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So back in August, IHG announced the IHG Accelerate promotion. Like most of their recent promotions, IHG Accelerate gives you customized promotional offers, and completing them will give you a bonus.
Here are my offers:
Originally, I discounted this offer as I don’t have a ton of paid hotel stays (I prefer redeeming awards when traveling, and I don’t travel for work), but then I took a second look at things and realized that I could get a good chunk of points with only 2 stays at Holiday Inns
- Stay Once, get 1,000 points
- Change Your View – 12,000 points for staying at 2 Holiday Inn hotels
- Earn More, Faster – 3,000 points when I book 1 Bonus Points package
- Spend on your IHG Rewards Club Credit Card – 2,300 points by paying for one stay with my IHG Rewards Club credit card (with 5x at IHG hotels, why would I use anything else!?!)
I’ll skip the “Stay More, Get More” for 10,200 points, but that should complete my offer and earn me 21,500 bonus points
Doing the math, let’s say I could find 2 Holiday Inn hotels for $100 with taxes (the Bonus Points package gives 1,000 extra points for $5). That would earn me
- 18,300 points from the 4 tasks
- 21,500 points from the Achievement Bonus
- 2,000 points as my IHG Platinum welcome amenity
- 3,000 points from 10x points for staying and my Platinum 50% bonus
- 1,000 points from the spend on the IHG credit card
So the $200 would turn into 45,800 points, or about 0.43 cents per point. Of course if I was able to get the 2 hotels for a lower cost, or get more points from promotional codes, that would lower the cost per point.
My first IHG Accelerate stay not showing up?
I booked my first Holiday Inn stay last month, when I was in Washington DC for the Family Travel for Real Life conference. It cost me $94.92 for one night stay at the Holiday Inn Washington Dulles Intl Airport.
But even though the stay was 2 weeks ago, and is showing up as a “stay” on my IHG account…
…my IHG Accelerate dashboard still has not been updated. I’d at least expect my “Stay Once” offer to be completed!
Is this normal? Do I need to call in? I know IHG has the IT department of a middle-school computer class (judging by how successful their previous promotions have been run), but I wasn’t sure how long it normally takes for those stays to show up
Anyone else having trouble getting their IHG Accelerate stays to show up?
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