Tag: intercontinental

IHG Relaunches its Accelerate Promotion

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I love the term “loyalty program.” Kind of makes you seem like the merchant is giving you something for having done lots of business with them. It isn’t. But really, would you participate if they called it a “promotion to influence future travel decisions?” IHG Accelerate Here’s where it gets interesting: The less loyal you …

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IHG Winter Promotion: Free Nights. Faster.

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IHG (InterContinental, Holiday Inn, several other brands) has announced its winter promotion, and it continues a long tradition of individualized bonuses. Based on your previous stay patterns, IHG gives you a number of “tasks.” You can complete one or all of them, but usually get extra points if you finish them. I’ve always loved the …

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IHG Shows Why Loyalty Programs Are Anything But That

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I love the term “loyalty program.” Kind of makes you seem like the merchant is giving you something for having done lots of business with them. It isn’t, but it sounds a lot better than “trying to influence your future behavior” program.* IHG Accelerate No company makes the point better than IHG, the parent of …

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IHG Hobbles Its Free Night Award

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It was good while it lasted. Intercontinental Group (IHG) appears to be significantly devaluing the free night that comes with its $49 credit card. 70,000 to 40,000 Starting with free nights issued after May 1, Chase and IHG are modifying what I called the best credit deal in the industry: A free night at any …

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10,000 Bonus IHG Points With A Kimpton Stay

So maybe acquisitions aren’t all that bad. Many moons ago, I lamented the InterContinental (IHG) acquisition of boutique chain (if there is such a thing) Kimpton. I had described Kimpton as the best hotel company that you had never heard of, and that wasn’t far from the truth. They offered high-touch service with hotels that …

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Credit Cards: Rewards Versus Benefits

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I got a survey a few days ago asking me about the benefits of my Delta Reserve Credit Card, and it got me thinking about a subject that I already spend too much time thinking about: credit cards that I own that I would never actually use. This post is going to be best for …

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IHG Brings Back Accelerate Promotion

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Another year, another Accelerate promotion from IHG, parent of several brands including InterContinental, the Holiday Inn themes and a few others. This one is for January 1 – April 30. Accelerate 1Q18 The Accelerate promo is the IHG bonus that we see every four months. The company gives you a list of “tasks” and, the …

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Intercontinental Has Extended The Industry’s Single Best Credit Card Deal

Note: This is one of those odd cards that you should own even if you never use the partner involved (in this case, Intercontinental Hotels). By now, you know that you should never sign up for a credit card without some sort of incentive to do so. In fact, you should probably wait for a …

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IHG Bumps Up The Rewards On Its Card

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Credit card bonuses come and go, even as they get better over time. Every travel card has a base offer when you sign up for a card, but most of them offer an extra bonus every so often. IHG Rewards, the program for hotel brands such as InterContinental and Holiday Inn, however, has been a …

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InterContinental Reintroduces Accelerate Bonus

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My favorite hotel promotion of the year is InterContinental’s* (IHG) Accelerate offer, or whatever it calls the promo in any given quarter (They offer a similar program several times per year with different names.). The promotion isn’t always great, but it’s at least fun to game. Accelerate 2017 Accelerate is an individualized, action-based offer. IHG …

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