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IHG has changed its double points promotion which replaced its Q4, 2018 Accelerate promotion. The modified double points promotion now offers unlimited double points on stays through December 31, 2018. The promotion still seems to have its Accelerate-style gamified structure, with bonus points awarded for completing various tasks.
- You need to register to earn double points
- The promotion is valid for stays between September 16 and December 31, 2018
- Earn double points starting from your second stay
- Each promotion will guarantee the opportunity to earn at least 15,000 bonus points
- Allow 2-3 weeks after your stay for the points to post to your account
The previous promotion had a gamified structure, and the number of bonus points you could earn was capped. There were several versions of the promotion, and your earning was determined by which one you had been targeted for. The cap on earning has been lifted, and now you can earn unlimited double points on all your stays.
The second change is the extension of the promotion date to December 31, 2018, from the original December 16, 2018. We think that IHG responded to customer feedback here, since previous Accelerate promotions ran through December 31, 2018. Cutting off the option to earn bonus points during the peak holiday period probably caused quite a few people to shift loyalty this year, at least it has for me!
The gamified structure of the promotion has not changed, and you can still earn bonus points for ancillary tasks like downloading the IHG app and booking stays through it. To see the details of your individual promotion, you will have to log into your IHG account.
When it launched in September, one of the biggest disappointments with this promotion was the cut-off date of December 16, 2018. This effectively eliminated the chance to earn double points on stays during the crucial holiday period. It is great news that IHG has extended the date to December 31, 2018, so you can earn double points when visiting family or friends over the Holidays.
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