Details Of IHG’s First Promotion Of 2019

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 loyal 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.

IHG has just revealed the details of their next global, which launches in a couple of weeks.

IHG’s next global promotion is called “Free Nights Faster,” and is valid for stays between January 15 and April 15, 2019To see the details of your Accelerate offer, log into this page and then register.

My version of the offer is for up to 42,600 bonus points after completing up to six tasks.

My tasks include the following:

  • Discover Our Brands — 11,200 bonus points (stay at two brands)
  • Saturday Stays Bonus — 8,000 bonus points (stay two weekends, including a Saturday night)
  • Stay at 2 IHG Hotels — 2,800 bonus points (stay at two IHG hotels)
  • Earn More, Faster — 6,600 points (book three bonus points package stays)
  • Stay a Little Longer — 12,000 bonus points (book two stays of four more consecutive nights)
  • February Bonus Offer — 2,000 bonus points (stay once in February)

Typically these promotions also offer an “achievement bonus,” where you earn bonus points if you complete a certain number of tasks. There’s no such offer this time around.

While I in general appreciate the ability to gamify these promotions, this particular promotion isn’t terribly lucrative for me.

I guess if I stayed at two different IHG brands over weekends, including one stay in February, I’d earn 24,000 bonus points, since I’d unlock the first three bonuses, plus the last one. That could be worth it.

However, the additional bonuses aren’t really worth it to me — I’m unlikely to stay for four consecutive nights, and booking three bonus points packages is a lot.

What does your first IHG promotion of 2019, and do you plan on taking advantage of your offer?

Comments

  1. Mine, the likes of which I’m unlikely to hit, unless reward stays count:

    10,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points.

    8,400 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 8,400 bonus points.

    2,800 Stay at 4 IHG® Hotels
    Stay at 4 IHG® hotel(s) and earn 2,800 bonus points.

    7,200 Earn More, Faster
    Earn 7,200 bonus points when you book 3 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster.

    1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
    Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points.

    14,950 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 5 of the 5 offers and earn (an additional) 14,950 bonus points.

  2. I have a single task, 40K max: “Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 40,000 bonus points. ”

    I suppose I’ll make my next intended stay a one night then a separate many night stay to trigger the second stay!

  3. Mine is 112,000 but impossible for me as shorter stays are better

    7,500 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 7,500 bonus points.

    19,200 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 3 brands and get 19,200 bonus points.

    8,000 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 8,000 bonus points.

    2,800 Stay at 2 IHG® Hotels
    Stay at 2 IHG® hotel(s) and earn 2,800 bonus points.

    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.

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

    56,100 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 6 of the 6 offers and earn (an additional) 56,100 bonus points.

  4. I can get up to 58,600 points. But 18,600 of these are through 2x 4 night stays and 3x bonus packages, both of which are not going to happen. Luckily, no Sat night required in the other tasks.

  5. Mostly the same as the above, except my “Discover our Brands” bonus for 3 brands is a whopping 28,800 pts.

  6. Mine is 58,050 but I’ll likely only get the 1,500 for booking and paying with my IHG CC…nothing here to change my habits. Staying at a Hilton next week and Westin the following…

    10,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 5 night(s) and earn 10,000 bonus points.

    19,200 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 3 brands and get 19,200 bonus points.

    8,000 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 8,000 bonus points.

    1,500 Spend on your IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card
    Book and pay for one stay with your IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card and earn 1,500 bonus points.

    19,350 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 19,350 bonus points.

  7. Mine is horrible. 42k total possible.

    40k of that is for double points on every stay, beginning with the 2nd stay, up to 40k.

    2k for a February stay.

    Way meh. Nothing for the IHG card, nothing for trying different brands. It’s not going to be an IHG quarter for me, that’s for sure.

  8. Mine aren’t terrible, but I usually get at least one option that I can hit with just one stay. I can get a bonus of 46,000 for hitting all of them. These all pretty much require two separate stays, and I’m not likely to do that.

    16,000 Stay at 2 brands and get 16,000 bonus points.
    16,000 Stay at 2 InterContinental® hotel(s) and earn 16,000 bonus points.
    8,000 Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 8,000 bonus points.
    6,600 Earn 6,600 bonus points when you book 2 Bonus Points Package stay(s) and get to your next reward faster. Terms

  9. Its interesting that the banner page states this is active through April 15th, but each of my individual offer terms and conditions states that it is good through April 30th.

  10. 89,200 for me

    18,000 Stay More, Earn More – 9 nights total
    14,400 Discover Our Brands – 3 brands
    5,600 Saturday Stays Bonus
    5,600 Corporate Account Bonus
    43,600 Your Achievement Bonus – complete 4 of the 5
    2,000 February Bonus Offer

    It’s a lot better than the last promo

  11. I completed the past 4 Accelerate offers, each one got harder to the point of ridiculous. It seems that while IHG is looking for a sweet spot to get clients to increase the business “we would otherwise give them”, they risk alienating their best customers.

    My offer is simply

    Earn double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to 40,000 bonus points.

  12. The fact that it starts on January 15th means they’re getting zilch of my business. I usually make multiple trips before January 15 and very few in February. It’s not like NYC is lacking in hotels to choose from, so if they want my business…

  13. I do have an achievement bonus – 31,100 points if I complete 4 of 3 offers.

    Guess I’m not getting those…

  14. Mine is 43,100 but 12, 000 probably may not get. Requires 2 night weekend for 12 k points. Other 31,100 easy. 24 k for 2 brands. 5,600 for 2 hotels & 1500 for IHG card. 30 k for 2 nights ok to me since have stays coming up anyway.

  15. If you complete the offers early you are likely to get other offers for staying extra nights before the end of the qualifying period. You can’t know for definite what the offer(s) will be but it will be a simple Stay X More Nights Earn X000 Points offer. I can’t reveal how I know this.

  16. I have the single offer of double points on every stay, starting with your second stay, up to a maximum of 40,000 bonus points. Guess I’m on the naughty list so I’ll choose to not play!

  17. Ben, why do you write that there is no achievement bonus? My offer is for 104k points, of which 37.4k are an achievement bonus. However, maybe my offer is like this because after the last lame offer, i have sent an email to the IHG telling them that i wasnt really happy with their previous offer. 🙂

  18. WTF, IHG. Double points up to 40K. I guess I’ll be getting double Marriott or Hilton points instead.

  19. Did you notice the end date may not be right? It has 68 days left, which means the end date should be in March. However, the IHG website states the promotion is until April 15th. While offer terms shows the stay “must be completed between January 15, 2019 and April 30, 2019”. Lol.

  20. Earn 143,400 total bonus points.
    Complete all of your Free Nights. Faster offers and earn total bonus points.

    My Offers
    Points Value Offer Description Status
    38,400 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 5 brands and get 38,400 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    12,000 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 2 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 12,000 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    4,500 Stay for Less and Earn
    Book 1 stay(s) using Points & Cash and earn 4,500 bonus points. Points & Cash allows you to book Reward Nights with fewer points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    16,800 Stay at 6 IHG® Hotels
    Stay at 6 IHG® hotel(s) and earn 16,800 bonus points. Terms
    BOOK NOW
    71,700 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 71,700 bonus points. Terms

  21. Well, I clearly got the worst of all…

    1,000 Go Places with the IHG® App
    Earn 1,000 bonus points when you download, sign in and book 1 stay(s) with the IHG® App. Get mobile-exclusive rates and view member offers and benefits. Terms
    2,000 Stay More, Earn More
    Get closer to the rewards you want when you stay 4 night(s) and earn 2,000 bonus points. Terms
    3,000 Discover Our Brands
    Stay at 2 brands and get 3,000 bonus points. Terms
    4,000 Saturday Stays Bonus
    Stay 3 weekend(s), including a Saturday night and another night, and earn 4,000 bonus points. Terms
    10,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 3 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 10,000 bonus points.
    20,000 Your Achievement Bonus
    Complete 4 of the 4 offers and earn (an additional) 20,000 bonus points.

    Interesting since I stayed a bit more at IHGs at the end of last year than normal, but this is the worst promotion I’ve every received. I’m offered 3,000 points for something that @lucky was offered 11,200 point for. Needless to say, even after an excellent Kimpton stay last week, I’m not going out of my way for IHG.

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