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IHG is the second-largest hotel chain in the world, although you will never find a hotel by that name. Registration for their most lucrative promotion, called Accelerate, is open now.
IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group) owns Holiday Inn (and its variants), Intercontinental, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites and some other lesser-known brands.
About 3 times a year IHG runs a promotion called Accelerate, which gives you lots of IHG points if you meet some goals. Everyone’s set of goals is different. Here are mine for the upcoming Accelerate, which begins January 1 and ends April 30, 2018:
As you may be able to see, if I meet all of the 6 main goals I will receive 47,000 IHG points! That’s not likely to happen this time, but if I meet 5 of the goals I will receive the points for those goals plus an “Achievement Bonus” of 17,700 points.
It looks like I can meet my “easiest” 5 goals by staying a total of just 3 nights. That’s a pretty easy accomplishment.
Compare this with the fact that certain IHG hotels can be had for just 5000 points per night during their PointBreaks promotions.
You can register for the Accelerate promotionhere.
IHG hotels are my favorites, because you can earn a lot of points with the Accelerate promotions and you can rent rooms in select hotels for only 5000 points per night during the PointBreaks promotions. That’s a winning combination in my book.
Hotel chains like Hilton / IHG / Marriott / etc. grant “status” to their best customers, the customers who stay the most nights. Some typical status names are Silver, Gold, Platinum or Diamond.
Having status is beneficial, because it often enables you to get free/faster wi-fi, late departure and free breakfast. The latter can really save you money…a few weeks ago I used my Hilton Diamond status to get free breakfasts that would normally cost $15 plus tax per day.
Hilton is currently offering free Gold status to employees of Accenture, but it seems as if anyone can sign up for it.
Once you have status from one hotel chain (say, Hilton), you can ask other hotel chains to for a “status match.” They usually will grant you temporary status that they believe is comparable to what you have at their competitor. That is how I came to be a Hilton Diamond…not from stays, but because Hilton matched my IHG Platinum status.
And how did I get IHG Platinum status, you ask? Did I do a lot of paid stays at IHG properties (Crowne Plaza, Interncontinental, Holiday Inn, Staybridge)? Nope, I just applied for and received one of their IHG credit cards from Chase Bank…one perk of that card is that it grants free Platinum status.
The world of hotel (and airline) status is crazy like that.
IHG PointBreaks are a wonderful deal, just 5000 points per night (= ~$35) and the desirable hotels go fast. Bloggers explain how you can legitimately purchase an unlimited number of IHG points for less than the official price.
Some of my vacation planning is now being done courtesy of International Hotels Group (IHG). My decisions about where to visit are increasingly based upon where IHG has some of their super-cheap PointBreaks hotels.
For example, last year it was Liverpool, England and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I also was able to utilize PointBreaks hotels for already-planned trips to North Carolina and Phoenix.
The new list of IHG PointBreaks should come out in about a week, so I can plan my next trips then. The best places to find the PointBreaks announcement, when it comes out, seem to be http://LoyaltyLobby.com or http://MommyPoints.com
It happened to me in February…I checked into a Hilton Hotel and they would not give me (a Diamond) an upgrade…said they were Full.
UPDATE: This morning I realized that I had included the two screen captures in .png format, rather than the required .jpg format. Unfortunately, the Hilton website will not permit a second application for the same HHonors number, so no update for me this time.
ORIGINAL POST: This might be good until 2018. The offer is targeted, but it might work for anyone.