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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 27, 2015, 11:47 pm
  #211  
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: ONT
Programs: AGR, UA, AA
Posts: 476
My offer:
1) stay once 5,000
2) stay 5 nights, 10,200
3) stay 3 times w/points+cash, 5,400
4) IHG credit – 2,300
5) 3 out of 4 of the above, 27,100

Since generally I think points+cash is a poor value, this means a single 5 night stay could get me 44,600 points, which isn’t bad. At 0.5 cents a point this is $223 in value. I have two nights already for work, so it's three nights somewhere else for the points.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 12:24 am
  #212  
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: BOS
Programs: AA EXP
Posts: 7,710
Anyone think there will be additional offers or tasks after the visible ones are completed? Mine requires a four night "Stay a Little Longer" reservation, which will also tick off the other boxes and trigger the completion bonus. I'm travelling every month of the promo, but the only trip with 4 nights in one city is over Labor Day, so I'll be done 8 days into the promo.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 4:02 am
  #213  
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: EU
Programs: IC Ambassador, IHG Diamond, Club Carlson Gold, Miles & More FT
Posts: 160
This is my offer:

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.

20,800 Stay 16 Nights
Stay 16 nights and earn 20,800 bonus points.

4,000 Stay 4 more nights
Get an additional 4,000 points after night 20.

4,000 Stay 4 more nights
Get an additional 4,000 points after night 24.

4,000 Stay 4 more nights
Get an additional 4,000 points after night 28.

4,000 Stay 4 more nights
Get an additional 4,000 points after night 32.

35,000 Stay 4 more nights
Get an additional 35,000 points after night 36.

According to this, I should stay 36 nights to complete an offer wich is far from realistic. Only good thing is that with one stay in September I will recieve 10.000 points.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 4:35 am
  #214  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Somewhere in Europe
Posts: 3,362
Originally Posted by doktor24
According to this, I should stay 36 nights to complete an offer wich is far from realistic. Only good thing is that with one stay in September I will recieve 10.000 points.
Out of curiosity how many nights have you had this year so far?

I have the same first two offers and then they start with 14 nights going up in increments of three for slightly less than you.

Mine is also pretty unrealistic and I'm trying to work out of there is any trend
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 6:05 am
  #215  
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: EWR
Programs: AA, Delta, NWA,HHonors, Hyatt BF
Posts: 1,762
Complete all 3 for 50k

Stay once - 5000
Stay 5 total - 6800
Use IHG credit card for one stay - 36700

total 50k

So I have the easiest one?

Plat, avg 5 paid stays per year, 5 BRGs per year, but I did purchase Holiday Inn vacation timesharey package last month ($249 total = $149 reimbursed on visit, $100 Holiday Inn certificate, 20k after visit, upgrade at room at resort /3 nights stay)
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 8:41 am
  #216  
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Posts: 2,396
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.

6,000 Stay 3 Nights
Stay 3 nights and earn 6,000 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.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 9:00 am
  #217  
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Houston, TX
Programs: SPG Gold, IHG Priority Club Plat, National Executive
Posts: 24
Still failing to see much of a pattern in what tasks people are getting other than many people are getting the same first two:

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.

Will be curious to see if anyone can determine the criteria they are using for everyone's tasks.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 10:09 am
  #218  
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Dallas
Programs: AAdvantage EXP, IHG Spire, Marriott Gold, HHonors Gold, National Executive Elite
Posts: 1,524
Anyone have any luck switching to a spouses account? My last 4 promotions have been impossible and really souring me from IHG. Im Spire, so I can gift my wife Platinum status, and then just use her account with me as an additional guest paying to switch to going forward. Thoughts?
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 11:18 am
  #219  
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: STS/SFO
Programs: UA MM, AS MVP Gold, Hyatt Globalist, Marriott Titanium, National Exec Elite
Posts: 182
Platinum Ambassador with only 3 stays and 5 nights so far this year. Here's my offer:

Earn 53,900 total bonus points.

Points Value Offer Description

5,000 Stay Once Get 5,000

6,800 Stay 5 night(s) and earn 6,800 bonus points.

9,600 Stay at 2 brands and get 9,600 bonus points.

4,000 Stay with us for the weekend and earn 4,000 bonus points.

1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card

27,000 Complete 5 of 5 offers and earn (an additional) 27,000 bonus points.

This appears to be 53,900 points for staying 5 nights, which seems like a good deal to me! I hope that currently booked stays for nights within the promotional period count towards the promotion; the Terms and Conditions for the weekend stay are somewhat ambiguous.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 12:45 pm
  #220  
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 12
Spire status:

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.

9,200 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 7 night(s) and earn 9,200 bonus points.

5,600 Corporate Account Bonus
Stay 4 time(s) using your negotiated rate and earn 5,600 bonus points.

1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn bonus points.

28,700 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 3 of 4 offers and earn (an additional) 28,700 bonus points.


How do get a negotiated rate if I have never used a corporate rate or discount code?

My offers seem pretty feasible if I'm able to complete the Corporate Account bonus.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 12:57 pm
  #221  
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 325
is the promotion really worth it?

My promotion requires me to stay 5 nights with 4 different brands to get the full benefit. If I have travel plan from now til the year end, then it is worth it. unfortunately I do not have any travel plan.

I can do a mattress run for one night to get 8,500 points and it costs about $170. However, I can buy the points with the current 100% bonus promotion. 5000 purchase points + 5000 bonus points for $67.50.

Is this a better option for people who would not be able to complete the full challenge? I am thinking about cancelling my mattress-run stay.

Wonder how others think of this strategy?
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 1:32 pm
  #222  
cln
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Europe/SEA
Programs: TK E+, Bonvoy LT Plat, Hilton Diamond, IHG Platinum, Dusit Gold
Posts: 1,715
are the free nights for new members transferable ?
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 2:51 pm
  #223  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Programs: AB Platinum (AB4EVA), IHG Diamond, Dominos Gold
Posts: 956
From previous promos, does anybody know whether stays starting and ending before the 1st of September, but posting after the 1st - Or, starting before the 1st of September but ending after the 1st will count?

This is important to me, since I am starting a trip tomorrow that could fulfil some goals (such as Saturday+Sunday stay) - if however this weekend won't count, I'd rather spend SAT in a different place and only check in on Sunday, or even make a new reservation starting Tuesday the 1st.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 3:04 pm
  #224  
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Michigan
Programs: AA, UA, DL, UR, IHG platnium, AirAsia
Posts: 323
Originally Posted by raph
From previous promos, does anybody know whether stays starting and ending before the 1st of September, but posting after the 1st - Or, starting before the 1st of September but ending after the 1st will count?

This is important to me, since I am starting a trip tomorrow that could fulfil some goals (such as Saturday+Sunday stay) - if however this weekend won't count, I'd rather spend SAT in a different place and only check in on Sunday, or even make a new reservation starting Tuesday the 1st.
This weekend won't count. Promotion only counts for stays starting September 1st. Read the T&C's.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 3:15 pm
  #225  
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 1,872
Originally Posted by chrism20
Out of curiosity how many nights have you had this year so far?

I have the same first two offers and then they start with 14 nights going up in increments of three for slightly less than you.

Mine is also pretty unrealistic and I'm trying to work out of there is any trend
I got this flavor and find it similarly unreasonable. After the first two, it's asking me for 19 nights to start and then goes up in increments of four - and I've had 14 paid nights this year.
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