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Every so often, IHG offers its members the opportunity to earn bonus points, with individual offers for each member. The challenges as part of the promo, which IHG calls “Accelerate,” can range from completing a certain number of nights to staying at a specific number of brands and much more. Now, the latest Accelerate promotion is available for registration.

To check out your individual offer, head to IHG’s page to register. For all individual Accelerate challenges, your offers are good for stays made between May 1 and July 31, 2018.

While each member gets an individualized offer, the terms and conditions state that every member will earn at least 30,000 points. Based on current TPG valuations, that means each offer should net at least $180 in value. But, it seems many offers provide an opportunity to earn much more than that.

For my specific offer, I can earn a total of 35,500 total bonus points for completing a total of nine challenges. These are the tasks that are part of my offer:

  • 1,000 May Bonus Offer — stay once in May
  • 1,500 Exclusive Brand Bonus — stay once at an InterContinental, Hotel Indigo or Even hotel
  • 1,000 Stay Once Get 1,000 Bonus Points
  • 5,000 Stay 3 Nights
  • 3,000 Stay 3 More Nights
  • 3,000 Stay 3 More Nights
  • 3,000 Stay 3 More Nights
  • 3,000 Stay 3 More Nights
  • 15,000 Stay 3 More Nights

A few tips for planning how to tackle your Accelerate promotion:

  • Kimpton stays do count
  • Each member will have the opportunity to earn at least 30,000 points
  • Each offer must be completed between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2018 (both dates inclusive)
  • A stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights at the same hotel, regardless of frequency of check-in/out. So, you can’t rack up multiple stays at the same hotel just by checking out and checking back in.
  • The following don’t count as qualifying stays: net wholesale individual and group rate, certain package rates, employee discount rate, friends and family rate, crew rate, special discounted contract rates, seasonal worker/crew rate, 50% travel club discount rate, travel industry discount rate, distressed passenger rate, IHG® Rewards Club Reward Nights/Airline Hotel Reward rate, rates booked through third party web sites, complimentary hotel Stays and any other rates not defined as a Qualifying Room Rate at IHG’s sole discretion. Only one room per member per Qualifying Stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points, or other benefits (if any) available under the applicable Offer.

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