IHG Accelerate Q1 2018 (1st January to 30th April)

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Another year, 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...accelerate2018
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Old Dec 7, 17, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by emofeng View Post
It keeps redirecting me when i click the link. I can't seem to access the Q1 promo.
Same here and the message is " Oh, no! Based on your current earning preference, you aren't eligible for this offer. "
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Old Dec 7, 17, 2:15 pm
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Wow my current Accelerate is 91,000 points, but this one is 151,000! And its easier to achieve. Thanks to whomever or whatever put this one together.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 3:11 pm
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I've got more or less all of the usual stuff except for this:
6,600 Earn More, Faster
Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 6,600 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Temedar View Post
I've got more or less all of the usual stuff except for this:
6,600 Earn More, Faster
Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 6,600 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.
I have this one as well there are no 6600 bonus packages as far as I know
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:18 pm
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For the last three accelerate offers, I have had stay 5 nights for a bonus (amongst other tasks) ...I have stayed 1 night in the last two accelerates...I now have to stay 6 nights for a bonus... So nit doing the tasks doesn't seem to get you easier tasks
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:22 pm
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And the refer a friend task... The friend has to be from the USA... I'm in the uk
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:26 pm
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It says the 500 points registration bonus is for registrations taking place between 13th December 2017 and 30 April 2018 (both dates inclusive). Well, I've gone and registered already so I suppose that counts me out.

My tasks have improved a bit, with 8 instead of 10 nights needed this time.

Earn 58,200 points (definitely less than last time)
1,500 - Stay 1 night
12,000 - Stay 8 nights
5.600 - Stay at 2 HIE
3,500 - Book 4 stays with IHG App
17,600 - Stay at 4 IHG hotels outside your country of residence
1,000 - Redeem some points
15.600 - Complete 5 of the 6 above

1,500 January Stay bonus
500 For registering
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Saral View Post
I have this one as well there are no 6600 bonus packages as far as I know
And me! I thought it meant I had to stay 6,600 times:-)
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:36 pm
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So this seems to be going well...
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:46 pm
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Originally Posted by dw View Post
I have that language for that task as well and I interpret that to mean that the charge date on the credit card has to be within the promo period. So there would perhaps only be issues for pre-paid stays if a property actually does charge in advance.

Worse is that on ONE (but only one) of my stay related tasks (the Weekend stay one), it seems to indicate that the booking has to take place during the promo period:

"Number of bonus points listed above will be awarded after member books and consumes required number of Qualifying Stays, including a Saturday Stay and for a minimum of 2 nights, between 1 January 2018 and 30 April 2018 (both dates inclusive)"

Compare that to the language on all my other stay related tasks, such as:

"Number of bonus points listed above will be awarded after the required number of qualifying room nights have been consumed by the member at any IHG brand hotels between 1 January 2018 and 30 April 2018 (both dates inclusive)"
The language of 'booked and consumed' has been in a few offers in the last few rounds of Accelerate. In my experience, it does indeed mean you have to book in the specified period.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:48 pm
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Originally Posted by Saral View Post
For the last three accelerate offers, I have had stay 5 nights for a bonus (amongst other tasks) ...I have stayed 1 night in the last two accelerates...I now have to stay 6 nights for a bonus... So nit doing the tasks doesn't seem to get you easier tasks
Same with me. Its even harder to complete than the prior 2. The last two accelerates have included 2 stays in 2 countries outside my country. Plus a corporate account stay i have used once about 2 yrs ago and also 11 nights and a whole load of other tasks including 4 weekend stays. I have had no paid stays in 3 months Just point stays.

So this new accelerate also includes the corporate account which i cant use, but now 3 countries. so no completion again. Plus 12 nights and some other tasks not worth the effort for the points

I decided not to chase spire this year given the only real benefit is the extra points. Which i have plenty of anyhow. Just concentrated on Hilton Diamond renewal and 100 plus nights at SPG.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:49 pm
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Only one challenge for me this time:

Stay 9 nights for 10,800 points.

Meh. I'll see what Hilton has to offer.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 4:56 pm
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Yes, Kimpton is included as an eligible brand/property. Already booked some nonrefundable Kimpton stays in January, hoping that it would be included this round. In the past I've pre-booked rooms before the Accelerate start dates and they have counted for me. Can't over-analyze the T&C wording sometimes, as IHG works on whims.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 5:58 pm
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Managed to register after all. Roughly the same mediocre offerings as this time, with the only big difference being that I need three Holiday Inn Express stays rather than Holiday Inns.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 6:37 pm
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I had to load the page in Microsoft Edge (what they call Internet Explorer now) but I finally was able to register. Looks like it's pretty weak for me:

Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points

Stay More Earn More: 5 Nights Earns 10,000 Bonus Points

Spend on your IHG CC: Get 1,500 Points

Earn When you Redeem: Earn 1,000 Points on a Reward Night

Achievement Bonus: Complete Three of Four for 25,500 Points

Refer a Friend and Earn 5,000 Points (Friend has to stay)

January Bonus Offer: Stay Once in January and get 2,000 Points Total Possible: 47,000 Points
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