Earn up to 128,000 Points With IHG’s New Accelerate Promotion

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With the latest IHG promotion, you could earn enough points for a night at top IHG hotels like the InterContinental San Francisco Mark Hopkins or the InterContinental Paris Le Grand.

IHG’s Accelerate promotion (similar to previous promotions like Set Your Sights) is open for registration now, and you’ll earn bonus points for completing tasks from January 1, 2016, to April 30, 2016.

And some folks will earn as many as 128,000 IHG points!  (I wasn’t that lucky.  Drat!)

Earn Up To 128000 Points With IHGs New Accelerate Promotion

50,000 IHG Points Is Enough for a Stay at Any IHG Hotel!

The tasks and the number of points you can earn are different for each person.  So check your IHG account to see your personalized offer!

Find out how this promotion works and whether or not it’s worth signing-up!

How the IHG Accelerate Promotion Works

Link:   Register for IHG Accelerate

Link:   IHG Accelerate Promotion Terms & Conditions

When you sign-up for the IHG Accelerate promotion, you’ll get a personalized offer with 3 to 7 tasks you can complete to earn IHG points to use towards future stays at IHG hotels.

IHG hotels include Candlewood SuitesCrowne Plaza, EVEN Hotels, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Resorts, Hotel IndigoIntercontinental Hotels & Resorts, and Staybridge Suites brand hotels.

The tasks you have to complete and the total number of bonus points you can earn depend on how often you stay with IHG, your elite status, etc.

Note:  Hotel stays for this promotion must be booked directly through IHG.  Bookings made through 3rd-party sites like Orbitz will NOT count.  Also certain discount and group rates do NOT qualify.

Here’s a look at few examples:

1.   36,000 IHG Points for Staying 24 Nights

Here’s what a non-elite member with no recent IHG stays was offered:

Earn Up To 128000 Points With IHGs New Accelerate Promotion

Some Folks Will Have Complete a Boatload of IHG Stays to Earn the Full Bonus!

To earn the full 36,000 IHG points with this offer you’d need to stay a LOT of nights, so this isn’t a good deal unless you already have plans to stay anyway.

2.   Complete 3 Tasks and Earn 55,000 IHG Points

Here’s an offer sent to a Chase IHG Rewards cardholder:

Earn Up To 128000 Points With IHGs New Accelerate Promotion

You’ll Earn More Points for Fewer Stays With This Offer

You can earn an easy 11,500 IHG points with this offer, by staying 1 night in January and using your Chase IHG Rewards card to pay for your stay.

But you’ll have to stay 4 more nights to earn the other 43,500 IHG points.  If you spend $100 per night, you’d pay $400 for 43,500 IHG points or ~0.9 cents per point ($400 for 4 nights / 43,500 IHG points).

Instead, you could skip the stays and buy IHG points using the Cash & Points trick for just 0.7 cents IHG per point

That said, if you can find a good deal on your stay, it might be worth it!

3.   45,000 Points for 1 Stay!

Other folks report getting a much more lucrative offer:

  • Stay Once in January – 5,000 bonus IHG points
  • Stay Once During the Promotion – 5,000 bonus IHG points
  • Stay 5 Nights – 10,000 bonus points
  • Book 1 Bonus Points Package Stay – 2,000 bonus IHG points
  • Pay for a Stay With Your Chase IHG Rewards Card – 1,500 bonus IHG points
  • Complete 3 out of 4 offers – 31,500 bonus IHG points
Earn Up To 128000 Points With IHGs New Accelerate Promotion

I Didn’t Get This Offer, but I Hope You Did!

You could book 1 night with the bonus points package in January 2016 and earn 45,000 IHG points!  That’s an awesome deal!

For example, you could book 1 night at the Candlewood Suites Kansas City – Overland Park with bonus points for ~$92.  So you’d only pay ~0.2 cents per IHG point ($92 for 1 night / 45,000 IHG points).

45,000 IHG points is enough for a free night at the InterContinental Hong Kong where Emily and I stayed on our around-the-world trip.  And it’s almost enough for a free night at top IHG hotels like the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa.

Earn Up To 128000 Points With IHGs New Accelerate Promotion

Spending ~$92 Is Almost Enough for a Stay at the InterContinental in Bora Bora! And This Hotel Can Cost ~$900 per Night!

Plus, you could get even more out of your points by using them for stays at IHG PointBreaks hotels, which only cost 5,000 points per night!

Is This a Promotion Good Deal?

It’s free to sign-up, so it’s a good idea to register just in case you happen to stay at an IHG hotel in the next few months.  And if you already have plans to stay at an IHG hotel during the beginning of next year, it’s great to earn the extra points!

Whether or not it’s worth staying at an IHG hotel just to earn the points, depends on your offer.

And keep in mind there are lots of easy ways to earn IHG points:

  • Chase IHG Rewards credit card – 60,000 IHG points when you spend $1,000 on purchases in the 1st 3 months of opening your account.  And a $50 statement credit after your 1st purchase.  The $49 annual fee is waived the 1st year.  And you get a free night on your cardmember anniversary each year, which makes it worth paying the annual fee.

Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to IHG at a 1:1 ratio.  Usually you can save more money by transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards points to partners like Hyatt and United Airlines.  However, it could be worth it for the PointBreaks list!

Bottom Line

You’ll earn bonus points for completing tasks including stays at IHG hotels with IHG’s new Accelerate promotion.  This deal is valid for stays booked directly with IHG between January 1, 2016, and April 30, 2016.

There are a variety of offers, so register to see how many bonus IHG points you can earn.

The offers run the gamut from no big deal to terrific!  So do the math to see if it makes sense for you.

Let me know in the comments which IHG Accelerate offer you received!

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10 responses to “Earn up to 128,000 Points With IHG’s New Accelerate Promotion

  1. I an a cardholder and received an offer for 33,500 points total. Bummer I wish it was for more!

  2. I booked a hotel room for January before I registered for the promo. I imagine that stay would count towards the 5,000pt January bonus, but can anybody confirm?

  3. I’m confused by this, “For example, you could book 1 night at the Candlewood Suites Kansas City – Overland Park with bonus points for ~$92. So you’d only pay ~0.2 cents per IHG point ($92 for 1 night / 55,000 IHG points).”

    The offer says, “Stay 5 Nights – 10,000 bonus points.” How would booking 1 night work if you have to stay 5 nights?

    My offer was only for 33,500 points. But one easy task was to get 500 points just by downloading their app. I’m a Spire Elite member, if that matters.

  4. On that third package, one of the requirements was to stay “5” nights for 10,000 bonus points. Yet you seem to say you can meet the requirement by staying just one night. I think you’d only get 45,000 points if you only stay one night. You’d need to stay five nights to get the extra 10,000 points for that offer.

  5. @Karen – Bummer! Still nice to earn the extra points if you happen to stay.

    @Oscar – You should still earn the points, as long as you register before your stay. But you might want to call to double check.

    @scott @Chris – Thanks for catching that! It should be 45,000 points!

  6. Hi Daraius, Thanks ! I happened to get a different offer: 5,000 for one stay; 10000 for 5 nights; 5400 for booking with points and cash; 2300 for paying stay with IHG card; and 27,300 for completing 3 of 4 offers. Does one night with points and cash, paying with IHG card would quallify the three offers ? Thank you and Happy Holidays, Raymond

  7. My DH’s: only 55K. I know, it sounds like an ungrateful crank. Ok, I choose to be thankful; better than fewer, I guess.

    It’s just that 2016 is not going to be an IHG pursuit for us, at least that we know of right now.

  8. Does staying with points count toward a “stay”?

  9. Hi Wendy, Per IHG desk, only paid stays are counted as a “stay”.

  10. Here is my offer and when I figure it will cost at least $380 to stay 4 times and 5 nights in Addison Texas and pay the $40 co-payment for cash plus points it comes out to close to $40 per 5000 points. Why bother. Especially to stay just to earn points. The previous Accelerate offer I registered for last fall was 119,000 for a similar scenario which was worth the effort.

    My Offers 55000 points
    Points Value Offer Description Status
    5,000 January Bonus Offer Stay once in January and get 5,000 bonus points.
    5,000 Stay Once Get 5,000 Thank you for choosing IHG. We’d like to see you again soon. Stay once and earn 5,000 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.
    4,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay Stay with us for the weekend and earn 4,000 bonus points. A Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night stay required.
    3,600 Stay for Less and Earn Earn 3,600 bonus points when you book 1 stay(s) using Points and Cash. We’ll reward you with more bonus points when you use a combination of points and cash.
    8,000 Corporate Account Bonus Stay 4 time(s) using your negotiated rate and earn 8,000 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.
    17,900 Your Achievement Bonus Complete 5 of the 6 offers above and earn (an additional) 17,900 bonus points (excluding the January Bonus Offer).