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IHG has released their latest Accelerate Promotion.  Check out what I got below (hopefully you’ll do a bit better…)

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Last-minute vacations with family, extra time by the pool, wandering around a new city—making time for these big little moments is easier than you think. Accelerate helps you experience more of life and earn bonus points with customized offers. Sign up and stay at IHG® hotels around the world between September 1 and December 31, and enjoy more of those memorable moments that matter most.

You’ll have to sign in to activate the promotion, click here to sign up for your Accelerate Offers.  You have until December 31st to complete your stays, and you must register for the promotion by October 18th.  Feel free to scan through the full terms and conditions for more information.  If you’ve already got IHG travel coming up, the Accelerate promotion can be a welcome boost to your points balance!

Accelerate Offers

Here’s what I have:

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With a stay planned for a Holiday Inn in Chicago this October, I was really hoping for an couple thousand easy points.  Something like a “Stay in the City” promotion, or “Stay One Weekend” option, like we’ve seen in the past.  Are these offers getting worse, or is it just me?

(SEE ALSO – New IHG card offer is giving 125,000 points (an all-time high!))

My girlfriend got the following offers on her account.  Much better than mine, and it makes me wish we booked my upcoming stay in Chicago on her account…

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Here’s my plan of attack:  Since I already have one cash stay booked for a weekend in October, I’m halfway through my first and second challenges.  If (and it’s a big if) we plan another weekend trip that it makes sense to book with IHG, either due to location or cost, then I’ll book a weekend Points & Cash stay on my account at a non-Holiday Inn, ensuring I net the full 18,5000 IHG points.  I’d value those at roughly half a cent per point, or $92.5 total.

My girlfriend’s offer is much more lucrative, but also trickier to max.  The fastest/easiest way would be to:

  1. Download and book a weekend stay (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday) through the IHG app.  (Challenge 1 – Complete, Challenge 2 – 50%, Challenge 3 – 50%, Challenge 4 – 33%)
  2. Then book another weekend stay at a different IHG hotel.  (Challenge 2 – Complete, Challenge 3 – Complete, Challenge 4 – 66%, Achievement Bonus 1 – Complete)
  3. Then book another weekend stay.  (Challenge 4 – Complete, Achievement Bonus 2 – Complete)

If we do all three stays, she’ll net 40,000 IHG points, worth around $200.  If we stop at Step 2, she’ll get less than half the points, 16,000 or $80 worth.  In the end, I just don’t think we’ll have enough travel this fall to justify this promotion and go for it.

Let us know what IHG Accelerate Promos you got in the comments!

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