Old Aug 22, 2019, 8:47 am
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A new season and a new IHG Accelerate promotion. Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions below:


For newcomers to IHG promotions, note that Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn (including Holiday Inn Resorts) are two different brand categories for these things. If your dashboard says 'stay at a Holiday Inn Express' as one of the tasks and you stay at a Holiday Inn, it will NOT credit for the Holiday Inn Express task. (and vice versa)

For a task that says 'Stay X number of times at a Holiday Inn Express' (or Holiday Inn, Intercontinental, etc.) each stay must be at a different property for it to fully credit rather than staying at the same property multiple times.

An award stay only counts toward a task that specifically requires an award stay and will not count toward other tasks and night requirements for the purposes of the promotion. (Award stays do count toward general elite qualification, but that's outside this promotion)

'Redeem points' award nights only count for the 'redeem points' task and no other tasks. (example- an award night does not count toward 'Stay X number of nights')

At IHG, points + cash stays are simply points stays where you bought some of the points at the time of the reservation. Once you finish the reservation, a points + cash stay shows as a points stay. Thus points + cash stays only count for tasks where they are specified, and not other tasks.


Other than the tasks for redeeming points and point + cash reservations, tasks are generally very stackable. Enjoy the game of figuring out how to get the most out of the least amount of nights and money.

Doing a points + cash booking and then cancelling it does NOT trigger a 'buy points' task completion. A 'buy points' task is a points transaction that is processed through points.com

The 'pay with your IHG credit card' task has typically been very slow to post. If it does within about two weeks of completing a stay, that's relatively quick, and it will often be several weeks beyond that, depending on when your statement closing date is and how IHG's system sweep is timed.

Some offers require booking within the promotion period in addition to staying during the promotion period.

Registration & dashboard link:


https://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/offers/accelerate3
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New Accelerate Promotion (Sept 01, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019)

Old Aug 24, 2019, 11:18 pm
  #76  
 
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Originally Posted by dagangwood

Will definitely skip ...
Yep, got this one as well. Currently Spire Ambassador and just renewed for next year. Have two stays at ICs but otherwise recently switched to Marriott and don't plan to chase this challenge!
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Old Aug 25, 2019, 2:54 pm
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I just got the 1000 point total bonus too. Is this for real or some sort of spoof this time round?
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Old Aug 25, 2019, 3:40 pm
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Originally Posted by perthite
If you're doing the July to October one, then you are not eligible for the September to December one. There's something in the rules about not being in concurrent versions of the promotion.
Quite why they have split into two groups this way is a bit of a mystery.
Yeah, I wouldn't think that I would qualify for this Accelerate. Which is why I am not going to attempt to sign-up for it unless I receive an email from IHG. I'm just baffled as to why there are dual Accelerate programs going on. I get the different criteria tailored for each individual member. Just not this.
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Old Aug 25, 2019, 6:40 pm
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Yes. I got the same lame offer 1000IHG bonus points on next stay....Not even worth the bother.
All my previous ones were 40k-60k offers for multiple transactions.

Will be booking at another chain for my September trip.
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Old Aug 25, 2019, 10:53 pm
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Weak. But not as bad as the 1000 total or double points.

Total 20,700

8,000
Stay More, Earn MoreGet closer to the rewards you want when you stay 4 night(s) and earn 8,000 bonus points.

5,600
Stay at 2 IHG® HotelsStay at 2 IHG® hotel(s) and earn 5,600 bonus points.

5,600
Corporate Account BonusStay 4 time(s) using your corporate rate and earn 5,600 bonus points. Stays booked through your corporate portal count toward the promotion.

1,500
Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Credit CardBook one stay at any IHG® hotel using your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points.


Going to stick with my Hilton bonus. 50 points per $1.
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 5:46 am
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Mine seems to be middle of the road compared to what others have posted here:

Total 29,100
12,600 - Stay at Crowne Plaza

Stay at 2 Crowne Plaza® hotel(s) and earn 12,600 bonus points.
4,500 - Stay for Less and Earn
Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 4,500 bonus points. Points & Cash allows you to book Reward Nights with fewer points.
12,000 - Stay a Little Longer
Earn 12,000 bonus points when you book 2 stay(s) of 4 or more consecutive nights.

I don't see getting in two 4+ night stays during this period so I'll be leaving those points on the table.
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 6:48 am
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Looks like this version of Accelerate is the wet fart of the year....oh wait, we haven't seen the current Pointbreaks list yet! There's just a chance it could be worse than Accelerate 3!
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 7:35 am
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I have a points + cash stay for Q4. Can I book now for a stay in December even though the period starts in Sept?
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 9:43 am
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May be a silly question. I have one of my targets as “booking 2 bonus points packages” And then one for “stay at 2 crown plaza”.

I assume booking 2 crown plaza bonus points rates will hit both parts
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 9:47 am
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Originally Posted by kitbag1984
May be a silly question. I have one of my targets as “booking 2 bonus points packages” And then one for “stay at 2 crown plaza”.

I assume booking 2 crown plaza bonus points rates will hit both parts
Yes 1 BPP at two different CPs will complete that nicely
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 11:23 am
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Originally Posted by Smiley90
40k total that I should be able to complete with pre-existing bookings, but:
Can you confirm that bookings made prior to registering in this promotion will qualify?

Many Thanks
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 12:02 pm
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8,400 - Discover Our Brands
​​​​​​Stay at 2 brands and get 8,400 bonus points

3,200 - Saturday Stays Bonus
​​​​​​Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 3,200 bonus points.

4,500 - Stay for Less and Earn
​​​​​​Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 4,500 bonus points. Points & Cash allows you to book Reward Nights with fewer points.

11,200 - Stay at 4 IHG® Hotels
Stay at 4 IHG® hotel(s) and earn 11,200 bonus points.

Total 27,300 points

Some I might get accidentally anyway, but not super inclined to make any extra effort to achieve it.
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 2:33 pm
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8,400 - Stay at Crowne Plaza
Stay at 2 Crowne Plaza® hotel(s) and earn 8,400 bonus points.

4,500 - Stay for Less and Earn
Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 4,500 bonus points.

6,600 - Earn More, Faster
Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 2 Bonus Points Package stay(s).

19,500 - Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 3 of the 3 offers and earn (an additional) 19,500 bonus points.

Total 39,000 bonus points.

Wasn't going to stay at IHG the rest of the year, but three nights vs. 39000++ points is hard to resist.
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 4:34 pm
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WOW stay once and earn 1000 points and that is where it ends lol.
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Old Aug 26, 2019, 6:01 pm
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Mine is so bad I’ll just stay at Hilton for 3x pts. Just a 4 brands offer and two weekends if 2 days.
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