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IHG Accelerate 2016 Offers – Some Good & Some Bad
IHG is back with their latest version of the Accelerate promotion for stays from September 6 through December 15, 2016. For those not familiar, this promotion gives various targeted offers to members. Depending on your status, account history and other mythical factors, you might receive an offer to earn a lot of points or you might receive something not so nice.
While overall these promotions haven’t been great, my wife did receive a mattress worthy one recently, so it is always worth looking. Let’s take a look at my family’s three offers this time which includes another good one for my wife.
My Son’s Offer – Cry
My son, who’s account has never been used, has a terrible offer.
That is too many stays to be worth it.
My Offer – Yawn
Unfortunately I received a very very similar offer. While the 8,000 points for one stay in September could be tempting, I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.
My Wife’s Offer – We Might Have A Winner!
My wife always seems to get the best offers on her account. Because she gets good offers, she also probably uses her account to stay more often thus triggering more offers. Chicken and the egg. Her offers this time are pretty good.
Full Offer Analysis
At first glance this offer looks better than it is. That is because there is a killer piece of information buried in the terms. One of her offers is for 5 nights so that goes out the door. One other offer requires a Points and Cash stay. As far as I understand, that won’t count as an actual stay. (It is an award.) So putting that aside, here is what she needs to do:
Book a stay in September and pay with her IHG Rewards credit card + complete a Points + Cash stay. That will net here a total of 35,000 points. Here is an example of a Cash & Points cost. You are basically paying $35.20 for 5,000 points. Let’s use this as an example.
So if we book an award night and use cash + points and do a $100 mattress run, the math looks like this:
- Cost: $135.20
- Points 40,000 (35,000 bonus + 5,000 saved with P&C)
- Cost per point: .00338 (Actually less because she will earn points on the actual stay as well.)
This offer still makes a lot of sense, but it is painful for one reason. We actually have an IHG award stay booked for September 2 that could easily be converted to Points + Cash. Unfortunately this promotion doesn’t begin until September 6, so we would have to do it another time.
Register & Find Your Offers
You can find your personalized offers and the full terms of the IHG Accelerate promotion on the offer page. You’ll have to login with your member number and password to see your offers.
There are still some good offers out there for IHG Accelerate, but unfortunately I fear most people will receive a bad offer like me. While my wife’s offer is a good one, that Points + Cash requirement throws me off because it requires an additional stay that we might not need. For now I’ll think about this a bit more.
Did you receive a great offer or a dud? Share in the comments!
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