Sign in to your IHG account to see your personalised Accelerate bonus points offer for January to April 2017

Guide to IHG Reward's Accelerate quarterly points challenge

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: December 21, 2016
UPDATED: January 31, 2017
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: IHG Rewards

If you are a member of the IHG Rewards loyalty program (covering the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotel brands), you’ll get a bonus points challenge every quarter, giving you the chance to boost your IHG points balance.

The latest Accelerate promotion is open for registration and valid for stays between 1 January and 15 April 2017.

Registering and Participating in Accelerate from IHG Rewards

Go to the registration page and sign in to see your personalised offer:

For reference, here’s what I got offered for the upcoming quarter – a six-step challenge to earn up to 41,000 bonus points:

This compares to being offered 33,500 in August, in which I only completed one very simple challenge – 500 points for downloading the IHG app.

Each member’s offer is based on their status level and stay history.

Alternative way to obtain IHG points

Another way to boost your IHG Rewards balance is through buying points in periodic bonus points promotions, run every 1-6 months. The most recent one ended on 2 December, but there will likely be another one in the new year.

Why IHG points are valuable

The best-value uses for IHG Rewards points are for stays at higher-end properties within the IHG brand, namely InterContinental and Crowne Plaza; and for stays at 5000-point Point Breaks hotels, which are published every quarter.

I bought points in September 2016’s bonus points promotion and in December 2016 used 15,000 of them for a three-night stay at the Holiday Inn Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa. It worked out to cost under $30 USD/night, which represents great value!

Holiday Inn Sandton, Johannesburg

Summing up

IHG Rewards has some good redemptions at both the low and high end, if you seek them out – they just don’t reward loyalty heavily when it comes to perks for status and frequent stays. That said, offers like Accelerate make it relatively easy to earn points from your IHG stays, and it only takes a couple of minutes to register for and read through your challenge for the coming quarter.