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The IHG Q1 promotion for 2019 is now live, and it seems that IHG has changed the name from “Accelerate” to “Rewards Nights Faster”. The offer is structured exactly like previous Accelerate promotions; you earn bonus points for completing various tasks. The promotion is valid for stays from January 15, 2019, through April 30, 2019.
- You need to register for the Rewards Nights Faster promotion by March 15, 2019
- The promotion is valid for stays from January 15, 2019, through April 30, 2019
- Earn bonus points for completing various tasks
- Allow up to 2 to 3 weeks for bonus points to be credited after checkout
You will receive bonus points for completing the offers assigned by IHG (usually involving stays), and generally a big bonus for completing all (or most) of the tasks.
Like the Accelerate promotion, the specific offer depends on your history with IHG. Each account will have its own set of goals and corresponding point values for achieving them. We compared offers among the AwardWallet writing staff and came up with three offers that illustrate the wide range of possibilities—from uninspiring to highly lucrative.
A Weak Offer
Maximizing the first, rather weak, promotion will require a minimum of 3 stays of 2 nights each on the weekend (including a stay on Saturday), and will yield a total of 40,000 bonus points.
A Better Offer
This offer falls somewhere in the middle. The total earning potential is quite high with 72,200 total bonus points up for grabs. But nearly half of the points are earned when hitting all five goals which requires 2 stays of 4 nights or more and 2 weekend stays of at least 2 nights.
The pure minimalist could pull this off by booking both four-night stays to include a Saturday night and paying for one with points and cash. Another approach would be to skip the four-night stays and pick up 18,500 bonus points with 2 stays of 1 night over the weekend. (But don't forget to book with points and cash for one of those stays.)
An Excellent Offer
The strong promotion is generously giving you 31,400 points for 3 stays of 1 night (two booked as points plus cash). Maximizing the promotion would require 5 nights (staying twice on weekends for 2 nights including Saturday and further night) and would yield an impressive 57,500 bonus points.
Historically the IHG Quarterly promotions have been very lucrative, so it is worth registering to see your offer. Interestingly, if you have not had many IHG stays recently, you may find that you have been presented with a better offer as IHG tries to win back your business.
If you're planning to maximize one of these promotions, you might consider the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card.
Our full card review covers benefits like a 4th night free on award stays and complimentary Platinum Elite status that could provide plenty of extra value as you pursue your Reward Nights Faster offer.
Source: IHG Rewards Club
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