One of the best deals of the hotel rewards program season is the Accelerate offer to newly enrolled members of IHG Rewards Club. The deal for new members to IHG Rewards Club is earn one free night after two stays and you can earn a maximum two free nights with four stays by December 31. The free nights earned can be redeemed for any IHG hotel worldwide into 2016.
This free nights offer is only available to new members of IHG Rewards Club.
Current IHG Rewards Club members enrolled in the Accelerate promotion receive targeted goals for earning 50,000 or more points. Generally these will require more than four hotel stays or four hotel nights.
InterContinental Hotels Group hotel brands
- InterContinental Hotels (luxury)
- Crowne Plaza
- Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Express
- Staybridge Suites (apartment style)
- Candlewood Suites (apartment style)
- Even (new brand, few hotels)
- HuaLuxe (China)
One night paid stays minimize the cost to earn free nights
Since a hotel stay can be one night, this offer allows new members to IHG Rewards Club to earn one free night with only two paid hotel nights at two different IHG hotels. You can even stay two nights at the same hotel as long as the stays are separated by at least one date.
For example, stay Friday and Sunday night at the same hotel and that counts as two stays and earns one free night. You can’t stay Friday and Saturday night at the same hotel under one member’s name, even if booked as two separate reservations. The reservations will be merged into one stay and the two hotel nights will only credit as one stay.
You can do a work-around if you and a spouse or family member or friend book hotel nights alternating the IHG Rewards Club member booking the hotel night reservation.
Couple A and B book four nights at IHG hotel.
Night 1 – Member A
Night 2 – Member B
Night 3 – Member A
Night 4 – Member B
This kind of booking, where each day one person checks out of the hotel and the partner checks in allows each member to earn one free night with two stays while not having to switch hotels each night during the 4-night stay. Just be sure to physically check out each day and the other person checks in to ensure the stays credit to each member correctly.
A couple newly enrolled in IHG Rewards Club can pick up four free nights for a hotel stay in Paris or London or anywhere there is an IHG hotel through two 4-night stays somewhere at a low rate or on two short getaway trips.
Value of IHG free night certificates
Fall 2014 I earned two free nights from the IHG Rewards Club Into the Nights promotion and those two free night credits were valid through December 2015. I redeemed one of those free nights two weeks ago for the InterContinental Le Grand Hotel Paris.
Loyalty Traveler – InterContinental Le Grand Hotel, a storied institution of Paris (Sep 30).
I earned my two free nights for $235 in IHG paid stays at London Gatwick Airport Holiday Inn and Dublin Airport Holiday Inn Express. My two free night redemptions were at InterContinental Park Lane London and Intercontinental Le Grand Paris for room nights with a combined published room rate over $1,235 for the two free nights. Those two low cost airport stays put me in two luxury hotels in London and Paris.