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A few months ago, I posted about IHG’s latest quarterly promotion – IHG Accelerate. As has been the pattern for the past few quarters, IHG Accelerate gives each account a series of “tasks” to complete. These can range from the simple (stay one time) to the insane (15+ stays if not more). The easier tasks seem to be targeted to occasional IHG travelers.
I originally wasn’t planning on completing the promotion, but then took a second look and saw that I could complete my tasks with only 2 Holiday Inn stays
(SEE ALSO: Rethinking my IHG Accelerate promotion offers)
I had a paid stay coming up for when I attended the Family Travel for Real Life conference in Washington DC, and ended up at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport for my first stay.
(SEE ALSO: My last IHG Accelerate promotion stay – what would you do?)
For my last stay, I stayed at the Holiday Inn North Phoenix as part of my Nevada / California / Arizona trip. I could have used an award stay (I did for my other 2 stays during that trip), but the rate was pretty cheap ($74) so it seemed like a good opportunity to pick up my 2nd needed stay.
IHG Accelerate offers complete!
Originally I was having trouble with my offers seemingly not registering, but now as you can see below, logging in to my IHG Accelerate dashboard shows that I have completed 4 of my 5 offers and I’ve gotten all my points (at least all the ones I’m planning to get!)
I do not plan to stay 3 additional times to get the remaining 10,000 points
IHG Accelerate cost breakdown
So now that the IHG Accelerate promotion is over (for me), let’s break things down
Room Costs (including taxes):
- Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport (my review) – $94.92
- Holiday Inn North Phoenix (part of my Nevada / California / Arizona trip) – $90.57
Total costs: $185.49
- 2,260 points from my Washington Stay
- 840 points from the $84 base rate
- 420 points as my 50% Platinum amenity
- 1,000 points from purchasing a “Points package” (an extra $5 or $10 – it was one of my IHG Accelerate tasks)
- 500 points as my IHG Platinum welcome amenity in Washington
- 475 points from the 5x credit card spend
- 1,000 points for “Stay Once“
- 3,000 points for “Earn more, Faster“
- 1,170 points from my Phoenix stay
- 780 points from the $78 base rate
- 390 points from my 50%
- 500 points from my IHG Platinum welcome amenity in Phoenix (it actually looks like I got this twice for this stay on the 11th plus my award stay on the 10th)
- 455 points from the 5x credit card spend for the Phoenix stay (hasn’t posted yet but it will)
- 2,300 points from “Spend on your IHG Credit Card” which for some reason shows up as “AMER Club Credit Card” on my statement
- 12,000 from “Change your View”
- 21,500 points from my Accelerate Achievement Bonus
Total – 45,160 points received for a cash outlay of $185.49, meaning I generated an IHG point for 0.41 cents which is a pretty good value (especially since these were actual stays I needed to make)
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Why was everyones tasks different for the ihg accelerate promotion
IHG has some sort of algorithm and gave different tasks to different people, I assume based on their past stay history. They’re probably also trying to test out which ones perform better