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.

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New Accelerate Promotion (Sept 01, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019)

Old Aug 21, 2019, 5:40 pm
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New Accelerate Promotion (Sept 01, 2019 - Dec 31, 2019)

Officially alive?
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 7:02 pm
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Will definitely skip ...
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 7:04 pm
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Thank you. Yes it is alive now.
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 7:06 pm
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It is indeed! I have reasonable tasks for a total of 60,000 points, which should be achievable in 3 stays/8 nights
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by dagangwood

Will definitely skip ...
LOL. I had that for the last one. Gave it a miss
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 7:44 pm
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40k total that I should be able to complete with pre-existing bookings, but:

Go Places with the IHG App
Earn 1,000 bonus points when you download, sign in and book 1 stay(s) with the IHG App. Get mobile-exclusive rates and view member offers and benefits.

Does that mean I don't actually have to STAY with a mobile booking, just make it and then cancel and I still complete the goal?
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 8:03 pm
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Well, I dont even know what to say about this one....

I didnt even get spend on your credit card!

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Old Aug 21, 2019, 8:28 pm
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I have an offer to stay in two Intercontinental hotels. I am due to check out of one on 1st September. Will this count as one of the two, do you think?
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 9:43 pm
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Another totally disappointing Accelerate offer. This is the second one in a row I will give a miss. Guess IHG no longer values my business (I have given them almost no revenue stays this year due to the poor promotions. Marriott hasn't been much better but as my primary program and at least slightly better promotions for me, it has been a no brainer. Revenue travel for business stays has all gone to Marriott so far this year).

My offer:

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Old Aug 21, 2019, 10:25 pm
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Originally Posted by dagangwood

Will definitely skip ...

I got that last time and thought this Time cant be worse! Wow was I wrong! 6 consecutive crap accelerate offers for me. This one is a whopping 14600 MAXIMUM! One long stay of 4 nights or more for wow 4000p and TWO weekends with saturday included for 4600p and renew ambassador for 5000p ....

I received the same from my amb rebates yesterday 😁😁😁

Really great targets
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 10:37 pm
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5,600 Stay at Holiday Inn Express
Stay at 2 Holiday Inn Express hotel(s) and earn 5,600 bonus points.

8,000 Saturday Stays Bonus
Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 8,000 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.

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

10,000 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 4 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 10,000 bonus points.

The achievement bonus is so low I don't think I'll bother except with the 2 HIX and IHG CC tasks. The funny thing I've been alternating my recent IHG stays between 2 HIXs anyway, and always pay with my IHG CC.
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 11:30 pm
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Originally Posted by KathinJax
Got the same. And I thought the double points offers were bad..
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Old Aug 21, 2019, 11:35 pm
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Nothing special here. Though I did have a good one over the summer and hit all the offers.

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Old Aug 22, 2019, 12:04 am
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All about Cash+Points for me and 4 night stays - who does that?
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Old Aug 22, 2019, 12:32 am
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