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, 7:19 pm
  #31  
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 46
What the heck is this one??? 2,800 Go Places with the IHG® App
Earn 2 bonus points when you download, sign in and book 2,800 stay(s) with the IHG® App. Get mobile-exclusive rates and view member offers and benefits. Terms

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Old Dec 7, 17, 9:23 pm
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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: KUL, SIN
Programs: HH, IHG, MH
Posts: 262
They offer total of 30k this qtr:

0.5k - Download the IHG App
2k - Stay More, Earn More (3nights)
2k - Earn More at InterContinental (2nights at any AMEA's IC)
2k - Your Rate (2x using Your Rate)

23.5k - Achievement Bonus Pts

Very much doable after passed 2017's Q1&Q2. 2017 stays mostly on pointbreaks&BRG. Take the challenge this time.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 9:32 pm
  #33  
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Chicago
Programs: Delta SkyMiles, IHG (Platinum Elite), Amtrak Guest Rewards, Marriott Bonvoy, Hilton Honors
Posts: 614
Mine also keeps redirecting, then says i'm not eligible for this promo because of my earning preferences. My earning preferences are points, not miles...
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Old Dec 7, 17, 9:43 pm
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Join Date: May 2003
Location: Bangkok and Palm Coast, FL. Exiled, again, from the Bay Area.
Programs: Only the good ones
Posts: 4,676
Finally, got Edge to work to register. It helps not meeting the previous Accelerate number of nts, as mine dropped to 18 from 28 last Accelerate. My goals are:

74,300 total
2k Stay once-no problem IC SIN
36k Stay 18 nts-Maybe as I have a 4 week March 2018 trip though SPG is my top priority in 2018
6400 4 HI's-No problem
4k Weekend-Jan IC SIN on BOGO should post OK
2500 Corp rate-No problem
2400 Big city stay-No problem
1000 Redeem-IC SIN in Jan for the extra nt
9k Achieve 6 of 7 of above-OK
5k Refer a friend-Nope
2k CC app-Nope
4k Jan stay-IC SIN stay makes for 3 of the 7 plus this one 11k total bonus just for that stay
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Old Dec 7, 17, 9:45 pm
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: SFO, SJC
Programs: DL G, UA G, IHG SA
Posts: 132
https://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/of...accelerate2018

for those being redirected, copy and use this link. Worked for me.
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Old Dec 7, 17, 10:13 pm
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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Perth (PER)
Programs: VA Gold
Posts: 256
Originally Posted by luek096 View Post
https://www.ihg.com/content/gb/en/of...accelerate2018

for those being redirected, copy and use this link. Worked for me.
Thanks. Let me register but getting the technical difficulties message. Might just have to be patient.
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Old Dec 8, 17, 1:50 am
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Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Hong Kong
Programs: Lowly CX & IHG
Posts: 355
Any more bland can it get?
Total 9,000 37,400
1,000 January Bonus Offer: Stay once in January and get 1,000 bonus points
1,000 Stay Once Get 1,000 bonus points
8,400 Stay 5 Nights: Get an additional 8,400 bonus points after night 5.

3,000 Stay 3 more nights: Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 8.
3,000 Stay 3 more nights: Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 11.
3,000 Stay 3 more nights: Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 14.
3,000 Stay 3 more nights: Get an additional 3,000 bonus points after night 17.
15,000 Stay 3 more nights: Get an additional 15,000 bonus points after night 20.
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Did most of 2017Q1 accelerate with one 1-night stay. Expecting I'll travel more next year but this will only make me decelerate.
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Update: items in blue appears after one day, now the nights increment makes sense. But that's still too uninspiring, not fun to plan around and too little incentive to get me stay this lot.

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Old Dec 8, 17, 5:19 am
  #38  
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: not far from MUC
Posts: 6,301
2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 bonus points

10,000 Stay More, Earn More - stay 5 night(s)

2,200 Travel with the IHG® App - Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App

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

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

600 Eat, Drink and Earn - Spend $39 on food and beverages when you stay at IHG® hotels

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

plus

11,000 Your Achievement Bonus Complete 6 of the 7 offers

5,000 Refer a Friend and Earn - The referred member must complete their first stay by 30th April.

4,000 January Bonus Offer - Stay once in January
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Old Dec 8, 17, 8:44 am
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Join Date: Oct 2016
Posts: 177


119,000 for 12 nights
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Old Dec 8, 17, 8:47 am
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Join Date: Sep 2016
Programs: DL Diamond, IHG Spire Ambassador, SPG Gold, Hilton Gold
Posts: 12
Total of 49,100
2,000: Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points
20,000: Stay 10 nights
6,000: Complete a weekend stay
3,600: Big City Bonus (Stay in NYC, Chicago, DC, LA, Orlando, or SF)
1,500: Spend on IHG Card
7,000: Complete 4 of the 5 above offers
5,000: Refer a friend to IHG Rewards
4,000: Stay once in January
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Old Dec 8, 17, 8:51 am
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Join Date: Sep 2016
Programs: DL Diamond, IHG Spire Ambassador, SPG Gold, Hilton Gold
Posts: 12
Kimpton Stays

Looks like Kimpton stays count for these challenges. Wonder how well IHG is going to be able to track those, given that the reservations systems still aren't interconnected...
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Old Dec 8, 17, 8:55 am
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Join Date: Jun 2005
Programs: BA LTG, UA Gold, EK Silver, Hilton Diamond, Marriott LT Titanium, IHG Plat
Posts: 811
Mine is very uninspiring and worth less than last time.

Previously I got 19200 for visiting 4 IHG properties in different countries and now it is 12000, completion bonus is smaller and one of the challenges is to sign up for the credit card which I think is really cr*p as I don't want and never will sign up for this so I now have to do ALL the hotel/travel related challenges to earn the bonus.

I'll probably do it as the only time I stay with IHG is to complete Accelerate challenges in the most efficient way possible which, by happy occurrence, also seems to just get me over the Spire renewal line if I opt for the bonus point Your rate.
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Old Dec 8, 17, 9:12 am
  #43  
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 116
My offer totals 70,300 bonus points.
  • 2,000: Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points.
  • 10,000: Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points.
  • 19,200: Stay at 3 brands and get 19,200 bonus points.
  • 6,600: Earn bonus points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.
  • 1,500: Book and pay for one stay with your IHG Rewards Club Credit Card and earn bonus points.
  • 5,000: Renew Your I/C Ambassador Membership. This one's sweet!
  • 17,000: Achievement Bonus = Complete 5 of the 6 offers and earn (an additional) 17,000 bonus points.
  • 5,000: Refer a friend to enroll into IHG Rewards Club, and receive 5,000 bonus points.
  • 4,000: Stay once in January and get 4,000 bonus points.

I can hit most of these with 3 low-tier stays that were already planned.
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Old Dec 8, 17, 9:23 am
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 116
Does anyone know if Senior or Government Rates count as a qualified stay for this promotion?
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Old Dec 8, 17, 10:13 am
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Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: DTW - Rochester Hills, MI
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Originally Posted by yurtripper View Post
For those getting redirects, try a different browser. I had this problem in Chrome but when I switched to Safari it worked OK.
I had no problem in Chrome.
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