Accelerate Summer 2019 With IHG Rewards Club is Here — But I Do Not Qualify This Time.

You can earn a minimum of IHG Rewards Club points — plus additional opportunities to earn even more points — when you stay at a participating hotel or resort property worldwide between Wednesday, May 1, 2019 and Saturday, August 31, 2019 on every stay…

Accelerate Summer 2019 With IHG Rewards Club is Here — But I Do Not Qualify This Time.

…but you must register for this promotion by Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Similar to other Accelerate promotions offered by IHG Rewards Club in recent years, you will have tasks to complete in order to earn a minimum bonus of IHG Rewards Club points; and the tasks are targeted specifically for you.

Here are the tasks which I can complete to earn bonus IHG Rewards Club points if I complete the Accelerate offers targeted specifically for me:

Click on the image for an enlarged view. Source: IHG Rewards Club.

That’s right. You see that correctly. I am not eligible for this campaign. I have no offers. This is where I would normally list them — but not this time around, apparently.

Definition of a Stay

Only one room per member per qualifying stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points.

qualifying stay is defined as one night or consecutive nights paying an eligible rate in the same hotel property — regardless of the number of times you check in or check out and as per IHG Rewards Club Membership Terms and Conditions — which include most business and leisure rates at hotel and resort properties worldwide when you book your reservations directly through one of the official Internet web sites of the participating brands of InterContinental Hotels Group:

Rate and Stay Exclusions

Bonus points are not issued for non-qualifying room rates or non-qualifying stays, which include the following:

  • Net wholesale individual and group rate
  • Certain package rates
  • Employee discount rate
  • Friends and family rate
  • Crew rate
  • Special discounted contract rates
  • Seasonal worker rate or crew rate
  • 50 percent travel club discount rate
  • Travel industry discount rate
  • Distressed passenger rate
  • IHG Rewards Club reward nights or airline hotel reward rate
  • Rates booked through third party Internet web sites
  • Complimentary hotel stays
  • Any other rates not defined as a qualifying room rate at the sole discretion of InterContinental Hotels Group

Select Terms and Conditions

Realize that each bonus opportunity has its own requirements, terms and conditions which you should read first before attempting to accomplish each task; so ensure that you read them before participating in — and completing — each task.

The bonus points earned through individual offers can be used for redemption opportunities toward reward nights, merchandise and other redemption opportunities.

Each promotion offer of bonus points is available only once to you. No retroactive bonus points will be awarded for stays prior to registration.

You must be a member of the IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program and must register your membership number in advance in order to participate in the Accelerate promotion. By clicking “one click registration”, you are registering for Accelerate and agreeing to receive IHG Rewards Club marketing communications and the terms and conditions of the Campaign and Privacy Statement.

Only one room per member per qualifying stay will be awarded the applicable bonus points, or other benefits — if any — available under the applicable offer. If more than one member checks into the same room, only one member is eligible for the applicable bonus points, or other benefits — if any — available under the applicable offer.

IHG Rewards Club Members with a Miles earning preference will earn points.

Except as otherwise stated in the terms and conditions, please allow up to three weeks for promotion offer bonus points to be credited after checkout.

Inquiries pertaining to this promotion must occur by 60 days from the end of the campaign promotional period.

Other terms and conditions — including those of the IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program — apply.


Well, congratulations, IHG Rewards Club. You took a promotion which already was of fairly little value to me and rendered it completely and absolutely worthless, as I am not eligible to register for it — despite the fact that I currently have elite level status — and I have absolutely no idea why I am not eligible. This is not exactly conducive to me wanting to stay at a hotel or resort property which participates in the IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program. Is this a targeted offer?

I understand that other members of IHG Rewards Club have had this issue as well; but they have since seemed to be able to register for this promotion. Not me. Today is the day in which this offer begins — and I still cannot register for it. I may — just might — try again later if I am interested enough; and if I am able to register for this promotion, I intend to let you know.

If you are eligible for this promotion, I hope that you fully benefit from it.

The Holiday Inn Vilnius is one of the many hotel and resort properties participating in this sale. Please click here for a review of this hotel property. Photograph ©2017 by Brian Cohen.


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6 thoughts on “Accelerate Summer 2019 With IHG Rewards Club is Here — But I Do Not Qualify This Time.”

  1. jakobv84 says:

    I got the same error, but then later an email confirmation and a day or two later when I login I see my targets. Think it’s just the usual IHG IT at work…

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I never received any confirmation, jakobv84 — nor has the promotion appeared as one of my offers.

      I just checked again and still have no access to the Accelerate promotion.

  2. Carl P says:

    You can have mine. It sucks.

    The worst part is the loss of flexibility that ALL tasks must be done to get main bonus (unlike the old 5 of 6 or whatever).

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I understand that you are far from the only person who feels this way, Carl P.

      Accelerate used to be a much better promotion…

  3. colleen says:

    I sincerely hope you don’t have to walk around with that thumb/index finger “L” pressed against your forehead.

    I’m sure they will clean it up and send you an offer similar to the lousy ones they’ve offered us.

    You’re right; these have devolved into an “offer you can easily refuse”.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I always enjoy your comments, colleen. Thank you.

      I may have to walk around wearing the scarlet letters of I, H and G.

      I wonder if anyone has ever pressed a “W” against his or her forehead…

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