IHG Accelerate Q3 2017 (1st September to 31st December)

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Another quarter, another Accelerate. 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)

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)

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.

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/us/en/of...accelerate2017
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Old Aug 8, 17, 12:19 pm
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IHG Accelerate Q3 2017 (1st September to 31st December)

The Q3 Accelerate promo is now live:

https://www.ihg.com/content/us/en/of...accelerate2017

It looks much the same as the previous ones. My goals are as follows:

2,000 Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points
Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.

28,000 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 14 night(s) and earn 28,000 bonus points.

7,200 Change Your View®
Stay at 3 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)—including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations®—and earn 7,200 bonus points.

3,200 Travel with the IHG® App
Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 3,200 bonus points.

16,800 Saturday Stays Bonus
Stay 9 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 16,800 bonus points.

3,600 Your Rate Bonus Points Package
Earn 3,600 bonus points when you complete 3 Your Rate Bonus Points Package stay(s).

2,000 Get an IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
Successfully apply for the IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card or IHG® Rewards Club Premium Credit Card and earn 2,000 points. Terms and Conditions apply.
IHG Rewards Club card: Representative 18.9% APR (variable).
IHG Rewards Premium card: Representative 41.5% APR (variable).

17,000 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 17,000 bonus points.

500 Registration Bonus
Register for Accelerate and earn 500 bonus points.

4,000 Big Apple Bonus
Stay 2 or more nights at participating IHG® hotels in New York City and earn 4,000 bonus points.

5,000 September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 5,000 bonus points.

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Old Aug 8, 17, 12:40 pm
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Got a terribly boring one again, pretty much the same as last quarter.

2,500 September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 2,500 bonus points.

1,500 Stay Once, Get 1,500 bonus points
Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 1,500 bonus points.

13,200 Stay 9 Nights
Get an additional 13,200 bonus points after night 9.

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

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

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 18.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 21.

15,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 15,000 bonus points after night 24.
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Old Aug 8, 17, 12:50 pm
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4,000 Big Apple Bonus
Stay 2 or more nights at participating IHG® hotels in New York City and earn 4,000 bonus points.
Same here. Tough task for me.
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Old Aug 8, 17, 12:53 pm
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I'm pretty happy with my offer. It's similar to the current one and I should bring in about 120,000 points. I have a 4-day stay in September which should earn me about 20,000 points alone.


2,000 Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points

60,000 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 30 night(s) and earn 60,000 bonus points.

19,200 Be The Readiest™
Stay at 8 Holiday Inn Express® hotel(s) and earn 19,200 bonus points. Terms

6,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
Stay with us for the weekend and earn 6,000 bonus points. A Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night stay required.

2,400 Stay for Less and Earn
Earn 2,400 bonus points when you book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash.

6,000 Stay a Little Longer
Earn 6,000 bonus points when you book a single stay of 4 or more consecutive nights.

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.

19,000 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 19,000 bonus points.

500 Registration Bonus
Register for Accelerate and earn 500 bonus points.

3,000 Big Apple Bonus
Stay 2 or more nights at participating IHG® hotels in New York City and earn 3,000 bonus points.

5,000 September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 5,000 bonus points.
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Old Aug 8, 17, 12:55 pm
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2,000 Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points
Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.

20,000 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 10 night(s) and earn 20,000 bonus points.

13,200 Change Your View®
Stay at 4 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)—including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations®—and earn 13,200 bonus points.

5,300 Travel with the IHG® App
Book 4 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 5,300 bonus points.

2,500 Corporate Account Bonus
Stay 2 time(s) using your corporate rate and earn 2,500 bonus points.

4,200 Your Rate Bonus Points Package
Earn 4,200 bonus points when you complete 2 Your Rate Bonus Points Package stay(s).

1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Premium Credit Card
Book and pay for one stay at any IHG hotel using your IHG® Rewards Club Premium Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points. Terms and conditions apply.

14,000 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 14,000 bonus points.

5,000 September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 5,000 bonus points.


Just cancelled the black premium credit card!
Maybe I will re-apply for the free version

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Old Aug 8, 17, 12:55 pm
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Originally Posted by shahr04360 View Post
Same here. Tough task for me.
At least it's a bonus, so isn't counted as one of the main tasks!
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Old Aug 8, 17, 1:00 pm
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Moving to Hilton last winter clearly done the trick. This has to be my best and easiest one yet.

Stay once - 2,000

Six nights - 12,000

Stay at three Holiday Inns - 7,200

Book on the app x3 - 2,900

Three weekends of 2 nights - 7,200

Stay of 4+ nights - 6,000

Make a redemption - 1,000

6/7 of the above - 13,000

Stay in September - 5,000

Total 56,300
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Old Aug 8, 17, 1:27 pm
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Stay once- 2K

Stay 5 nights- 5k

Stay at two HIXes- 5,600

Weekend Stay- 4K

Complete 3 of 4- 18,400

Big Apple- 3K

September bonus- 5K
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Old Aug 8, 17, 1:34 pm
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"Apply for the IHG Rewards Select Credit Card" Task

My tasks for this promotion are all achievable (first time that's happened!) except for one:

Apply for the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
Apply here for the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and earn 2,000 points


The problem is, I ALREADY HAVE THIS CREDIT CARD. I see that others have a task to spend a certain amount on their credit card. I've only had the card for a brief time, so is this something that maybe I could call and have them change?
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Old Aug 8, 17, 1:43 pm
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Exactly the same garbage as last time - which I completely ignored (zero IHG stays in Q2) so I get rewarded with the same steaming pile of ordure.

Nothing but 'Stay X nights and get X,000 points' repeated ad infinitum after the initial stay.
Zero stackable bonuses apart from doing stay #1 in September.

3,000 September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 3,000 bonus points.

2,000 Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points
Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.

5,000 Stay 4 Nights
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 4.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 7.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 10.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 13.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 16.

15,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 15,000 bonus points after night 19.

37K for 19 nights (Q2 was 32K).

Time to cancel the Premium CC now that Accelerate is no longer fit for purpose.
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Old Aug 8, 17, 1:58 pm
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Exactly the same garbage as last time - which I completely ignored (zero IHG stays in Q2) so I get rewarded with the same steaming pile of ordure.

Nothing but 'Stay X nights and get X,000 points' repeated ad infinitum after the initial stay.
Zero stackable bonuses apart from doing stay #1 in September.

3,000 September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 3,000 bonus points.

2,000 Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points
Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.

5,000 Stay 4 Nights
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 4.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 7.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 10.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 13.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 16.

15,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 15,000 bonus points after night 19.

37K for 19 nights (Q2 was 32K).

Time to cancel the Premium CC now that Accelerate is no longer fit for purpose.
I know it's not much consolation but I had an almost identical offer in the final third last year and it put me right off to the point I only had a handful of paid stays - and that appears to be what's needed to reset your targets.

Not what IHG want of course but if you have already requalified for next year I'd personally jump ship as it does work.
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I'm a bit disappointed that I am being offered less points than last quarter, but it's doable if my business trip happens.

Complete all of your Accelerate offers and earn 46,000 total bonus points.

2,000 - Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points

10,000 - Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 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.

26,500 - Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 3 of the 3 offers and earn (an additional) 26,500 bonus points.

3,000 - Big Apple Bonus
Stay 2 or more nights at participating IHG® hotels in New York City and earn 3,000 bonus points.

3,000 - September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 3,000 bonus points.
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Old Aug 8, 17, 2:11 pm
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I know it's not much consolation but I had an almost identical offer in the final third last year and it put me right off to the point I only had a handful of paid stays - and that appears to be what's needed to reset your targets.

Not what IHG want of course but if you have already requalified for next year I'd personally jump ship as it does work.
Chrism20, are you saying that just a handful of stays is enough to reset your target but doing zero stays (as I did) is not? This seems perverse even for IHG.

I take your point about jumping ship though - I'm now going out of my way to avoid IHG wherever possible, even in situations where I might normally have stayed with them, so the Accelerate program has had exactly the opposite effect on me to what was intended.
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Old Aug 8, 17, 2:19 pm
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Mine looks easy enough for a quick 35,000 points (not sure if I'll be paying for four nights in the time frame as Point Breaks worked out very nicely for me in the recent cycle):

2,000 Stay Once, Get 2,000 bonus points
Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.


8,000 Stay More, Earn More and Become Elite
Stay 4 nights and get 8,000 bonus points, earning you Platinum Elite Status.


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.


1,000 Earn When You Redeem
You earned your points, now use them! Redeem your points for anything, from a digital download to a Reward Night, and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus points.


27,500 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 27,500 bonus points.


3,000 September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 3,000 bonus points.

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Old Aug 8, 17, 2:20 pm
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I wonder if an August 31st-September 1st night would count for both accelerates... Mine sucks big time and is really boring:


Earn 35,000 total bonus points.

2,000 September Bonus Offer
Stay once in September and get 2,000 bonus points. Terms
BOOK NOW
1,000 Stay Once, Get 1,000 bonus points
Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 1,000 bonus points. Terms
BOOK NOW
5,000 Stay 3 Nights
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 3. Terms
BOOK NOW
3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 6. Terms
BOOK NOW
3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 9. Terms
BOOK NOW
3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 12. Terms
BOOK NOW
3,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 15. Terms
BOOK NOW
15,000 Stay 3 more nights
Get an additional 15,000 bonus points after night 18


No way I'm staying 18 nights just for 35k points.

I have a stay in September already (actually two nights, but w/e), so I'll take the 3k from the first two offer and call it a day. Maybe ONE extra night for the extra 5k if I see a very appealing deal somewhere.
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