Accelerate is back for 2017 and you now have the chance to rake up some IHG Rewards Club points for eligible stays between 01 January 2017 and 15 April 2017 - perfect if you already have plans to stay in participating InterContinental Hotels Group properties in the coming year! As mentioned previously, InterContinental Ambassador members seem to get a set of offers that are tailored towards InterContinental hotels (which means it is generally more expensive to complete these challenges) and my offers for 2017 seem to confirm this.
I have to complete 6 out of 7 of the tasks listed above to earn 14,000 bonus points which honestly isn't great but for the sake of this article, let's look at the easiest way to complete this. The best move for me is to redeem a Points and Cash night at a cash-expensive InterContinental property in AMEA and then book a two-night weekend stay at a relatively cheaper one at a different property. Renewing my Ambassador Membership for 24,000 IHG Rewards Club Points will also earn me 5,000 bonus points according to this new Accelerate so I am really just paying 14,000 IHG Rewards Club Points for a BOGO cert and another year of Ambassador (amazing value!).
- 1,000 January Bonus Offer
- 2,000 Book and Stay Once
- 3,000 Stay for Less and Earn
- TOTAL: 6,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points
Doing a two-night stay at another InterContinental Property in AMEA will trigger the rest of these bonuses (assuming my Ambassador renewal is completed):
- 2,800 Earn More at InterContinental
- 11,200 Authentic Experiences
- 4,000 A Bonus Weekend Stay
- 14,000 Achievement Bonus
- Total: 32,000 Bonus IHG Rewards Club Points
Running low on IHG Rewards Club Points? Make sure you sign-up for the Accelerate Q4 2017 challenge to earn extra IHG Rewards Club Points when you complete specific challenges that are tailored based on your stay and spend history (my account was targeted for 42,500 bonus points)! Purchase IHG Rewards Club Points between now and 03 November 2017 to get 100% bonus points (minimum purchase of 5,000 points at US$67.50 required).
If you intend to travel between between Australia or New Zealand and London (via Singapore, Dubai or Perth) or Europe (via Dubai), Singapore or Dubai over the next year, it may be a good idea to book between now and 08 September 2017 to benefit from double Qantas Points. My account has also be targeted with a double Status Credits on all eligible Qantas operated domestic and international flights (make sure you check your email!).
Convert your HSBC Rewards Points into Asia Miles between 01 September 2017 to 30 September 2017 to benefit from an 18% bonus! The usual conversion rate is 5,000 HSBC Rewards Points to 2,000 Asia Miles - if you convert these points during the promotional period, an additional 18% more miles will be posted to your account within four to six weeks after the promotional period.
Hilton Honors has just unveiled the final promotion for the last quarter of 2017 - members will be able to earn double Hilton Honors Points for all eligible stays between 01 September 2017 and 31 December 2017. As usual, registration is absolutely necessary (and should be done before you complete your stay) and Diamond Hilton Honors members will even get a special targeted offer which from the looks of it, seem rather universal at this point.
While most banks in Singapore allow you to convert your points (or equivalent currency) earned from credit card spend into Airline or Hotel points, Citibank has one of the most comprehensive list of points transfer partners - I have previously counted the total number of partners to be at 12 but they have apparently removed Delta Skymiles from the list. There are currently 11 airline points transfer partners for Citibank if you hold an eligible credit card in Singapore.
As the Q2 IHG Accelerate promotion is coming to an end on 31 August 2017, it is now possible to get in early and register for the upcoming Q3 Accelerate promotion (valid for stays between 01 September 2017 to 31 December 2017) for a chance to earn a lot of points. In case you do not remember what this promotion is, it is basically a set of tasks that are tailored to your IHG Rewards Club account based on stay history and elite status. Completing these tasks will trigger an achievement bonus (which is usually quite impressive) that could potentially earn you a lot of IHG Rewards Club points!
Purchase at least 10,000 Bonus Points with the World of Hyatt program and get 40% more points between now and 9 August 2017. Members are allowed to purchase up to 55,000 Bonus Points each calendar year and they are priced at USD 24 (SGD 33) per block of 1,000 points. Taking advantage of this promotion will reduce the rate to approximately USD 17 (SGD 24) which can potentially be of great value if you use it wisely.
Earn up to 3x Le Club AccorHotels Points when you stay in an eligible property across Asia-Pacific from 10 June 2017 to 10 September (registration is absolutely necessary). These bonus points are awarded in addition to the Rewards Points and Status Points that are usually earned by the Le Club AccorHotels member. As I have covered previously, the Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program gives a certain percentage of cashback in terms of points and this can go as high as 8.8% if you are a Platinum member. With this promotion, you may be eligible for up to 18.8% cashback as a Platinum member!
Robertson Quay in Singapore is getting pretty exciting - the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is already taking reservations from 01 September 2017 (just in time for the F1 Night Race!). It seems like the property has already started to offer a special Ambassador 4,000 Bonus Points package (S$14++ above Best Flexible Rate) for stays from 01 September 2017 - these are great if you have to purchase a flexible rate but want to achieve your IHG Rewards Club elite status faster (they count towards elite-qualifying points).
Accruing points and miles is therapeutic - I would even go as far to say that it is even more satisfying that watching your savings grow. From now until 19 May 2017, benefit from 100% bonus IHG Rewards Club points when you purchase using this link. If you were to purchase the maximum number of points allowed (60,000) in a calendar year, you will get 120,000 IHG Rewards Club Points (after the 100% bonus) for US$690 (S$963) which may offer great value at a number of InterContinental properties in the region.