How To Optimize The IHG Accelerate Promotion

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If you are already an IHG member, you recently got an e-mail promoting the IHG Accelerate Promotion.  I look forward to IHG’s promotions like this and have participated in them in the past.

To participate in this promotion, make sure you register here first.   Travis is also a member, and we both got an offer is for 46,600 bonus points.  (I know that other people’s offers are different, but similar.)  You have to stay at an IHG hotel between September 6 and December 15.

Here’s the offer I got:

  1.  3,600 points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay
  2. 3,000 points for 1 stay
  3. 1,500 points for paying with my IHG credit card
  4. 6,400 points by staying at 2 Holiday Inn Express Hotels
  5. 10,000 points after staying 5 nights
  • 17,100 points if you complete 4 out of the 5 offers listed above
  • 5,000 points if you stay in September

According to their terms and conditions, I know that I can get 37,120 points by paying only£94.50 out of pocket and 2 separate hotel stays.

Check out this Holiday Inn Express at the airport:

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I have to pay £9 extra to fulfill the “Bonus Points” booking, but even after this one stay, I’ll net 13,425 points because I’m also staying there in September and using my IHG credit card (earning 5 points per $1 spent).

Just booking this one night is worth it to me because I can ride my bike to there (free), and I’ll be getting 13,425 points for £49.50 ($65.00).

The next Holiday Inn Express I’ll book is this one for only £45.00 ($59.00, so +295 points if paying with an IHG credit card) a night for the most basic booking:

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This booking will fulfill the second Holiday Inn Express stay (6,400 points) and the completion of 4 out of the 5 offers (17,000 points).

I’ll get an additional 23,695 points by completing this second stay.

I’ll net 37,120 points for £94.50 out of pocket.  This will get me 7 hotel nights if I book rooms at 5,000 points a night with the IHG Point Break promo.  That’s £13.50 per night, and definitely a steal in my opinion.

When you compare your out of pocket cost to buying IHG points from IHG directly, this is absolutely a no brainer.  IHG charges $67.50 for 5,000 points.  If you were to “buy” points using the cash + points trick, even that hack would cost $35.00 for 5,000 points.  Staying two nights at some local hotels is worth it to me.

I will not be booking 3 more nights to get the additional 10,000 points.  It’s not worth it to me since I typically do not pay for hotel rooms anyway.

will be booking 2 nights under Travis’ account for the same rooms I have listed above.  Between the two of us, that’s 74,240 points for £189.00, which, again, is 14 (almost 15) nights if we book a Point Break Hotel.

By completing this promotion, you’ll be able to book at least 7 nights at any hotel that is on their quarterly Point Breaks list.  I’ve written a post about how you can get in on these cheap hotels with or without a credit card.  Have a look at some hotels in your area, or some destinations you’re headed to anyway, and book through IHG to get some big rewards for a small investment.


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