IHG’s New Gamified Promotion is Out — What’s Your Offer?

The next IHG Rewards Club promotion is up and available for registration.

They’re coming out with ‘Accelerate’ again for stays between January 1 and April 30 you earn even more points. And in some ways it’s my favorite hotel promotion — not as much for its richness as much because it is sort of fun. It’s tough to get a thrill over double points for stays you’re going to make anyway.


Intercontinental Singapore

IHG Rewards Club has moved to ‘gamified’ promotions with different pieces meant to incentivize behavior among members — with the specifics driven by data about your activity so far, like whether you’re a co-brand credit card holder or an elite or which of their brands you stay with.

For instance they’ve had:

Sign up for the new Accelerate and you’ll see the offer you qualify for.

Here’s my offer:

I’m not a frequent guest at IHG hotels like Intercontinental (any longer) or Holiday Inn. I value IHG Rewards Club points at 6/10ths of a cent apiece.

On the other hand others are likely to get much more lucrative offers. And people can likely earn at least twice as many bonus points as I’m being offered.

What’s your offer?

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Comments

  1. I don’t understand the “Earn 6,600 points after you book 6,600 Bonus Points Package stay(s)”. Do they have a “6,600 Bonus Point Package”? I don’t think they mean you have to stay 6,600 times.

  2. Nice offer @Gary … 43K points additional points for 4 nights, not bad at all especially if you have to stay in nearby hotels during the same period.

  3. 2,000 stay once
    10,000. Five nights
    7,200. 3 HI express nights
    2,400. Cash & pts
    8,000 Asia, Europe, Africa, M.E.
    1,500. IHG credit card
    11,000. Complete 5 of 6
    5,000. Refer a friend (friend must complete a 1 night stay)

  4. We just got back from the IC Singapore. What a wonderful hotel. A nice location away from all the tumult of Orchard Road.

    FYI, no upgrades or benefits when using an award night, but readers here know this. 😉

  5. Couldn’t get it to work at all in Chrome but in IE it did. Yeah their promos are fun (to the extent that they work and that you can figure out what they mean) but between the fact that they keep selling points for less and less and the fact that it’s so difficult to get any meaningful benefits from their properties, I don’t bother worrying about IHG points any more. I just buy points when I need them and only stay at an IHG when there is no other choice with the chains that give much better mid-tier benefits.

  6. I think they have a bug. One of my wife’s goals is:

    Earn More, Faster
    Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 6,600 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.

    I don’t see us booking 6,600 Bonus Points Packages. LOL!

  7. Great, so now I have to buy a Windows machine to participate in IHG promos? I get redirects on both Chrome and Safari.

  8. Tried Chrome, Firefox and IE – nothing shows up except the old Accelerate for Q4 2017. Same for spouse.

  9. This “1,000 Purchase Points Now and Stay Later” is confusing, do I have to buy enough points and use points to stay before Apr 30th?
    Other 6 are easy if they don’t have to different nights from each other.

    Earn 65,700 total bonus points.

    Complete all of your Accelerate offers and earn 65,700 total bonus points.
    My Offers
    Points Value Offer Description Status
    2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points
    8,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 4 night(s) and earn 8,000 bonus points.
    11,200 Stay at InterContinental® Hotels
    Live the InterContinental® life when you stay at 2 InterContinental® hotel(s) and earn 11,200
    12,000 Explore with Confidence
    Stay in any country in Europe, Greater China (China Mainland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and earn 12,000 bonus points.
    1,500 Spend on Your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
    Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn bonus points.
    1,000 Purchase Points Now and Stay Later
    Earn 1,000 bonus points when you purchase IHG® Rewards Club points and get a Reward Night
    5,000 Renew Your InterContinental® Ambassador Membership
    Earn 5,000 bonus points when you return to the luxurious side of travel by renewing your InterContinental® Ambassador Membership.
    16,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 16,000 bonus points. Terms
    5,000 Refer a Friend and Earn
    Refer a friend to enroll into IHG Rewards Club, and receive 5,000 bonus points. The referred member must complete their first stay by April 30th.
    4,000 January Bonus Offer
    Stay once in January and get 4,000 bonus points. Terms

  10. I got almost this same deal last quarter.

    ‘Game’ options (4)
    – Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn bonus points.
    – Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points
    – Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 1 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.
    – Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points.

    Bonus offers:
    Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 19,900 bonus points.
    January Bonus Offer
    Stay once in January and get 2,000 bonus points.

    So… here’s my math on this one. Book one bonus points package stay in January for roughly $130 at local market prices.

    Receive base points for stay
    + 2000 bonus points (offer 1)
    + 6600 points for package stay (offer 3)
    + 1500 points for IHG spend (offer 4)
    + 19,900 for hitting 3 of the four offers.
    + 2000 for doing this all in January.
    ———-
    32,000 bonus points for one night stay.

    I’ll buy at that price.

  11. I also posted this on Ric Garrido’s blog. Sorry if they’re one & the same so that this is a duplicate:
    My offer is simple & awesome: A. Stay 1 night & B. Pay for it with my IHG MasterCard to earn 3500 points. Then C. Stay a total of 5 nights to earn 10K, plus doing these 3 things earns me my Achievement Bonus of 26,500 = 40K bonus for 5 $–paid nights !
    I also have side bonuses of 2K for staying in January and 5K for referring a new member who stays before 4/30/18!

  12. Thanks for the heads up Gary! Here’s my offer for 74,100 points. It’s all very doable:

    2,000 Stay Once Get 2,000 Bonus Points
    Thank you for being a loyal IHG® Rewards Club member. Stay once and earn 2,000 bonus points.
    32,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 16 night(s) and earn 32,000 bonus points.
    11,200 Stay at Holiday Inn Express®
    Stay at 7 Holiday Inn Express® hotel(s) and earn 11,200 bonus points.
    4,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
    Stay with us for the weekend and earn 4,000 bonus points. A Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday night stay required.
    2,400 Stay for Less and Earn
    Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 2,400 bonus points. Points & Cash allows you to book Reward Nights with fewer points.
    1,500 Spend on Your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card
    Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Credit Card and earn bonus points.
    1,000 Earn When You Redeem
    You earned your points, now use them! Redeem your points for anything, from a digital download to a Reward Night, and you’ll earn 1,000 bonus points.
    11,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 6 of the 7 offers and earn (an additional) 11,000 bonus points.
    5,000 Refer a Friend and Earn
    Refer a friend to enroll into IHG Rewards Club, and receive 5,000 bonus points. The referred member must complete their first stay by April 30th.
    4,000 January Bonus Offer
    Stay once in January and get 4,000 bonus points.

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