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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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Old Aug 24, 2015, 5:45 am
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Originally Posted by krward
Stay 1 night 5,000 points
Stay 41 nights 52,400
2 Bonus Point package stays 3,200
3 night stay NY metro area hotel 5,000
Use IHG credit card 1,500
Complete all 7,000
74,100 total
Insane
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 5:51 am
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Originally Posted by ehud
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Indeed. Must be why IHG shares are tanking this morning. Down nearly 4%. *

* for the humor impaired, I don't really think they are related.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 5:58 am
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Originally Posted by ehud
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Its expected though. I have 120 nights this year so far. Overall the promotion kinda sucks. Only 75,000 points vs 100,000 points and 2 free nights for that last promotion for staying 54 nights, not to mention the double points for a month.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 6:28 am
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My Offers
Points Value Offer Description 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. Terms
Book Now
12,000 Stay More, Earn More

Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 6 night(s) and earn 12,000 bonus points. Terms
Book Now
6,000 Stay a Little Longer

Earn 6,000 bonus points when you book a single stay of four or more consecutive nights. Terms
Book Now
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. Terms
Redeem Now
26,000 Your Achievement Bonus

Complete 3 of 5 offers and earn (an additional) 26,000 bonus points. Terms
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 6:37 am
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I totally ignored the last 2 or 3 promotions, because they wanted too much from me. I have had no paid (and just a few reward) stays with IHG in the past year or more.

With that in mind, they finally gave ma a very easy one:
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.

6,800 Stay More, Earn More

Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 6,800 bonus points.

2,000 Earn More, Faster

Earn 2,000 bonus points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.

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.

34,700 Your Achievement Bonus

Complete 3 of 5 offers and earn (an additional) 34,700 bonus points.
except of course as with some others above it makes no sense (it says I can do just 3 of 5 tasks, but I only see 4 tasks, not counting the one is referencing 3 out of 5).

If they really only need me to do 3 (out of 4), it sounds like I can earn about 43k points in one night, by making it be a bonus points package stay paid with my IHG Reward Club credit card (thus satisfying 3 tasks with the same stay)!
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 6:58 am
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I got an easy 87,800 which can be done with 4 nights, as long as two of those are a weekend at an IC. Can't complain! Spire.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 6:59 am
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Looks like all the offers are significantly different from account to account. Not a bad promo, but the amount of travel I have been doing for work has significantly changed so I probably won't partake in this offer. The HH 3x seems better for me.

Currently have Platinum status, which was earned last year not from credit card.

Earn 70,600 total bonus points.

Complete all your offers to get 70,600 total bonus points

1. Stay Once Get 5,000
Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 5,000 bonus points.
2. Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 9 night(s) and earn 11,600 bonus points.
3. Discover Our Brands
Stay at 4 number of brands and get 25,600 bonus points.
4. Change Your View®
Stay at 2 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)—including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations®—and earn 6,400 bonus points.
5. Apply for the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
Apply here for the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and earn 2,000 points
6. Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 4 of 6 offers and earn (an additional) 20,000 bonus points.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 7:47 am
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Mine.... 36 nights might even work actually. these months are busiest for me. i stay away from the cash and points i guess. all others are easy, just the first weekend of september have a 5 night stay to copmlete 3 in one shot
but i'm missing the 7th like all of us :-)

TOTAL: 95400 points
1 Stay : 5000 points
36 Nights : 60000 points
1 Stay 4 nights : 6000 points
1 Weekend : 6000 points
3 Stays Pt & Cash : 5400 points
Redeem merchandise : 1000 points
5 of 7 done : 12000 bonus points
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 8:44 am
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Looks like I'll earn just about 6,500 points this time around.

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.

6,800 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 6,800 bonus points.

30,400 Discover Our Brands
Stay at 5 number of brands and get 30,400 bonus points.

3,200 Earn More, Faster
Earn 3,200 bonus points when you book 2 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.

5,000 Las Vegas Bonus
Book a (1) 2 night minimum stay at The Venetian® or The Palazzo®, an InterContinental Alliance® Resort in Las Vegas and earn 5,000 bonus points. Booking must be made via an IHG website or an IHG reservation call center.

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.

23,000 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 5 of 7 offers and earn (an additional) 23,000 bonus points.
Yes, my promo literally says "5 number of brands".
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 8:56 am
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Haven't looked at mine yet, but I hope it has the 2 different 5,000 stay once requirements. Looks like some people have a 5,000 for staying once, plus a 5,000 for staying once in September. Do a 1 nighter in September and that should get you 10,000.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 9:10 am
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Originally Posted by jtpc
Haven't looked at mine yet, but I hope it has the 2 different 5,000 stay once requirements. Looks like some people have a 5,000 for staying once, plus a 5,000 for staying once in September. Do a 1 nighter in September and that should get you 10,000.
Yeah I've got that as well. Don't think they have thought that one out properly somehow.

I don't understand the point of all the additional stay another three nights and get 3k points tasks I have rather thank actual offers. It's as if they have ran out of ideas and just shoved that in.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 9:20 am
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One of my components involved using points, so I checked the fine print. Reward Stays must be BOOKED after Sept. 1st; pre-existing reservations do NOT count!
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 9:22 am
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My own offers have been getting steadily and incrementally harder over the last 18 months. I've achieved the last couple, and will finish out the Share promo next week. But maxing that one required 26 nights total. I was fully expecting this next one to be even harder, and had figured I would move my stays back to Haytt or Marriott or whoever had the best competing promo.

So I'm pretty pleased that this looks very achievable for me - Though my total is only 50K, I can theoretically fulfill it all with as few as 6 nights, with no rate or geographic restrictions. So kudos to the IHG marketing team for reading my mind.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 9:25 am
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Originally Posted by FonzieBone
Stay once and earn 5,000 bonus points.
Stay 5 night(s) and earn 6,800 bonus points.
Stay at 3 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)—including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations®—and earn 8,800 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.
27,900 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 3 of 5 offers and earn (an additional) 27,900 bonus points. Terms

Looks like an easy 50,000 points. Only thing that looks weird is, like others, it says 3 of 5 but only 4 offers are listed.
I'm with you - mine couldn't be any easier:

1- Stay Once Get 5,000 bonus points.
2- Stay 5 night(s) and earn 6,800 bonus points.
3- Earn 2,000 bonus points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.
4- Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points.

Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 3 of 5 offers and earn (an additional) 34,700 bonus points.

They only show 4 of 5 for me, but who cares. All I need to do is stay one night at the Bonus Points Package rate and pay with my credit card and I'll end up with 41,700 points

Doubtful I'll even bother with the other 5 nights for the 6,800 bonus points.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 9:27 am
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Another point ... the first week overlaps with the Share Forever program for those of us in the Western Hemisphere. Hope their system can handle both at the same time!
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