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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)

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.

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 Apr 13, 18, 5:40 am
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Does "Stay at 3 Holiday Inn Express® hotel(s) and earn 7,200 bonus points." require stays at three separate hotels? Cant see any detail in the T&C section.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 6:15 am
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Originally Posted by Lionheart View Post
Very disappointing.

They've cut it from 50 nights for 100,000 points, to 27 nights for 54,000 points. I've achieved the 50 night target for years.

A massive 46,000 points hit for me.

Also asked to book 12 Your Rate Bonus Points Packages for 10,000 points - too excessive.
Same here for the 50 -> 27 nights, though don't forget that this next promotion only runs for 3 months rather than the 4 months we're just coming to the end of (IHG clearly don't know what quarters are!) and I'd have struggled to hit 50 nights in only 3 months so am relieved it's only 27 required this time.

You're also better off than me with the Your Rate Bonus Points Packages as I've been tasked with completing 17 of them for 14,800 points though, to be fair, at lot of my bookings are on that rate.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 9:04 am
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Originally Posted by dimon84 View Post
Does "Stay at 3 Holiday Inn Express® hotel(s) and earn 7,200 bonus points." require stays at three separate hotels? Cant see any detail in the T&C section.
Yes, it’s stay at three Holiday Inn Express’ rather than stay at Holiday Inn Express three times.

Must be different properties.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 10:16 am
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My offers:

2,000: one stay

10,000: 5 nights

5,600: 2 Holiday Inns

2,900: 3 app bookings

12,000: 2 stays, basically anywhere but Europe

1,000: redeem

5,000: join Ambassador

14,300: 6 out of 7

2,000: May bonus

Total: 54,800

This one is a bust for me, for two reasons:

I am not planning on leaving Europe this quarter.

I am not interested in Ambassador, as I virtually never stay at ICs.

This counts out 2 of the 7 tasks (and therefore the bonus), meaning a maximum of 20,500 points for 5 nights, including 2 HIs and 3 app bookings (+2k if one is in May).

If it works out to be convenient, I might pick up one or two of the tasks, but I'll probably burn off a few hotels.com free nights instead.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 11:18 am
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Originally Posted by calwatch View Post
This is pretty simple for me.
Stay once: 2,000 points
Five nights: 10,000 points
Use IHG card: 1,500 points
All of the above: 26,500 points
Stay in May: 2,000 points
Brand bonus (IC, Indigo, Even): 1,500 points

Basically 40,000 points for five paid nights. I had two already planned so need to find three elsewhere. Fortunately low end HIXs count and I legitimately qualify for the state government rate in CA.
I got exactly the same promo. Best promo I have had since they introduced Accelerate.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 1:15 pm
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Good chance I might participate this time and I believe I can achieve the bonus with only 2 one-night stays for the Achievement Bonus haul:

2,000 Happy Birthday Bonus – Your Birthday is around the corner! Celebrate with us and stay once at any IHG® by July 31 and 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.
3,200 Travel with the IHG® App – Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 3,200 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 1,500 bonus points.
1,000 Purchase Points Now and Stay Later – Earn 1,000 bonus points when you purchase IHG® Rewards Club points and get a Reward Night faster.
22,300 Your Achievement Bonus – Complete 4 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 22,300 bonus points.
2,000 May Bonus Offer – Stay once in May and get 2,000 bonus points.
1,500 Exclusive Brand Bonus – Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel and earn 1,500 bonus points.

Not sure buying points through the current Daily Getaways offer will qualify for the 1K “Purchase Points Now” bonus!
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Old Apr 13, 18, 2:50 pm
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Stay once in May and get 1,500 bonus points.
Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel and earn 1,500 bonus points.
Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 1,500 bonus points.
Get an additional 40,000 bonus points after night 30.
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 35.
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 40.
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 45.
Get an additional 25,000 bonus points after night 50.

I am new to IHG. To get that big 40k bonus, does it mean that I have to have 30 nights just within April 1 to July 31?
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Old Apr 13, 18, 3:13 pm
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Mine is a bit lacklustre although achievable, because the challenges are reasonable. But I just won't be travelling that much during the next couple of months.


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

10,500 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 7 night(s) and earn 10,500 bonus points.

8,400 Stay at Holiday Inn Express®
Stay at 2 Holiday Inn Express® hotel(s) and earn 8,400 bonus points.

9,600 Travel with the IHG® App
Book 3 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 9,600 bonus points.

6,600Earn More, Faster
Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.

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.

5,000 Become an InterContinental® Ambassador
Earn 5,000 bonus points when you make travel more rewarding by joining our exclusive benefits programme, InterContinental® Ambassador.

16,100 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 16,100 bonus points.

1,500 May Bonus Offer
Stay once in May and get 1,500 bonus points.

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Old Apr 13, 18, 3:17 pm
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Amongst my tasks is a stay 12 weekends task, that’s pretty much every weekend of the quarter. With one weekend spare.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 3:20 pm
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Terms and Conditions reminder

I checked those for my Weekend task, finding "Booked​ and consumed during the promo period ..."

One could argue that's ambiguous, but a rep could seize on that wording to deny credit for pre-booked stays.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by royalbrett View Post
Stay once in May and get 1,500 bonus points.
Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel and earn 1,500 bonus points.
Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 1,500 bonus points.
Get an additional 40,000 bonus points after night 30.
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 35.
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 40.
Get an additional 5,000 bonus points after night 45.
Get an additional 25,000 bonus points after night 50.

I am new to IHG. To get that big 40k bonus, does it mean that I have to have 30 nights just within April 1 to July 31?
It does, yes. I am surprised that a completely new member has been given such a challenging set of tasks. Did you status match?
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Old Apr 13, 18, 3:36 pm
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Pretty much exactly what I wanted. I probably won't be doing more than 6 or 7 stays. The only ones that may be a stretch are exclusive brand (which isn't qualifying) and IHG app stays.

2,000 Happy Anniversary Bonus
12,000 Stay More, Earn More 6 nights
3,200 Travel with the IHG® App 2 stays
2,500 Corporate Account Bonus 3 times
1,500 Spend on Your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
18,800 Your Achievement Bonus
2,000 May Bonus Offer
1,500 Exclusive Brand Bonus

43,500
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Old Apr 13, 18, 4:05 pm
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43,500 seems to be the universal bonus! Here is my wife's offer:

2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points

10,000 Stay More, Earn More - 5 nights

1,500 Spend on Your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card

26,500 Your Achievement Bonus

2,000 May Bonus Offer

1,500 Exclusive Brand Bonus - Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel
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Old Apr 13, 18, 5:25 pm
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Quick question on book via the App task?

The terms state: 'Number of bonus points listed above will be awarded after required number of Qualifying Stays are booked via the official IHG® App and consumed between 1 May 2018 and 31 July 2018 (both dates inclusive)'

The could be read as 'booked and consumed' or 'booked via app and consumed in the period'.

Does anyone have any experience?

Ta.
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Old Apr 13, 18, 6:37 pm
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Some random ones for me, definitely not as lucrative as it could be:Earn 43,500 total bonus points.

Complete all of your Accelerate offers and earn 43,500 total bonus points.My Offers

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.

12,000 Stay More, Earn More
Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 6 night(s) and earn 12,000 bonus points.

2,900 Travel with the IHG® App
Book 3 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 2,900 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 1,500 bonus points.

21,600 Your Achievement Bonus
Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 21,600 bonus points.

2,000 May Bonus Offer
Stay once in May and get 2,000 bonus points.

1,500 Exclusive Brand Bonus
Stay once at an InterContinental®, Hotel Indigo® or Even® hotel and earn 1,500 bonus points.
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