stay.

Enjoy your 2 free nights.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 2:31 pm
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The take away from this promotion?
It pays to not stay with IHG properties and consider only when there is something on the table
Which is precisely what I have been doing.Working well for me^
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 2:47 pm
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Can I have someone else book a 2 night stay under my account and have them check in? Would I get the free night?
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 2:49 pm
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Stay at 4 Holiday Inn hotel(s)including Holiday Inn Resort and Holiday Inn Club Vacationsand earn 11,200 bonus points.

Does this mean 4 x Holiday Inn only stays or are Holiday Inn Expresses classed as Holiday Inns?
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 2:52 pm
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Holiday Inn Express (and Express by holiday inn) is a Separate brand and should not qualify in your case.

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Old Aug 26, 2015, 3:25 pm
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Originally Posted by jms_uk
I've got 6 offers, but for the bonus I need to complete 5 out of 7 ??
Me too but unlike the last two offers I think I can manage this one quite easily
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 3:42 pm
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 4:16 pm
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Originally Posted by username
Then it occurred to me that I can get 5000+2000+1500+29900 for staying once on a bonus package rate and charge to my IHG card.... That is not bad...
Exactly. They are basically giving you one free night for staying one. It's a stunning deal (and similar to the one I got). ^
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 5:34 pm
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Originally Posted by beachboys90210
Can I have someone else book a 2 night stay under my account and have them check in? Would I get the free night?
No. Unless you want to risk having your account closed, that is. But in general, no. You need to check in yourself.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 7:42 pm
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Originally Posted by hclee01
I have the member exclusive rate bonus task too:

Member Exclusive Rate Bonus
Book 2 stays with the Member Exclusive rate and earn 4,000 bonus points.

Based on the T&C reflected, I have to book via this website:
http://www.ihg.com/hotels/gb/en/glob...special_vanity

However, participating hotels are across Asia Pacific (excluding China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Middle East and Africa only.

Not too sure if you have the same task. Is there anything reflected in the T&C for this task?
Further to this when you click on the link above the member exclusive promotion ends on 01 September for bookings until 04 September.

If you make a booking for November using the link above in the promotion is it counted?

I'd be interested to know how much thought/testing goes into these promotions before they are released. I can see some fiddling about to hapoen where the terms and conditions are changed to suit IHG mid promotion. Got stung with that during Into the Nights.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by 777 global mile hound
The take away from this promotion?
It pays to not stay with IHG properties and consider only when there is something on the table
Which is precisely what I have been doing.Working well for me^
I would revise that to say: It pays not do paid stays with IHG properties until there's a good bonus for doing so.

I've managed to retain a bunch of IHG points that I earned in Crack the Case and one other early targeted promo, and then stayed away from paid IHG stays for a couple years, then did one targeted promo about a year and half ago or so, then stayed away from paid IHG stays again until now, and now have a great payoff-to-expense ratio for the Accelerate promo. (And since in my case it only requires one paid night total, if I do all the tasks on that one night, it may not upset the balance too much yet for the next round. I've never had a targeted promo from IHG yet that required only one paid night before this.)

But I don't think doing the occasional redemption hurts. Certainly every year I redeem my Chase free night cert plus usually a small handful of other nights on points, and that doesn't seem to make the difference, only long it's been since I did paid stays.

I thus prefer to do the vast majority of my paid stays in other programs that have promos with don't dminish in return just because you've been doing paid stays with that program a lot. IHG is the exception, so far anyway, in having the best promos only targeted to those who haven't been doing paid stays much.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:02 pm
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One of mine is

Stay for Less and Earn

Earn 3,600 bonus points when you book 3 stay(s) using Points and Cash. We'll reward you with more Bonus Points when you use a combination of points and cash

Based on the Q & A at the top it states that points and cash are not qualifying stays. so does that mean for me to achieve goal all i would get is the 3600 points for the entire three stays, and no night will count as qualifying nor would i get points for booking? this promo seems stupid to me.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:08 pm
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Originally Posted by Kindred
One of mine is

Stay for Less and Earn

Earn 3,600 bonus points when you book 3 stay(s) using Points and Cash. We'll reward you with more Bonus Points when you use a combination of points and cash

Based on the Q & A at the top it states that points and cash are not qualifying stays. so does that mean for me to achieve goal all i would get is the 3600 points for the entire three stays, and no night will count as qualifying nor would i get points for booking? this promo seems stupid to me.
Not sure what you mean by "points for booking", but otherwise you are correct.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:20 pm
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I'm Platinum Ambassador (28 nights so far this year, mostly paid) and got the following offer:

1) 5,000 Stay Once Get 5,000
Thank you for being a loyal IHG Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 5,000 bonus points.

2) 17,200 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 13 night(s) and earn 17,200 bonus points.

3) 8,000 Corporate Account Bonus
Stay 6 time(s) using your negotiated rate and earn 8,000 bonus points.

4) 4,000 Member Exclusive Rate Bonus
Book 2 stays with the Member Exclusive rate and earn 4,000 bonus points.

5) 3,500 Eat, Drink and Earn
Spend $360 on food or beverages at IHG hotels and earn 3,500 bonus points.

6) 1,000 Earn When You Redeem
You earned your points, now use them how you want. Redeem your points for anything from a digital download to a Reward Night and you'll earn 1,000 bonus points.

7) 11,300 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 5 of 6 offers and earn (an additional) 11,300 bonus points.

What's new is that some goals are now stay based and not night based which is a disadvantage in my case with fewer stays, but a bit more nights planned during the promo period. I can do 1) + 6) for sure. 4) + 5) possibly, but 2) + 3) won't be happening based on current plans. Oh well, as others said it pays to have some slow periods in between to bring future targets down again. 5K points for one stay are a decent one.

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