IHG Accelerate Winter 2018 Promotion (Jan 1 to Apr 30, 2018)

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IHG has released its Accelerate promotion for the first quarter of 2018. Like every other Accelerate promo, it is a tiered like game with several tasks you need to complete in order to receive the maximum number of points. There is a bonus for each task as well as significant bonuses for completing a threshold of tasks. IHG runs multiple versions of the Accelerate promo; you'll have to register to see the details of your specific promotion. This quarter, my promo can earn up to 46,500 IHG Rewards for activity between January 1, and April 30, 2018.

Promotion Overview

The Accelerate promotions’ typically have only a few terms and conditions, although it is always best to check the full terms and conditions to make sure you are not missing anything in the fine print.

My promotion this quarter is as follows:

Main Tasks:

  • Stay once and earn 2,000 points
  • Stay 5 nights and earn 10,000 points
  • Book 4 stays using the IHG app and earn 3,500 points
  • Stay twice at a Holiday Inn Express and earn 5,600 points
  • Stay two weekends for minimum two nights including a Saturday and earn 5,600 points
  • Make a points and cash booking to earn 2,400 points
  • Pay for a stay with my IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, and earn 1,500 points

Bonus Tasks:

  • Complete 6 of the 7 tasks and earn 10,000 points
  • Refer a friend who then makes a paid booking by April 30, 2018, and earns 5,000 points
  • Stay once in January and earn 2,000 points

IHG Accelerate Promotion Winter 2018 Sam

Is This a Worthwhile Promotion?

The game with IHG Accelerate promotions is to get the most value for the minimum number of stays/nights. For example, booking a night in January, and paying with my IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card, would yield 5,500 points (January bonus 2,000, stay once bonus 2,000, and book with card bonus 1,500). If I stay at a Holiday Inn Express, then I only need one more night in a Holiday Inn Express to pick up a further 5,600 points. If I also refer my wife and we make another stay during the promo, I will earn another 5,000 points. This yields a total of 16,100 points for 3 nights, enough for 3 nights using the IHG PointBreaks promotion.

Our Take

With four promotions per year, the IHG Accelerate promos can offer fantastic value, even if you do not maximize the promo every time. This quarter some people received promos as high as 70,000 points, while some are substantially lower at 30,000. Either way, with some pre-planning over the year you can pick up enough points for one or two nights of aspirational redemption, or even for a longer break at a lower-tiered property.

Source: IHG Accelerate

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