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ihg-accelerate-promotion-logoIHG is back with the latest installment of their quarterly promotion.  We’ve had “Into the Nights”, “Share Forever” and now IHG Accelerate.

(SEE ALSO: Why I’m not bothering with IHG’s Into the Nights promotion (and maybe you shouldn’t either))

(SEE ALSO: New IHG Share Forever summer promotion)

Each of these promotions has been essentially the same – you are given a series of “tasks”, and can earn points based on completing these tasks.  The IHG Accelerate promotion is no different.

IHG Accelerate promotion site now open

The IHG Accelerate promotion site is now open at


You can sign up for the promotion starting now, but you get no credit for stays until September 1st, and all stays must be completed by December 31st.  These stays must be regular paid stays, so no Points With Cash and no award stays will count towards the IHG Accelerate promotion.

(SEE ALSO: Do IHG Points + Cash stays count to earn rewards?)

NOTE: You DO need to sign up for the IHG Accelerate promotion, or you won’t get your bonuses.

Here are my IHG Accelerate promotion offers

My wife and I both have IHG accounts (of course), so we both checked our offers.

(SEE ALSO: Why you should get 2 IHG cards at the same time)

Here is my wife’s IHG Accelerate promotion offer


  • 5,000 points for 1 stay in September
  • 5,000 points on my first stay
  • Then tiered bonuses with a total of 46,800 bonus points for 19 (!) nights of stays.

Here is my IHG Accelerate promotion offer


  • 1,000 points for my first stay
  • 2,300 points if I pay for it with my IHG credit card
  • 3,000 points if I book a “Bonus Points” package stay
  • 12,000 points if I stay at a Holiday Inn (includes Resort and Vacations)
  • 10,200 points if I stay 5 nights
  • An additional 21,500 points if I complete 4 of the 6 offers

Smart readers will note that even though it says I get a bonus for completing 4 of the 6 offers, my offer only shows 5 offers to complete.  We’ll see if that’s a typo, or if that’s a missing offer, or something like that.

2 free nights for new IHG members

The big win of the IHG Accelerate promotion is that any “new” members of IHG can get a free night after 2 IHG nights.  Then ANOTHER free night with your 3rd or 4th stay.

IHG Rewards Club is also offering special rewards to non-members who join IHG Rewards Club and enroll in the promotion. These members will be awarded one free night at any IHG hotel, anywhere in the world, by booking and completing just two separate stays at any IHG hotel brand. If they do it again, they’ll receive two free nights – perfect for a weekend getaway.

I put “new” in quotation marks since I am quite sure there are plenty of people who will create new accounts to take advantage of the IHG Accelerate promotion.  If you try this, I urge caution – from reports I’ve seen, if you use any credit card that you’ve used before on your old account, your accounts will likely be merged and/or shutdown

Analysis of the IHG Accelerate promotion

If you’re a new member, this seems like a pretty potentially lucrative promotion.  For 2 stays at any IHG hotel (say $150), you’ll get a free night good at ANY IHG hotel

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As someone with not a ton of paid travel upcoming, I don’t think I will take part of it, but if I do, I will probably make one stay on my account (booking a Bonus Points stay).  Depending on what my “missing” offer is, I could potentially complete my offer with only 2 stays, getting 40,000 bonus points.  Of course, until next week, I could still earn 30,000 points from 1 night at a Club Carlson.

For other analysis, you can check out posts from View from the Wing, Loyalty Traveler or the Flyertalk thread.

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