IHG has opened registration for its new Accelerate promotion that’ll run during Q4 2019. The promotion runs for four months which makes it easier to complete your tasks; whether that’s worth it or not though will depend on what your targeted offer is.
- IHG’s Accelerate promotion for Q4 2019 has opened for registration.
- Direct link to registration.
- Registration required by October 18, 2019.
- Each Offer must be completed between September 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 (both dates inclusive).
IHG’s Accelerate promotions used to regularly affect my booking habits as they’d be rewarding enough to make it worthwhile moving stays to IHG. Over the last year though, my targeted offers have been less rewarding or have had more stringent requirements.
My tasks for their Q4 2019 promotion are shown above. While they’re potentially achievable, they likely won’t affect my booking behavior through the end of the year, especially because I didn’t receive an achievement bonus for completing most or all of the tasks.
For paid IHG stays, I always pay with my IHG Premier card anyway, so my fourth task will easily net me 1,500 bonus points. We live in hotels and tend to move every 5-6 days, so staying over weekends and having stays last 4+ nights isn’t an issue.
The task I’m less likely to complete is the first one – staying at four brands. We’re traveling with our dog, so we have to stay in pet-friendly hotels. Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites are always pet-friendly (as is Kimpton, but they tend to be too pricey for our budget), but the pet policy for all of IHG’s other brands depends on the property. That can make it harder finding a property we want to stay with a reasonable paid rate and a non-extortionate pet fee.
As another data point, here’s my wife’s offer:
In theory her offers are a little easier to complete, but not particularly enticing. Booking two stays through the app would be two stays where we wouldn’t be earning ~10% cashback through a shopping portal. Staying at two Holiday Inn brand hotels is unlikely, while I’d prefer not redeeming our points for Points & Cash stays.
Still, it seems like we got decent offers compared to some people commenting on the DoC post about this promotion. It looks like several people got an offer for ‘Stay 1 night & get 1,000 bonus points’ – that’s it!
Be sure to register for the promotion straight away even if you don’t have any plans to stay at IHG properties, just in case you make a reservation in the coming months that would earn you some bonus points.
h/t Doctor of Credit