New Accelerate offers are up and you can now sign-in to see what your offers are for the upcoming quarter (15 May 2017 to 31 August 2017) ahead! In case you do not know what they are, they are basically a set of challenges 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 will earn you a lot of IHG Rewards Club points!
The easiest and most cost-effective way for me to complete my Accelerate offers for the upcoming quarter ahead is to stay twice in any InterContinental Hotels and Resorts in Asia-Pacific. Since I am based in Singapore, this can be easily taken care of by staying twice - one for a night and once over the weekend (two nights). Doing so will earn me 9,600 IHG Rewards Club points - it will also trigger my achievement bonus of 19,900 IHG Rewards Club points. If I complete one of the stays before 30 June 2017, I will also earn an additional 2,500 IHG Rewards Club points (a grand total of 32,000 points). In addition to that, my stays will also trigger the bonuses on the Book Direct with IHG challenge - two stays will trigger 14,000 IHG Rewards Club points.
Ebates is currently offering a massive 12% cashback on all eligible IHG stays - all you have to do is to sign-up (if you do not already have an account), search for IHG and book your stay via the usual way to get 12% cashback into your Ebates account (which you can then withdraw to a PayPal account).
The InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is quite possibly the most beautiful IHG property in Singapore. Opened in late 2017, this property is located in a quieter area of Singapore (which is quite popular amongst expats) and the rooms (albeit small) are luxuriously-furnished. When I stayed in a Club Riverview Studio King room last year, I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and I think it is safe to say that this property has the best Club InterContinental Lounge (with a proper cocktail menu) in the country.
The InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 is the highest hotel in Hanoi. I stayed in one of the best suites at the InterContinental Hanoi Landmark72 during my visit - the Royal Suite is the second largest suite in the property (just one category below the Presidential Suite) and it features 148sqm of beautifully-appointed space.
There has been a number of exciting changes for Regent Singapore this year - the management agreement with Four Seasons was not extended for 2019 (the official last day was 31 December 2018) and the Potiac Land Group (who owns the property) has appointed Capella Hotel Group to manage the hotel this year. What is even more interesting however is that IHG Rewards Club members will soon be able to earn and redeem IHG Rewards Club points at Regent properties (yes, this includes the Regent Singapore) from 01 February 2019.
While I do not generally purchase IHG Rewards Club Points, they can be quite attractive when utilised on high-demand periods (e.g. New Year’s Eve). Members can now purchase IHG Rewards Club Points with a 75% bonus when they complete the transaction between 28 February 2019. If you have immediate demand for these points, now is a great time to purchase them but if you do not have any plans for them, a 100% bonus runs from time to time (but this is not a fixed promotion).
Many of you will remember that the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has acquired a 51% stake in Regent Hotels & Resorts back in 2018 and now, it has been officially announced that IHG Rewards Club members will soon be able to earn and redeem points at these properties from 01 February 2019. While searching for hotels yesterday, I noticed that the Regent Singapore (where I have stayed back in 2014) is already integrated into the IHG app - you can now book it via the platform but at the time of writing, reward nights are not yet available.
I have been to Melbourne at least ten times now (I went to school in Brisbane and spent plenty of weekends here in Melbourne because there was just so much more to do) and honestly, I have not actually noticed the InterContinental Melbourne previously - I knew it existed but I just wasn't sure where it was. Room rates were pretty high the weekend that I was visiting so I decided to make use of my InterContinental Ambassador Free Weekend Night Certificate on this stay. Read my review of the Executive Room here in the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto.
Earn extra IHG Rewards Club points when you complete certain tasks between 15 January 2019 and 30 April 2019. Previously know as the Accelerate offer, IHG Rewards Club members will now be able to earn at least 40,000 bonus points for eligible stays that have been consumed within the promotional period - registration needs to be completed before 15 March 2019 so just do it right now in case you forget.
I have heard through the grapevine this morning that InterContinental Ambassadors (as well as Royal Ambassadors) will be getting some enhanced benefits in the year ahead. Unfortunately for RA members, they will be seeing some significant changes to minibar inclusions - RA members used to be able to enjoy everything in the minibar for free. If you are a regular InterContinental Ambassador member like me, you should relatively happy with all the upcoming changes. Remember, you can pay to become an InterContinental Ambassador for just USD 200 or 40,000 IHG Rewards Club Points - the membership will last for 12 months.
IHG Rewards Club is currently running the Double Points Plus More promotion (similar to the previous Accelerate promotions) which is valid for stays between 16 September 2018 to 16 December 2018. Part of the offer includes the ability to earn double IHG Rewards Club Points (calculated on Base Points) but that was previously capped at 15,000 bonus points for me. Now, IHG Rewards Club has made the earning potential unlimited - you will now earn double IHG Rewards Club Points until 31 December 2018 with no cap!