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IHG Bonus Points Package Rate Analysis for Accelerate 2017

Book one Bonus Points Package rate is one of seven IHG Rewards Club Accelerate 2017 tasks I received for an opportunity to earn 49,700 bonus points for as few as 5 hotel nights January 1 to April 15, 2017. The two most expensive tasks are stay 5 nights at IHG hotels Jan 1 – April 15 for 10,000 points or stay at least one night on an IHG Bonus Points package rate for 3,600 bonus points. I can earn over 40,000 IHG points during Accelerate 2017 with two IHG hotel nights at two Holiday Inn hotels, if I plan my bookings to include a Bonus Points Package rate for one of the nights. This article examines IHG Bonus Points Package Rates.

Loyalty TravelerAccelerate 2017 IHG Rewards Club Jan 1–April 15 bonus points (Dec 12, 2016).

I already have two reservations at Holiday Inn hotels in London.

Average London hotel rates have dropped a couple times over the past two months since I first reserved hotel rooms for a February trip. But I learned today that London is not a good city for booking Bonus Points package rates compared to the deals available without a Bonus Points package rate.

Holiday Inn London King’s Cross – Bloomsbury

  • $86.91 IHG member rate advance purchase, nonrefundable
  • $114.67 IHG member rate best flexible
  • $132.02 Best Flexible + 1,000 Bonus points package rate (no IHG member discount)
  • $150.88 Best Flexible + 1,000 bonus points package + breakfast rate (no IHG member discount)
  • rates shown include tax.

$86.91 for London, England !!!

February 5, 2017 advance purchase, nonrefundable rate

Holiday Inn London Kings Cross $87 Feb 5

  • $114.67 IHG member rate best flexible
  • $132.02  Feb 5, 2017 Best Flexible + 1,000 Points rate (+ $17.35 more)
  • $150.88  Feb  5, 2017 Best Flexible 1,000 Points + Breakfast rate (+ $36.21 more)

Holiday Inn London Kings Cross $150 points Brekafast Feb 5

I need to pay $132.02 instead of a potential $86.91 rate to buy 1,000 bonus points, an extra $45 per night to buy 1,000 bonus points. And another $19 on top of that if I want breakfast in London at the Holiday Inn.

 

Compare this to a Holiday Inn Santa Maria, California Bonus Points Package rate for January 6

  • $103.68 IHG member rate advance purchase, nonrefundable ($116.52 after tax).
  • $114.24 IHG member rate best flexible
  • $124.00 Best Flexible + 1,000 Bonus points package rate (no IHG member discount; $139.28 after tax).
  • $139.00 Best Flexible + 5,000 bonus points package rate (no IHG member discount; $156.08 after tax).
  • $139.00 Best Flexible + 1,000 bonus points package + breakfast rate (no IHG member discount; $156.08 after tax).

I need to pay an extra $36 per night to buy 1,000 bonus points and another $17 on top of that if I want breakfast in Santa Maria. That deal is not much different from London rates for the upsell. The more shocking aspect is a Holiday Inn hotel room in London has lower room rates than a hotel room in Santa Maria, California.

Final Thoughts

On IHG marketing’s side is this IHG Rewards Club Accelerate 2017 deal is about upselling members to higher hotel rates. $25 to $45 more per night over the lowest available rate is a high price to pay for 1,000 bonus points to complete an Accelerate 2017 task for 3,600 bonus points.

From my side, this analysis shows that even if I put out an extra $25 to $45, the 16,600 bonus points earned from completing the Bonus Points Package Rate task for 3,600 points and completing 5 of 6 tasks for 13,000 bonus points are worth the upsell room rate on one hotel night. Of course, if I find myself in need of 5 IHG hotel nights, I can simply skip the Bonus Points Package rate offer.

But a good Bonus Points Package rate can make the higher rate a hotel night bargain difference.

In Santa Maria, an extra $39.50 buys the 5,000 bonus points package rate +  earns at a minimum 3,600 bonus points with my Accelerate 2017 and another 350 base points + 175 Platinum elite bonus points for $35 additional room spend. 9,000 total extra IHG points for a $40 upsell.

$39.50 for 9,000 IHG points is a worthwhile upsell I am willing to buy.

 

 

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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