IHG Extends And Improves Double Points Promotion

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This is an update that IHG has announced that they’re improving this promotion in two ways:

  • The promotion will run through December 31, 2018, rather than through December 16, 2018
  • There’s no longer a limit to how many stays you can earn double points on, as you can now earn double points on unlimited stays


For the past few years, most of IHG’s global hotel promotions have been customized. Everyone gets some type of offer, but different members get targeted for different versions of the offer. The logic is that hotel loyalty programs want to generate incremental revenue, so they’d like to get you to increase the business you’d otherwise give them, rather than just reward you for stays you’d make anyway.

These are often called “Accelerate” offers, and IHG’s latest such promotion ended on July 31, 2018, so it has been over a month since IHG has had a global promotion.

Now IHG has announced the details of their next global promotion, valid for stays between September 16 and December 16, 2018.

Everyone seems to be eligible to earn double points, though there are different limits for how many stays you can earn double points for. Furthermore, there’s an additional bonus that seems to differ from member to member. You can log-in here to see the offer you’re eligible for.

My version of the promotion is for up to 36,400 bonus points after completing two offers.

My tasks include the following:

  • Double Your Stay — 30,000 bonus points (earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 30,000 bonus points)
  • Travel with the IHG App — 6,400 bonus points (book two stays with the IHG App and earn 6,400 bonus points)

This promotion is significantly simpler than IHG’s previous Accelerate offers, and also not as gamified, as there aren’t as many tasks to complete. Like I said, different members will be eligible for different offers, though I’m not impressed by my promotion.

You earn 10 IHG points per dollar spent at most brands, meaning I’d earn double points for $3,000 of hotel spend, excluding my first stay.

Personally I value IHG points at ~0.5 cents each, so if I completed both tasks I’d earn under $200 worth of bonus points for $3,000+ of spend, which isn’t great.

We’ve already learned about some of the promotions from the other major hotel groups — Hilton is offering 2-3x points this fall, Hyatt is offering up to 60,000 bonus points after 40 nights. Meanwhile Marriott has announced nothing.

If you really want to boost the IHG points you can earn and get great rewards, consider the IHG® Rewards Club Premier Credit Card. The card:

  • Offers a welcome bonus of 80,00 IHG Rewards Club points after spending $2,000 within the first three months
  • Offers an anniversary free night certificate annually, valid at a hotel costing up to 40,000 points, which more than justifies the card’s $89 annual fee
  • Offers a fourth night free when redeeming points for hotel stays
  • Offers IHG Rewards Club Platinum status for as long as you have the card

What does your fall 2018 IHG offer look like, and what do you make of it?

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Comments

  1. what a crappy promo…! I was hoping IHG would come ut with a great promo to counteract Marriott new program, but this is simply bad… They are missing out on a chance to show everyone how IHG program is better than Marriott’s and Hilton’s…

  2. @ Lucky – if I have previously made a reservation before this promo but if it falls between the dates does that stay still qualifies for this promo?

  3. Double points upto to 30K points … There is no mention that you must earn 30K double points promo to complete the task…. Did I miss anything here? Thanks Ben.

  4. @ Katy — In this case there’s no further reward for completing all tasks, so there’s nothing further to gain there regardless of whether you complete it or not.

  5. Oh, I see. Mine is a little different. Plan to get the achievement bonus after two stays. Do all but the last task. 🙂

    Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 10,900 bonus points.

    1. Double points up to 15,000

    2. Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 3,200 bonus points.

    3. Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 2 Bonus Points Package stay(s)

    4. Earn 12,000 bonus points when you book 2 stay(s) of 4 or more consecutive nights.

  6. I guess you ended up with a boring offer. Mine is:

    2x points up to 15,000 points
    Stay at 4 brands for 44,800 points
    book 2 stays on app for 6,400 points
    book 2 bonus points packages for 8,000 points

  7. Abysmal, really pathetic if you consider they might want to take some business from disgruntled/frustrated Starriott members. Mine is 30,000 for a few tasked ( double points, 3x HI stays, etc). No thanks.

  8. I have a slightly different promo than you as well:

    15,000 Double Your Stay
    Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points. Terms
    19,200 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 3 brands and get 19,200 bonus points. Terms
    8,400 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 8,400 bonus points. Terms
    6,600 Earn More, Faster
    Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 3 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.

    Still really disappointed. I was waiting for IHG’s fall promo to come out to decide where I”m staying this fall. Guess it won’t be IHG…

  9. @Lucky, I have challenge to complete – Two stays at CrownePlaza. Will reward night count towards, this challenge.

  10. I will concede I think these promotions were very generous for a long time. I stay at IHG as my preferred (partly due to the accelerate promotions). For this promotion, I can probably hit the book 2 stays on the mobile app (4,500 bonus) and depending on what I do for New Years possibly hit more of that double points – but right now I’d probably only get 5K of 15K.

    Forcing a 1 night stay somewhere before that trip doesn’t seem realistic based on effort to do so (in NYC, so cheaper options require a car). Oh well, I’ll take the 10K and call it a day.

    15,000 Double Your Stay Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points.

    51,200 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 5 brands and get 51,200 bonus points.

    4,500 Travel with the IHG® App
    Book 2 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 4,500 bonus points.

    8,000 Earn More, Faster
    Earn 8,000 bonus points when you book 2 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster. Terms

  11. Double 15k
    2 Kimpton stays 4.5k
    2 Saturday Stays 12k

    I hit my achievement bonus EVERY quarter with accelerate in the past. This is a very disappointing program change.

  12. Mine is extremely disappointing. Double points start on the second (paid) stay for 15k, try three brands for 19.2k, stay at two Holiday Inns for 5.6k (as if!), and stay two weekends (2+ nights) for 8.4k. That last one sounded reasonable as I have a Kimpton stay planned the weekend of the 15th. But they’ve conveniently set this promo to begin on Sunday the 16th, and only Saturday night stays count, so that weekend is out. More Hyatt for me.

  13. You are obviously way way better at this than me if you can get .5 cents in value from an IHG point. .3 to .4 is my real world experience, and that’s a huge difference.

  14. I am Royal Ambassador spire elite and live in Norway.
    we hardly ever get any of these offers except ACCELARATE

  15. Got the same weak offer Lucky did. It has all the glamor of a 6% off coupon. Who cares? Certainly nothing that would affect my plans.

  16. Is anyone having trouble to book on the IHG app? I have been getting the error message that the app is down. I cannot book a room since yesterday.

  17. I am Spire Elite I have been very pleased with their offers to date but this one really sucks.

    1) Earn 8,000 bonus points when you book 2 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster. I HAVE NO INTEREST IN A PACKAGE STAY SO THIS IS USELESS

    2) Stay 8 time(s) using your corporate rate and earn 6,400 bonus points. Stays booked through your corporate portal count toward the promotion. ALL OR NOTHING FOR 8 STAYS.USUALLY YOU CAN GET PARTIAL CREDIT. MY COMPANY TYPICALLY REDUCES TRAVEL IN Q4 SO NO HOPE ON THIS ONE

    3) Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 16,800 bonus points. NOT USEFUL TO MOST OF THE BUSINESS TRAVELER AT ALL – AND YOU HAVE TO DO IT TWICE!

    4)Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points.
    OK THIS ONE I CAN USE, SO MY BEST HOPE IS 15,00 POINTS OUT OF THIS PROMOTION

  18. Kinda tricky this time

    Earn 96,600 total bonus points.

    15,000 Double Your Stay
    Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points.
    25,600 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 5 brands and get 25,600 bonus points.
    10,800 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 3 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 10,800 bonus points.
    4,400 Corporate Account Bonus
    Stay 4 time(s) using your corporate rate and earn 4,400 bonus points.
    40,800 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 40,800 bonus points.

  19. I’m an Ambassador Spire Elite living in Sydney and didn’t receive this accelerate offer either. Maybe it is not being offered in this market as it is a peak travel time of the year here, who knows? We have certainly had a couple of Accelerates already this year so perhaps thats the rationale.

  20. I was clearly very lucky – a total of 138,200
    which by happy coincidence I will get

    15,000 Double Your Stay
    Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points. Terms
    Completed stay at Birmingham – City Centre, Birmingham, 12/11/2018 – 13/11/2018
    35,200 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 4 brands and get 35,200 bonus points. Terms
    9,600 Stay at Crowne Plaza®
    Stay at 2 Crowne Plaza® hotel(s) and earn 9,600 bonus points. Terms
    16,800 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 16,800 bonus points. Terms
    Completed stay at The Palazzo Las Vegas, Las Vegas, 13/10/2018 – 15/10/2018
    Completed
    61,600 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 61,600 bonus points. Terms
    In Progress

  21. Hello,
    I got the following targeted offers :
    Double Your Stay
    Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 15,000 bonus points. (In progress 35%)

    Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 3 brands and get 28,800 bonus points. (Completed)

    Stay at Holiday Inn®
    Stay at 3 Holiday Inn® hotel(s)—including Holiday Inn Resort® and Holiday Inn Club Vacations®—and earn 14,400 bonus points. (Completed)

    Travel with the IHG® App
    Book 3 stay(s) with the IHG® App and earn 5,800 bonus points. (Completed)

    Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 49,000 bonus points. (in progress 75%)
    Which would make a total of 113,000 bonus points.

    What troubles me is the fact that the first offer says “up to 15,000 double points” not at least 15,000 bonus points.

    When asked by mail why I haven’t got my achievement bonus yet, I got as a reply the following : “Please be informed that you need to complete the 15,000 points before you can get the “Your Achievement Bonus”. “.

    Is anyone else with the same issue as me ? Am I missing something ?

    Thanks in advance !

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