IHG has opened registration for its Q2/Q3 2019 Accelerate promotion which they’ve called ‘Make Every Stay Count’. If my targeted offer is anything to go by though, stays are going to count for very little.
Update: Numerous people have commented below stating that they’ve been unable to register. It therefore seems like IHG is having issues with the promotion, so if you’re having the same problem, try registering again in a day or two.
- Register for the IHG Accelerate promotion covering Q2/Q3 2019.
- Direct link to registration.
- Must register for the promotion by June 18, 2019.
- Valid for stays between May 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019.
I usually love IHG’s Accelerate promotions as they tend to be rewarding enough to influence my booking behavior. I completed enough tasks in the last promotion to earn the achievement bonus, specifically paying a little more for one stay in order to get the third brand I needed to earn a hefty bonus for one of the tasks and ultimately get that achievement bonus. I even did a mattress run in 2017 to earn more than 35,000 points for a one night stay costing less than $60.
This time around though, my offer is completely underwhelming. I’m in the process of researching our accommodation options for June and July and had been looking forward to seeing what IHG would be offering after their current promotion ended. As it turns out, not much:
Even if I completed all these tasks, I’d only earn 11,600 bonus points. For comparison, I earned more than 50,000 bonus points from the Q1 promo.
My wife’s offer isn’t much better:
Hers is offering pretty much double the number of points, but only if completing all three tasks. We normally book prepaid rates as they’re cheaper than flexible rates which are the only way to book bonus points packages, so it’s doubtful we’d earn that bonus.
Our offers are therefore going to have zero influence on whether or not we stay at IHG properties in the coming months. In fact, it’ll likely encourage us to stay at other hotel chains that will reward us for our stays – not the result that hotel loyalty scheme promotions should be looking for.
Based on comments from past IHG promotions though, it seems like I might’ve lucked out with my past offers compared to what some of you received. I guess it’s therefore only fair (albeit disappointing) that I received an underwhelming offer this time around. How about you though – did you receive any decent bonuses for completing tasks? Let us known in the comments below.