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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®, EVEN®or 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 IHG’s 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 member’s 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 IHG’s 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 IHG’s 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 IHG’s 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 hotel’s cancellation policy applies to the use of the Free Night. Cancellation fees apply if cancellation is made outside of the hotel’s 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 member’s 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, 10:30 pm
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My GFs account is Gold Ambassador (2 nights only so far this year):

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) 11,600 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 7 night(s) and earn 11,600 bonus points.

3) 4,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
Stay with us for the weekend and earn 4,000 bonus points. A Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night stay required.

4) 2,200 Eat, Drink and Earn
Spend $200 on food or beverages at IHG® hotels and earn 2,200 bonus points.

5) 1,000 Donate points to Charity
Donate points to IHG® Shelter in a Storm, our disaster relief program, and receive 1,000 points.

6) 26,200 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 5 of 5 offers and earn (an additional) 26,200 bonus points.

1) and 3) are doable based on current plans. 4) would work if spa will count (going to stay at a resort), but I'm assuming it does not. 5) is interesting and needs exploring. I mean if one can donate 1K points and get them replenished it is a wash and something goes for a good cause. Will see. Unfortunately I don't think 2) will be manageable so that will be it.
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Old Aug 26, 2015, 10:34 pm
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Originally Posted by Points Scrounger
Not sure what you mean by "points for booking", but otherwise you are correct.
i just meant when you pay for a room you get points on the room rate.

so do you get points based on the cash amount you spent?

but as you said i was correct in that it is none qualifying that answers my question anyway. thank you.

it seems a silly hurdle get nothing except 3600 points for three stays.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 1:05 am
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Originally Posted by Kindred
i just meant when you pay for a room you get points on the room rate.

so do you get points based on the cash amount you spent?

but as you said i was correct in that it is none qualifying that answers my question anyway. thank you.

it seems a silly hurdle get nothing except 3600 points for three stays.
Well ... you would get three sets of Welcome Amenity points!

I think the idea is that those stays would be part of the total for completing all requirements, not the 3600 points in themselves.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 2:35 am
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For the new member offer, stay 2 and get 1 free night, are there any cap or maximum number of free night each member can earn during the promotion period?
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 5:36 am
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Originally Posted by ctb213ctb213
For the new member offer, stay 2 and get 1 free night, are there any cap or maximum number of free night each member can earn during the promotion period?
Yes, max of 2 free nights.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 5:52 am
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Originally Posted by sdsearch
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.
In the same boat here.

I rather not stay with IHG for a paid rate (or put in another way - the places I want to go and stay with IHG - I would not pay the going rate and use points).

I use the Chase annual card, a few points redemption and the (very) occasional paid night when it make sense financially or there are really no other options around (and when I don't care about benefits).

While I sat down the last two promotions, it seems I can trust that the Q4 promotion each year would be something that is both worth doing and easy to do (last year it was 2 free nights for 2 stays, this year it would be almost 50K points for one night stay). All are very easy to do and the benefits outshine the cost many times over.

It is king of ironic that the program has the best promos, yet only under special circumstances I would actually consider paying for a room in it.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 12:31 pm
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My offer:

1,000 for 1st stay
6800 for 5 nights
3600 for 3 stays using points and cash
1,500 for using credit card

37,100 for doing 3 out of 4

It isn't a terrible offer but I don't think it will work with my travel plans. The cash and points option is lame. Doing it once would be okay, but 3 times would make it a poor value.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 1:36 pm
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Originally Posted by mareh
My offer:

1,000 for 1st stay
6800 for 5 nights
3600 for 3 stays using points and cash
1,500 for using credit card

37,100 for doing 3 out of 4

It isn't a terrible offer but I don't think it will work with my travel plans. The cash and points option is lame. Doing it once would be okay, but 3 times would make it a poor value.
Agree C&P is poor, but your offer is 3 of 4. If you can do 5 nights, the total bonus is 46K. Not worth mattress running for, but if you have trips upcoming anyway, that's a pretty good bonus.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 1:59 pm
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My wife's offer is interesting:

5,000 Stay Once Get 5,000

10,200 Stay More, Earn More (5 Nights)

2,300 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card

5,000 Become an Ambassador Member

27,500 Your Achievement Bonus (Complete 3 of 4)

If I'm reading this correctly, she could spend 32,000 points to become Ambassador plus have a 1 night stay somewhere and earn 39,800 points.

So, it's sort of like getting Ambassador for free.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by csyoung49
Spire Ambassador - Earn 57,000 total bonus points.

Complete all your offers to get 57,000 total bonus points

5,000 September Bonus Play
Stay once in September and earn 5,000 bonus points.

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.

5,000 Stay 3 Nights
Stay 3 nights and earn 5,000 bonus points.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 points after night 6.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 points after night 9.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 points after night 12.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 points after night 15.

30,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 30,000 points after night 18.
Funny, I am dirt to IHG (stay 1 or 2 nights per year) nowhere near Spire Ambassador, yet I got virtually the same offer (only exception is that I get 6,000 for the first 3 nights vs 5,000 above). I moved a Marriott November (before Megabonus starts) to IHG for the 10,000 pt bonus; pretty nice.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 4:20 pm
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Originally Posted by darthbimmer
You also forgot your Platinum bonus on the base points.
Wow, okay, how much is that? 2,280 points for two $114-night stays plus what??
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 7:09 pm
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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.

Really???? Have this been confirmed by IHG staff???
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by bosman
Funny, I am dirt to IHG (stay 1 or 2 nights per year) nowhere near Spire Ambassador, yet I got virtually the same offer (only exception is that I get 6,000 for the first 3 nights vs 5,000 above). I moved a Marriott November (before Megabonus starts) to IHG for the 10,000 pt bonus; pretty nice.
My best friend is dirt on IHG too and got a similar offer that is hard to do. So, maybe they do appreciate us "real customers" once a while
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 9:36 pm
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Originally Posted by bemylast
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.

Really???? Have this been confirmed by IHG staff???
I inquired on social media, and that was their answer.
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Old Aug 27, 2015, 9:47 pm
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Originally Posted by swag
I inquired on social media, and that was their answer.
Dear, on which social media?
Facebook or twitter?
Can I have the screen shot?
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