My IHG Q3 Accelerate Offer Is Actually OK! How’s Yours?

I’ve gotten some pretty terrible IHG offers from IHG’s various “Accelerate” promotions (including one that required me to stay at a hotel brand with only 2 locations).

But their new Q3 Accelerate offer is actually… kind of OK (but couldn’t they come up with a different name for it? Even the URL is bland lol).

It’s not worth moving a minor mountain for or anything, but it seems I can stay at an IHG for 2 nights in September 2016 and earn an extra 35,000 IHG points.

My IHG Accelerate offer

Here it is:

Not terrible!

Not terrible!

So if I can:

  • Stay once (5,000 points)
  • In September (5,000 points)
  • For 2 weekend nights (4,000 points)
  • And use my Chase IHG to pay for it (1,500 points)
  • I’ll unlock an achievement bonus (19,500 points)

And earn a bonus of 35,000 IHG points. That’s pretty decent.

I’ll likely have some sort of trip pop up next month. And it might be worth it to switch it over to IHG if it’s during the weekend.

Some analysis

I’m not sure if I’d mattress run for it or not. Although, there are plenty of hotels in the Dallas area with rates around ~$70 a night.


Not bad, not bad

Two nights during a weekend in September, after taxes, costs about ~$165.

$165 for 2 nights

$165 for 2 nights

That comes to under half a cent per point for all 35,000 IHG points.

Bout half a cent for each IHG point

Bout half a cent for each IHG point

Which is good, especially if I can increase their value at hotels that are typically very expensive.


This promotion is worth is if you can double your points value at an expensive hotel, like in San Francisco

Which could be a good deal for a hotel like the Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway, which costs ~$405 a night after taxes, or 40,000 IHG points (thus doubling the value of the points earned from the Q3 Accelerate promotion).

Even if I don’t use the points right away, I know I can get good value from them down the road, like I did at the ANA Crowne Plaza in Osaka, Japan. Although I’m not expecting, well, anything extra despite having IHG Spire Elite status (their highest tier).

Bottom line

Your turn!

I’m curious to hear about your offer, as I tend to be geeky about these types of personalized offers. Here’s the link to the promotion to sign-in and check yours. Everyone’s offer may be slightly different.

Keep in mind you should sign up before you stay – IHG doesn’t credit stays after the fact.

Is yours worth mattress running or switching a stay for? 

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  1. Won’t let me register. Every time I try I get this error, “There was a problem processing your request. Please try again after some time or contact your IHG® Rewards Club Customer Care Center for assistance.”

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