IHG Rewards Club Accelerate summer 2019 promotion offered me a chance to earn 37,700 bonus points by completing three hotel stay tasks. I completed three hotel stay tasks in the minimum 5 nights possible at three different hotels from July 1 to 13, 2019, while touring Prague and Warsaw.
Hotel rates I booked cost $485 for 5 nights at Holiday Inn Prague, Hotel Indigo Krakow and Holiday Inn Warsaw. Three hotel stays for $485 completed all IHG Accelerate tasks to earn 37,700 bonus points, the full amount of summer 2019 Accelerate promotion bonus points offered for my account.
IHG Summer 2019 Accelerate 37,700 Bonus Points
- Stay 4 nights = 8,000 points
- Stay at 2 brands = 12,600 points
- Book a Points & Cash stay = 4,500 points.
- Achievement Bonus earned for tasks 1-3 completion = 12,600 points.
Hotel Indigo Krakow Poland 3 nights = 1159.20 PLN (July 8, 2019 exchange rate 1 USD = 3.79 PLN) = $305.86 USD
Holiday Inn Prague 1 night Points & Cash stay 15,000 points = 10,000 points + $39.00 to buy 5,000 points.
Holiday Inn Warsaw 1 night advance purchase rate with breakfast + 3,000 bonus points = 374.49 PLN = $98.81 USD
Total spend $443.67 to complete IHG Accelerate Summer 2019.
Total Points Earned for 3 Accelerate Stays
I actually booked two Points & Cash reward nights with the original intention of staying at Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers for 30,000 points + $42 to buy 5,000 points. An interesting side note is IHG marked my Points & Cash stay as complete soon after I made the Copenhagen booking and posted 4,500 bonus points for booking a Cash & Points rate at Crowne Plaza.
I ended up canceling Crowne Plaza Copenhagen in June, yet the task completion never changed. I booked two nights at Comfort Inn Vesterbro Copenhagen instead spending 20,000 Choice Privileges points per night. Comfort Inn Vesterbro is an easy walk to Metro or Copenhagen Train Station and the hotel has a Copenhagen city center vibe compared to Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers in the airport region of the city.
Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers ultimately cost $42 to buy 5,000 points.
Total IHG Spend = $485.67 for 5 hotel nights.
In addition to one Cash & Points night at Holiday Inn Prague costing 10,000 points, I also redeemed points for 2 more standard reward nights at Holiday Inn Prague at 15,000 points per night = 40,000 points redeemed.
Net Spend for 7 IHG Nights = $485.67 and 40,000 points redeemed.
$485.67 + 5,000 points earned and 40,000 points redeemed.
(Crowne Plaza Copenhagen $42 bought 5,000 points) – 10,000 points (Holiday Inn Prague P+C night) – 30,000 IHG points (2 nights HI Prague) = $485.67 and 40,000 points redeemed and 5,000 points earned.
IHG Accelerate Summer 2019 Points = 52,505 points earned.
4,500 Points Points & Cash task: Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers 5,000 points purchased when I canceled 35,000 reservation = $42.00 for a net 9,500 points.
- Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers (canceled night) = 9,500 points.
- Hotel Indigo Krakow (3 nights) = 4,912 points.
- Holiday Inn Warsaw (1 night) = 25,493 points.
- Accelerate Achievement Bonus = 12,600 points.
Total IHG Rewards Club points earned = 52,505 IHG points.
IHG Rewards Club Accelerate 2019 promotion allowed us to stay 7 nights in Prague and Warsaw for $486 or about $70 per night, while earning 12,500 points more than I redeemed. These 12,500 points have about a $60 value when I apply $5 per 1,000 points value. This is generally the value I place on IHG points when deciding between redeeming points or paying for the hotel in cash.